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  • 14 September 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) is preparing to embark two F-35Bs on board the United Kingdom’s newest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for first of class flight trials (fixed wing) this fall. Nearly 200 ITF personnel—active duty US and UK military, US Department of Defense (DOD) civilians as well as contractors from […]

  • 10 November 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter is prepared for launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 is currently conducting initial at-sea trials aboard Nimitz. Image: Lockheed Martin by Andy Wolfe

  • 3 November 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    The U.S. Navy recently shared news of the Marines’ F-35B stealth fighter jet conducting trials aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America. A total of seven of the STOVL (short take-off vertical landing) variants of the Lockheed Martin-built jet are embarked on USS America for both developmental and operational testing. Also on board are Royal Navy and […]

  • 18 October 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    UK’s F-35B fighter jets are now cleared for take-off from the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth after they passed land-based ski-ramp trials. This was announced by UK defense minister Harriett Baldwin who spoke on Tuesday before the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. “Successful ski-ramp trials mean the F-35 is cleared to fly […]

  • 10 December 2018

    Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Portsmouth today following the completion of initial fast jet trials in America. The 65,000-ton carrier’s first transatlantic deployment, which began in August, saw her embark two F-35B Lightning II test aircraft, from the Integrated Test Force (ITF) based out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. […]

  • 4 October 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    US Navy’s USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) successfully completed its first arrested landing of an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, Oct. 2. The arrested landing is part of the second phase of at-sea Developmental Testing (DT-II) for the F-35C, which is expected to last two weeks. These test phases ensure aircraft meet specifications and […]

  • 9 January 2014
    Industry news

    BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair has received a 13.89 million contract for the planned maintenance work on USS Wasp (LHD 1). The dry-docking planned maintenance availability will update and improve USS Wasp’s military and technical capabilities. Under the contract, BAE Systems will plan and execute depot-level maintenance, alterations and modifications on the warship. USS Wasp […]

  • 22 October 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    Royal Navy aviators embarked aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will be taking part in submarine-hunting tests with the US Navy. According to the Royal Navy, the 820 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) are sending a team and two of their Merlin Mk2 helicopters to the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre, to take part […]

  • 21 August 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    Spewing out 25mm rounds at three times the speed of sound, this is the Gatling gun which will be fitted to the UK Fleet Air Arm’s new stealth fighter firing a concerted burst. The four-barrel gun – which will be used to strafe targets on the ground or in aerial dogfights – let rip with […]

  • 21 November 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    The F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter jets that are currently carrying out the third developmental test phase (DT-III) aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) reached a new milestone as the program completed weapons load testing on November 16. A group of the next-generation aircraft from Patuxent River Integrated Test Force tested flying qualities at […]

  • 22 November 2018
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education, Vessels

    The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier has completed the final round of F-35B trials for this year and is heading home after spending two months off the US East Coast. F-35 Lightning stealth fighter jets took off from the carrier’s flight deck on November 19, after a total of 202 takeoffs, 187 vertical landings and […]

  • 10 November 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    The new U.S. stealth jet, F-35B Lightning II, completed a new milestone during its third and final developmental test phase (DT-III) aboard USS America (LHA 6) by completing the first power module and engine swap at sea in the ship’s hangar bay. Mark Schroeder, the maintenance and logistics department head for the F-35 Pax (Patuxent) […]

  • 24 June 2014

    Capt. Wes Naylor relieved Capt. Steve “Snak” Nakagawa as commanding officer of the US Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and Naval Support Activity Orlando during a change of command ceremony June 20.   The ceremony was held at 10 a.m. in front of NSA Orlando’s de Florez Complex before an audience of […]

  • 17 November 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development, Training & Education

    The F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducted its first carrier-based night flight operations aboard an aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego Nov. 13. Navy test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Ted “Dutch” Dyckman piloted F-35C test aircraft CF-03 for the inaugural night flight, taking off from USS Nimitz (CVN 68). At 6:01 […]

  • 17 August 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Training & Education

    Photos: USS George Washington Public Affairs/US Navy F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft and their crew landed aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) on August 14 to complete developmental testing (DT-III). Tests of the Navy’s newest strike fighter will be carried out by Patuxent River Integrated Test Force team of test pilots, engineers and squadron Sailors and […]

  • 12 September 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    USS Abraham Lincoln, the first US Navy aircraft carrier capable of accommodating the F-35C Lightning II, welcomed the fifth-generation jet fighter on board earlier this month. The “Grim Reapers” of Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA 101), the training squadron for the F-35C, joined the USS Abraham Lincoln while underway on September 3. “The F-35C is […]

  • 23 August 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    A team of four F-35B test pilots are making final preparations for taking their aircraft aboard Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth next month. Two specially-modified F-35Bs and four pilots – Mr Wilson from BAE, the RN’s Cdr Nathan Gray, Sqn Ldr Andy Edgell and a US Marine Corps aviator – will conduct the […]

  • 10 August 2012
    Training & Education

    The F-35 Lightning II accomplished a significant test milestone Aug. 8 when the aircraft successfully released a weapon in flight. BF-3, a short take-off and vertical landing F-35 variant, executed an inert 1,000-pound GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) separation weapon over water in an Atlantic test range while traveling at 400 knots at an […]

  • 5 November 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Training & Education

    The Navy made aviation history Nov. 3 as an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducted its first arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego. Navy test pilot Cmdr. Tony Wilson landed F-35C test aircraft CF-03 at 12:18 p.m. aboard USS Nimitz’s (CVN 68) flight deck. The arrested […]

  • 18 September 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Norfolk, Virginia, after evading Hurricane Florence which hit the East Coast of the USA. The ‘WESTLANT 18’ Task Group, which includes the carrier’s escort, HMS Monmouth, was forced to take evasive action to avoid the damaging winds which have lashed North and South Carolina and Virginia, […]

  • 24 November 2014
    Training & Education

    The “Grim Reapers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the US Navy’s first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant squadron, reached a milestone in November 2014 by surpassing 1,000 mishap-free flight hours in the F-35C. As the F-35C Fleet Replacement Squadron, VFA-101, homeported at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, trains Navy aircrew and maintenance personnel to […]

  • 4 October 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    F-35 Lightning jets achieved another milestone during flight trials on board the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth by completing first night-time landings. Britain’s biggest warship is currently conducting flight testing off the east coast of the United States and part of that is practicing landing in darkness. These tests were carried out with […]

  • 19 August 2013
    Training & Education

    Two F-35B Lightning II jets (BF-01 and BF-05) touched down aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) Aug. 12, kicking off week of Development Testing II (DT-II) where Wasp Sailors and Integrated Test Force (ITF) team members are testing and further validating the F-35B. DT-II is the second of three test phases encompassing […]

  • 30 September 2013
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    To assist the U.S. Navy’s Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR) program with effective planning, conducting and reporting of operational test and evaluation tasks, Alion Science and Technology, a global engineering, technology and operational solutions company, has been awarded a $43 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity omnibus contract. Alion will compete for task orders to provide critical […]

  • 24 May 2018

    Royal Navy sailors who will be in charge of flight deck operations aboard the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) have visited Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland to get acquainted with the F-35B Lightning II. Up to this point, flying control and flight deck control teams assigned to the UK’s flagship aircraft carrier have […]

  • 18 March 2019
    Authorities, Industry news

    UK defense contractor BAE Systems announced it has started work on the integration of Meteor air-to-air and SPEAR surface attack missiles on to the UK’s fleet of F-35B fighter jets. As explained by the company, it has received an initial funding award from Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor on the F-35 program, to start integration […]

  • 8 December 2011
    Training & Education

    The Brazilian Navy recently tested an integrated combat system provided by Lockheed Martin on the SS Tapajo, a U209 (Tupi)-class submarine. The exercise marks Brazil’s first use of the combat system and demonstrates its compatibility with international allied navies. The SS Tapajo’s integrated combat system detected, tracked and launched Mark 48 Mod 6AT torpedoes at […]

  • 14 December 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Vessels

    US defense contractor Raytheon announced it has completed design, development and testing of its Cooperative Engagement Capability system which will provide the Australian Navy’s new Hobart-class destroyers with enhanced air warfare capabilities. The systems are yet to be certified by the US Navy, however, before their first international installation. Once onboard the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS […]

  • 14 July 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    Raytheon Company, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Air Force have begun Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) integration activities on the F-35, F/A-18E/F, and F-16 aircrafts.   Preliminary SDB II fit checks and pit tests have been completed on the F-35, supporting the Joint Strike Fighter’s ability to carry eight SDB IIs internally. Following […]