Communist China Trials Y-7 Transport for Carrier Ops

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently held simulation training for transport aircraft to land on aircraft carriers, with military analysts saying on Wednesday that the move indicated that China is now developing fixed-wing transport aircraft and special mission aircraft including early warning aircraft for its third aircraft carrier, thanks to the latter’s electromagnetic catapults. The PLA Naval Aviation…

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Norwegian Helps RN Prepare for Arctic Aircraft Carrier Operations

The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers are now more prepared for the rigours of Arctic operations thanks in part to ice man, Commander Harald Thor Straten, of the Royal Norwegian Navy. Cdr Thor Straten joined HMS Prince of Wales for a month during Arctic exercises, sharing more than 40 years’ experience of operating in the extreme cold. HMS Prince of…

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China Hints at Launching of Third Aircraft Carrier

Propaganda Shanghai-based Jiangnan Shipyard is preparing for resumption of production on Saturday, the 73rd founding anniversary of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, following the COVID-19 resurgence in the city. The PLA Navy on Friday released a promotional video on China’s aircraft carrier program, in which it gave a very obvious hint that the country’s third aircraft carrier will…

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Admiral Kuznetsov to Enter Drydock Next Month

Russia’s aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will enter a dock for repairs and upgrade in April, two sources in the defense-industrial complex told TASS on Tuesday. “According to the current plan the aircraft carrier will enter a dock for repairs at the 35th plant in April. The repairs will last till September,” one source said. The other source confirmed this, adding…

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CNO Visits Norfolk for 100 Years of Carrier Aviation Celebration

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday traveled to Hampton Roads, Virginia, for the 100 Years of Carrier Aviation Celebration, to visit local commands and to meet with Sailors and industry partners, March 20-21. Gilday delivered remarks during the centennial celebration ceremony, hosted by the Navy League, held to honor the legacy of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and…

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FRCSW VRT Supports USCG Ship Repairs

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest’s (FRCSW) Voyage Repair Team (VRT) is staffed by approximately 30 artisans who handle the maintenance, modifications and repairs to the flight decks of aircraft carriers assigned to or visiting Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI). VRT artisans also deploy to carriers throughout the world in response to fleet Casualty Reports (CASREP) that require depot-level attention to…

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Italian Navy Carrier Joins US Navy and French Navy

In recent days, an intense trilateral training activity has taken place in the Ionian Sea between the Italian, US and French aircraft carrier groups, with the aim of developing and consolidating interoperability and cooperation between the three allied navies. On 6 February, a significant trilateral activity took place in the waters of the Ionian Sea which saw the interaction of…

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ABECSG’s Air Wing of the Future

The USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) participated in Exercise Noble Fusion, a joint and combined naval expeditionary exercise including multiple elements of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, alongside the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific, Feb. 3-7. “Integrating the elements of the dual-MEU/ARG team with the power of the…

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