US Navy

VP-40 conducts first Poseidon deployment

The US Navy’s VP-40 ‘Fighting Marlins’ started its first deployment with the Boeing P-8A Poseidon on April 28, when the initial maritime patrol aircraft arrived at NAS Sigonella in Sicily, Italy

MQ-25 refuels F/A-18F in historic first

Boeing’s MQ-25A Stingray test asset marked a historic milestone on June 4, when the platform conducted the first-ever aerial refuelling operation between an unmanned tanker and a manned receiver aircraft

US Navy receives first TH-73A helicopter

The US Navy has taken receipt of the first TH-73A training helicopter from Leonardo

US Navy to receive two more E-2Ds with upgraded software

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to procure two additional E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delta System/Software Configuration Build IV (DSSC-4) developmental test aircraft

US Navy T-45Cs involved in mid-air collision

Two US Navy-operated McDonnell Douglas T-45C Goshawk land-/carrier-based jet trainers were involved in a mid-air collision over Texas on May 17

Northrop Grumman wins contract for additional Coyotes

The US Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a production contract for 18 additional GQM-163A Coyote supersonic sea-skimming target vehicles in a $55.4m deal, bringing the total orders to date up to 218 platforms

US completes second live fire AIM-120D-3 missile test

The AMRAAM joint program office has completed the second live fire test of the new AIM-120D-3 variant of the missile family, which incorporated upgraded hardware in its guidance section

US Navy continues AARGM-ER testing on Super Hornet

The US Navy has completed an Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) captive-carry test flight on a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet carrier-based multi-role fighter

USMC ceases operations with legacy KC-130T fleet

The USMC has finally concluded operations with the legacy Lockheed KC-130T Hercules tactical tanker-transport fleet after 60 years of service

Fire Scout crashes into the USS Charleston

A US Navy-operated Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout has crashed into the side of the Littoral Combat Ship USS Charleston (LCS-18), while the vessel was transiting through the Western Pacific to Guam on April 26