Congress Must Provide Full Funding for Refueling and Complex Overhaul Modernization (RCOH)
Investing in less than 1% of the defense budget in the modernization of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier will mean it will have a 50-year service life to fight terrorism, protect national security and provide humanitarian aid. Learn more:
A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier...
is a very modern, very mobile U.S. military base complete with airfield, hospital, and communications systems from which the U.S. can strike at its enemies in otherwise unreachable locations, project power, conduct diplomacy and provide humanitarian relief.
CNO Greenert calls for boosting deployed ship presence
The plan laid out by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert aims to grow the fleet’s forward presence from about 97 ships at any given time this year to 120 ships by 2020. To do this, Greenert plans to grow the Asia-Pacific presence from 50 to 65 ships by 2019, and to boost the Middle East presence from 30 to 40 ships, including the four littoral combat ships to be stationed in Bahrain by 2019.
Sunk, Scrapped or Saved: The Fate of America’s Aircraft Carriers
American aircraft carriers at their peak are the queens of the high seas, outclassing even America’s nearest peer competitors. They’re the anchors of U.S. seapower, and have a commensurate price tag, costing billions of dollars to build and thousands of sailors to man. But even the proudest ships outlive their military usefulness — and sometimes they’re barely worth the trouble to tear them down.
Loud, dangerous and careful work for yellow shirts aboard USS George H.W. Bush
When flight operations aboard an aircraft carrier end, the work on the flight deck goes on. After hours, U.S. Navy aviation boatswain’s mate aircraft handlers, commonly known as yellow shirts, are responsible for re-positioning aircraft in preparation for the next day’s flight operations.
X-47B Drone & Manned F-18 Take Off & Land Together In Historic Test
Last summer, the X-47B UCAS (Unmanned Combat Air System) became the first pilotless aircraft to take off and land from a carrier — but the Navy cleared everything else off the flight deck first. Today, though, for the first time in history, the X-47B both took off and landed alongside a manned aircraft, the Navy’s standard F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter.