April 16, 2024

100% ID Check at Pax River

NAS Patuxent River has instituted a 100 % ID check policy for all personnel entering the base. While the Trusted Traveler Program remains in effect, all vehicle passengers must present valid state or federal government ID in order to gain entry to the base.

Probe Finds Pilot Error in F-35C Crash

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Naval Air Forces investigators found that pilot error caused an F-35C Lightning II fighter jet to crash onto the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson before sliding into the South China Sea last year. The error “was not conducted in a reckless manner nor with malicious intent,” according to the Naval Air Forces Command.

Ukraine ‘Fantastic Case Study’ in Information Warfare, Says General

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US Marine Corps commandant GEN David Berger said the past four months of war in Ukraine has been a “fantastic case study” in information warfare. “If you can manage information, you can actually gain an advantage,” he said.

Pax Completes F/A-18, AARGM-ER Flight

AARGM-ER F/A-18

The US Navy completed an Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ER) captive carry flight on an F/A-18 Super Hornet on April 22 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in support of the first live fire event this spring.

Blue Angels & Thunderbirds Unveil ‘Super Delta’

The F-16 Fighting Falcon and F/A-18 Super Hornet flight formation grew out of a series of joint training opportunities for the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds held in 2020 and 2021.

Blue Angels Set to Move to Super Hornets

Blue Angels

The US Navy’s Blue Angels are tentatively set to start flying the F/A-18 Super Hornet in 2021. The move to the Super Hornet will mark the first time the fighter jet demonstration team has changed aircraft since it moved from the A-4F Skyhawk II to the F/A-18 Hornet in 1986.

McConnell Says, “Russians Are Not Our Friends”

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Senate Majority Leader notes alleged meddling in US and European elections and the 2014 annexation of Crimea, saying, “The Russians are not our friends … [they] are acting like the old Soviet Union used to act,”

US Assembles Military Might in Pacific

Military Might

The US is amassing its military power in the Pacific region.

T-45 Training Grounded Indefinitely

T-45

The Navy has extended the grounding of all of its T-45 training jets indefinitely after a  group of instructor pilots refused to fly the aircraft. The service’s engineers need to figure out what’s causing a spike in dangerous physical symptoms in pilots brought on by a drop in oxygen in the cockpit.

Navy Admiral Winter to Lead F-35 Program

RADM Mat Winter

RADM Mat Winter has been nominated to lead the Department of Defense’s F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program office.