Super Étendard Attack Jets Make Their Last Carrier Catapult Launches Ever 

France’s only aircraft carrier, the nuclear powered Charles De Gaulle, returned to its home port in Toulon, France yesterday. Before its arrival, the Dassault Super Étendard, an aircraft that has spent nearly 40 years fighting France’s wars abroad, took its final catapult launch off an aircraft carrier.


Watch South Korean And American Troops Simulate A Beach Landing On North Korea

South Korean and American forces are undergoing rigorous combined arms training while North Korea continues to issue threats of nuclear war. Just yesterday, U.S. Marines and South Korean troops made a dramatic simulated beach landing as part of the ongoing annual war games dubbed Foal Eagle and Key Resolve, and this…

The U.S. Navy Just Sailed An Armada Of Warships Into The Disputed South China Sea

The American supercarrier USS John C. Stennis, two destroyers, two cruisers, and the USS Blue Ridge, a floating command center and theflagship of the 7th Fleet, have all entered the South China Sea within the last 100 hours. The massive show of force comes as tensions over China’s South China Sea military island…

Here Is What All Those Colored Shirts Mean On An Aircraft Carrier's Deck

A U.S. Navy supercarrier’s 5,500-plus person crew exists to do one thing: to consistently put aircraft into the air and safely recover them after they launch. In order to make this happen, there exists a small army of flight deck facilitators, and each individual has their own role primarily designated by the color of…

The Time When The USS America Dropped Live Pigs On The USS Kennedy's Deck  

Times have really changed in the Navy. It is a far more “corporate force” than it was in its past. The Tailhook scandal and other embarrassing events have diluted the Navy’s frat-boy culture brilliantly showcased in this little time capsule from 1986, which depicts a piggish prank between supercarriers.

Watch This Supercarrier Launch Jets While Passing Under The Golden Gate Bridge

Fleet Week is always a big deal in San Francisco, but just like other military showcases these days it seems somewhat tame compared to years past. Case in point, this awesome video of the USS Constellation triumphantly rippling off jets from her deck catapults just as she passes under the iconic Golden Gate bridge in…

Check Out The USS Constellation's Super Diverse Carrier Air Wing From 1967

It is always interesting to look at the Carrier Air Wings of the past. Today America’s super carrier decks look far more homogeneous, with variants of the F/A-18 Hornet doing all the fixed-wing tactical work.. The photo above is shot aboard the USS Constellation in 1967, at the height of the Vietnam War, and it shows…

These New Videos Of Night Carrier And Tanker Ops Showcase The Air War Against ISIS

The coalition is stepping up its air strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, with B-1s supporting Iraq’s Ramadi offensive and land-based fighters, and those from both the USS Harry S. Truman and the Charles de Gaulle, flying ‘round the clock sorties. Here are two of the latest videos depicting the coalition’s air war…

Iranian Rocket Splashes Down Near US Aircraft Carrier In Straits Of Hormuz 

An Iranian gunboat fired rockets just 1,500 yards off the starboard side of the the Nimitz Class super carrier USS Harry S. Truman during its recent transit through the Straits of Hormuz, serving as another reminder of how easily things in the Persian Gulf could go from a tense calm to a shooting war with Iran.


Watch These Spanish Harriers Load Up The Deck Of The Juan Carlos I

Both Spain and Italy operate the AV-8B Harrier on the Mediterranean. Spain has about a dozen upgraded EAV-8B Harriers IIs and a single TAV-8B Harrier trainer in operation today. These aircraft deploy aboard the Juan Carlos I (L61), a modern amphibious assault ship capable of carrying up to twenty Harriers at a time.

These Stunning Photos Capture Night Ops Aboard The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 

America’s second oldest operational aircraft carrier, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is hard at work in the Atlantic training with its escorts and air wing for its next deployment. Part of this training includes executing night operations, just as they would in combat. These photos capture this colorful but…

Check Out The Crowded Hangar Bay Aboard The Carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 

Carrier Air Wing Three deployed aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is made up of about 70 aircraft, which require many hours of maintenance per flight hour flown. When the fixes or scheduled inspection are not superficial, the aircraft is brought down to the carrier’s hangar deck. Even though this is a cavernous…

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.