Category: Navy

America Can Now Fly F-35s off of Assault Ships—Here’s Why That’s a Big Deal

The U.S. Marine Corps has deployed a detachment of Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighters onboard USS Wasp (LHD-1), marking the first time the jet has deployed operationally onboard a large deck amphibious assault ship. The arrival of the F-35B onboard the L-class ships mark a massive boost in striking power for the roughly 40,000-ton […]

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These are the world’s newest aircraft carriers

The earliest aircraft carriers in history looked nothing like they do today. They were known as “seaplane tenders” because they could only carry and support seaplanes. These ships, like France’s Foudre and Britain’s HMS Ark Royal didn’t even have large flat decks, because seaplanes could only take off from the surface of the ocean after […]

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The Kennedy reached 70% completion late this month.

The USS John F. Kennedy, the second of the US Navy’s Gerald R. Ford-class advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, has reached 70% completion, according to the shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls. Like the first-in-class Gerald R. Ford, the Kennedy is being constructed using a modular technique, in which smaller parts of the ship are welded to form larger chunks, […]

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Why the new Zumwalt destroyers’ guns won’t work

The Navy is about to give their Zumwalt-class destroyers some serious ship-killing upgrades. The multi-billion dollar vessels, equipped with a host of advanced technologies, will be given additional weapon systems, primarily for their Mk 57 vertical-launch systems. According to a report by DefenseNews.com, the upgrades are part of the Defense Department’s effort to counter China’s increasingly […]

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Here’s Why the Navy’s New, Urinal-Free Supercarrier is Facing a Ton of Problems

The Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2019 budget includes a hefty chunk of cash for a fourth Ford-class aircraft carrier, but the Navy may have to wait a little bit longer to see its dreams of an 11-carrier fleet truly realized. Among the slew of vessels included in the Navy portion of President Donald Trump’s plannedboost to the US armed forces budget are three […]

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One of the US Navy’s newest ships is going to test a prototype laser weapon

With the decommissioning of the interim afloat staging base USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15, ex-LPD 15), the Navy removed the prototype Laser Weapon System that had been on the ship which was built as an Austin-class amphibious transport. The Ponce’s replacement, USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), did not get the laser. Now, according to a […]

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Amid growing tensions: Japan, South Korea may refit naval ships for F-35 fighters

MELBOURNE, Australia — Amid growing tensions in the region, both Japan and South Korea are reportedly investigating options to operate the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter on board their respective ships. Quoting reports from unnamed military sources in their respective countries, Japan’s Kyodo news agency and South Korea’s Yonhap said that the […]

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Here are the 8 ships the U.S. Navy commissioned in 2017

The United States Navy saw some big leaps forward over the last year. A total of eight ships were commissioned in 2017, including the first of a new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, an expeditionary support base, and two Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers. That’s an increase from the five commissioned in 2016. These are the […]

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Here’s What Would Happen if the Zumwalt Fought a Russian Battlecruiser

The United States Navy commissioned its newest destroyer, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), last year. It’s had a hiccup or two, but make no mistake, this is a very modern naval warship. It has tons of firepower, including two 155mm guns, 20 four-cell Mk 57 vertical-launch systems, and two 30mm guns. But how would it fare […]

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The F-35 Is Almost Ready to Attack from Aircraft Carriers

Being engineered for a carrier, the F-35C’s 51-foot wingspan is larger than the Air Force’s F-35A and Marine Corps’ F-35B short take-off-and-landing variants. The fighter is configured to carry 19,000 pounds of fuel and 18,000 pounds of weapons. It can fire two AIM-120 air-to-air missiles and two 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions. The F-35C can […]

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3 Mighty US Aircraft Carriers with Japanese Ships to Send Clear Warning to N. Korean

Three mighty US aircraft carriers have teamed up with Japanese ships for joint naval exercises designed to send a clear warning to North Korea. The four-day drills that began in waters off South Korea’s eastern coast came as President Donald Trump traded insults with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. The battle groups of the […]

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