November 27, 2012 |
The U.S. Navy's new bat-winged experimental drone has been delivered to an aircraft carrier deck to undergo handling tests aboard the ship. The Navy said that sailors aboard the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman took delivery of the drone on Monday from Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, where it had been undergoing tests. Truman is the first aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. The drone, named the X-47B, is designed to perform one of aviation's most difficult maneuvers: land on the deck of an aircraft carrier.
October 4, 1990
Independence this week became first U.S. aircraft carrier to pass through Strait of Hormuz since 1974. It is expected to stay in Persian Gulf about a week, then sail back to Arabian Sea. PROFILE OF THE INDEPENDENCE Commissioned: Jan. 10, 1959 Displacement: 80,643 tons (full load) Length: 1071 feet Power plant: 8 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, 4 Westinghouse geared turbines Speed: 33 knots Crew: 2,900 ship's company; 2,279 air wing Armament: Sea Sparrow missiles; 3 Phalanx close-in weapons systems.
December 27, 2009
ALAMEDA, CALIF. New Year's Eve on the USS Hornet When, where: Dec. 31, USS Hornet Highlights: Aboard this historic aircraft carrier, three dance floors come alive with big-band music as attendees get dance lessons, party favors and a panoramic view of San Francisco's skyline from the flight deck. There will also be a midnight countdown and a silent auction; the event is black-tie optional but period, swing and formal military attire are encouraged. Cost: $48 in advance, $55 at the door, optional buffet dinner is $55; proceeds benefit the USS Hornet Museum Info: www.uss-hornet.
November 11, 2011 |
Reporting from Coronado, Calif. -- If the game was a little sloppy, if there was some bad shooting and slipping and sliding along the court, that wasn't the point. Also not the point was that top-ranked North Carolina beat Michigan State, 67-55, in the season opener Friday. The point was that President Obama and his wife, Michelle, attended the game, which was played on the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. The point was that service men and women from all five branches of the military stood in proud anticipation of being honored at a basketball game, the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic.
May 15, 2013 |
In a historic feat for the U.S. Navy, a stealthy bat-winged drone was catapulted off an aircraft carrier's flight deck before it soared above the Atlantic and into the blue sky. On Tuesday morning, the X-47B experimental drone was launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush as it floated off the Virginia coast. The test flight was seen as a milestone in drone technology and the program, which has been eight years in the making. "Today we saw a small but significant pixel in the future picture of our Navy as we begin integration of unmanned systems into arguably the most complex war-fighting environment that exists today: the flight deck of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier," Vice Adm. David Buss, commander of naval air forces and known as the Navy's "air boss," said in a statement.
April 6, 2004 |
The retired U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany will be sunk off the Florida coast near Pensacola this summer to serve as an artificial reef, the Navy announced. The 888-foot Oriskany is the first vessel in a new program designed to dispose of obsolete warships by sinking them as a cheaper alternative to the scrap yard. The ship also will serve as an underwater memorial.