October 20, 2018

First F-35C Flight Mishap Costs $2 Million

F-35C

An F-35C flying from USS Abraham Lincoln was damaged during an aerial refueling exercise. Debris from an aerial refueling basket was ingested into the F-35C’s engine intake, resulting in damage costing about $2 million.

Wreckage of Lexington Park Namesake Found off Australian Coast

Lexington

Wreckage from the USS Lexington was found this week off Australia. Sunk in 1942 during the Battle of the Coral Sea Battle, in its honor the Navy renamed the civilian neighborhood it had built outside the gate of Patuxent River Naval Air Station to Lexington Park from Jarboesville.

Scrambling to Avoid Gov’t Shutdown

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Congress is scrambling to avoid a government shutdown. Republicans push for a short-term funding measure.

GAO: F-35 Plagued With Problems

GAO Report F-35

A Government Accountability Office report says DoD’s new fleet of F-35 Lightning IIs is experiencing spare parts shortages and other sustainment problems that are hurting the readiness of the fighter jets.

Hypoxia Episodes Continue to Haunt Fighter Jets

Hypoxia

F-35A pilots report five more Hypoxia-like episodes with tingling fingers and other symptoms. In June the deaths of four Hornet pilots were attributed to “physiological episodes” associated with the oxygen deprivation of Hypoxia.

No Path to a 355-Ship Navy

355-ship navy

Not Congress, the Pentagon, nor President Donald Trump’s campaign promises can provide a path to a 355-ship Navy, more likely DoD will eat another round of sequester cuts.