Seventh Fleet aircraft locates missing mariners in Indian Ocean

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft located a missing fishing vessel July 10, after joining search efforts at the request of the Sri Lankan Navy. The vessel was located by an aircraft from the “Pelicans” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet and flew out of Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia. “As we continue to explore the operational reach and agility of the P-8A Poseidon, the trust and relationships we build with our multi-national partners becomes more and more apparent in such a complex and…

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NAS Oceana 2018 Air Show Dates Announced

Naval Air Station Oceana will host the 2018 Air Show, scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Sept. 22 and 23. The event is free, open to the public and designed to showcase the skills of naval aviators and provide an opportunity to connect the military and local community. The theme of this year’s air show is Naval Air Station Oceana 75th Anniversary. Originally opened in 1943 in the mudflats of Virginia Beach, Naval Air Station Oceana is now the Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base and home to all of…

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Whidbey Island Search-and-Rescue Sailors Safeguard Lives

The smell of pine trees and the peacefulness of rushing rivers in the high country is evident across much of the state of Washington. The region is a hiker’s dream. However, this beautiful landscape has a potentially lethal side that can claim the lives of even the most-experienced hikers. Luckily, sailors from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Search and Rescue team are on 24-hour duty. Saving People “Our job is to go out and save people, whether it’s pulling them out from the water or from the side of a…

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U.S. Navy, Australia sign agreement for Triton UAS

The Australian government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Navy June 25, to purchase up to six MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Air Systems (UAS). The MOU outlines the cooperative agreement between the two countries which will allow Australia to influence future design and development of the program. The Royal Australian Air Force plans to operate Triton alongside the P-8A Poseidon to support its maritime patrol and other surveillance roles. “Our team is eager to partner with Australia and enhance our ability to improve Australian and U.S. capabilities in…

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Rockwell Collins completes preliminary design review for U.S. Navy TCTS Inc. II program

Rockwell Collins has successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS Inc. II) program with the U.S. Navy and has been approved to begin detailed design work. Performed on schedule with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Naval Aviation Training Systems (PMA-205) program office, the PDR was attended by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) members in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from Feb. 20-23. “For a program of this complexity, the successful completion of PDR just 11 months after program award is a testament…

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USS John C. Stennis Gets Underway

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) departed Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, June 14. John C. Stennis is underway to conduct routine training, after embarking air wing in San Diego, in preparation for its next scheduled deployment. John C. Stennis Sailors are scheduled to carry out flight operations, damage control and firefighting training, seamanship training, medical training, and exercises designed to maintain technical and tactical proficiency in a variety of warfare areas.

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Autonomous Helicopter Technology Wins Another Major Award

On May 16, a revolutionary advancement in autonomous flight capability was recognized with one of the nation’s top innovation awards. The Howard Hughes Award – given by the American Helicopter Society, was presented to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Aurora Flight Sciences for their joint work on the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System, or AACUS. AACUS allows any rotary-wing aircraft to fly completely autonomously and enables mission success even in austere environments. “The team is honored to be recognized for our work,” said Dr. Knox Millsaps, head of…

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Sikorsky Begins CH-53 King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter Deliveries

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, delivered the first CH-53 King Stallion helicopter to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) today. The aircraft is the first of an expected 200 helicopters for the Marine Corps’ fleet. The CH-53K is the new build replacement for the U.S. Marine Corps’ aging CH-53E Super Stallion fleet. The CH-53E first flew in 1974 and entered service with the USMC in 1981. “Our first delivery of a CH-53K to the Marine Corps marks the start of a new generation of true heavy lift helicopter deliveries by Sikorsky…

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US Navy Orders Additional Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds

Lockheed Martin received a $23.1 million contract award from the U.S. Navy for follow-on production of Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTRs) to support the service’s Paveway™ II Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) weapons training. The award exercises the initial option of the contract negotiated in 2017 and extends ELGTR production into late 2020. “ELGTR is the only proven low-cost, guided trainer for Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs around the world,” said Jason Golden, ELGTR program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “With more than 167,000 LGTR/ELGTRs delivered since…

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U.S. Navy Orders Thousands of Additional BAE Systems APKWS Laser-guided Rockets

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $175 million contract for more than 7,000 cost-efficient Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS©) laser-guided rockets. This latest award was made under the Navy’s 2016 $600 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, which is the contracting vehicle to supply APKWS to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, as well as an increasing number of allied nations. This award extends that contract’s initial unit production cap and total value to meet the growing demand. The company expects additional…

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F-35 gets precision target engagement with Raytheon JSOW missile

Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy completed the final developmental test to integrate the Joint Standoff Weapon C onto the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s C variant, keeping the low-cost, air-to-ground missile on track for full deployment in 2019. The JSOW glide weapon uses a GPS-inertial navigation system with an imaging infrared seeker that can identify and track targets autonomously. JSOW C weighs 1,000 pounds and is effective against high-value land targets at ranges greater than 70 nautical miles, day or night, and in adverse weather conditions. “With JSOW C in…

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First-of-kind P-8A ground test saves $11.2 million, reduces schedule

Seeking to improve “Speed to Fleet,” a team from across the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) test and evaluation community created, developed and successfully completed capabilities-based testing and evaluation in a Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) environment for P-8A Poseidon mission systems. “There were two firsts in this test event,” said David DeMauro, senior engineer with the Integrated Battlespace Simulation and Test (IBST) department at the time. “It was the first time ever that a successful dynamic Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Interrogator (IFFI) simulation was executed on…

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Naval aviation depots improving aircraft production

Naval Air Systems Command’s Fleet Readiness Centers have eliminated the backlog of aircraft awaiting depot-level repairs and met production goals for the last two years, according to Martin Ahmad, deputy Commander, Fleet Readiness Center (COMFRC). Ahmad briefed the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) and COMFRC’s recent and future initiatives at the Sea Air Space Exposition April 10. Motivated by a sense of urgency and our near-peer competitors, COMFRC is focused on delivering readiness, he said. “We have to win the fight, and to win it, we have to have equipment on…

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Abraham Lincoln Tests ATARI

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was the first kid on the block to get a new ATARI. No, not the iconic gaming system from the 80s, but a system designed to remotely land aircraft on a carrier. Abraham Lincoln’s friends, the other carriers, should be jealous. ATARI, or aircraft terminal approach remote inceptor, was, for the first time ever, successfully demonstrated during a touch-and-go on an aircraft carrier while conducting carrier qualifications and flight testing aboard Abraham Lincoln. ATARI gives Landing Signal Officers (LSOs) the ability to take over and…

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