Tag: Carrier

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group transits the Pacific Ocean – Defence Blog

The U.S. Navy announced on Saturday that the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group transits the Pacific Ocean. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific, according to a recent service news release. Providing maritime security and maintaining freedom of the seas in accordance with international law and customs, the ships and units will operate with international partners and allies to promote regional stability and prosperity. Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 commander Stu Baker said: “The US Navy carrier strike group serves as the centrepiece of deterrence, providing our national command authority with flexible deterrent ... Read more

With Its New Aircraft Carrier, Is China Now a Blue Water Navy? – The Diplomat

Advertisement On a cold bright morning in December 2019, the naval base in the city of Sanya in the Chinese southern island province of Hainan hosted an event that signaled a significant shift in the power projection capability of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). In a ceremony watched over by President Xi Jinping, China’s first indigenously produced aircraft carrier, the Shandong (Type 002), was commissioned into the fleet. Its development, construction, and acceptance into service took place at a frighteningly fast pace — the carrier was only launched in early 2017 with sea trials beginning in May 2018 — ... Read more

Marines Get 1st F-35 Fighter Jet that Can Operate on an Aircraft Carrier

A California-based Marine Corps squadron has received its first F-35C Joint Strike Fighter jet, which can fly off aircraft carriers and make longer-range flights. Lt. Col. Cedar Hinton, commanding officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314, flew the next-generation Lightning II fighter jet to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Tuesday. The Marine Corps has carried out flight operations in the “B” variant of the F-35, which can take off and land vertically on amphibious assault ships, since 2015. This is the first time a Marine squadron has had a “C” variant, which is designed for carrier operations. VMFA-314, known ... Read more

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Aviators completed carrier qualifications aboard USS America – Defence Blog

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has announced that Aviators assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), completed carrier qualifications aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), Jan. 21. America regularly conducts flight operations with VMM-265(REIN) to maintain readiness and integration with the forward deployed naval forces of the America Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG). VMM-265 serves as the Air Combat Element for the 31st MEU. “The United States Marine Corps is our number one warfighting partner,” said Capt. Luke Frost, America’s commanding officer. “Carrier qualification is a fundamental skill that underpins the America Expeditionary ... Read more

First F-35C Carrier Variant Delivered to US Marine Corps

U.S Marine Corps Lt. Col. Cedar L. Hinton, commanding officer of Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), lands VMFA-314’s first F-35C Lightning II on Marine Air Station Miramar, Calif., Jan. 21, 2020. The F-35C will give 3rd MAW a technological advantage by bringing the next wave of 5th generation fighter jets to its arsenal. The F-35C represents the next step in aviation, introducing upgraded internal fuel storage capacity, enhanced stealth capability and the reliability found in other F-35 variants. These capabilities will ensure 3rd MAW is well-equipped to meet the threats of tomorrow. (U.S. ... Read more

First F-35C Carrier Variant Delivered to US Marine Corps

U.S Marine Corps Lt. Col. Cedar L. Hinton, commanding officer of Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), lands VMFA-314’s first F-35C Lightning II on Marine Air Station Miramar, Calif., Jan. 21, 2020. The F-35C will give 3rd MAW a technological advantage by bringing the next wave of 5th generation fighter jets to its arsenal. The F-35C represents the next step in aviation, introducing upgraded internal fuel storage capacity, enhanced stealth capability and the reliability found in other F-35 variants. These capabilities will ensure 3rd MAW is well-equipped to meet the threats of tomorrow. (U.S. ... Read more

Naval Version of India’s Tejas Fighter Conducts Maiden Flight From Aircraft Carrier – The Diplomat

Asia Defense | Security | South Asia The naval variant of India’s Tejas fighter jet conducted its first successful ski jump take-off and arrested landing from the INS Vikramaditya on January 12. Advertisement The naval version of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) conducted its first-ever take off and arrested landing from the Indian Navy’s Kiev-class aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya on January 12, the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced over the weekend. The MoD hailed the successful take-off and landing as an “important milestone.” Commodore Jaideep Maolankar did the maiden landing, according to the MoD. “With the completion of this feat, the ... Read more

Troubled, Wonky: The Most Expensive Aircraft Carrier Ever Built Looks to Shed These Labels

The Navy has mounted an all-out push to move the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford toward deployment and leave a long history of technical problems in its wake. In December, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly ordered the crew of the $12.9 billion warship to meet a series of deadlines starting in spring. On Thursday, he summoned 40 representatives of government and industry to a meeting dubbed the “Make Ford Ready” summit. Bottom line: America’s most expensive warship won’t deploy in 2020, but it should be a very busy year. “I’m extremely bullish on Ford,” Modly said in a post-summit statement, ... Read more

The New Chinese Aircraft Carrier Shandong in the Chinese Sphere of Influence

The Chinese navy has a broad spectrum of various naval assets including submarines and destroyers. However, the introduction of China’s new aircraft carrier, Shandong, represents the start of a new chapter in the history of the People’s Liberation’s Army Navy. Photo by Michael Afonso on Unsplash The entry of this domestically made ship attracted a lot of attention worldwide and is part of President Xi Jinping’s military modernization plan. Although the Shandong is an older soviet, ski-jump style aircraft carrier, future versions could feature the catapult system that US carriers have. The Shandong is also reported to carry only 25 ... Read more

Iran Is Getting Ready to Blow Up Its Fake Aircraft Carrier, Again

To test weapons, try out tactics, and intimidate adversaries, Iranian forces may attack its barge-borne “carrier” as soon as March. The escalating shows of force between the United States and Iran could soon take a theatrical turn. Satellite photos from Planet Labs, obtained exclusively by Defense One, show that Iran has recently completed repairs on a mock aircraft carrier that it could destroy as part of an elaborate military exercise, later in the spring. The “carrier” — a highly-detailed superstructure built on a barge — was heavily damaged in a February 2015 exercise. Last August, Planet’s satellites first captured workers moving the barge inside ... Read more