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  • 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 […]

  • 19 November 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development, Vessels

    After acing the revolutionary shipborne rolling vertical landing earlier this year, Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and the F-35 Lightning team have now achieved another milestone during the carrier’s flight trials off the US East Coast. As announced by the Royal Navy, an F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) jet landed backwards on HMS […]

  • 17 December 2018

    Royal Navy Type 23 frigates HMS Westminster and HMS Monmouth returned to their homeports in Portsmouth and Devonport, respectively, on December 14. Westminster returned after an eight-week stint in the North and Baltic Sea where she trained with other NATO and ally ships as part of NATO’s largest exercise Trident Juncture. Returning to Portsmouth, the […]

  • 19 November 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    Two days after leaving her construction site in Maine, US Navy’s stealth destroyer Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) met with Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) for a photo exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. Joining the two on November 11 were Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) and Tide-class replenishment tanker RFA Tidespring (A136), […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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. […]

  • 6 September 2018

    Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has reached the United States for planned F-35B flight trials. On September 5, the 65,000-ton ship arrived at Mayport Florida for its first port call on Westland18 to re-supply before beginning final preparations for F-35B when she will land fast jets on deck for the first time. HMS […]

  • 12 October 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    After welcoming her first F-35B fighter jets on the flight deck as part of first-of-class flight trials, the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth recently welcomed two US Navy helicopter heavyweights on the deck. The first to land was the United States Navy’s biggest helicopter – the MH-53E Sea Dragon, followed closely by the […]

  • 19 October 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    F-35 Lightning fighter jets have dropped first test bombs during flight trials on board the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The inert GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided precision bombs were dropped off the east coast of the USA, marking another significant milestone in the carrier’s trials. Adding the 500lb bombs to the jets for […]

  • 17 August 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is scheduled to get underway from HMNB Portsmouth on Saturday for her first-of-class F-35B flight trials. The deployment is dubbed Westlant 18 and will see the carrier spend four months off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States with the aim of developing the operating envelope – the parameters […]

  • 15 October 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development, Vessels

    Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was at the center of an important milestone for the F-35 program as an F-35B performed the first ever shipborne rolling vertical landing (SRVL) British test pilot Peter Wilson conducted the landing this weekend. Previously the jets have conducted only vertical landings, hovering by the side of the […]

  • 10 February 2020
    Training & Education, Vessels

    Four F-35 Lightning jets have completed night landings in HMS Queen Elizabeth flying over UK waters on operational training, the UK Ministry of Defence said. As explained, Exercise Lightning Fury training over the North Sea is aimed at ensuring 207 Squadron achieves essential carrier flying and Landing Signals Officer (LSO) supervisory qualifications. The exercise builds […]

  • 13 September 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on September 12 for the ship’s first port call to the city. The 65,000-ton warship, the biggest ever built for the Royal Navy, will be joined in harbor by other ships from the UK carrier strike group who are on a deployment […]

  • 3 June 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is deploying to the US east coast this summer where it will carry out the final round of flight trials with F-35 fighter jets. The carrier’s final spell of preparations ahead of the declaration of initial operational capability in 2020 will include a port visit in the Washington […]

  • 17 November 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    One of Operation Atalanta’s objectives is to develop a greater understanding of the way of life of fishermen and other seafarers who sail in the Gulf of Aden. As a result, EU Naval Force flagship, ITS Andrea Doria was recently tasked to meet local fishermen, who, until two years ago, lived with the constant fear […]

  • 14 September 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    After an extensive search, the US Navy has ended search and rescue efforts at 5:15 a.m. (+11L) Sept. 14 for the pilot of one of the F/A-18C Hornet aircraft that crashed Sept. 12 approximately 250 nautical miles off the coast of Wake Island.   The pilot assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 has been […]

  • 27 June 2012
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Quotas from the Fiscal Year (FY) 13 Active Duty E7 Board show Navy’s force management initiatives are having some positive results, resulting in advancement opportunity increasing 5.73 points from 18.23 percent in FY12 to 23.96 percent for the FY13 board. With approximately 4,400 quotas for this board, the Navy is ensuring the fleet has the […]

  • 14 October 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has welcomed first British F-35B jets on board during its operational trials off the East Coast of the US. The arrival of British F-35Bs follows successful developmental trials last year with US Lightning jets, where forces conducted 500 take offs and landings over their 11-week period at sea. […]

  • 15 August 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The US Navy’s Blue Angels, the famous flight demonstration squadron, are set to receive a new squadron of Super Hornet aircraft following a defense department contract announcement on August 13. The Super Hornets, nine F/A-18E and two F/A-18F, are scheduled to replace the F/A-18C/D Hornets currently flown by the Blue Angels. Super Hornets will first have […]

  • 24 July 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, is being awarded around $14,1 million modification to a firm-fixed-price delivery order issued previously against Basic Ordering Agreement.   This modification provides for footprint reduction/storage area network to update existing architecture for the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft. The update reduces Tactical Operational Flight Trainer (TOFT) host/instructor operator station hardware, centralizes […]

  • 1 July 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development

    The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $1,9 billion fixed-price-incentive-fee contract for the full rate production of 11 Lot 38 F/A-18E aircraft for the U.S. Navy and 33 EA-18G aircraft for the U.S. Navy (21) and the government of Australia (12).   Work will be performed in El Segundo, California (46 percent); […]

  • 24 April 2014
    Industry news

    Australia will acquire another 58 F-35A Lightning II aircraft in a major boost to the nation’s air combat capability, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced in Canberra on April 23.   The additional aircraft will lift the total number of F-35As Australia will acquire to 72, after a previous decision to purchase 14. This will create […]

  • 4 October 2019

    The US Navy’s last F/A-18C Hornet made its official final active-duty flight at Naval Air Station Oceana on October 2. Assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 at Cecil Field, Florida, aircraft number 300 completed its first navy acceptance check flight Oct. 14, 1988. Lt. Andrew Jalali, who piloted the Hornet for its final active-duty […]

  • 13 January 2015
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    A successful flight test of the Raytheon-built APG-79(V)X AESA radar system has demonstrated the functions needed to extend the relevance of F/A-18C/D Hornet fighter/attack jets, including:   extended detection ranges simultaneous air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities production of high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) mapping industry leading reliability “We put our latest AESA radar capability to the […]

  • 14 August 2013
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

      The U.S. Navy recently flew Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft with sensor system upgrades and its newest data network, demonstrating how the enhanced technologies would allow aircrews to locate threats more quickly and accurately. Ultimately, the secure, high-speed network will allow aircrews to share targeting data in real time. The technology will be incorporated into […]

  • 5 August 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    Physical Optics Corp., Torrance, California, is being awarded $10,4 million for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0006 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement for a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort for the design, testing, and delivery of data transfer units and ground encryption devices in support of the F/A-18 E/F and EA-18G .   […]

  • 24 February 2014
    Training & Education

    On Tuesday 18 February, after the EU Naval Force flagship, FS Siroco, arrived in Mombasa for a port visit, the French warship’s commanding officer, Captain Jean-Marc Le Quilliec officially delivered diplomas to members of the Mauritians Coast Guard who had completed their training course at sea.   The 16 members of the Mauritian Coast Guard […]

  • 27 November 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    Boeing has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for phase II of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block II Infrared Search and Track (IRST) program for the US Navy. As explained by Lockheed Martin, the contract will see the company complete development, platform integration, flight test, and qualification of the IRST21 Block II sensor system. “We are continuing […]