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Unread post04 Mar 2021, 19:50

'doge' said on previous page: "There is no VMFA-323 thread and I was wondering where to post..."

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Unread post15 Jun 2021, 22:27

Next french aircraft carrier will be able to operate F-35C, MQ-35 and VF-22, around 2:43
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm50a-mOB-4
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Unread post16 Jun 2021, 02:07

herciv wrote:Next french aircraft carrier will be able to operate F-35C, MQ-35 and VF-22, around 2:43
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm50a-mOB-4



The PANG will have EMALS and AAG. So, I think that is a given.....
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Unread post16 Jun 2021, 09:41

Corsair1963 wrote:
herciv wrote:Next french aircraft carrier will be able to operate F-35C, MQ-35 and VF-22, around 2:43
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm50a-mOB-4

The PANG will have EMALS and AAG. So, I think that is a given.....

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Unread post16 Jun 2021, 13:07

spazsinbad wrote:SCREENGRAB

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Unread post12 Jul 2021, 06:18

Aircraft Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt leaving San Diego as Navy moves to integrate F-35C

San Diego-based carriers Abraham Lincoln and Carl Vinson have already been upgraded to operate the F-35 stealth fighter
By Andrew Dyer
July 11, 2021 5:50 AM PT
SAN DIEGO —

Next week, the Navy takes another step to add the Pentagon’s newest, stealthiest aircraft to its carrier-borne air wings.

The San Diego-based aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt will leave San Diego on Friday to transfer its home port to Bremerton, Wash., where it will undergo maintenance and a retrofit that will enable to ship to operate with the F-35, the Navy announced.

The ship will be in the maintenance yards for 16-18 months, said Steven Fiebing, a Naval Air Forces spokesman in San Diego. About 3,000 sailors and their families are expected to make the move to Washington, the Navy said in a statement.

The Theodore Roosevelt will be the last of the three carriers currently based in San Diego to field the F-35C version of the fighter; Carl Vinson is currently undergoing pre-deployment workups ahead of what will be the first-ever carrier deployment of the jets. In the coming months the Lincoln will also deploy in what will be a first for Marine Corps F-35Cs, Fiebing said.

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314, known as the Black Knights, based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, became the first Marine F-35C squadron to achieve full operational capability July 1, the Marine Corps said in a statement.

The F-35C is the third and final variant of the Pentagon’s trillion-dollar Joint Strike Fighter to reach the operational milestone of deployment. The largest of the three aircraft types, the “A” variant, is flown in the U.S. by the Air Force. The “B” variant, a short-takeoff and vertical-landing capable aircraft, has been flown by the Marine Corps since 2018 and operates from Navy amphibious ships.

The “C” is flown by both the Navy and Marine Corps and is designed to operate as part of a Navy carrier air wing. It has a larger wingspan and longer range to meet the demands of carrier operations.

That air wing integration was dependent on a few factors, said Cmdr. Zachary Harrell, a Naval Air Forces spokesman.

Nimitz-class carriers, Harrell said, need to have stronger deflectors installed on their flight decks to handle the jet blast of the F-35C’s single engine. Some interior spaces on the ships also have to be refurbished for F-35 missions.

However, it isn’t just material upgrades the ships needed to deploy with the next-generation fighter, Harrell said. They also have to integrate another aircraft into the wing — the CMV-22B Osprey.

“Any carrier with F-35s will need a CMV squadron,” Harrell said. “You need the Osprey to carry the (F-35) engine module.”

Those modules, Harrell said, are too large for the Navy’s MH-60 helicopters and C-2 Greyhound aircraft, which normally carry replacement parts, to carry.

All of the Navy’s current Osprey squadrons operate out of Naval Air Station North Island since only West Coast carriers are currently configured to deploy with F-35s.

The stealthy F-35 brings new capabilities to the air wings, according to pilots who’ve flown them. Advanced sensors, communications and touch-screen cockpit controls makes the jets easy to fly, a Marine Corps pilot told the Union-Tribune last year. This allows pilots to focus on their missions.

The fighters are the most expensive weapons system ever fielded by the Pentagon and are expected to cost more than $1 trillion to operate and maintain over their lifetime.

One F-35C squadron will integrate into each of the two air wings, Harrell said.

In addition to the F-35 retrofit, the Navy said, the Roosevelt will also receive upgrades to its self-defense system, its 20mm CIWS and its Computer Network.

Maintenance crews will also work on the ship’s hull, rudder, propulsion shaft and anchor while the ship is in drydock at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carriers have service lives of 50 years but require frequent maintenance and technological upgrades, including a one-time, multi-year midlife refueling that is done on the East Coast. Some maintenance is routinely performed pier-side in San Diego, but more involved maintenance necessitates occasional work in Bremerton.

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Unread post21 Jul 2021, 23:40

Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 Conducts In-air Change of Command

By Lt. Kilpatrick Deneen, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147

PACIFIC OCEAN – The “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 welcomed a new commanding officer, Cmdr. Mark Cochran, a native of Fernandina Beach, Florida, who relieved, Cmdr. Jeffrey Fellows, a native of Dallas, during a change of command fly-over of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), July 8.

Fellows assumed command in May 2020 and led the Argonauts through training and certification exercises, including the first ever Fifth Generation Advanced Readiness Program (FARP), completing 100 percent of the Fleet Readiness Training Program (FRTP) requirements. Under Fellows’ leadership, the Argonauts delivered the F-35C’s advanced capabilities to the fleet and continue laying the foundation for integrating fifth-generation platforms into carrier air wings.

During Fellow’s tenure, the Argonauts logged more than 2,000 sorties totaling 3,000 flight hours while dropping 94 bombs and firing 7,300 rounds of 25mm ammunition; six Joint Stand-Off Weapons; two AIM-9 Sidewinder, and two AIM-120 Advance Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). Fellows is retiring from the U.S. Navy after 21 years of honorable service.

"It has been the honor of my life to lead the Sailors, chiefs, and officers of VFA-147. The success of this command can be directly attributed to teamwork and selfless devotion to duty. I am grateful for the chance to have been a part of naval aviation history, but more so, I am proud to have been an Argo,” said Fellows. “Cmdr. Cochran is ready to lead this squadron. He is a life-long friend and one of the most respected aviators in all the air services. There is nobody better to take the Argos to the next level. To the entire Argo Family, thank you for your service, it was a dream come true serving alongside each and every one you."

Prior to commanding VFA-147, Cochran served as the training officer for the Joint Strike Fighter Wing based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. Cochran assumed command as the F-35C is preparing for the aircraft’s inaugural deployment.

"I cannot thank the Argo Family enough for their support and mentorship along the way,” said Cochran. “I am humbled to assume the role of commanding officer and I look forward to serving this squadron as we embark on the F-35C's first deployment. The Argonauts stand ready to make history," said Cochran.

The Argonauts are the Navy’s first, and currently only, operational F-35C Lightning II squadron.

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Unread post22 Jul 2021, 01:39

"...The largest of the three aircraft types, the “A” variant, is flown in the U.S. by the Air Force...." IS IT?
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Unread post22 Jul 2021, 02:04

spazsinbad wrote:
"...The largest of the three aircraft types, the “A” variant, is flown in the U.S. by the Air Force...." IS IT?
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Pretty sure they meant most numerous.
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Unread post22 Jul 2021, 02:21

THEY should type what they mean. No ONE is immune from PROOF reading unless they have been WAXinated?
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Unread post22 Jul 2021, 02:37

Imnsho, much like some of these weird weddings that have become ‘cool’ in the states these last few decades, modern CoC ceremonies that fail to remind those in attendance of the gravity of Command, thereby erode its importance over time. An in-flight CoC is representative of that trend over the last 15-20 years.
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Unread post23 Jul 2021, 07:53

quicksilver wrote:Imnsho, much like some of these weird weddings that have become ‘cool’ in the states these last few decades, modern CoC ceremonies that fail to remind those in attendance of the gravity of Command, thereby erode its importance over time. An in-flight CoC is representative of that trend over the last 15-20 years.


Those ceromonies are very tedious, but I understood their relevance even as a pup... I never got treated to an in air CoC, maybe its really fun and people like it, but yes you are correct. don't need leadership when I got a jet---yeeehhaaaaawwww

just think in the future it will be two officers flying their drones from the comfort of their stateside command bunkers 6000 miles away and slapping each other on the backs like theyre playing nintendo at mom's, and just like that you have a new CO!
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Unread post23 Jul 2021, 12:27

My sense is that the challenges of ‘Command’ have never been more complex — witness the number of reliefs for cause — and not unlike a wedding and marriage, a CoC only marks the beginning of the hard stuff.
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