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Lockheed Martin to develop airborne defense system for potential MH-60R use

Lockheed Martin to develop airborne defense system for potential MH-60R use

11-Apr-2024Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will work with Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC), and Altera, an Intel Company, to support the Stimulating Transition for Advanced Microelectronics Packaging (STAMP) program for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E). Lockheed Martin will develop a low size, weight, and power (SWaP), Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) aligned... Read more

US Navy assigns CMV-22B on US east coast for first time

US Navy assigns CMV-22B on US east coast for first time

11-Apr-2024Source: US Navy

The first East Coast-assigned Navy tiltrotor vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) CMV-22B Osprey aircraft, assigned to Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 40, arrived to Naval Station Norfolk on April 5. “Naval Aviation is ecstatic to welcome the first CMV-22B Osprey to Norfolk,” said Rear Adm. Doug Verissimo, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL). “This first... Read more

Retired US Navy Vice Admiral joins Trakka Defense

Retired US Navy Vice Admiral joins Trakka Defense

12-Mar-2024Source: Trakka Systems

Trakka USA Defense, a leading provider of cutting-edge defense solutions, is pleased to announce the addition of Retired Vice Admiral, for the United States Navy Tim Szymanski to advise its Executive Directors. Tim Szymanski brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Trakka USA Defense team. As a former Vice Admiral for the United... Read more

NAS Key West recognized with SAR award

NAS Key West recognized with SAR award

19-Feb-2024Source: Naval Air Station

Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West was recognized as the 2023 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Search and Rescue (SAR) Model Manager Aviation Unit of the Year during a SAR Symposium held aboard Naval Base Coronado. The Marlin SAR team at NAS Key West consists of 57 personnel: eleven officers, ten enlisted aircrew and corpsmen,... Read more

US Navy outlines how helicopter training has changed

US Navy outlines how helicopter training has changed

7-Feb-2024Source: US Navy

The U.S. Navy took a first step to enhance rotary-wing aviation capabilities with an innovative approach that will benefit an age-old partnership. Eight Student Naval Aviators (SNA) including five Navy and three Coast Guard students began training under a new joint-Service, public-private partnership program that promises faster time-to-train, greater helicopter simulator availability and in-aircraft training... Read more

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron HSM 70 Returns from Deployment

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron HSM 70 Returns from Deployment

19-Jan-2024Source: US Navy

The “Spartans” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 returned to their home base at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida, on January 14th, 2024, following a nearly nine month deployment with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operation. Following completion of a four week composite training unit exercise,... Read more

US Navy And Lockheed Martin complete tests of Advanced Off-Board EW System

US Navy And Lockheed Martin complete tests of Advanced Off-Board EW System

21-Dec-2023Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) supported a successful government test of the Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system’s electronic attack capabilities while installed on a U.S. Navy MH-60R helicopter. This marked the first time in the program’s development the system was able to perform engagement testing, demonstrate the ability to deter threats, and quantify system performance,... Read more

Carrier Air Wing 3 Holds Change of Command

Carrier Air Wing 3 Holds Change of Command

21-Dec-2023Source: US Navy

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 conducted a change of command while deployed with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations Dec. 18, 2023. Capt. Marvin “Starvin’” Scott relieved Capt. Mitchell “Bomber” McCallister as commander of CVW-3 during an aerial hand-off over the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower... Read more

US Navy Awards Overair SBIR Contract to Advance IBC Technology

US Navy Awards Overair SBIR Contract to Advance IBC Technology

20-Dec-2023Source: Overair

Overair, an emerging global leader in advanced air mobility (AAM) and developer of all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, today announced the United States Navy has awarded Overair a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract to further develop the high-integrity individual blade control (IBC) technology integrated into its Butterfly eVTOL aircraft. Under the agreement, Overair will... Read more

NAS North Island opens new V-22 hangar

NAS North Island opens new V-22 hangar

13-Dec-2023Source: US Navy

Naval Base Coronado, Naval Air Station North Island held a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 8 to celebrate Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Southwest’s completion of a new aircraft hangar. The V-22 aircraft maintenance hangar was built by Harper Construction, who were awarded a contract for the work on June 25, 2019. Construction cost $72... Read more

HSM 74 Hosts Change of Command

HSM 74 Hosts Change of Command

4-Dec-2023Source: US Navy

While deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 members honor a long standing military tradition during a Change of Command Ceremony as Commander J. Eric Kohut relieved Commander Phillip R. Krites. “It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve alongside all of you as Commanding Officer,”... Read more

Norway orders six MH-60R Seahawks

Norway orders six MH-60R Seahawks

27-Oct-2023Source: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)  a contract to produce six multi-mission MH-60R Seahawk® helicopters for the Norwegian government. Designed and built by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, MH-60R aircraft will enable Norway to perform multiple maritime missions, including search and rescue and coastal and offshore patrol. “Sikorsky and the U.S. Navy have... Read more

Bell Celebrates the US Navy’s 248th Birthday

Bell Celebrates the US Navy’s 248th Birthday

16-Oct-2023Source: Bell

This week, Bell Textron Inc. (“Bell”) kickstarted its annual company-wide ceremony to honor the official birth of the U.S. Navy. As the lively birthday celebration commenced, Bell teammates throughout the business joined together to commemorate their military service, talk best practices, and build lasting relationships – all while enjoying a traditional cake-cutting ceremony and music.... Read more

Spanish Navy orders eight MH-60R Sea Hawks

Spanish Navy orders eight MH-60R Sea Hawks

13-Oct-2023Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has received a contract from the U.S. Navy to produce eight Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk® helicopters for the Spanish Navy (Armada). Designed, built and integrated with advanced missions systems and sensors for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, the future Armada MH-60R aircraft will significantly upgrade and broaden the range of maritime capabilities currently performed... Read more

Helicopter Institute Awarded US Navy Initial Flight Training – Rotary COPTR Contract

Helicopter Institute Awarded US Navy Initial Flight Training – Rotary COPTR Contract

5-Oct-2023Source: Helicopter Institute

Helicopter Institute Inc. along with our Team SkyWarrior partners are pleased to announce that we have been selected as the first-ever contractor solution provider for the Department of the Navy initial helicopter pilot training. In an unprecedented move, the Department of the Navy has taken steps to evaluate outsourcing a portion of their initial helicopter... Read more

AgustaWestland awarded $9M contract for TH-73 spare engines

AgustaWestland awarded $9M contract for TH-73 spare engines

26-Sep-2023Source: US DoD

AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is awarded a $9,516,352 modification (P00025) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract N6134020C0007. This modification exercises an option to procure seven spare engines for TH-73A lot IV production aircraft in support of the Advanced Helicopter Training System program for the Navy. Work will be performed in Longueuil, Canada (90%); and Philadelphia,... Read more

CCC, DART Aerospace to deliver high lift heliporter to US Navy

CCC, DART Aerospace to deliver high lift heliporter to US Navy

11-Sep-2023Source: DART Aerospace

The Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) is pleased to announce that it was awarded an indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to provide a high lift heliporter designed and manufactured by DART Aerospace Company (DART) to the U.S. Navy. A high lift heliporter is ground support equipment that... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $2B contract for 35 CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $2B contract for 35 CH-53K

29-Aug-2023Source: Sikorsky

The U.S. Navy awarded Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), a  $2.7 billion contract to build and deliver 35 additional CH-53K® helicopters – the largest procurement to date for this multi-mission aircraft. “This contract award for 35 CH-53K helicopters stabilizes Sikorsky’s nationwide supply base, creates additional production efficiencies, and provides the U.S. Marine Corps with transformative... Read more

Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces enable distributed maritime operations during LSE 2023

Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces enable distributed maritime operations during LSE 2023

23-Aug-2023Source: US Navy

Sailors and Marines assigned to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) refined their warfighting concepts and tactics in live, virtual, and constructive training events throughout the month of August during Large Scale Exercise (LSE) 2023. NECC’s operations center provided command and control of NECC’s forces throughout the exercise, working closely to support Fleet commanders in 2nd,... Read more

FRCSW becomes first depot to repaint an MQ-8C ᐧ

FRCSW becomes first depot to repaint an MQ-8C ᐧ

15-Aug-2023Source: US Navy

The MQ-8C Fire Scout, a variant of the MQ-8B, is an unmanned aerial vehicle used for expeditionary operations aboard ships. The Navy’s only unmanned helicopter, which can be deployable from land or sea, provides target-acquisition, real-time intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to the men and women of the US Navy and Marine Corps. In 2015, Naval... Read more

CCC, DART Aerospace to deliver high lift heliporter to US Navy

CCC, DART Aerospace to deliver high lift heliporter to US Navy

7-Aug-2023Source: CCC

CCC is pleased to announce that it was awarded an indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to provide a high lift heliporter designed and manufactured by DART Aerospace Company (DART) to the U.S. Navy. A high lift heliporter is ground support equipment that allows one person to... Read more

HSM-46 Welcomes New Commander

HSM-46 Welcomes New Commander

3-Aug-2023Source: US Navy

Cmdr. James Powers was relieved by Cmdr. Anne Bruckman during the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46, the “Grandmasters” change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, July 13. Powers, who is a native of Arnold, Maryland, will depart HSM-46 to serve on the OPNAV N96 Staff. While in command of HSM-46, the... Read more

Wildcat becomes first British aircraft to land on USS Gerald R Ford

Wildcat becomes first British aircraft to land on USS Gerald R Ford

2-Aug-2023Source: Royal Navy

A Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter has become the first British aircraft to land on the world’s largest warship, the US Navy’s USS Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier. The helicopter is deployed with HMS Duncan in the Mediterranean as the Type 45 destroyer leads a NATO security task group in the region. Duncan is at the... Read more

US Navy HSC-85 “Firehawks” squadron deactivated

US Navy HSC-85 “Firehawks” squadron deactivated

18-Jul-2023Source: US Navy

MH-60S Seahawks assigned to the “Firehawks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85 fly over San Diego during the squadron’s final flight prior to its deactivation ceremony, June 30, 2023. Navy Reserve squadron HSC-85 is the Navy’s last helicopter squadron dedicated to Naval Special Warfare (NSW) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR)... Read more

Frasca delivers TH-73A FTDs to US Navy three years early

Frasca delivers TH-73A FTDs to US Navy three years early

16-Jun-2023Source: Fracsa

Frasca, a FlightSafety International company, delivered groundbreaking technology to the U.S. Navy nearly three years ahead of expectations, producing a more efficient and cost-effective training system for the U.S. Navy’s next generation rotary wing training program. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard aviators are now better prepared to begin the flight portion of their TH-73A... Read more

Golden Falcons of HSC-12 Conduct In-flight Change of Command

Golden Falcons of HSC-12 Conduct In-flight Change of Command

5-Jun-2023Source: US Navy

The “World Famous Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-12) held an in-flight change of command ceremony while deployed aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), June 1. Cmdr. Seth Saalfeld relieved Cmdr. Jonathan D. Dorsey as Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12. Prior to the in-flight change... Read more

DCMA enables continued TH-73A deliveries

DCMA enables continued TH-73A deliveries

2-Jun-2023Source: US Navy

New training helicopters will continue to be added to the inventories of the Navy through the assistance of Defense Contract Management Agency. Earlier this year, the delivery acceptance of the TH-73A trainer helicopters were halted due to a nonconforming antenna provided by a subcontractor. A team at DCMA Philadelphia worked with the contractor for a... Read more

NAS Whiting Field team helps develop TH-73A simulator 

NAS Whiting Field team helps develop TH-73A simulator 

22-May-2023Source: Frasca

Since 2021, Department of Defense personnel and contractors at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, have worked to design TH-73A Part Task Trainers (PTT) and Desktop Avionics Trainers (DAT) in an effort to modernize the installation’s pilot training program to reflect aviation assets in the current Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard inventory.... Read more

US Navy orders four more CMV-22B Ospreys

US Navy orders four more CMV-22B Ospreys

16-May-2023Source: Bell Boeing

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $482,300,000 fixed-price incentive (firm-target) undefinitized modification (P00064) to a previously awarded contract (N0001917C0015). This modification adds scope for the production and delivery of four CMV-22B (Lot 27) aircraft for the Navy. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30.08%); Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (15.22%); Amarillo,... Read more

US Navy Declares IOC of Mine Countermeasures Mission Package

US Navy Declares IOC of Mine Countermeasures Mission Package

4-May-2023Source: US Navy

The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mine countermeasures mission package (MCM MP) and AN/AQS-20 Sonar Mine Detection Sets achieved initial operational capability (IOC), officials announced on May 1. IOC was declared by Vice Adm. Scott Conn, deputy chief of naval operations for warfighting requirements and capabilities (OPNAV N9). An integrated suite of unmanned maritime systems... Read more

HSC-5 Returns from Deployment

HSC-5 Returns from Deployment

26-Apr-2023Source: US Navy

The “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 returned to its home base at Naval Station Norfolk, April 23, 2023, following an eight-month deployment with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, George H.W. Bush CSG, to the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations. Following completion of a four week composite training unit exercise, HSC-5 deployed... Read more

HSC-7 held Change of Command Ceremony

HSC-7 held Change of Command Ceremony

20-Apr-2023Source: US Navy

The Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 held a change of command ceremony on March 31, in Fallon, Nevada, marking the transition of command leadership. Cmdr. Timothy White, a native of Metairie, Louisiana, relieved Cmdr. Thomas Butts, a native of Erlanger, Kentucky, assuming all duties and responsibilities as the commanding officer. The... Read more

50 Years of Women in US Naval Aviation: Stephanie Oram

50 Years of Women in US Naval Aviation: Stephanie Oram

17-Apr-2023Source: US Navy

2023 is a milestone year for Naval aviation. Beginning in 1973 and continuing on to the present, the Naval aviation community has benefitted from the inclusion of women into its ranks. 50 years of history began in March 1973 when six women, termed the “First Six,” began flight training in Pensacola, Fla. These aviators are:... Read more

DRS awarded $26M amendment to MH-60S contract

DRS awarded $26M amendment to MH-60S contract

5-Apr-2023Source: US DoD

DRS Systems Inc., Melbourne, Florida, is awarded a $26,000,000 modification (P00002) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001922F1162) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0030). This modification adds scope to procure 16 joint urgent operation need Weapon Replaceable Assembly Shipsets associated with the AN/AAQ-45 Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasures system configuration in support of the MH-60S for... Read more

Insitu launches long-endurance VTOL UAS at Navy League expo

Insitu launches long-endurance VTOL UAS at Navy League expo

4-Apr-2023Source: Insitu

Insitu, A Boeing Company announced its Integrator Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) at Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exhibition in National Harbor, Maryland. Integrator VTOL launches vertically on ships or land without sacrificing payload capacity or endurance. The system retains the performance of fixed-wing aircraft, providing the same long range wide-area surveillance capability... Read more

Altisky invests in eVTOL manufacturer Skyfly

Altisky invests in eVTOL manufacturer Skyfly

27-Mar-2023Source: Skyfly

Former US Navy  pilot and founder of major aircraft distributorship and service centre AltiSky, Bill Minkoff, is joining Skyfly as an investor, board member and strategic partner Bill brings a wealth of aviation safety, light jet and heavy jet operational and business experience and networks, as well as Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) expertise, being a... Read more

HSC-22 Conducts Final Flight

HSC-22 Conducts Final Flight

24-Feb-2023Source: US Navy

The “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 conducted their final flight on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, almost 16 years after their first flight in 2006. As one of the squadrons located on the “seawall” of Naval Station Norfolk, HSC-22 operated the MH-60S helicopter, the Navy’s multi-mission, rotary-wing helicopter, as well as the... Read more

Part of V-22 fleet grounded by Input Quill Assembly issue

Part of V-22 fleet grounded by Input Quill Assembly issue

6-Feb-2023Source: US Marine Corps

Based on the recommendation from the V-22 Joint Program Office, the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command and U.S. Navy issued a time limit, via fleet bulletin, on the V-22 Input Quill Assembly, effective Feb. 3, 2023. The imposed time limit will restrict flight on a subset of V-22s until the Input... Read more

Only 10 of 38 MQ-8C remain in active service

Only 10 of 38 MQ-8C remain in active service

3-Feb-2023Source: SEA POWER

The U.S. Navy is operating and sustaining 10 MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), having place the rest in storage, from which the service can easily restore them to service. The Navy also has retired its fleet of smaller MQ-8B versions of the Fire. According to information provided by the Navy’s Program Executive Office for... Read more

UH-1N Huey Pilot selected for US Naval Test Pilot School

UH-1N Huey Pilot selected for US Naval Test Pilot School

2-Feb-2023Source: US Navy

Seven years into his military career, Capt. David Horney has become one of two Air Force pilots selected this year for the prestigious U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. The 40th Helicopter Squadron instructor pilot with almost 1,300 flight hours under his belt will move in August with his family to Naval Air Station Patuxent River,... Read more

US Navy HSC-5 Squadron completes Albanian training

US Navy HSC-5 Squadron completes Albanian training

31-Jan-2023Source: US Navy

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 completed inland training using an Albanian range in Bizë, Albania, Jan. 15-17, 2023. The training varied from mountain flying – a challenging and dangerous proposition for helicopters due to the thin air and high engine power requirements – to low-level tactical flying, off-airport landing, and multi-unit coordinated exercises featuring... Read more

USN, USAF, USCG Participate in Mass Casualty Personnel Recovery Event

USN, USAF, USCG Participate in Mass Casualty Personnel Recovery Event

30-Jan-2023Source: HSC-3

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3 Chief of Naval Operations Search and Rescue Model Manager (SARMM) oversaw a joint agency search and rescue personnel recovery event off the coast of Southern California, Jan. 19-20. In addition to HSC-3, the mass casualty simulation involved service members assigned to HSC-8, HSC-23, Coast Guard Sector San Diego, and... Read more

Joint Effort Completes HSM-79 MH-60R Repairs

Joint Effort Completes HSM-79 MH-60R Repairs

19-Jan-2023Source: US Navy

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 79 completed an MH-60R tail bushing repair with Spanish aviation specialists at Naval Station Rota, Spain, January 2023. While these repairs are traditionally made in coordination with Fleet Readiness Center, HSM-79 worked with host nation industry partners to expeditiously complete this maintenance, as it requires distinct artisan repairs. “This, to... Read more

US Navy Approves Full-Rate Production For Sikorsky CH-53K

US Navy Approves Full-Rate Production For Sikorsky CH-53K

4-Jan-2023Source: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Navy declared full rate production of the Sikorsky CH-53K® helicopter, a decision that is expected to increase production to more than 20 helicopters annually in the coming years. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), is procuring long-lead items and critical materials to support building full rate production CH-53K helicopters in its digital... Read more

US DoD selects Leonardo for 26 TH-73A Thrasher

US DoD selects Leonardo for 26 TH-73A Thrasher

3-Jan-2023Source: Leonardo

Leonardo welcomes the announcement made by the U.S. Department of Defense to award AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. a 110.5 million USD firm-fixed price modification to the previously awarded contract for the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Helicopter Training System. This modification exercises an option for the production and delivery of 26 TH-73A Lot IV aircraft in support of... Read more

Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Fourteen (HM-14) makes final flight

Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Fourteen (HM-14) makes final flight

12-Dec-2022Source: US Navy

After nearly 45 years of service, flying the RH-53D and the MH-53E, the Vanguard are officially disestablishing in July 2023. The sailors of HM-14 have served and flown on every continent in the world over their 45 year history, and have been a part of numerous critical military Operations. With the Navy’s decision to develop... Read more

Amentum awarded $15M maintenance contract at Joint Base Andrews

Amentum awarded $15M maintenance contract at Joint Base Andrews

25-Nov-2022Source: US DoD

Amentum Services Inc., Germantown, Maryland, has been awarded a $15,940,346 modification (P00022) to previously awarded contract FA2860-19-C-0005 for rotary wing maintenance. This contract provides helicopter maintenance of the aircraft assigned to the 316th Wing at Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $71,484,294 from... Read more

HSC-3, HSC-4, VRM-30 recieve US Navy’s Highest Flight Safety Award

HSC-3, HSC-4, VRM-30 recieve US Navy’s Highest Flight Safety Award

25-Oct-2022Source: US Navy

Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, Commander, Naval Air Forces, presented the 2021 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Aviation Safety Award to the “Merlins” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, the “Black Knights” of HSC-4 and the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30’s aboard Naval Air Station North Island, Oct. 20. Also known as... Read more

Navy Engineers Make Helicopter Pilots’ Most Dangerous Job Safer

Navy Engineers Make Helicopter Pilots’ Most Dangerous Job Safer

11-Oct-2022Source: US Navy

  Landing a helicopter in low visibility environments is one of the most difficult tasks in aviation for a rotary-wing pilot; add weather like fog, wind or worse and aircraft recovery can be dangerous. The very team who brought naval tactical aviation Precision Landing Mode (PLM) has now set sights on advancing capability and operational... Read more

US Army Chinooks Conduct Deck Landings on USS Ronald Reagan

US Army Chinooks Conduct Deck Landings on USS Ronald Reagan

3-Oct-2022Source: US Army

  Soldiers from B Company, 3-2 General Support Aviation Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade conducted deck landings with CH-47F Chinook helicopters on the the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), in the East Sea on September 26, 2022. Deck landing qualifications are conducted to certify air crew members and pilots... Read more

Moog awarded $8M contract for V-22 Planetary Blade Fol

Moog awarded $8M contract for V-22 Planetary Blade Fol

29-Sep-2022Source: US DoD

  Moog Inc., Elma, New York, is awarded an $8,611,797 firm-fixed-price contract for the spare of the Planetary Blade Fol used on the V-22 aircraft. The contract has with no options. All work will be performed in Torrance, California, and is expected to be completed by March 2026. Working capital (Navy) funds in the full... Read more

First Student Naval Aviators begin training in New Helicopter System

First Student Naval Aviators begin training in New Helicopter System

26-Sep-2022Source: US Navy

  Twelve student naval aviators at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, began advanced helicopter training in the new TH-73A Thrasher aircraft in early September. NAS Whiting Field accepted the first TH-73A in August 2021 as a replacement for the 40-year-old TH-57 Sea Ranger aircraft. The TH-57 Sea Ranger provides basic helicopter... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for services for H-60 and H-53

Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for services for H-60 and H-53

21-Sep-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $26,137,728 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides engineering technical field services in support of various fleet activities to inform, instruct, and train Navy and Marine Corps military and civilian personnel in the installation, operation, and maintenance of the H-60 and H-53 series aircraft, to include technical guidance... Read more

HSC-5 Changes Command

HSC-5 Changes Command

5-Sep-2022Source: US Navy

  Cmdr. Erik “Gus” Gustafson relieved Cmdr. Thomas “Princess” Van Hoozer as Commanding Officer of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 during an in-flight change of command Sept. 1, 2022. Capt. Tomas Bodine, commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, presided. “Cmdr. Van Hoozer is leaving HSC-5 a better, more lethal fighting force,” said Bodine. “I... Read more

MQ-8C completes operations under the Expeditionary Advance Base Operations concept

MQ-8C completes operations under the Expeditionary Advance Base Operations concept

22-Aug-2022Source: Northrop Grumman

  Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) MQ-8C Fire Scout, the U.S. Navy’s autonomous, runway-independent helicopter system, successfully completed operations under the Expeditionary Advance Base Operations (EABO) concept, providing persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting (ISR&T) capabilities. A MQ-8C Fire Scout lands at San Clemente Island from Point Mugu during exercise Resolute Hunter demonstrating its Expeditionary... Read more

US Navy Expands CH-53K Training With More Simulators

US Navy Expands CH-53K Training With More Simulators

18-Aug-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

  The United States Marines will gain additional training opportunities preparing them to operate the Sikorsky CH-53K heavy lift helicopter. The aircraft is the  most modern and powerful helicopter in Department of Defense inventory capable of moving troops and equipment from ship to shore, and to higher altitude terrain, more quickly and effectively than ever... Read more

HSM-40 Welcomes Commanding Officer

HSM-40 Welcomes Commanding Officer

11-Aug-2022

  Cmdr. Justin Banz was relieved by Cmdr. David Bizzarri during a change of command ceremony for the “Airwolves” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 40 onboard Naval Station Mayport on Aug. 04. Bizzarri assumed all duties and responsibilities as the commanding officer of HSM-40 in a ceremony attended by family and HSM-40 crew. A... Read more

Change of Command at US Navy squadron HSM-77

Change of Command at US Navy squadron HSM-77

4-Aug-2022Source: US Navy

  The Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 — commonly called the “Saberhawks” — conducted an in-flight change of command ceremony, while flying from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Aug. 1. Cmdr. Nicholas Cunningham officially turned over duties as commanding officer for HSM-77 to Cmdr. Blade Schallenberger. “It’s been humbling to return to the Saberhawks... Read more

Corpus Christi Army Depot’s Appoints 28th Commander

Corpus Christi Army Depot’s Appoints 28th Commander

22-Jul-2022Source: US Army

  A new commanding officer took charge of the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) during a change of command ceremony marking the formal transition of command from outgoing commander Colonel Joseph H. Parker to Colonel Kyle M. Hogan. The event was held aboard Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on Friday, July 15. Colonel Hogan is... Read more

Warlords of HSM 51 Conduct Change of Command

Warlords of HSM 51 Conduct Change of Command

18-Jul-2022Source: US Navy

  Commander M. E. Kawika Chang relieved Commander Timothy E. Rogers as the 25th commanding officer of the “Warlords” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 at a change of command ceremony held July 14, in the HSM-51 hangar bay on board Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi in Ayase, Japan. Cmdr. Rogers was honored for... Read more

US Navy unit HSM-79 establishes detachment in Spain

US Navy unit HSM-79 establishes detachment in Spain

20-Jun-2022Source: US Navy

  Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 79 established a new detachment stationed at Naval Station Rota, Spain, June 16, 2022. Rear Adm. John F. Meier, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, attended the ceremony along with Cmdr. Brett Elko, the commanding officer of HSM-79, and Cmdr. Nikolas Rongers, HSM-79’s executive officer. “The establishment of HSM-79’s European... Read more

New Command at NAS Patuxent River

New Command at NAS Patuxent River

17-Jun-2022Source: US Navy

Capt. Derrick Kingsley assumed command of Naval Air Station Patuxent River in a change of command ceremony June 14 at the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VX-1) Hangar on base. Kingsley’s role as NAS Patuxent River commanding officer follows his previous position as the base executive officer. Departing the command is Capt. John Brabazon,... Read more

Raytheon wins $8.5M order for V-22 avionics

Raytheon wins $8.5M order for V-22 avionics

14-Jun-2022Source: US DoD

  Raytheon Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded an $8,553,347 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001922F1017) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001920G0007). This order provides for the sustainment of previously delivered block fleet releases, ongoing development of flight tests and fleet releases and analysis leading to implementation of future sustainment block fleet releases for the V-22 avionics... Read more

CSG 5 Team Lands on USS Benfold for Helicopter Search and Seizure Drill

CSG 5 Team Lands on USS Benfold for Helicopter Search and Seizure Drill

14-Jun-2022

  The Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 led a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 team in a helicopter visit, board, search and seizure (HVBSS) drill that took place aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), June 9. HSC-12 led this event to expand their proficiency in HVBSS, integrate... Read more

AWHero completes Enhanced Maritime Surveillance Sensor Suite tests

AWHero completes Enhanced Maritime Surveillance Sensor Suite tests

2-Jun-2022Source: Leonardo

  Navies and Coast Guards worldwide are deploying Tactical Uncrewed Air Systems (UAS) in order to provide wide area ISR capabilities to vessels and contribute to the formation of a robust and dynamic Recognized Maritime Picture. UAS are becoming an important capability for maritime intelligence gathering. These systems provide considerable advantages when capable of being... Read more

US Navy Deploys MQ-8C Fire Scout to Indo-Pacific

US Navy Deploys MQ-8C Fire Scout to Indo-Pacific

26-May-2022Source: Northrop Grumman

  Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) MQ-8C Fire Scout, the U.S. Navy’s autonomous, runway-independent helicopter system, made its second operational deployment, and first deployment to the Indo-Pacific Area of Responsibility aboard USS Jackson (LCS-6) providing military commanders greater maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting (ISR&T) capability. “The MQ-8C Fire Scout is an extremely flexible unmanned... Read more

Royal Australian Navy to acquire 13 more MH-60Rs from US Navy

Royal Australian Navy to acquire 13 more MH-60Rs from US Navy

10-May-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

  Lockheed Martin Australia welcomes the Australian Government announcement of the expansion of the MH-60R helicopter fleet – the MH-60R Seahawk is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter with unmatched capabilities across a multitude of roles. Through this acquisition, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will acquire 13 additional MH-60Rs from the United States Navy, increasing its... Read more

NAS North Island V-22 hanger reaches Construction Milestone

NAS North Island V-22 hanger reaches Construction Milestone

6-May-2022Source: US Navy

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southwest Commanding Officer CAPT Mike Oestereicher provided a NAVFAC Southwest perspective and identified the collective team members involved in the planning, design, construction, and future operation of the V-22 Hanger, April 14 in Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI), to audience members from Naval Base Coronado, contracted agencies, and NAVFAC... Read more

VH-92 achieves Initial Operational Capability – Comms still an issue

VH-92 achieves Initial Operational Capability – Comms still an issue

4-May-2022Source: SEA POWER

  The Marine Corps’ VH-92A presidential support helicopter has achieved initial operational capability, according to the Department of the Navy.  The VH-92A, built by Lockheed Martin, has been going through testing and crew training and achieved IOC on Dec. 28, 2021. No announcement by the program office was made at the time. The IOC was announced... Read more

USS Montgomery completes MQ-8C integration training

USS Montgomery completes MQ-8C integration training

3-May-2022Source: US Navy

The Navy’s newest unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout, completed operational integration training aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8), April 21. During two weeks of flight operations the unmanned helicopter attached to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, performed various over-the-horizon intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance training missions using the... Read more

US Navy proposes divestment of Special Ops heli squadron

US Navy proposes divestment of Special Ops heli squadron

29-Apr-2022Source: US Navy

The U.S. Navy is proposing to retire its only expeditionary helicopter squadron dedicated to support of special operations forces with the service’s 2023 budget request. Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 85 (HSC-85), a reserve squadron based at Naval Air Station North Island, California, is equipped with MH-60S Seahawk helicopters to support “Naval Special Warfare forces and... Read more

FRCE training assists WESTPAC in standing up V-22 PMI line

FRCE training assists WESTPAC in standing up V-22 PMI line

7-Apr-2022Source: FRCE

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) provides maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services that support a variety of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft around the world. The depot also provides service to the Fleet through training for aircraft maintenance professionals who can then return to their respective organizations with the skills they need to maintain aviation... Read more

Air Center Helicopters is awarded a $11M contract to provide ship-based commercial helicopters and services

Air Center Helicopters is awarded a $11M contract to provide ship-based commercial helicopters and services

4-Apr-2022Source: US DoD

Air Center Helicopters, Inc. (ACHI), Burleson, Texas, was awarded an $11,679,419 firm-fixed-price, C-type contract that will provide ship-based commercial helicopter and vertical replenishment services to Navy ships, partner nation’s ships, and theater facilities and operations worldwide. ACHI will be required to perform missions at any time, day or night, on a 24-hour per day basis,... Read more

HSM-77 Saberhawks earn Phoenix Award for superior maintenance

HSM-77 Saberhawks earn Phoenix Award for superior maintenance

22-Mar-2022Source: US Navy

The “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 were awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Phoenix Award at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, March 3. Top commands from the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force compete annually for the award that celebrates maintenance performance excellence. According to DoD Instruction 1348.30, the award recognizes maintenance operations... Read more

Triumph wins 5 year US Navy contract for SH-60 EDECU work

Triumph wins 5 year US Navy contract for SH-60 EDECU work

21-Mar-2022Source: Triumph

Triumph Group [NYSE:TGI] announced that its Systems, Electronics and Controls business has received a five-year contract with Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) to provide repair and upgrade services to their enhanced digital electronic control (fuel) units (EDECUs). Triumph’s EMC-102 EDECU units are used to support the T700 engine in the U.S. Navy’s SH-60 Seahawk Helicopter.... Read more

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