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Earthquakes or No, Navy Expands China Lake With More Land for Future Weapons, Drones

Earthquakes or No, Navy Expands China Lake With More Land for Future Weapons, Drones

Employees with Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest, work to offload telephone poles in preparation for replacing damaged poles on July 18, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional information on repair contracts for damage to China Lake

Even before two major earthquakes struck China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, Calif., in early July, the Navy was moving ahead with expanding installation boundaries to accommodate new and future weaponry, including unmanned aerial vehicles. Read More

Navy Facing Billion-Dollar Tab, Years to Get China Lake Fully Operational After Quake

Navy Facing Billion-Dollar Tab, Years to Get China Lake Fully Operational After Quake

Public works personnel assigned to Naval Facilities Southwest repair transformers to restore power in the housing area of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake on July 9, 2019. US Navy Photo

A pair of strong earthquakes that struck the Navy’s key hub for air warfare research, development and testing six weeks ago handed the service a huge bill to replace, rebuild or repair damaged facilities.

The Navy estimates more than $2 billion in repairs are needed to repair facilities damaged by a pair of earthquakes six weeks ago at its vital hub for air warfare research, development and testing. Read More

Navy Declares Pilot in Death Valley Super Hornet Crash Dead

Navy Declares Pilot in Death Valley Super Hornet Crash Dead

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, flies over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 19, 2019. The John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant G. Grady)

The pilot of a single-seat F/A-18E fighter that crashed on Wednesday has been declared dead, Navy officials said Thursday afternoon. Read More

California Super Hornet Crashes Near China Lake, Condition of Pilot Unknown

California Super Hornet Crashes Near China Lake, Condition of Pilot Unknown

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, takes off from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 11, 2018. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from the Navy and additional details on the location of the crash .

A single-seat F/A-18E Super Hornet based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., crashed on Wednesday morning, and the status of the pilot is unknown, Navy officials have told USNI News. Read More

California Earthquakes Leave Naval Station China Lake ‘Not Mission Capable’

California Earthquakes Leave Naval Station China Lake ‘Not Mission Capable’

California State Route 178 SW of Trona, following the M7.1 earthquake. Road is now closed for repairs. USGS Photo

SAN DIEGO – Two major earthquakes that struck Southern California late last week opened fault lines on Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and prompted officials to evacuate residents. Since Saturday, the Navy testing installation has been declared “not mission capable until further notice.” Read More

Super Hornet Tests New Infrared Air to Air Targeting Sensor

Super Hornet Tests New Infrared Air to Air Targeting Sensor

The new IRST weapons pod mounted on a F/A-18 F Super Hornet at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif. US Navy Photo

The new IRST weapons pod mounted on a F/A-18 F Super Hornet at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy has test flown a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet equipped with a new Lockheed Martin-built Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor pod for the first time. The test flight took place on Feb. 11 at Edwards AFB, Calif. Read More