This Map Answers The Question: 'Where Are The Aircraft Carriers?'

During a time of crisis, it is often said that the first question asked by the President and other key decision makers in Washington is “where are the carriers?” This map posted over on Reddit answers that question, with the USS Harry S. Truman leaving port today for the Middle East via the Mediterranean.
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You May Puke Watching This Tug Boat Attempt To Tow Russia's Carrier In Rough Seas

What happens when your only aircraft carrier breaks down off the coast of Spain in very rough seas? Call the big tugboat that’s been shadowing you for just such an occasion and attempt a tow. The result is this well, stomach turning video that shows the Russian tug Nikolay Chiker attempting a tow operation on the… »11/13/15 4:20pm11/13/15 4:20pm

America's "Carrier Gap" Crisis Highlights A Need For Smaller Aircraft Carriers

The Navy is experiencing serious operational shortfalls due to running its fleet of ten aircraft carriers hard in recent years, which is one short of the mandated 11. As such, it is time for the U.S. to build smaller aircraft carriers in greater numbers than what today’s one-size-fits-all super carrier strategy… »11/04/15 8:58pm11/04/15 8:58pm

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's U.S. Carrier Visit Signifies A New Age For Japan's Military Doctrine

History was made yesterday as Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the USS Ronald Reagan during Japan’s massive Maritime Self-Defense Force Fleet Review exercise. It was the first time a Japanese Prime Minister had visited a U.S. aircraft carrier at sea, and is yet another sign of Japan’s changing military stance. »10/19/15 4:40pm10/19/15 4:40pm

Navy F-35Cs Return To The Carrier For More Development Flights

The Navy and Joint Strike Fighter team have gone back to the carrier for further test, integration and development flights with the F-35C. Two of the jets landed aboard the USS Eisenhower yesterday for what will be two weeks of at-sea trials. Their arrival was a wet one, a rare occasion for the F-35 which is usually… »10/03/15 5:02pm10/03/15 5:02pm

Why Is Egypt Buying Two Orphaned Mistral Class Aircraft Carriers From France?

The Russian-French Mistral Class helicopter carrier saga has been a long and rocky one. Originally the two amphibious assault ships were built for Russia, with many Russian combat systems installed, but France denied delivery after Russia seized Crimea a year and a half ago. Since then, many potential customers have… »9/23/15 5:02pm9/23/15 5:02pm

This Video Of A Fighter Landing On A Carrier In A Sandstorm Is Terrifying

This crazy Heads Up Display camera video, supposedly shot in the Persian Gulf in 2003, shows a fighter landing aboard a carrier in a full-blown sandstorm. The pilot flies on instruments when at the last second the carrier materializes seemingly out of nowhere, a few lightning-fast corrections are made and the jet… »9/10/15 10:06pm9/10/15 10:06pm

Watch This Super Carrier Carve Through The Sea During High-Speed Turn Trials

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) has returned to sea after spending 23 months in dry dock getting upgrades and repairs totaling 1.2 million man-days of work. Now the ship and her crew are getting their sea legs again, and part of the process is pushing the carrier to her max, which includes high-speed maneuvering. »9/03/15 7:42pm9/03/15 7:42pm

Navy Comes To Its Senses And Orders Shock Trials On USS Gerald R. Ford

The Navy’s first new class of aircraft carriers in almost 50 years has had its share of developmental issues with mission critical systems. Built under a damning concurrent procurement model, the ship’s catapults, radar, arresting gear and other critical systems remain mired in developmental chaos, even though the… »8/14/15 3:00pm8/14/15 3:00pm

Could The F-14 Tomcat Operate From The USS Coral Sea And The USS Midway?

People seem to have an infatuation with America’s last non-super carriers, the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) and the USS Midway (CV-41). Both ships soldiered on into the last decade of the 20th century even though they were smaller than their super carrier cousins. But did the legendary F-14 Tomcat ever fly from their decks?… »8/08/15 9:29am8/08/15 9:29am

The Pentagon's 'Concurrency Myth' Is Now Available In Supercarrier Size

Concurrency isn’t coming. It’s already here. And what was once an incredibly naive high-hopes buzzword and procurement concept has now become a slur in many defense crowds. Now, after nearly downing the F-35, and causing chaos in many other defense programs, it’s trying to sink America’s newest aircraft carrier, the… »6/17/15 12:03pm6/17/15 12:03pm

Watch The USS Carl Vinson Arrive Home In This Excellent Time Lapse Video

After nearly ten months, the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and her Strike Group arrived home back in San Diego yesterday. The historic deployment, which was the longest since Vietnam, saw the Nimitz Class super carrier’s Air Wing flying nearly six continuous months of missions over Iraq and Syria against ISIS targets. »6/05/15 1:09pm6/05/15 1:09pm

This Navy Squadron's Cruise Video Includes A Terrifying Carrier Landing

U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet Squadron VFA-115 “Eagles” put together a pretty sweet WESTPAC cruise video. One clip in particular reminds us just how challenging landing a 25-ton, $50 million dollar fighter on a chunk of steel floating in the middle of the ocean can be, especially when visibility is near zero! »5/30/15 1:21pm5/30/15 1:21pm

40 Years Ago Today The Enterprise Headed Home After Evacuating Saigon

This shot was taken exactly 40 years ago, capturing the USS Enterprise sailing back to the states after a Pacific cruise that included the evacuation of Saigon. The green CH-53s sitting on the “Big E’s” bow were hitching a ride back to the states. Those little dots in front of them?Sunbathers enjoying the breeze, seas… »5/20/15 7:25pm5/20/15 7:25pm