US Navy Recovers Fighter Jet That Blew Off Aircraft Carrier Deck

The US Navy has recovered a F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet from the Mediterranean Sea. It was recovered from a depth of around 9,500 feet using a remotely controlled vehicle. Last month, the aircraft blew off the USS Harry S. Truman during “unexpected heavy weather.” Loading Something is loading. The US Navy said Monday that it recently recovered a sunken F/A-18E Super Hornet that blew off the deck of an aircraft carrier and into the Mediterranean Sea last month.  The Navy said in a statement that it “successfully recovered” the…

Commentary: China’s new aircraft carrier will alter the balance of power in regional waters

A new, larger aircraft carrier will no doubt add to its peacetime prestige, adding credence to its status as a “blue-water” navy – capable of operating globally. It could be used as a floating base in the event of crisis abroad, such as for conducting humanitarian assistance or non-combatant evacuation, as a projection of soft power. Against the backdrop of territorial disputes in regional waters, it could also be used to project hard power and execute coercive tactics. But it is still behind the United States in terms of aircraft…

Malaysia receives first maritime patrol aircraft upgraded with US funding

MELBOURNE, Australia — The U.S. Navy has delivered to Malaysia the first of three transport aircraft upgraded to perform maritime patrol missions using U.S. funding meant to help regional nations improve maritime security. U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, known as NAVAIR, announced Wednesday the service transferred PTDI CN-235 to the Royal Malaysian Air Force nearly four years after the U.S. signed a letter of offer and acceptance for the project. The aircraft was upgraded with an unspecified maritime surveillance mission suite. It also incorporates a maritime surveillance radar, electro-optical infrared…

Biden orders aircraft carrier to stay in the South China Sea, but postpones an ICBM test

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) aircraft carrier is seen during a port visit in Hong Kong on October 2, 2017. Anthony Wallace | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will keep an American naval aircraft carrier strike group in the South China Sea longer than originally planned in response to Chinese missile tests and heightened aggression around Taiwan, the White House announced Thursday. At the same time, Biden will postpone a previously scheduled intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, said a White House spokesman. The twin announcements signal…

China’s Aircraft Carriers Are Sailing Through East China Sea | News

The possible visit to Taiwan this Tuesday by US Congress President Nancy Pelosi has generated a notorious military deployment in the Strait of Formosa. Two Chinese Navy aircraft carriers are off their bases and sailing through the East China Sea. RELATED: China Assumes UN Security Council Presidency for August The aircraft carrier Liaoning left its base in the port of Qingdao on Sunday, while the Shandong set sail from the port of Sanya on Monday accompanied by an amphibious assault ship. One of the Shandong officers said the carrier was conducting…

US aircraft carrier returns to South China Sea after port call in Singapore | Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S. aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan on Thursday (July 28) returned to the South China Sea after a port call in Singapore. “USS Ronald Reagan and her strike group are underway, operating in the South China Sea following a successful port visit to Singapore,” Reuters quoted Commander Hayley Sims as saying. The carrier “is continuing normal, scheduled operations as part of her routine patrol in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” she added. While in Singapore, sailors from the…

US flying aircraft to South China Sea a muscle flex: Chinese diplomat

As Washington attempts to breach Chinese sovereignty, Beijing continues to warn against it. The U.S.S. Nimitz approaching a port south of Seoul, South Korea, in 2013 (AP) The Chinese Ambassador to the US, Qin Gang, recently put down that if anyone tries to separate Taiwan from China – if anyone tries to challenge China’s bottom line – the Chinese military will take forceful measures to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The remarks were made at the event on the 95th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army…

China’s 2nd Stealth Fighter – Shenyang J-35 ‘Breaks Cover’; Expected To Operate From Type 004 Aircraft Carrier

Social media is abuzz with the first high-resolution image of what looks to be a prototype naval variant of the Chinese Shenyang J-35 stealth fighter, also known as the FC-31. Since its initial, poor-quality images started to surface last year, the aircraft’s development has garnered media attention. At the time, EurAsian described how Beijing could outfit its expanding fleet of aircraft carriers with stealth aircraft.  The new pictures show the FC-31 stealth aircraft with the serial number 35003 and a gray tactical paint job. It also has toned down national…