June 25, 2019

Carriers to Return to Steam Catapult Systems

Steam Catapult

President Trump has ordered that carriers go back to steam catapult systems for launching aircraft, a move that could cost billions and reduce the ships’ capabilities.

History Made Aboard the USS Ford

F/A-18

The USS Gerald R. Ford made history last week with the successful landing and launching of aircraft from VX-23 using the Advanced Arresting Gear and Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System.

Trump: Ditch EMALS Catapult System

Trump : Ditch New Catapult Launch System

President Trump said the Navy should abandon its plans for electromagnetic catapults — the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS —¬†for carrier aviation and return to the steam-powered launch and recovery system.

Senators Move NDAA Forward with War Fund

John McCain

Senators vote 83-15, include $38 billion for DoD from the war fund and move NDAA toward a vote possible as early as Thursday.

More Hornets & F-35s: Navy’s Unfunded Priorities

f-35

If there is more money in the 2016 budget, the Navy wants fighter jets higher on the unfunded priorities list

All-Volunteer Force: ‘Consequential Shift’ in US History

Civilian drone workers looking to organize; India debates foreign defense investment cap; exec salaries ‘deconstructed’; IRS targets more than conservatives; vet employment up; Navy seeks RAD.

Magnapult Launches a Hawkeye

Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System successfully scoots an E-2D.