US Navy

Fire Scout crashes into the USS Charleston

A US Navy-operated Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout has crashed into the side of the Littoral Combat Ship USS Charleston (LCS-18), while the vessel was transiting through the Western Pacific to Guam on April 26

US Navy Poseidon tests RFCM prototype

A US Navy Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20 (VX-20) Boeing P-8A Poseidon has successfully completed an airworthiness test of a pod-mounted radio frequency countermeasure prototype at the NAWCAD Atlantic Test Ranges

GAO recommends CH-53K production cap until testing is complete

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the US Navy caps the production of Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion helicopters to six aircraft per year until the platform completes initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E)

Vertex Aerospace lands TH-73A logistics support contract

The US Navy has awarded Vertex Aerospace a US$71.3m contract to provide the first year of contractor logistics and maintenance support (CLS) services for its future fleet of Leonardo TH-73A training helicopters

Former Blue Angels F/A-18C prepared for permanent display

The US Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center Southwest is preparing a Boeing F/A-18C Hornet – formerly operated by the service’s Blue Angels demonstration team – for permanent display at NAS North Island in California

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Op Octave Quartz: Crystal Clear Power

The decision to withdraw US troops from Somalia involved a formidable assembly of American air power known as Operation Octave Quartz. But will it embolden Islamist insurgency? Key.Aero investigates

US Navy orders four more CMV-22B Ospreys

The US Navy has awarded the Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office a US$309.58m contract modification, exercising an option to procure four more CMV-22B Osprey tiltrotors for carrier onboard delivery operations

Italy's aircraft carrier arrives in US for F-35B sea trials

The Italian Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier, ITS Cavour (CVH-550), arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, on February 13 to conduct a series of sea trials with the F-35B Lightning II in the Western Atlantic

US Navy returns first T-6A to USAF following inspection

The US Navy announced on February 11 that its Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) had completed the first aircraft condition inspection on a USAF-operated Beechcraft T-6A Texan II

US Navy orders five more Sikorsky VH-92As

The US Navy has exercised an option to procure five more VH-92A presidential transport helicopters from Sikorsky under a third low-rate initial production lot