December 3, 2016

Searching the Bay for Sunken Aircraft

sunken aircraft at Pax River

The search for sunken aircraft from NAS Patuxent River continues in the Chesapeake Bay.

USS Mesa Verde, V-22 Ospreys Ordered to Gulf

CV-22 Osprey

The Mesa Verde provides quick-reaction forces and a complement of MV-22 Ospreys, which excel at evacuation operations.

Congress Is Heading Over the Fiscal Cliff

Calvert Cliffs

A Senate deal to avoid automatic defense cuts falls through, and now sequestration appears inevitable.

Unmanned Strike Drone Begins Testing on USS Truman

X-47B on the USS Truman

The Navy begins testing how the X-47B UCAS-D will integrate with aircraft carriers.

Pentagon Holds Up JSF Testing Plan

F-35C JSF Pax hangar

The head of Operational Test and Evaluation wants the JSF program to determine how it is going to test the aircraft’s electronics.

Movement to Stop Sequestration Stalls

capitol hill

Some industry leaders start talking about new opportunities, rather than job losses.

Lockheed Machinists Officially End Strike

F-35C JSF night takeoff

Union votes to go back to work on the Joint Strike Fighter Monday.

Senate, White House Square Off over Sequestration

capitol hill

Senate wants details on how automatic defense cuts will affect DoD. HASC chair thinks Pentagon is secretly planning for it.

Choppers to Get Upgraded

Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Otis McKinney monitors logistics specialists from supply department aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), as they secure a pole pendant to an MH-60R helicopter, assigned to the Scorpions of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49 on the flight deck during a vertical replenishment with USNS Pecos (T-AO 197).  (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marcos Vazquez)

NAVAIR solicits contracts for H-60s and V-22s.

NAVAIR Upgrades the V-22

A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey lifts off from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, during a successful biofuel test flight. The tilt-rotor aircraft flew at altitudes of up to 25,000 feet on a 50-50 blend of camelina based biofuel and standard petroleum based JP-5 fuel. (U.S. Navy photo)

Contracts solicited and awarded for the tilt-rotor aircraft.