A ground-breaking initiative

A service life modification programme is underway to sustain the US Navy’s Super Hornet fleet, as Lon Nordeen reports

F/A-18F BuNo 165911/NA400 launches from one of the two bow catapults on USS Theodore Roosevelt. Dubbed a cat, a catapult launch is one high-energy, high-force flight operation endured by carrier borne aircraft. The aircraft shown is operated by Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA-94) ‘Mighty Shrikes’ based at Naval Air Stations Lemoore, California.
MCS Alexander Corona/US Navy

Operating in unforgiving environments with too much salt, steam and energy, and to a relentless battle rhythm involving unit level training, carrier work-ups and six-plus month deployments, the US Navy’s Super Hornet fleet is in a mess. Fortunately, the Congress and President Trump’s administration listened to the advice provided by various US Navy Admirals, and help is now on its way.

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