July 11, 2013 |
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.
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.
January 14, 2014 |
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.
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.
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.
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.