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  • Two Supercarriers Meet at Sea — One’s Missing Airplanes

    08/11/2017 4:42:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 8, 2017 | David Axe
    The Royal Navy’s new supercarrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and her battle group met the U.S. Navy’s carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the North Atlantic for an exercise beginning on Aug. 1, 2017. The 10-day exercise Saxon Warrior 2017 “allows both U.S. and U.K. naval forces a chance to hone our interoperability skills,” said Rear Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, commander of Bush‘s Carrier Strike Group 2. “Particularly important is the alignment of U.S. carrier strike groups and the U.K. carrier strike group.” Both navies — and one NATO ally — sent ships and crews to the exercise. But one key component...
  • Up close with a US super carrier and the pilots fresh from combat operations

    07/30/2017 8:08:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Save the Royal Navy ^ | JULY 29, 2017
    The arrival of the USS George HW Bush in British waters to participate in exercise Saxon Warrior with the Royal Navy provided a useful opportunity to meet US naval aviators who have recently completed combat missions against ISIS in the Middle East. Although they are very different, inevitable comparisons will also be made between the Nimitz class CVN and the Queen Elizabeth class CVF, which deserve to be put in perspective. The US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 2 have been in action in the Middle East for almost 7 months and there was a high tempo of operations with 99...
  • EMALS Catapult Fixed But Won’t Reach Ford Until 2019

    07/27/2017 6:24:46 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 13 replies
    DOD Buzz ^ | JULY 27, 2017 | POSTED BY: HOPE HODGE SECK
    A new electromagnetic launch system for aircraft carriers that has faltered when attempting to launch heavier planes is now sound thanks to a software fix, Navy officials announced this week. However, it won’t reach the Navy’s new carrier for more than a year. The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, is one of several brand-new technologies installed aboard the first-of-class supercarrier Gerald R. Ford, which was commissioned July 22. The system has drawn the ire of President Donald Trump, who said in a memorable May 11 interview with Time Magazine that he wanted the Navy to return to “goddamned steam”...
  • Cockpit View of Blue Angels Superbowl 50 Flyover

    07/20/2017 8:29:16 AM PDT · by Trumpnation · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-20-17 | JR
    There are no words. What an amazing experience.
  • The F-35 Critics vs. the Facts

    07/04/2017 9:19:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | July 4, 2017 | Chet Richards
    The people working on various aspects of the F-35 fighter program must be very frustrated. The program is still highly classified, so that much that is taking place within the program is simply not available for discussion. And yet, the F-35’s critics are baying and howling and often deliberately misrepresenting the program and its products. The F-35 program is not one program. It is several. Its products are three different aircraft and several brand-new, and highly innovative, technologies. It provides quantum leaps in aviation technology in many different areas. Simultaneously achieving all these technical breakthroughs has obviously proved difficult. But...
  • New Flight Ops Video From China's Carrier Features Loaded Up J-15 Fighters

    07/03/2017 11:21:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    The Drive ^ | JULY 3, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    China's aircraft carrier, the rebuilt Kuznetsov class Liaoning, and its battle group are prowling their way towards Southeast Asia ahead of a much anticipated inaugural and very high-profile visit to Hong Kong. The carrier's port call, which will be yet another major symbol of China's rapidly increasingly military and geopolitical might in the region, is part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the country's reclaiming of the territory from the British Crown. The armada passed through the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, an operation that causes anxieties to soar in Taipei. Fighters and maritime patrol aircraft scrambled from the island...
  • Senators Are Finally Funding A Design Study For A New Light Aircraft Carrier

    06/30/2017 9:21:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 30, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes a sizable downstroke in what could turn into a program to finally build a smaller and less expensive aircraft carrier complement to America's increasingly expensive supercarriers. The provision includes $30M to come up with preliminary designs and cost options for such a ship, which then can be used to quantify the concept and how it would fit into the Navy's overall strategy. The newest supercarrier design, the Ford class, cost upwards of $12B per ship. Meanwhile the Trump Administration has mandated a 12 supercarrier force....
  • Royal Navy's largest ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, to set sail

    06/25/2017 9:09:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    sky NEWS ^ | Monday 26 June 2017 | Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent
    The largest warship ever built in the UK is due to set sail for the first time today. HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier, will leave her dock in Scotland around lunchtime to start two years of sea trials. She is named after Elizabeth the first and is the second ship to carry the name - the first was a World War One battleship. More than 700 crew are onboard, from seamen to aircraft engineers, dentists to force protection. The oldest crew member is 58 and the youngest 17 although the average age is in the early...
  • (U.S.) Navy jet shoots down Syrian warplane that attacked US-backed rebels

    06/18/2017 2:59:50 PM PDT · by Strac6 · 68 replies
    A U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian government warplane after it attacked Washington-backed fighters near ISIS' de facto capital of Raqqa, the U.S.-led coalition said Sunday. In a statement, the coalition said its aircraft "conducted a show of force" to turn back an attack by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's forces on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the town of Ja'Din, south of Tabqah. The coalition confirmed that a U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Su-22 that had dropped bombs near SDF positions. The coalition said the shootdown took place "in accordance with rules of...
  • This Syria-Bound Super Hornet Is Carrying A Uniquely Massive Bomb Load

    06/09/2017 8:18:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 9, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    This F/A-18F Super Hornet, belonging to VFA-213 "Blacklions" and operating aboard the USS George H.W. Bush in the eastern Mediterranean, is equipped with one uniquely massive and highly destructive payload. No less than ten 1,000lb GBU-32 JDAMs are slung under its wings. In addition, a pair of 188lb AIM-9X Sidewinders adorn its wingtips. A 400lb ATFLIR targeting pod is attached on its left intake station, and a 480 gallon centerline fuel tank rounds out its external stores list. Add in the four multiple ejector racks and the pylons, not to mention 412 rounds of 20mm ammo, and this "Rhino's" stores...
  • Why China still can’t beat US to become the world’s most powerful navy

    05/22/2017 8:31:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 22 May, 2017 | Minnie Chan
    China will eventually become the world’s No 2 aircraft carrier power, trailing only the United States, but its carrier strike group air crews are still far below international standard, military experts say. “An aircraft carrier needs regular large-scale maintenance. China should have more than four carrier groups if it wants to fulfil escort missions on the high seas and safeguard its overseas national interests,” Beijing-based naval expert Li Jie said. “A sole aircraft carrier cannot become a fighting force because it needs the presence of other warships to form a strike group, as well as the protection given by other...
  • So what is the real deal in this steam vs electric carrier catapult?

    05/12/2017 3:22:45 AM PDT · by Krosan · 35 replies
    vanity | 05/12/2017 | vanity
    Thought some of you guys might know.
  • China Launched its First Home-Made Aircraft Carrier for PLAN: Type 001A

    04/26/2017 2:53:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Wednesday, 26 April 2017
    The launching ceremony of China's second aircraft carrier was held at the Dalian Shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) on the morning of April 26, 2017. Gen. Fan Changlong, member of the political bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) attended the ceremony and delivered a speech. China Launched its First Home-Made Aircraft Carrier for PLANFive years after commissioning the Liaoning (its first aircraft carrier) China launched this morning its second carrier – the Type 001A. Unlike the Liaoning, Type 001A was fully built in China....
  • US Navy F-18 from carrier Carl Vinson crashes off the Philippines

    04/21/2017 9:56:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    RT News ^ | 04/21/2017
    A fighter pilot was forced to eject during an attempted landing on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Celebes Sea, south of the Philippines, the US Navy has said. The pilot was recovered safely. The F/A-18E fighter jet, which was part of Carrier Air Wing 2, was on final landing approach after conducting “routine flight operations,” US 7th Fleet Command said in a statement. The incident is under investigation. “There are no apparent injuries at this time,” the Navy said, noting that the pilot has been evaluated by medical personnel aboard the Carl Vinson. The carrier is the...
  • Navy Fighters Abandoned In Bush (Temple, TX)

    04/17/2017 12:12:31 AM PDT · by Drago · 8 replies
    AVweb ^ | 04-15-2017 | Russ Niles
    While military aircraft boneyards are nothing new, the YouTube display of the hulks of some ex-Navy fighters in an undeveloped area of Temple, Texas, may be causing some concerns at the Pentagon. A video has emerged of the scattered remains of two F-14 Tomcats and an F-4 Phantom. The aircraft have been stripped of just about everything that can be carried away but exactly how they ended up on private property is the subject of much online speculation. According to a Google Earth image, there is a scrap metal dealer nearby but the aircraft parts are not in their yard....
  • US Navy training jets will be modified as it determines oxygen problem

    04/15/2017 10:59:53 PM PDT · by topher · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 04-15-2017
    The U.S. Navy will allow nearly 200 T-45C aircraft to resume flights Monday under modified conditions while it determines what is causing a lack of oxygen in some cockpits. Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker said Saturday instructor pilots will conduct warm-up flights and then will report back to the remaining pilots and students in their squadrons about the use of the modified equipment. All instructor pilots will complete warmup flights and student pilots will conduct training flights as the week goes on.
  • F-35 Continues to Stumble

    03/31/2017 12:01:48 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 15 replies
    Project on Government Oversight ^ | March 30, 2017 | Dan Grazier
    F-35 Continues to Stumble By: Dan Grazier | March 30, 2017 Quick LinksElectronics Used to Justify Cost Not Delivering CapabilitiesIneffective as a FighterIneffective as an Interdiction BomberIneffective as a Close Air Support PlatformNavy’s F-35 Unsuitable for Carrier OperationsPrice Tag Is the Only Thing Stealthy about the F-35Combat Effectiveness at RiskCan the F-35 Be Where It’s Needed, When It’s Needed?F-35 Reliability ProblemsOfficials Hiding Truth about F-35’s Problems and Delays from TaxpayersMoving ForwardConclusion The F-35 still has a long way to go before it will be ready for combat. That was the parting message of Dr. Michael Gilmore, the now-retired Director of Operational...
  • Trump considering large order of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets!

    02/17/2017 11:49:05 AM PST · by CivilWarBrewing · 48 replies
    February 17, 2017 | CivilWarBrewing
    During his speech before a large Boeing crowd in South Carolina today, President Trump said he is considering a large order for more F/A-18E/F Super Hornets! IMO, the F/A-18 is the all-around greatest fighter jet ever produced. It has proven itself as a reliable and effective all-weather fighter and is a great complement to America's arsenal of F-15's, F-16's, F-22's, and F-35's.
  • Brazil Pulls The Plug On Its Only Aircraft Carrier

    02/15/2017 6:58:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Drive ^ | FEBRUARY 15, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The fate of Brazil’s only aircraft carrier, the French-built Foch, which has carried the name NAe São Paulo since first flying the Brazilian flag in 2000, has been in limbo for over a decade. Now it has finally been announced that the Brazilian Navy has decided to decommission the vessel instead of refitting it for extended service as they had promised on and off over the last decade. The 55-year-old ship is in need of massive repairs—especially to its boilers and catapults—to accommodate Brazil's handful of recently upgraded A-4 (local designation: AF-1) Skyhawks operationally again. You can read all about...
  • Nearly two-thirds of Navy planes grounded due to years of budget cuts

    02/09/2017 5:08:52 AM PST · by ETL · 54 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 07, 2017
    Years of budget cuts have taken a toll on the Navy's fleet of strike fighters. Nearly two-thirds of the Navy's strike fighters are sitting unused because there is not enough money to repair them, according to DefenseNews.com. The Navy has had to deal with declining budgets in recent years even though the demand for military aircrafts carriers remains the same. Congress was unable to produce a budget before the October 1 start of the 2017 fiscal year. Political leaders say Congress' inability to pass the military budget on time is hurting the fleet. In addition to the grounded planes, there...