Tag Archives: F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

Navy Unfunded Priorities List Emphasizes Aircraft Buys, Facilities Improvements, Production Efficiencies

Navy Unfunded Priorities List Emphasizes Aircraft Buys, Facilities Improvements, Production Efficiencies

Four F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighters fly in formation over Naval Air Station Lemoore in January 2016. US Navy photo.

The Navy has asked lawmakers for additional aircraft, warfighting capability improvements and facilities upgrades if more money were to become available to the service, with the release of its Fiscal Year 2018 Unfunded Priorities List. Read More

DoN $180B Budget Request Emphasizes Readiness; Reduces Spending on Ships, Aircraft

DoN $180B Budget Request Emphasizes Readiness; Reduces Spending on Ships, Aircraft

A sailor welds during the ongoing maintinance availability for carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on June 26, 2014. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated following Pentagon and Navy press briefings on the FY 2018 budget.

THE PENTAGON – The Department of the Navy’s $180-billion budget request sets out to improve overall readiness of the Navy and the Marine Corps while making only modest asks for new aircraft and ships. Read More

Omnibus Spending Bill Gives Navy $21B for Shipbuilding, $16B for Aircraft; Additional Aviation Maintenance Spending

Omnibus Spending Bill Gives Navy $21B for Shipbuilding, $16B for Aircraft; Additional Aviation Maintenance Spending

USS Arlington (LPD-24) under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo

House and Senate appropriators reached an agreement to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year that includes a $593-billion defense spending package to allow the Navy and Marine Corps to continue with planned ship and aircraft procurement and readiness increases. Read More

Boeing to Begin Buying Super Hornet SLEP Materials This Summer Ahead Of Expected 2018 Induction of First Jet

Boeing to Begin Buying Super Hornet SLEP Materials This Summer Ahead Of Expected 2018 Induction of First Jet

Sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Top Hatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) hangar bay on Jan. 22, 2016. US Navy photo.

Boeing will begin buying material this summer ahead of inducting the first F/A-18E/F Super Hornet into the service life modification program sometime next year, company officials told USNI News. Read More

Temporary Fix Identified for T-45C Trainer Oxygen System Failures; Students Still Can't Land On Carriers Until Permanent Solution Found

Temporary Fix Identified for T-45C Trainer Oxygen System Failures; Students Still Can’t Land On Carriers Until Permanent Solution Found

40 T-45 Goshawk jets from Chief of Naval Air Training Command sit on Naval Air Station Key West’s Boca Chica Field preparing for their aircraft carrier qualifications on Dec. 6, 2016. The student aviators are flying the T-45s during Field Carrier Landing Practice before they head out to the carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) for their first aircraft carrier landings. US Navy photo.

Navy student pilots will resume some flights in the T-45C Goshawk this week after a 12-day operational pause to determine the cause of recent oxygen-generation system failures, but they will not be allowed to land on aircraft carriers or fly higher-altitude missions until a permanent solution is found. Read More

2017 Supplemental Funding Request Invests In Aircraft Procurement; May Be Too Late For Some Maintenance Needs

2017 Supplemental Funding Request Invests In Aircraft Procurement; May Be Too Late For Some Maintenance Needs

The “Pukin’ Dogs” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 perform a flyover in formation during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana on July 12, 2016. US Navy photo.

THE PENTAGON – The White House released its Fiscal Year 2017 supplemental funding request today, which had been touted as being focused on gaining near-term readiness but may come too late to fully support operations and maintenance additions in this current year. Read More

Update to Navy Unfunded Priorities List Emphasizes Readiness; Would Add More Super Hornets, Additional Amphib

Update to Navy Unfunded Priorities List Emphasizes Readiness; Would Add More Super Hornets, Additional Amphib

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) sits in Dry Dock 5 onboard Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka on July 13, 2016. US Navy Photo

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) sits in Dry Dock 5 onboard Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka on July 13, 2016. US Navy Photo

The Navy wants $2 billion in additional funding this year for much-needed ship maintenance and fleet operations, and would also buy two dozen Super Hornets and an additional San Antonio-class amphibious warship if money were made available, according to an early January draft wish list obtained by USNI News. Read More

Video: Navy Super Hornet Micro-drone Experiment

Video: Navy Super Hornet Micro-drone Experiment

The following is a U.S. Navy video of a test conducted Oct. 26, 2016 consisted of 103 Perdix drones launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornets. The micro-drones demonstrated advanced swarm behaviors such as collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing. Read More