Browsing: Navy

Here’s a photo from Forth Worth this afternoon, where Lockheed Martin rolled out its first F-35C, the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter.  That’s Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead at the podium. Here’s a little background info. The F-35C will undergo some test flights up at Pax River in Maryland later this year, and the first carrier landing is scheduled for Spring of 2011.

Capitol Hill is buzzing about this report today from Congressional Quarterly: The Pentagon’s Joint Estimating Team, established to independently oversee the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, determined that the plane won’t be able to move out of the development phase and into full production until 2016, rather than in 2014 as the program office has said. But we’re not so sure this is really all that new. We’ve heard about the Joint Estimating Team’s critical assessments before, in this GAO report from May. That report notes a two-year gap in completion dates cited by the Joint Estimating Team and the JSF program office.…

There’ve been a lot of rumors swirling around Washington that the 50-year-old national defense strategy (being able to fight two big wars at the same time) is about to get canned in favor of a new one. Really? What happens if the senior-most military leaders decide that preparing for asymmetrical conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan is more important than fighting a second peer competitor? What are the implications of that for the Navy? That was a question posed by Navy guru Ron O’Rourke the other day during a panel discussion of Naval aviation in Washington. “That would amount to a change in the current force sizing…

  It’s probably a good thing that NASA’s pool of astronauts include quite a few military officers. Who better to understand the “hurry up and wait” lifestyle that is the military? We told you last month about preparations for the planned June 13 launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, whose seven-member crew of space sailors, including only the second Navy SEAL to ever venture into space, will do a 16-day mission that will haul parts of Japan’s Kibo laboratory to the International Space Station. But hydrogen leaks in a gas vent line leading to the exterior fuel tank forced NASA…

There is some pretty clever technology coming down the pike along with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Another reporter and I were wondering the other day about whether the U.S. is actually going to sell all of those bells and whistles to all of the eight foreign militaries that are also buying the F-35. So I posed the question to Cheryl Limrick, the spokeswoman over at the JSF office. Will all of the F-35 international customers really have the same, peer capabilities? Or will the U.S. keep any of the technology for itself? She said: “All JSF participants (US and…

Yesterday we heard rumors that legislators on Capitol Hill would tell the Navy to buy more Super Hornets — despite the fact the Navy has not formally asked for any. That’s no longer a rumor: Today Rep. Gene Taylor marked up the defense authorization bill to include permission for the Navy to enter into a new multi-year contract with Boeing to buy more Super Hornets. Here’s his logic:“This mark clearly indicates that the Navy should build more of these planes instead of trying to extend the life of the older and less capable F/A18A thru D Hornets. It makes absolutely…

Lots of times when Navy officials travel, they don’t actually pay for the trips. Instead, it’s business, associations and foreign governments that pick up the tab. Check out this site here that shows all the trips taken by Navy officials and who paid for them. Just plug in “Navy” or “Naval” in the “Base or Office” search box. (…$5,299 to fly to London and attend the Historic Naval Ships Association Conference in 2006? That’s good work if you can get it.)

No smoking, anywhere, anytime. That’s the new rule imposed last week at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan. One sailor tells Scoop Deck that some khakis will be patrolling around on the edges of hospital property to make sure nobody is sneaking a smoke. “It’s crap” according to the sailor, who confessed to being among those still puffing away in the shadows. A spokesman for the hospital says the move wasn’t really a big change. “Tobacco-use on hospital grounds has already been phased out as the designated smoking area was demolished to allow for more patient parking,” spokesman Richard…

1 65 66 67
css.php