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.

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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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…