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Super Hornet Crashes Near China Lake, Pilot in Stable Condition

Super Hornet Crashes Near China Lake, Pilot in Stable Condition

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on July 8, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

A Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed near Naval Air Station China Lake, Calif., on Tuesday, Naval Air Forces Cmdr. Zach Harrell told USNI News. Read More

Navy Awards $737M for China Lake Airfield Repairs Following 2019 Earthquake Damage

Navy Awards $737M for China Lake Airfield Repairs Following 2019 Earthquake Damage

Faultline on China Lake on Oct. 17, 2019. US Geological Survey Photo

The Navy last week issued contracts worth at least $737 million for new airfield capabilities at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif., where two major earthquakes last year damaged critical facilities at the premier base for research, testing and evaluation that remains not fully operational. Read More

Summer Fury Drills Hone Marines' New Island-Hopping Fight

Summer Fury Drills Hone Marines’ New Island-Hopping Fight

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Michael Fodrie, a bulk fuel specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, conducts a ground refueling during expeditionary advanced base operations in support of Exercise Summer Fury 20 on Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., on July 31, 2020. US Navy Photo

In the Marine Corps’ new concept of expeditionary advanced base operations, its forces disperse light, agile units with a small footprint over a wide area while working jointly with naval forces to counter and fight a credible enemy threat in a multi-domain contested environment. Read More

Navy Concludes Experienced Pilot's 'Brief Lapse of Judgement' Root Cause of 'Star Wars' Canyon Crash

Navy Concludes Experienced Pilot’s ‘Brief Lapse of Judgement’ Root Cause of ‘Star Wars’ Canyon Crash

An undated photo of the Super Hornet that crashed on July 31, 2019 into the Rainbow Canyon at the Death Valley National Park. US Navy Photo

An experienced pilot’s split-second lapse in judgment is the likely cause of a 2019 F/A-18E Super Hornet crash in Death Valley National Park, Calif., the Navy concluded in a command investigation obtained by USNI News. Read More

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