Minor Injuries Reported After T-45 Training Jet Crash at NAS Kingsville

May 10, 2019 – A Navy T-45C Goshawk aircraft crashed at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, at 2:38 p.m. Friday, May 10. The two pilots, an instructor and a student, suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local medical treatment facility for care. The pilots safely ejected from the aircraft just before it crashed just short of the runway inside the airfield perimeter fence. Emergency services immediately responded to the crash site. The incident is under investigation.

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VP-47 Attends LIMA Exhibition

March 30, 2019 – The “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 participated in the 2019 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition held in Langkawi, Malaysia. Approximately 1,400 U.S. Navy and Air Force personnel are participating in LIMA19. U.S. Navy aircraft on display include a P-8A Poseidon, EA-18G Growler, and MH-60R Seahawk. The 7th Fleet flagship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), and destroyer, USS Preble (DDG 88), participated in the maritime portion of the exhibition. “This detachment will be key in fostering relationships that will be critical in achieving…

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Boeing Receives U.S. Navy Multiyear Contract for F/A-18 Production

March 20, 2019 – With a three-year contract award for 78 F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets, Boeing [NYSE: BA] will play a vital role in the U.S. Navy’s fleet modernization efforts. The Block III configuration adds capability upgrades that include enhanced network capability, longer range, reduced radar signature, an advanced cockpit system and an enhanced communication system. Boeing will begin converting existing Block II Super Hornets to Block III early in the next decade. The fighter’s life also will be extended from 6,000 hours to 10,000 hours. This new multi-year…

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F-35C Achieves Initial Operational Capability

February 28, 2019 – The Commander, Naval Air Forces and the U.S. Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation jointly announced that the aircraft carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C Lightning II, met all requirements and achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC). The Feb. 28 announcement comes shortly after the Department of the Navy’s first F-35C squadron, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, completed aircraft carrier qualifications aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and received Safe-For-Flight Operations Certification. In order to declare IOC, the first operational squadron must be properly…

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Raytheon Wins Contract for P-8A APY-10 Radar Repair

February 1, 2019 – Raytheon Company was awarded the following contract as announced by the Department of Defense on January 9, 2019: Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, was awarded $7,124,695 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N00383-19-F-G000 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-14-G-005D for the repair of the APY-10 radar system used in support of the P-8A aircraft. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.

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Blue Angels Soar Through Aviation Maintenance Inspection

February 2, 2019 – The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, passed their 2019 Aviation Maintenance Inspection (AMI) conducted Jan. 29 – Feb. 1. The AMI is an inspection conducted every two years for each squadron in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to evaluate the effectiveness of the squadron’s maintenance program practices and adherence to Naval Aviation Maintenance Program standards. Commander, Naval Air Forces Aviation Maintenance Management Team 1 evaluated the Blue Angels on a total of 37 programs and found no critical discrepancies. After four days of…

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Blue Blasters Hornet Sundown Ceremony Marks the End of an Era

February 2, 2019 – Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 hosted a sundown ceremony and fly-over for the legacy F/A-18C Hornet aircraft at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 1. Active duty service members, aviation leadership, local media and visitors were in attendance to commemorate the aircraft’s 35 years of active service in the fleet. “Today our VFA-34 family and the operational farewells an old friend,” said Cmdr. William Mathis, commanding officer of VFA-34. “Born more than 40 years ago, the Hornet entered operational service for the U.S.…

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VP-47 Conducts Joint Maritime Patrol Operations with JMSDF

January 31, 2019 – The “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 participated with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF) Fleet Air Wing (FAW) 5 in a coordinated maritime patrol operational procedures (CMPOP) exercise, Jan. 29. “This joint training was an exciting opportunity for VP-47 to work with the JMSDF to reinforce and to continue to build relations with our host nation’s military,” said Lt. Zach Alcairo, VP-47 Combat Aircrew (CAC) 9 mission commander. The exercise further demonstrates military-to-military coordination, while enhancing relations between the U.S. Navy and the JMSDF’s maritime…

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Raytheon to Retrofit F/A-18E/F and EA-18G Aircraft

January 30, 2019 – Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded the following contract as announced by the Department of Defense on January 2, 2019. Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, was awarded $81,224,627 for modification P00007 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract (N00019-17-C-0042). This modification provides for the procurement of 228 configuration components required for completion of Configuration D Retrofit Component engineering change proposals for the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft for the Navy and the government of Australia. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron Pilot Makes Emergency Landing at NAF El Centro

January 22, 2019 – A pilot attached to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, made an emergency landing at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, Jan. 22, with no injuries. The mishap occurred when the F/A-18 Hornet’s main landing gear did not extend on approach to the airfield following a training flight. The pilot landed the aircraft with no injury to himself or ground personnel, and at no time were any other personnel or spectators in danger. The cause of the mishap is under investigation. The Blue…

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Blue Angels Reach Training Milestone Ahead of 2019 Season

January 22, 2019 – U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, reached a major milestone in their annual winter training, Jan. 19, when they completed their first set of training flights over the airfield at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif. The six jet demonstration pilots had been training over the Special Use Airspace adjacent to NAF El Centro, and will continue to do the bulk of their training there for the next few weeks, before moving full time to the air space above NAF El Centro. This is…

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JMSDF Headquarters’ Safety Prayer and ‘Dharma Eye-catching’

January 19, 2019 (Google Translation) – On January 4, (Friday), the commander of the SDF fleet and the main executives wished for safety this year at the running shrine (Yokosuka city). After the safety prayers, we carried out the “eyewear ceremony” of Safety Prayer Dharma in Heisei Fleet Headquarters in 1991. After announcing the resolution of 31 years from each of the chief staffs, we made an eye-catching and finally the commander completed.

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Bell Boeing awarded $144 million for V-22 support

January 18, 2019 – The Bell Boeing Joint Program Office has been awarded an estimated $143,863,184 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for performance-based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform. This is an 11-month base contract with four one-year option periods. Locations of performance are Texas and Pennsylvania for V-22 aircraft belonging to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “As one of the most in-demand assets for the U.S. military, the V-22 needs a support team…

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U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Graduates Class 154

December 11, 2018 – The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School held a graduation ceremony for Class 154 Dec. 7. 34 students successfully completed the intense 11-month course of instruction and were designated as Engineering Developmental Test Pilots, Test Flight Officers and Test Engineers. Graduates included members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force, students from Australia, Israel, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and engineers from NAWCAD. The United States Naval Test Pilot School trains the world’s finest developmental test pilots, flight officers, engineers, industry and foreign partners…

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Strike Fighter Squadron 147 Declares Safe-For-Flight

December 12, 2018 – The “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 completed their carrier qualifications Dec. 12 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the final required component for Commander, Joint Strike Fighter Wing (CJSFW) to issue the squadron its safe-for-flight operations certification. This marks a major milestone for the U.S. Navy toward declaring Initial Operating Capability (IOC) next year. The safe-for-flight operations certification (SFFOC) is the final step for VFA-147’s transition from the F/A-18E Super Hornet to the F-35C Lightning II. This process ensures a squadron is manned with…

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