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Ford Getting Fixed, But No Delivery Date Yet: NAVSEA

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON NAVY YARD: The USS Ford is getting back on track, said Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, though the head of Naval Sea Systems Command declined to give a new date for the long-delayed supercarrier to be delivered to the fleet. The Ford program is under review by the Pentagon’s procurement chief, Frank Kendall, and has… Keep reading →

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US Bombs ISIS To Aid Kurds: Strikes By USS George H.W. Bush, Drones

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[UPDATED with details on latest strikes] Yesterday, President Obama ordered humanitarian airdrops to Iraqi refugees and authorized — but did not actually launch — airstrikes on Islamic State forces threatening either the refugees or Erbil, the capital of quasi-independent Kurdistan. This morning, at 6:45 am Washington time, the other shoe dropped, in the form of 500-pound smart bombs… Keep reading →

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The Navy’s Carrier Crunch: Even Without Budget Cuts, Deployments Will Drop

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Navy’s in a carrier crunch. US commanders around the world keep asking for carriers to cover trouble spots from Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan to the Western Pacific and the South China Sea, but the Navy doesn’t have enough to go around. And they may well lose another. In recent years, amazingly, the Navy has managed to increase the number of aircraft… Keep reading →

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Adm. Winter: X-47 Aborted Bush Carrier Landing Not A Problem

Posted by Colin Clark on


AUVSI: The Navy’s experimental carrier stealth drone, the X-47B, would have made a third landing on the USS George H.W. Bush last month but for the fact the plane knew it was doing a test and decided to waive itself off, Adm. Mathias Winter said here this morning. Think about that. This is a plane… Keep reading →

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Navy, Northrop Score Historic First With (Mostly) Successful X-47B Drone Carrier Landings

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[Updated Thursday with details on third, aborted landing attempt] Two out of three ain’t bad, if you’re trying something no one’s ever done before. Landing on the narrow, pitching deck of a Navy aircraft carrier is one of the hardest things a human being can do. Today, for the first time in history, a robot… Keep reading →

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Marines Push Quietly, But Hard, For Navy to Replace C-2s With V-22s

Posted by Richard Whittle on


WASHINGTON: Landing a V-22 Osprey helicopter-style on the sprawling flight deck of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush was a snap, says Marine Corps test pilot Capt. Dan McKinney. With Lt. Col. David Weinstein, McKinney did it a dozen times on March 20 – six landings in daylight, six at night. After their… Keep reading →

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