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August 12, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - India launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier Monday with an eye on regional rivals China and Pakistan, although it will be several years before the ship is fully operational. The $5-billion Vikrant, meaning “courage,” was unveiled at a shipyard in the southern port of Kochi. The 37,500-ton ship will be outfitted with electrical cables, ventilation, weaponry and machinery before undergoing sea trials in 2016 and formal induction into the navy in 2018.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Some residents in Long Beach and the north Orange County coast reported feeling and hearing what some thought was an earthquake Wednesday afternoon. But Caltech seismologist Kate Hutton said no earthquakes were reported in the area during the time the shaking was reported. “It's not an earthquake. It's probably an offshore sonic boom,” Hutton said. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said any sonic boom would come from a military aircraft.
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BUSINESS
July 11, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
After a pair of a historic arrested landings aboard an aircraft carrier, a U.S. Navy drone aborted a third landing because of a malfunction in one of its three redundant navigation computers. The X-47B drone was four miles out Wednesday, with its landing gear down, when the unmanned vehicle reported to the mission operator that one of its computers had an issue. The landing was called off and the drone returned to shore, as per policy and the drone's pre-planned logic. Navy officials said the anomaly was a great learning moment on a day that they hailed as a landmark in aviation.
OPINION
March 15, 2014
Re "Insane? Hardly," Opinion, March 11 The Duke of Wellington said it best. When asked about Napoleon's propensity to always go on the attack, he said: "A conqueror is like a cannonball … he can only go forward. Once he rebounds, his career is over. " So it is with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Whether bullying members of Pussy Riot or cowing his opposition, Putin can only be dissuaded by force. All the sanctions in the world will only give him another excuse to go on the offensive.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
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.
NEWS
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.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Navy said Tuesday it would move the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan from San Diego to Japan next year so another carrier could come home for maintenance. The shuffle will allow the Navy to keep one carrier deployed in the western Pacific, where tensions have flared in recent months over a tiny Japanese-controlled island chain also claimed by China. "The security environment in [Asia] requires that the U.S. Navy station the most capable ships forward," the Navy's Pacific Fleet said in a statement.
TRAVEL
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.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
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.
SPORTS
November 11, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
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.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Navy said Tuesday it would move the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan from San Diego to Japan next year so another carrier could come home for maintenance. The shuffle will allow the Navy to keep one carrier deployed in the western Pacific, where tensions have flared in recent months over a tiny Japanese-controlled island chain also claimed by China. "The security environment in [Asia] requires that the U.S. Navy station the most capable ships forward," the Navy's Pacific Fleet said in a statement.
WORLD
November 14, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
CEBU, Philippines - With pressure mounting to speed up the distribution of aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan, the U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington and its strike group arrived Thursday in the Philippines, and officials said relief flights could take place around the clock at two airports. Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, commander of the George Washington Strike Group, said the carrier and cruisers Antietam and Cowpens would take up positions off the east coast of Samar island "to begin to assess the damage and to provide logistical and emergency support, including medical care and water supplies," according to a Pentagon news release.
WORLD
November 11, 2013 | By David S. Cloud, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON - One hundred additional U.S. Marines and sailors flew to the Philippines on Monday as part of a growing international effort to help survivors of one of the largest Pacific storms on record. Rescuers are still in the early stages of reaching remote areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, which officials say may have killed thousands of people as it lashed the island chain with winds of more than 200 mph and widespread flooding. Two U.S. military cargo planes carrying water and generators, along with a squad of Marines, left Manila for the hard-hit city of Tacloban on the island of Leyte.
WORLD
August 12, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - India launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier Monday with an eye on regional rivals China and Pakistan, although it will be several years before the ship is fully operational. The $5-billion Vikrant, meaning “courage,” was unveiled at a shipyard in the southern port of Kochi. The 37,500-ton ship will be outfitted with electrical cables, ventilation, weaponry and machinery before undergoing sea trials in 2016 and formal induction into the navy in 2018.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
After a pair of a historic arrested landings aboard an aircraft carrier, a U.S. Navy drone aborted a third landing because of a malfunction in one of its three redundant navigation computers. The X-47B drone was four miles out Wednesday, with its landing gear down, when the unmanned vehicle reported to the mission operator that one of its computers had an issue. The landing was called off and the drone returned to shore, as per policy and the drone's pre-planned logic. Navy officials said the anomaly was a great learning moment on a day that they hailed as a landmark in aviation.
NEWS
July 10, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
This just in: Asiana Airlines Flight 214's pilots tell investigators that the plane's automatic throttle system failed to keep the doomed jetliner at the proper speed for landing. This also just in: In a historic first, the Navy's X-47B drone successfully takes off and lands on an aircraft carrier . Isn't technology great? Is this a wonderful age, or what? (For further proof, there's this: An Apple I computer, the first computer model sold by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the 1970s -- original price $666 -- just sold for $387,750.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The U.S. Navy conducted a historic flight test Wednesday off the coast of Virginia when an experimental bat-winged drone made an arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time. The flight of the drone, dubbed X-47B, could redefine naval aviation. Landing on an aircraft carrier as it plies the ocean and pitches with the waves is considered an extremely difficult feat for even the most seasoned pilot. The X-47B was controlled almost entirely by computer. "By evolving and integrating new technology like the X-47B and the unmanned aircraft to follow, carriers will remain relevant throughout their 50-year lifespan," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said in a statement.
OPINION
June 15, 2013
Re "Struggling to take off," June 12 Granted, Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 fighter jet under development is a spectacular technological achievement, but could somebody please tell me who exactly is the enemy that we need to fight with 2,457 of these planes? Is there another world war on the horizon that I don't know about? Our biggest threat seems to come from terrorists, and last I checked they don't have much of an air force. Also - and I'm speaking as an ex-aerospace engineer - taxpayers should know that piloted combat aircraft are probably already obsolete.
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