Chinese Fighter Drops Flares in Front of Aussie Helo in ‘Unprofessional’ Action, Say Officials

Royal Australian Air Force MH-60R. RAAF Photo

A People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) fighter jet dropped flares in front of a Royal Australian Navy MH-60R over the Yellow Sea on Saturday, an action that the Australian government called “unsafe and unprofessional” according to a Monday release.
The Australian Department of Defence release stated that destroyer HMAS Hobart (DDG39) was in international waters in the Yellow Sea undertaking routine activities as part of Operation Argos –...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/06/chinese-fighter-drops-flares-in-front-of-aussie-helo-in-unprofessional-action-say-officials

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 6, 2024

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of May 6, 2024, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force DeployedUnderway
295
(USS 235, USNS 60)
97
(USS 65, USNS 32)
74
(49 Deployed, 25 Local)

In Japan

Sailors simulate manning an aircraft...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/06/usni-news-fleet-and-marine-tracker-may-6-2024

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Fujian Leaves for First Set of Sea Trials

Chinese aircraft carrier Fujian. Xinhua Photo

China’s third aircraft carrier Fujian (18) left Shanghai on Wednesday morning to conduct its first sea trial, according to a report by People’s Liberation Army News. Meanwhile, the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) first batch of female naval aviators carried out their first solo flight on Apr. 25.
Fujian left Jiangnan Shipyard at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, according to PLA News, with the sea trial being conducted to test and verify the reliability...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/01/chinese-aircraft-carrier-fujian-leaves-for-first-set-of-sea-trials

Navy Elects to Fix USS Boxer Rudder with Divers, Repair Could Take 2 Months

Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4) steams in the Pacific Ocean, April 4, 2024. US Navy Photo

Divers will attempt to repair the big deck amphibious warship USS Boxer (LHD-4) in the water while the ship is pierside at Naval Station San Diego, Calif., USNI News has learned.

The effort will focus on repairs to the starboard rudder and the bearing that failed following Boxer’s departure for deployment on April 1, Navy officials told USNI News.

“The issue is the ship’s starboard rudder and roller...

https://news.usni.org/2024/04/30/navy-elects-to-fix-uss-boxer-rudder-with-divers-could-take-2-months

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 29, 2024

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 29, 2024, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force DeployedUnderway
295
(USS 235, USNS 60)
95
(USS 65, USNS 30)
63
(44 Deployed, 26 Local)

In Japan

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Aircraft...

https://news.usni.org/2024/04/29/usni-news-fleet-and-marine-tracker-april-29-2024

USS George Washington to Depart for Japan via South America

USS George Washington (CVN-73) returning from sea trials on May 25, 2023. HII Photo

Carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) is set to depart Naval Station Norfolk, Va., this week for its new homeport in Japan, the Navy announced on Wednesday.
George Washington is scheduled to leave Norfolk on Thursday to sail down the coast of the U.S., through the Caribbean Sea and enter the Pacific by rounding Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America.

The carrier will be part of U.S. 4th Fleet’s Southern...

https://news.usni.org/2024/04/24/uss-george-washington-to-depart-for-japan-via-south-america

French Carrier Charles De Gaulle Leaves on Deployment

French aircraft carrier FS Charles De Gaulle (R91) departed its home port of Toulon for an operational deployment to the Mediterranean called Akila, which will see the French Carrier Strike Group (CSG) for the first time under NATO control for two-weeks.
In a press briefing on Apr. 11 to announce the deployment, Rear Adm. Jacques Mallard, Commander of the French CSG, stated that the names of French Navy warships and submarines in the group would not be announced as part of an ongoing experiment...

https://news.usni.org/2024/04/24/french-carrier-charles-de-gaulle-leaves-on-deployment

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missiles in Nuclear Command and Control Test

North Korean short-range ballistic missile launch on April 22, 2024. KCNA Photo

North Korea on Monday conducted a firing drill of short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs), with state media Korean Central News Agency reporting that it was a firing of “super-large multiple rocket units” simulating a nuclear counterattack and marking the first use of its Haekbangashoe nuclear weapon combined management system.

The purpose of the North Korean drill, which was overseen by North Korean leader Kim Jong...

https://news.usni.org/2024/04/23/north-korea-launches-ballistic-missile-in-nucelar-command-and-control-test

Earhart Museum nominated for top award

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The first aircraft mechanic

By Richard Scarbrough

This story originally appeared on flyingmag.com.

The Wright brothers flew into history on Dec. 17, 1903, achieving the once-unheard-of feat of powered flight. Although debated, the accomplishment is globally accepted as the first flight of its kind. While the Wrights earned a place in the spotlight as daring aviators, one key figure is often overlooked: mechanician Charles Taylor.

An introduction

There is a fantastic book, “Charles E. Taylor: 1868-1956 The Wright Brothers...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/the-first-aircraft-mechanic

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