Navy: Most Carrier Sorties Over Iraq Are Surveillance Missions

Navy: Most Carrier Sorties Over Iraq Are Surveillance Missions

An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters flying from the deck of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) have flown 30 air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) terrorists since Aug. 8. but more sorties are geared toward surveillance, officers on Bush said on Wednesday.  Read More

Navy Expels 34 Sailors in Nuclear Cheating Scandal

Navy Expels 34 Sailors in Nuclear Cheating Scandal

moored training ship Daniel Webster (MTS-626) begins its tow from Norfolk Naval Shipyard to Charleston, S.C. on 21 August 2012. US Navy Photo

The moored training ship Daniel Webster (MTS-626) begins its tow from Norfolk Naval Shipyard to Charleston, S.C. on 21 August 2012. More than 70 sailors assigned to the training ship had cheated on engineering watch stander exams. US Navy Photo

A Navy investigation of a seven-year long cheating ring in one of its most renowned training schools has resulted in the expulsion of 34 sailors from the Navy and another 10 sailors remain under investigation, the service announced today. Read More

Document: CNO Greenert's Latest Navigation Plan

Document: CNO Greenert’s Latest Navigation Plan

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks to sailors, civilians and families during an all-hands call in the "Wash Rack" hangar bay at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on Aug. 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks to sailors, civilians and families during an all-hands call in the “Wash Rack” hangar bay at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on Aug. 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

The following is Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert latest addition of the U.S. Navy’s “Navigation Plan,” released this week. Read More

U.S. Air Force Grounds 82 Two-Seat F-16Ds

U.S. Air Force Grounds 82 Two-Seat F-16Ds

A two-seat F-16 Fighting Falcon lands June 30, 2014, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. USAF Photo

A two-seat F-16 Fighting Falcon lands June 30, 2014, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. USAF Photo

The U.S. Air Force recently grounded 82 two-seat Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcons due to canopy sill longeron cracks that have developed between the front and rear pilot seats, according to a Tuesday statement released by the service. Read More

NAVAIR ‘On the Precipice’ of Releasing UCLASS RFP, Pentagon Review Set For Sept. 10

NAVAIR ‘On the Precipice’ of Releasing UCLASS RFP, Pentagon Review Set For Sept. 10

X-47B tail number 501 flies over USS Theodore Roosevelt on Aug. 17, 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

X-47B tail number 501 flies over USS Theodore Roosevelt on Aug. 17, 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is “on the precipice,” of releasing a final restricted request for proposal (RFP) for its surveillance intensive unmanned carrier-based air vehicle (UAV), NAVAIR’s head of unmanned aviation told reporters on Sunday in Norfolk, Va.

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U.S. Fighters Strike ISIS Near Mosul Dam

U.S. Fighters Strike ISIS Near Mosul Dam

F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on July 31, 2014. US Navy Photo

F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on July 31, 2014. US Navy Photo

U.S. airstrikes have helped paved the way for Iraqi Kurdish forces to retake a critical dam in Northern Iraq according to the Pentagon. Over the past three days, U.S. forces have conducted 35 airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) terrorists around the Mosul Dam complex. Read More

Sunk, Scrapped or Saved: The Fate of America’s Aircraft Carriers

Sunk, Scrapped or Saved: The Fate of America’s Aircraft Carriers

USS Constellation (CV-64). US Navy Photo

USS Constellation (CV-64). US Navy Photo

American aircraft carriers at their peak are the queens of the high seas, outclassing even America’s nearest peer competitors. They’re the anchors of U.S. seapower, and have a commensurate price tag, costing billions of dollars to build and thousands of sailors to man.

But even the proudest ships outlive their military usefulness — and sometimes they’re barely worth the trouble to tear them down. Read More

Opinion: The Two Sides of The Third Iraq War

Opinion: The Two Sides of The Third Iraq War

Sailors direct aircraft as an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

Sailors direct aircraft as an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

America announced its overt military support of the struggling Iraqi government in Baghdad with F/A-18 Hornets dropping two 500 lb. bombs on Iraq and Syria Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) targets near Irbil, Iraq, on Aug. 7.

The strike, launched from the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), was followed by a speech from President Barack Obama who said, “there is no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq. The only lasting solution is for Iraqis to come together and form an inclusive government—one that represents the legitimate interests of all Iraqis, and one that can unify the country’s fight against [ISIS].”

American airstrikes have continued. Read More