Two Blue Angels Incidents in Two Airshows

The Navy's premier Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, have had a couple of rare and unusual events during the past couple of air shows, as pieces of their jets have actually come off in flight!

VFA-115 Cruise Video - With Awesome Landing

The US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet Squadron VFA-115 "Eagles" has released their 2014 WESTPAC cruise video trailer, and it's pretty awesome!

In addition to the usual cruise video fare - awesome cockpit selfies, flying in close formation, low-level flying, air combat maneuvering (ACM) practice, employment of both air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry, this video also features a pretty nail-biting carrier landing in a heavy fog.

You can see the entire trailer here:

Entire US Navy Fleet in One Image!

Ever wanted to see the entire US Navy fleet in one infographic? Now you can!

Twitter user @Naval_Graphics recently posted this image, showing all of the commissioned and non-commissioned ships of the US Navy - from Nimitz-class carriers all the way down to ocean survey ships.

Check it out in full (12000 x 8000) resolution right here!

Navy Commander's Mother's Day Video Goes Viral

When Navy Commander Ryan Breed, a Navy pilot raised by a single mom, got permission to make his mother a video for Mother's Day, he didn't expect his video to be viewed millions of times, though it's a wonderful and moving video for anyone who has missed their mother:

The 4-minute video currently has about 10.7 million views at the time of this writing.

Navy Investigation 2 SEAL Deaths

The death of two highly-trained and physically fit Navy SEALS in a base pool where they typically work out has raised more questions than answers.

According to this article on Stripes.com Petty Officers 1st Class Seth Cody Lewis and Brett Allen Marihugh were found unresponsive at the bottom of the pool in the Combat Swimmer Training Facility at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia this past Friday.

USMC F-35's Reach IOC This Summer

When Marine Corps pilots start taking to the skies in the F-35B this summer, their brand new aircraft will be lacking in quite a few areas compared to some of the aircraft that it is slated to replace - namely the A-10 Warthog.

The VA, One Year Later

It's been about a year since it was revealed that a VA hospital in Phoenix was concealing wait times for soldiers' care and that soldiers have died while waiting for care, and while progress has been made, not everyone is satisfied.

Military Personnel System In Need of an Overhaul

After only 5 weeks on the job, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is worried about both recruiting and retaining the best soldiers for America's military in the coming years. To that end, DefSec Carter has come up with a dramatic change to the US military's personnel system and structure.

Some of his proposed changes:

  • Change the promotion system to put increased weight on skill and merit, and less emphasis on seniority.

President, Defense Secretary Both Support Retirement Overhaul

The call to change military retirement benefits has gotten some support from those in the upper levels of the government, as both the White House and Defense Secretary Ash Carter both support the idea of overhauling the military retirement system.

Defense Budget Woes...Again

Both Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Dempsey testified in mid-March that the House defense budget, which uses emergency war funding to skirt defense spending limits, would be vetoed by the President if it passes through Congress.

The budget proposal, which would maintain the $523 billion cap for base spending and put $94 billion into the OCO fund, came from fiscal conservatives in the House Budget Committee. Other budgets have proposed exceeding the base budget cap and providing $577 billion for the base budget with $51 billion for the OCO fund.

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