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  • 2013 F/A-18 crash: Out of fuel, out of time and one chance to land

    04/12/2014 5:47:40 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 57 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 12, 2014 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    The aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower was finally in sight. The pilot of the F/A-18 Super Hornet hurriedly flipped switches and pushed levers. The aviator in the backseat leaned forward, straining to see the flight deck floating in the distance. The jet’s right engine had locked up, its landing gear jammed, the main fuel tank almost empty.(snip) The pilot made some quick calculations. He had 15,500 pounds of fuel in his tanks, enough to return to the Eisenhower and make six passes at the ship. Landing in nearby Kandahar was a more prudent option, but that would likely have meant...
  • Israeli tech preferred over Russian for Indian carrier

    04/10/2014 9:29:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Apr. 5, 2014
    India already uses Israel's Barak 1 missile system for anti-ship missile defense and is considering the more advanced Barak 8. India has publically declined a Russian offer to equip its new aircraft carrier with the Kashtan close-in weapon system, preferring systems from either Israel or France, the Strategy Page website reports. The aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, was refurbished by Russia from an old Russian carrier, while the Kashtan system, which has been in service since 1989, uses two six-barrel 30mm autocannon to destroy nearby anti-ship missiles. But India has made no secret of its dissatisfaction with the delays and cost...
  • Navy X-47B

    Just 5 months ago ( July 10, 2013 ) the Navy successfully conducted take-offs and landings from a fairly new nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, with a new stealth jet called the X-47B. What is so different about this plane is the fact that it is a 'drone'. Yes, it is completely unmanned. Drones come in all sizes, and the X-47B is likely one of the larger ones. Note that this aircraft is stealth, meaning the enemy cannot detect a plane like this in the first place. In the unlikely event they get lucky at shooting one...
  • Congress Questions Plan to Pay for 11-Carrier Navy

    02/17/2014 5:26:36 PM PST · by ClaytonP · 20 replies
    Plans to permanently retire the USS George Washington and bring the NavyÂ’s carrier-fleet total down to 10 are still being debated in ongoing budget deliberations despite reports the White House has scrapped any plans to reduce the carrier total.Some of the uncertainty centers around potential funding for the mid-life refueling for the USS George Washington in the upcoming 2015 budget submission, dollars which may still be uncertain or under review, Capitol Hill and Pentagon sources said.The uncertainty comes amid widespread discussion about whether the Defense DepartmentÂ’s upcoming 2015 budget proposal will remove funding for one aircraft carrier and bring the...
  • China plans to build 4 carriers, including nuclear: report

    02/16/2014 11:38:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-02-16 | Chang Kuo-wei, Staff Reporter
    China plans to build four aircraft carriers in total to boost its naval power and exert its maritime claims, according to a Russian media report. Official reports in January said that the PLA plans to have at least two aircraft carriers by 2015 or 2016 and said the country's second aircraft carrier is indeed under construction as previous unofficial reports had claimed. The country plans to build four aircraft carriers in total, the state newswire Xinhua citing a Russian weekly newspaper as reporting. China commissioned the Liaoning, a refitted Soviet-era carrier purchased from Ukraine, in 2012. Future carriers are expected...
  • China’s Aircraft Carrier Could Be a Ticking Steam Bomb

    02/12/2014 5:58:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 12, 2014 | David Axe
    India’s refurbished Soviet-made aircraft carrier Vikramaditya suffered a boiler failure during her 42-day trip from Russia’s Sevmash shipyard, where she was rebuilt, to the Indian Karwar naval base on the country’s west coast starting in late November. Like many Cold War-era warships, Vikramaditya is powered by complex steam boilers that can be unreliable and even dangerous. The Indian flattop had suffered an earlier boiler problem in 2012 during sea trials off the Russian coast—the ceramic insulating tiles failed, causing a boiler to overheat and shut down.
  • Turkey’s new carrier alters eastern Mediterranean energy and security calculus

    02/09/2014 6:35:33 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/04/2014 | MICHA’EL TANCHUM
    Turkey took a major step in altering the naval balance in the eastern Mediterranean by contracting the construction of a multi-purpose amphibious assault ship. In late December 2013, Turkey took a major step in altering the naval balance in the eastern Mediterranean by contracting the construction of a multi-purpose amphibious assault ship that can function as an aircraft carrier, potentially providing Turkey an unprecedented measure of sea control in the region. The heightened threat perception for Israel, Cyprus and Greece will impact the imminent decision regarding whether Israel will export its natural gas to a planned Cypriot LNG terminal with...
  • Why Does One of the World’s Smallest Navies Want One of the World’s Biggest Warships?

    12/04/2013 9:52:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 12/04/2013 | David Axe
    Angola’s bizarre, rumored aircraft carrier ambition David Axe in War is Boring Angola is in the process of acquiring the recently-decommissioned Spanish aircraft carrier Principe de Asturias, according to one news report. The entire Angolan navy has just 1,000 sailors. The 643-foot-long Principe de Asturias needs 830 sailors to fully function. No, this does not make a lot of sense. After all, Angola has no overseas military alliances and no major naval rivals. But if true, it is consistent with the country’s ongoing re-armament, which also includes a squadron of Russian-made heavy jet fighters formerly used by India. Necessary or...
  • USS Forrestal, the Navy's first supercarrier, sold for 1 cent

    10/23/2013 1:04:43 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 84 replies
    Fox news ^ | 10/23/13 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Here’s a penny for your thoughts: One red cent could’ve landed you the Navy’s first supercarrier, the decommissioned Forrestal. The U.S. Navy sold the 1,067-foot behemoth to a Texas company, All Star Metals, to be dismantled, scrapped and recycled, Navy officials announced. It's an inauspicious fate for a ship with a colorful — and tragic — history. It's perhaps best known for a 1967 incident in which stray voltage triggered an accidental explosion that struck a plane on the flight deck whose cockpit was occupied by a young John McCain. A chain reaction of blasts and fires ultimately killed 134...
  • Japan Launches A Third Aircraft Carrier

    08/16/2013 10:23:59 AM PDT · by ryan71 · 22 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | August 14, 2013 | Strategy Page
    Japan launched a twenty-seven-thousand ton “destroyer” (the Izumo, DDH 183) on August 6th that looks exactly like an aircraft carrier. Actually it looks like an LPH (Landing Platform Helicopter) an amphibious ship type that first appeared in the 1950s. LPHs had no (or relatively few) landing craft but did carry a thousand or more troops who were moved ashore using the dozen or more helicopters carried. The first American LPH (the USS Iwo Jima) was an eighteen-thousand-four-hundred ton ship that entered service in 1961, and carried two-thousand troops and twenty-five helicopters. Until Izumo showed up, several nations operated LPHs, and...
  • Japan unveils new carrier-like warship, largest in navy since WWII

    08/06/2013 9:52:49 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 48 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 8/6/2013 | AP
    Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 820 feet long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defense -- particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions -- and to bolster the nation's ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011....
  • Japan unveils largest warship since World War II

    08/06/2013 5:26:58 AM PDT · by Freeport · 85 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 6, 2013 | ERIC TALMADGE
    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 250 meters (820 feet) long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defense - particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions - and to bolster the nation's ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the...
  • China certifies first aircraft carrier pilots

    07/04/2013 3:44:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Flight International ^ | 07/04/2013 | Greg Waldron
    China certifies first aircraft carrier pilots China has certified its first pilots deck crew for aircraft carrier operations following a 25-day training deployment by the nation's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. During the cruise, pilots "executed several continuous take-off and landing exercises, making China one of the few countries in the world that can train its own carrier-borne jet pilots", according to a statement on China's defence ministry website. The certifications were awarded to five pilots and an unstated number of landing signal officers after they were tested on skills related to the operation of fixed wing aircraft from a...
  • Several countries interested in buying ex-Spanish Navy Aircraft Carrier Principe de Asturias

    06/05/2013 4:58:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 27 May 2013
    Several countries interested in buying ex-Spanish Navy Aircraft Carrier Principe de Asturias According to rumors that emerged recently in the Spanish press, the Philippines as well as several Arab countries have expressed interest in purchasing the former Spanish Navy Aircraft Carrier Principe de Asturias. In case of a sale, the contract would include refit and upgrading of the vessel by Spanish shipyard Navantia. The Spanish aircraft carrier SPS Principe De Asturias (R 11) steams through the Atlantic Ocean while participating in Majestic Eagle 2004. (Picture: US Navy) It is reported that Indonesia already expressed interest in the vessel earlier this...
  • Navy eyes high-tech options for future aircraft carriers

    06/02/2013 1:30:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Business Standard ^ | May 31, 2013 | Ajai Shukla
    Navy eyes high-tech options for future aircraft carriers General Atomics briefs navy on magnetic catapult that launches unmanned fighters The Indian Navy — one of just nine navies that operate aircraft carriers — is thinking high-tech in planning its second indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vishal. The admirals are deciding whether INS Vishal, still only a concept, should launch aircraft from its deck using a technology so advanced that it is not yet in service anywhere: the Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS). Getting a fully loaded combat aircraft airborne off a short, 200-metre-long deck is a key challenge in aircraft carrier...
  • IKE trains British Sailors

    05/20/2013 2:26:51 PM PDT · by Smartisan · 8 replies
    US Navy ^ | 5/17/2013 | US Navy
    U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (NNS) -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) (IKE) is one of several U.S. Navy ships training British Sailors on large-deck flight operations as the United Kingdom prepares to launch the first Royal Navy aircraft carrier in more than 30 years. The US-UK Long Lead Specialist Skills Program (LLSSP) commenced in early 2013 with British Sailors aboard IKE and Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The program is an opportunity for British Sailors to regain operational experience at sea while their carriers are under construction. "The training the guys have received on board...
  • Upper Bow Section Placed on Gerald R. Ford Carrier

    Huntington Ingalls Industries announced Monday a milestone in the construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) with the addition of the ship’s upper bow section at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) in Virginia. The upper bow completes the ship’s flight deck and extends the overall length of the carrier to its full size, which measures 1,106 feet. “Placement of the upper bow gives our entire shipbuilding team a great sense of accomplishment,” said Rolf Bartschi, NNS’ vice president, CVN 78 carrier construction. “We have now structurally erected the flight deck to its full length.” The 787 metric...
  • LAAD 2013: DCNS reveals Brazilian carrier design

    04/09/2013 1:54:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Shephard ^ | 09 April 2013 | Tim Fish
    LAAD 2013: DCNS reveals Brazilian carrier design DCNS is offering an adapted version of its PA2 design for a future Brazilian aircraft carrier. A model of a 60,000t displacement 285m-long PA2 carrier is being shown by the company at the LAAD exhibition in Rio de Janeiro. Eric Perrot, DCNS surface ships project director, told Shephard that the Brazilian Navy had plans to acquire one or two new aircraft carriers to replace their existing carrier, NAe Sao Paulo, after 2025. The Brazilian Navy released a request for proposals (RfP) in 2012 for specifications for aircraft carriers and Perrot said that DCNS...
  • Bridge installation a milestone for UK carrier build

    03/15/2013 3:48:48 AM PDT · by Smartisan · 10 replies
    The Defence Secretary was in Scotland today to watch an enormous bridge section fitted to the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier. During a visit to Rosyth shipyard, Mr Hammond oversaw the 700-tonne section being lifted into place on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Nearly two thirds of the ship has now been built and the structure is due to be completed by the end of this year. The carrier is then expected to leave the dockyard in 2014 before beginning sea trials with the Royal Navy. The forward island, fitted today, houses the bridge where the captain and navigation...
  • U.S. Navy Photo of the Day: Power Passing Power

    03/01/2013 9:50:14 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 18 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | June 21, 2011 | U.S. Navy MC2 Brooks B. Patton Jr.
    On the right the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) passes the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Red Sea's Strait of Bab el-Mandeb on June 21, 2011. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20060917.htm (medium, large) The Photographer Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (MC2) Brooks B. Patton Jr., United States Navy  
  • US Navy unable to refuel carrier due to budget cuts

    02/08/2013 2:19:46 PM PST · by Saint X · 57 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 2/8/13 | Sam LaGrone
    The U.S. Navy will delay the refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for an unknown period because of the uncertain fiscal environment due to the ongoing legislative struggle, the service told Congress in a Friday message obtained by USNI News.
  • See China’s First Successful Fighter Jet Landing on an Aircraft Carrier

    11/25/2012 10:05:10 AM PST · by Errant · 59 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 25 November, 2012 | Liz Klimas
    BEIJING (TheBlaze/AP) — Just as it has had many firsts recently with its space program efforts, China has successfully completed another first for its naval aspirations. The country landed its first fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, which entered service two months ago, the country’s official news agency confirmed Sunday
  • China's First Carrier Pointed At Japan Over Senkakus

    09/27/2012 1:09:09 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 26 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | September 27, 2012
    Far East: Wars have started over less weighty issues than the sovereignty of islands in the East China Sea called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. They are barely rocks above water, but they sit atop valuable resources and are rapidly becoming a flash point as a rising power confronts one whose sun has set. These islands have become involved in a three-way tug of war between China, Taiwan and Japan with each sending fishing boats, even armed vessels, to the area. Private boats from Japan recently journeyed to the Senkakus to plant the Japanese flag one more time....
  • Iran Claims to Have 'Carrier-Killer' Missile; Experts Skeptical

    08/15/2012 1:09:42 PM PDT · by Saint X · 40 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | August 15, 2012 | U.S. Naval Institute
    As the United States continues to help Israel improve its missile defense shield due to growing fears of possible attack by Syria and Iran, claims by Iran that it has developed its own ‘carrier-killer’ that can evade U.S. Navy defense systems to hit ships in the Persian Gulf are drawing skepticism from naval experts. As first reported by Jane’s Defence Weekly , Iran released images of a test last month in which the Khalij Fars antiship ballistic missile was launched and struck a moving target. The missile is purported to be a smaller version of China’s modified Dong Feng 21,...
  • Russia to Build New Aircraft Carrier After 2020

    07/26/2012 9:17:19 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 26 July 2012 | Staff
    Russia will begin building new aircraft carriers after 2020, Russian navy chief Viktor Chirkov said on Thursday, in a major boost to Moscow's ability to deploy air power abroad. “At the moment, the construction bureau has received its assignment, the documents are being processed, and the money for the construction program has been allocated,” Chirkov said. If the plans reach fruition, it would be a major boon to the Russian navy, which currently fields only one aging aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov. The Kuznetsov, part of the navy’s Northern Fleet, was built in 1985 and has been scheduled to undergo...
  • Pentagon Sending Aircraft Carrier to Mideast Early

    07/16/2012 3:29:53 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 8 replies
    Associated Press/ABC News ^ | 16 July 2012 | PAULINE JELINEK
    The Pentagon is sending an aircraft carrier to the Middle East several months early to make sure at least two carriers will constantly be present in the troubled region. There are two carriers in the area now, but one was scheduled to leave before its replacement arrived to fill that gap, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has approved sending by late summer the USS John C. Stennis strike group, which also includes the Aegis guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay and some 5,500 sailors. The extra presence was approved late last week on a request by Gen. James Mattis, commander of U.S....
  • Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush Visit CVN 77

    06/11/2012 12:18:37 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 35 replies
    NAVY ^ | June 11 2012 | Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Benjamin Kelly
    USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS) -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) hosted the ship's namesake, former President George H.W. Bush, and his son, former President George W. Bush, for a promotion and reenlistment ceremony off the coast of Kennebunkport, Maine, June 10. "It's a great honor to be out here," said George H.W. Bush. "I'm thrilled to be on this vessel that bears my name, and I'm very proud of all of those that re-up'd for service to our great country." The ship's sponsor, Doro Bush Koch, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and other members of the...
  • (VANITY) Why are the Queen Elizibeth class carriers not nuclear powered?

    06/04/2012 8:09:00 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 22 replies
    June 4 2012 | me
    The 2 Rolls Royce MT30 gas turbines on the Queen Elizabeth class don't seem very powerful compared to the 2 A4W nuclear reactors on the Gerald R. Ford class
  • USS Gerald R Ford Reaches A Construction Milestone

    05/27/2012 9:06:09 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 29 replies
    The USS Gerald R. Ford, a huge new aircraft carrier, reached a milestone in its pricey and extensive construction Thursday when its final keel section was lowered into place at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. The 680-metric-ton lower bow unit is one of the largest of the 500 modules that will make up the completed ship and is over 60-feet-tall. The bulbous bow seen in the picture shifts water flow around the hull, reducing drag and thus increasing speed, range, fuel efficiency, and stability. Carriers with bulbous bows have achieve about 12 to 15 percent increased fuel efficiency than vessels...
  • US Navy deploys 2nd aircraft carrier to Gulf

    04/09/2012 10:41:46 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 118 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/08/2012 | Associated Press
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along with the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks one of the few times the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating in waters near the Persian Gulf, said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. The two carriers will support the American military operations in Afghanistan and anti-piracy efforts off Somalia's coast and in the Gulf of Aden,...
  • China Carrier Preps for Flight Ops?

    03/19/2012 9:35:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | March 19, 2012 | David Axe
    China Carrier Preps for Flight Ops? Photos posted to the Internet in China last week seem to confirm that the Chinese Navy has installed arrestor gear and other vital equipment on its refurbished Soviet-made aircraft carrier, the ex-Varyag. If genuine, the installations could represent a big step forward for the first-ever seaborne, fixed-wing aviation capability for the People's Liberation Army Navy. One image appears to show a traditional four-wire arrangement on the aft flight deck of the roughly 1,000-foot-long carrier. Another depicts a small tractor of the type used to move aircraft around the deck. The ex-Varyag, which was speculated...
  • Storied carrier, 'the Big E,' makes final voyage

    03/10/2012 3:53:50 PM PST · by DemforBush · 127 replies · 3+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 3/10/12 | BROCK VERGAKIS
    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — When the makers of "Top Gun" were filming on board the USS Enterprise, they donated a set of black fuzzy dice to liven up the ship's otherwise drab interior. A quarter-century later, the dice will still be dangling inside the tower of "the Big E" as the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sets sail on its final voyage Sunday...
  • CARRIER LANDING TERROR!

    This is very unnerving, landing with deck pitching 30 feet, at night, low on fuel. Incredible. You will never forget viewing this. I have seen a lot of aviation videos but the two videos below are undoubtedly the best. Turn on your sound. I guarantee this will definitely hold your attention.
  • Carrier Disposal Proves Difficult to Navy

    02/20/2012 10:16:12 PM PST · by U-238 · 60 replies
    Naval Open Source INTelligence ^ | 2/20/2012 | Naval Open Source INTelligence
    flight decks that once thundered and boomed with jet aircraft are silent. The passageways and compartments where thousands of sailors worked, ate and slept are empty. The once meticulously swept and kept decks are worn and torn, some covered in bird droppings. The names of the Navy’s seven decommissioned non-nuclear aircraft carriers conjure up well-earned reputations as Cold War bulwarks. And while at least some are the objects of preservation efforts, chances are slim more than one will survive as a museum ship. The rest are taking up valuable pier space, and the only thing the Navy wants now is...
  • Navy: Carrier cost overruns may hit $1.1 billion

    01/03/2012 3:40:19 PM PST · by em2vn · 19 replies
    Pilot Online ^ | 01-02-2012 | Tony Capaccio
    The Navy has estimated a worst-case cost overrun of as much as $1.1 billion for the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, the service's most expensive warship. The carrier is being built in Newport News by Huntington Ingalls Industries under a cost-plus, incentive-fee contract in which the Navy pays for most of the overruns. Even so, the service's efforts to control expenses may put the company's $579.2 million profit at risk, according to the Navy.
  • Satellite Takes Picture of Chinese Carrier on the Move

    12/14/2011 7:44:39 PM PST · by dr_lew · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/14/2011 | Fox News
    DENVER – DigitalGlobe Inc., a commercial satellite company, said Wednesday that it took a photograph of China’s first aircraft carrier during a sea trial in the Yellow Sea, off the Chinese coast.
  • US Government Urges American Citizens to Leave Syria as US Aircraft Carrier Approaches

    11/24/2011 2:02:26 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 65 replies
    US Government Urges American Citizens to Leave Syria as US Aircraft Carrier Approaches As the violent crackdown against Syrian dissidents continues, the US government is warning all American citizens in the country to leave immediately, according to CBS. Turkish citizens are also being warned to stay out of the country. The US ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, was pulled from that country last month. The U.S. embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens in Syria to depart immediately while commercial transportation is available,” began a statement released Wednesday on the embassy website. “The number of airlines serving Syria has decreased significantly...
  • US nuclear aircraft carrier George Bush crippled by toilet outages

    11/17/2011 4:33:31 PM PST · by Zakeet · 69 replies
    The A Register (UK) ^ | November 17, 2011 | Lewis Page
    The US Navy's newest and mightiest nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS George H W Bush*, has been plagued by continual failures in its lavatories, according to reports. Sailors have been forced into increasingly desperate measures to relieve themselves. The Navy Times, following up initial stories of the problems appearing on blogs, quotes members of the 5,000-strong ship's complement as stating that at times there hasn't been a single working head – as lavs are known at sea – anywhere aboard the entire mighty hundred-thousand-ton warship. Reportedly the Bush is fitted with no less than 423 thrones, but it appears...
  • Toilet troubles add to sailors' deployment stress on carrier

    11/16/2011 12:11:59 PM PST · by same old song · 60 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | November 15, 2011 | Corinne Reilly
    It may seem like a trivial inconvenience in the scheme of things, but it's become routine enough that some sailors aboard the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush say it's affecting their morale, their health and their job performance: Since the ship left for its maiden combat deployment in May, its toilet system has suffered outages so frequently that crew members sometimes can't find a single working commode. Over the weekend, the mother of one Bush sailor became so upset by her son's repeated reports of widespread toilet outages that she blasted a news release about it to reporters across...
  • Russian Navy to be decked out with flattops (Carriers)

    The Russian Navy has reportedly agreed to build a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to expand the country’s influence in the world’s oceans. The decision though is yet to be approved by the president. Currently, Russia has only aircraft cruiser, Admiral Kuznetsov, which was launched back in 1985. For years it was debated as to whether the country needs more flattops or if having atomic subs and cruisers would be enough to face modern challenges. Finally, Russian admirals selected the so-called American model of the fleet: ship groups with an aircraft carrier in the center, writes Izvestia daily. The marine officers believe...
  • China's First Aircraft Carrier Starts Sea Trials (let's sink it!)

    08/09/2011 9:19:37 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | 8/9/11 | AFP
    China's first aircraft carrier on Wednesday left its shipyard in the country's northeast to start its first sea trial, the state news agency Xinhua said.
  • China boosts naval power with carrier program: sources

    07/27/2011 10:16:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/27/11 | Ben Blanchard and Benjamin Lim - Reuters
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China is building two aircraft carriers as part of a military modernization program that is causing concern among other Asian countries, sources said on Wednesday. President Hu Jintao has made the navy a keystone of China's defense upgrade, and the carriers will be among the most visible signs of its rising military prowess. ... "Two aircraft carriers are being built at the Jiangnan shipyard in Shanghai," a source with ties to China's Communist Party leadership told Reuters, requesting anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the program. China's Defense Ministry has confirmed the existence of...
  • HELP WITH FURNACE REPLACEMENT

    07/27/2011 11:38:26 AM PDT · by WHATNEXT? · 76 replies
    me | today | me
    Our furnace has quit and a major decision has to be made. We have a gas (propane) furnace that has lasted 15 years. The outside cooling unit would still work IF the furnace fan system was working. The furnace people have recommended Carrier. They also carry Trane. Does anybody have recent experience with the duel system with gas and heat pump? This will be a major expense, more than 15,000.00 so anybody with knowledge to help guide me to the best decision of a bad deal would be appreciated.
  • Navy Names Next Aircraft Carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)

    05/29/2011 5:36:19 PM PDT · by Tatze · 145 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Department of Defense ^ | 5/29/2011 | Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today the next Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be named the USS John F. Kennedy. The selection John F. Kennedy, designated CVN 79, honors the 35th President of the United States and pays tribute to his service in the Navy, in the government, and to the nation. “President John F. Kennedy exemplified the meaning of service, not just to country, but service to all humanity,” said Mabus. “I am honored to have the opportunity to name the next aircraft carrier after this great sailor and inspirational leader, and to keep the rich...
  • CARRIER LANDING TERROR!

    This is very unnerving, landing with deck pitching 30 feet, at night, low on fuel. Incredible. You will never forget viewing this. I have seen a lot of aviation videos but the two videos below are undoubtedly the best. Turn on your sound. I guarantee this will definitely hold your attention.
  • Chinese Carrier Lacks Fighters

    05/06/2011 6:31:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | May 5, 2011 | David Axe
    Chinese Carrier Lacks Fighters May 5, 2011 By David Axe If China's navy wants to undertake real long-range operations, its new aircraft carrier will need a more diverse air wing. As noted by Douglas Paal here over the weekend, in recent weeks, the Chinese navy has taken big steps toward deploying its first aircraft carrier, underscoring the nation's rapid ascent as a world power. Twelve years after Beijing purchased the incomplete Russian aircraft carrier Varyag, the 60,000-ton vessel — renamed Shi Lang — is reportedly on track to begin sea trials this summer. Shi Lang's first planes are nearly ready,...
  • Mich. St. Spartans, UNC Tarheels to play on an aircraft carrier (Carrier Classic on Veterans Day)

    04/14/2011 4:54:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Deseret News ^ | 4/13/11
    Spartans, UNC to play on an aircraft carrierBy Reporter, Deseret News Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 12:11 a.m. MDT SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Sports Commission has confirmed that Michigan State and North Carolina will play in the Carrier Classic on Veterans Day, the first NCAA basketball game to be played aboard an aircraft carrier. The commission, working with Morale Entertainment Foundation, says it has received written commitments from the two schools and that approval from the U.S. Navy is expected soon. Organizers haven't announced which aircraft carrier will host the Nov. 11 game.
  • Military Crew Said to Be Exposed to Radiation, but Officials Call Risk in U.S. Slight

    03/13/2011 8:58:12 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/13/11 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    The Pentagon was expected to announce that the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, which is sailing in the Pacific, passed through a radioactive cloud from stricken nuclear reactors in Japan, causing crew members on deck to receive a month’s worth of radiation in about an hour, government officials said Sunday.
  • Final farewell for decommissioned warship HMS Ark Royal

    03/13/2011 11:49:58 AM PDT · by I still care · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | Mar 11, 2011 | BBC
    The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal has been decommissioned at a ceremony in its home base of Portsmouth. The warship was scrapped after 25 years' service as part of the government's defence budget review. The move leaves the Navy without the capability of launching fixed-wing aircraft until replacements come into service at the end of the decade.
  • USS Ronald Reagan to Spend a Year at Bremerton Naval Yard

    01/19/2011 10:16:45 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 50 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 1/19/2011 | Kitsap Sun
    BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan is scheduled for work at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in January 2012. The Kitsap Sun says it will undergo maintenance similar to the yearlong $250 million job the shipyard began in December on the aircraft carrier Nimitz.