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U.S. Navy photo illustration by Fred Flerlage; Imagery of Lt. Stu Whipkey from U.S. Navy video by Matthew Hilborn, “ Patch Wearers: The Real TOPGUN”
The TOPGUN Legacy: Making Mavericks
By By Lt. Bryce Baswell, U.S. Navy | Nov. 21, 2022
The sun rises over Nevada. A rumble rolls across the desert, but it’s not the sound of a rare rainstorm. It’s two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets engaged in a close-range combat training exercise. One is the haze-grey color of fleet squadrons. The other sports desert camo with a red star on its tail, one of the paint schemes used by the Navy Reserve’s adversary aircraft squadrons to mimic those used by America’s adversaries.

CH-53K First Night Air to Air Refueling, 23 June 2021, NAS Patuxent River, Md.
Collaboration Enhances Successful CH-53K Flight Control System
By Victoria Falcón | Oct. 4, 2022
A full authority digital fly-by-wire Flight Control System (FCS) is one of many impressive capabilities setting the CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter apart from any other heavy lift aircraft. “Full authority” means the FCS provides all of the aircraft motion—not just supplementing the pilot for stability.

Aircraft attached to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 sit on USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) flight deck as the ship steams through the Atlantic Ocean, April 13, 2022. Ford is underway conducting carrier qualifications and strike group integration prior to operational deployment.
Making History on USS Gerald R. Ford as Deployment Nears
By Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexander Timewell | Oct. 4, 2022
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the first-in-class of the Navy’s newest generation of Ford-class aircraft carriers. It’s been nearly 40 years since the Navy has commissioned a new generation of aircraft carriers. With change comes history that has to be made. Ford has done just that.

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 16, 2021) Pilots, assigned to the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat (HSC) Squadron 21, prepare to hot seat a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter on the flight deck aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18), during routine flight operations. Charleston, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, is operating in the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden)
Navy Engineers Make Helicopter Pilots’ Most Dangerous Job Safer
By Brittany Dickerson | Oct. 4, 2022
Landing a helicopter in low visibility environments is one of the most difficult tasks in aviation for a rotary-wing pilot; add weather like fog, wind or worse and aircraft recovery can be dangerous.

Sony Venice 6K cameras, that weigh about 8 pounds with a lens, were  installed on the aft seat’s glare shield of an F/A-18.
FRCSW Goes to the Movies Supporting ‘TOP GUN: Maverick’
By Fleet Readiness Center Southwest | Oct. 4, 2022
It takes a lot to make a movie. In the case of Tom Cruise’s latest film, “TOP GUN: Maverick,” it took the artisans, engineers and staff of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) to not only provide an authentic presentation of the aircraft used in the film, but also support for the filming itself.

From left, Greg Coulter, DI Lead Engineer with the H-1 Light/Attack Helicopters Program Office, Matt Moritz, Avionics Lead Systems Engineer with the program office, Nick Embry, DI Flight Test Engineer with HX-21, and Victoria Couture, DI Flight Test Engineer with HX-21, successfully test L16 and ANW2 by disembarking from and continuing to communicate with a UH-1Y Venom and an AH-1Z Viper over an encrypted network, marking the first successful digital interoperability flight with an H-1 mixed fleet.
Marines Complete First H-1 Mixed Fleet Link 16 Flight
By Joy Shrum | May 19, 2022
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 successfully demonstrated the first two-way connection between an AH-1Z Viper, a UH-1Y Venom and a portable ground station using the new Link 16 software at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in November 2021.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Jan. 17, 2022) Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 conduct flight operations on the ship's flight deck, Jan. 17, 2022. Operating as part of U.S. Pacific Fleet, Carl Vinson and CVW 2 are conducting training to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Tyler Wheaton)
USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Returns from Deployment
By U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs | May 8, 2022
The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG) returned to San Diego, California, Feb. 14, marking the end of an eight-month deployment to U.S. Third and Seventh Fleet’s areas of operation.

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) prepares to steam alongside USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently underway preparing for future operations.
USS Carl Vinson Celebrates 40th Commissioning Anniversary
By USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs | May 8, 2022
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) celebrated its 40th commissioning anniversary March 13, a milestone in the ship’s long history of service.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Jan. 22, 2022) ) Sailors taxi an F-35C Lightning II, assigned to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Jan. 22, 2022. Operating as part of U.S. Pacific Fleet, Vinson is conducting training to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Leon Vonguyen)
Navy’s F-35C Brings Unparalleled Capabilities to USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group
By | May 8, 2022
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 completed Feb. 14 its first-ever operational deployment with the F-35C Lightning II aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

PHILIPPINE SEA (Jan. 21, 2022) A CMV-22B Osprey, assigned to the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30, prepares for landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Jan. 21, 2022. Operating as part of U.S. Pacific Fleet, USS Carl Vinson is conducting training to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Leon Vonguyen)
Navy’s V-22 Achieves Initial Operational Capability Designation
By V-22 Joint Program Office Public Affairs | May 8, 2022
The Navy announced Feb. 18 initial operational capability (IOC) for the CMV-22B Osprey, confirming the platform’s operational readiness following the successful completion of its maiden deployment.

CH-53 Super Stallions are staged on a flight line at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., March 12, 2015. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 conducted Air Delivered Ground Refueling training in support of 2d Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division to increase unit proficiency and expand interoperability.
A ‘Day in the Life’ of Marine Corps Heavy Lift Maintainers
By Victoria Falcón | May 8, 2022
Personnel with the H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office recently visited Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 464 at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, to gain “day in the life” perspective of the squadron’s aircraft workload and facilitate communications between Marine personnel and the program office.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Aug. 28, 2021) U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, deliver cases of food using an MV-22B Osprey in support of Joint Task Force-Haiti for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Aug. 27, 2021. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caleb Stelter)
Disaster Relief Mission to Haiti Highlights Navy/Marine Corps Interoperability, V-22 Capabilities
By | May 7, 2022
When called on recently to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance, Naval Aviation Training Support Group (NATSG) personnel did not hesitate to displace from their duty station to join a Marine squadron not only to render aid, but also to augment necessary squadron maintenance, operations and supply departments.

Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman James Nickley, from Orlando, Florida, inspects corrosion on the main rotor head of the MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Feb. 24, 2022. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S., allied and partner interests in Europe and Africa.
How Naval Aviation is Solving Its Billion-dollar Corrosion Problem
By Paul Lagasse | May 6, 2022
Before joining the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), physical chemist Dr. El Sayed Arafat had never really thought much about corrosion. But over the next two decades, it became his specialty.

Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli, departs Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., April 7, 2022. Tripoli completed flight deck operations with 20 F-35B Lightning II jets from Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons 211 and 225, Marine Aircraft Group 13, and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, as well as Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1, as part of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Lightning carrier concept demonstration. The Lightning carrier concept demonstration shows Tripoli and other amphibious assault ships are capable of operating as dedicated fixed-wing strike platforms when needed, capable of bringing fifth generation Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing aircraft wherever they are required.
3rd MAW Demonstrates Lightning Carrier Concept
By Maj. Mason Englehart, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | May 5, 2022
The Navy and Marine Corps demonstrated a key capability when they operated 20 F-35B Lightning II jets from America-class amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA 7) March 30 through April 8, fully exercising the Marine Corps’ “lightning carrier” concept for the first time in naval history on an amphibious assault ship.

Cmdr. Jessica Caldwell, commanding officer of the
All-Women Crew Retire C-2A Greyhound in Celebration of Women’s History Month
By By Petty Officer 2nd Class Olympia McCoy, Commander, Naval Air Forces | May 4, 2022
In celebration of Women’s History Month, an all-women crew of pilots and support personnel assigned to the “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 flew a C-2A Greyhound from Naval Air Station North Island, California, to Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, for the aircraft’s retirement, March 23.