Aircraft Carrier News Surely Worth a Thread of its Own

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From The Navy Times:

Michigan, UNC excited for Carrier Classic
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NEW YORK – Tom Izzo joked that when he jumps off the roof after losing a game, at least this time the landing will be soft water.

The inaugural Carrier Classic presents a balancing act for the Michigan State coach and his North Carolina counterpart, Roy Williams. They want their players to appreciate the enormity of the Veterans Day game on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class carrier Carl Vinson.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/09/ap-navy-michigan-north-carolina-excited-for-carrier-classic-carl-vinson-091511/
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Enterprise Pins New Chiefs, Continues 50 year Legacy
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USS ENTERPRISE, Norfolk (NNS) -- Twenty-four USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Sailors were advanced to chief petty officer during a shipboard ceremony Sept. 16.

The ceremony comes at the culmination of the chief petty officer induction process which began the day the selection board results were released in August.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=62780
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

New Chief Petty Officers Pinned Aboard USS George H.W. Bush
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ARABIAN SEA (NNS) -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) held a pinning ceremony for 49 new chief petty officers (CPO) assigned to the ship and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Sept. 16.

The newest chief petty officers received their golden anchors after senior deckplate leaders spoke about the significance of the insignia, the title and the responsibility of the promotion.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=62802
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Truman Habitability Team Pushes Forward, Achieves Success
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PORTSMOUTH, Va (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) lead the way in the ship's habitability efforts during its docked planned incremental availability (DPIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Portsmouth, Va., Sept. 12.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=62804
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

George H.W. Bush Sailors Enjoy First Swim Call and Steel Beach Picnic
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ARABIAN SEA (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) enjoyed a swim call and steel beach picnic in the Arabian Sea, Sept. 16.

More than 1,200 Sailors decided to take the 25-foot plunge into the calm 84 degree water below, and later everybody assembled on the ship's flight deck for carnival-style games and barbeque.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=62803
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Artists Draw Inspiration from Vinson Sailors
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USS CARL VINSON, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors on board USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 welcomed members from the National Cartoonists Society Sept. 18-19 as part of a 'Humor Tour' and Navy Operational Stress Control project to visit service members along the West Coast.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=62828
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

F-35B Test Pilots Start Certifying for Initial Ship Trials
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PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (NNS) -- Four F-35B test pilots started the first steps in qualifying to land the F-35B on a deck at sea Sept. 14.

After completing flight envelope expansion for the aircraft in preparation for initial ship trials, the pilots began expeditionary airfield (EAF) landing practice, eventually building up to field carrier landing practice (FCLP).
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=62837
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Lincoln Embarks for COMPTUEX to Prepare for Deployment
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USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) departed San Diego, Sept. 20, for a three-week composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of California.

Lincoln and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, and guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) will use COMPTUEX to evaluate the strike group's operational readiness.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=62905
 
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From The Pilot OnLine:

Future of naval aviation bright, admiral says in Va. Beach
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Lots of armchair admirals like to opine that in the not-too-distant future, the flight deck of an aircraft carrier will be a lonely place, full of small aircraft operating without any humans aboard. They predict that aviators will no longer climb into cockpits; they'll program computers to fly, or pilot aircraft remotely at a desk.

Seven actual admirals from the Navy and Coast Guard offered a different assessment Thursday at an aerospace industry conference in Virginia Beach.
More at http://hamptonroads.com/2011/09/future-naval-aviation-bright-admiral-says-va-beach
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Vinson Welcomes Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet
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USS CARL VINSON, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) welcomed Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. Gerald R. Beaman to the ship Sept. 26 during the carrier strike group's underway operations off the coast of Southern California.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=62953
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Truman Sailors Deal with Tough Issues Using Straight Talk
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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducted group counseling sessions called Straight Talk aboard the ship Sept. 20.

The counseling sessions are designed to provide Sailors the opportunity to speak freely about issues they face.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=62929
 
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From The Navy Times:

F-35B set for sea trials next week
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The Marine Corps F-35B short-take off vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Joint Strike Fighter will begin sea trials next week, the service’s top aviation officer said.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/09/defense-f-35b-sea-trials-092911/

Comment: This is a part of the program which is under threat of termination. It has got to be made to work if the Marines want to replace the venerable Harrier. (And if it is, even that might not be good enough!)
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Nimitz Moves Out of Dry Dock
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BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- USS Nimitz (CVN 68) moved from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility's Dry Dock 6 to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton's Pier Delta Sept. 29, after completing required out-of-the-water maintenance while in dry dock.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=63025
 
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From The Daily Mail:

Rise of the machines: Navy's first unmanned stealth drone one step closer to aircraft carrier landing
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The U.S. Navy's latest stealth drone has completed a series of rigorous summer flight tests - taking it one step closer to its first automated carrier landing.

Reaching speeds of 180 knots, two experimental X-47B drones have completed their summer test schedule to evaluate software and other modifications before the first test aircraft carrier landing in 2013.
More at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2043887/Navys-unmanned-stealth-drone-X-47B-step-closer-aircraft-carrier-landing.html
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Miramar Air Show Commemorates Centennial of Naval Aviation
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MIRAMAR, Calif. (NNS) -- Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar opened its gates to three-quarters of a million members of the local San Diego community Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 for the facility's annual air show.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=63045

Comment: The Mirimar Airshow is always a hugely popular event, even if it turns the traffic into a nightmare.
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Truman Sailors, NNSY Workers Team Up for National Plane Pull Contest
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- A team of Sailors assigned to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and civilians of Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) placed third in the Annual Dulles Day Plane Pull Contest at Dulles Airport in Washington, Sept. 24.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=63047