July 17, 2019

US Expected to Have Large Presence at Paris Air Show

Paris Air Show

The US is expected to have the largest international presence at the Paris Air Show that kicked off Monday. More than 2,400 companies from 49 countries will be exhibiting at the show.

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.

Tensions Escalating in Persian Gulf

Persian Gulf

Tensions between the United States and Iran continue to escalate. Over the weekend, the FAA warned that current tensions in the Persian Gulf area could pose a threat to air travel in that region.

Coast Guard Performs Operations in Asia

Coast Guard Cutter Performing Operations in Asia

Earlier this month, the cutter Bertholf made a port stop in Hong Kong, the first time the Coast Guard has visited the Chinese territory in 17 years.

Moran Chosen as Next Chief of Naval Operations

Moran Chosen as Next Chief of Naval Operations

ADM William Francis “Bill” Moran has been nominated to replace ADM John Richardson as the Navy’s chief of naval operations. He is a Cold War aviator who helped reinvent the sea service as its top personnel officer.

VADM: F-35 Program Could Be Hurt If Plan With Turkey Is Nixed

Defense Trade

Morning Coffee is a robust blend of links to news around the internet concerning the Naval Air Station Patuxent River economic community. The opinions expressed here do not reflect opinions of the Leader’s owners or staff. F-35 program manager VADM Mathias Winter tells Capitol Hill lawmakers that if Turkey is ejected from the F-35 program, it would deal an immediate blow to the production rate for new planes and place fresh stress on an already strained supply chain, reports Breaking Defense. NAWCAD Lakehurst has adapted weapons loaders for the F-35B, reports dcmilitary.com. The modified support equipment gives the Lightning II more…

China Is Biggest Exporter of Combat Drones

combat drones

China is now the biggest exporter of combat drones, with the Middle East among the main recipients.

Pentagon to Retire USS Truman Two Decades Early

2nd Fleet

The Pentagon wants to retire the Nimitz-class carrier USS Harry Truman two decades early, which would cut the US aircraft carrier fleet from 11 to 10.

Private Spacecraft Heads to the Moon

moon

The first privately funded spacecraft is scheduled to launch Thursday from Florida to the moon. The aircraft is propelled by a Falcon rocket from Elon Musk’s space company SpaceX.

Question of Bias Disrupts Fitz’s CO Court-Martial

charges dropped

The judge in the court-martial against the Fitzgerald’s former CO ruled the admiral who brought charges failed to remain neutral. Seven sailors drowned in the June 27, 2017, Fitzgerald accident.