Exercise Chesapeake 2018: U.S. and French Navies Strengthen Interoperability

Exercise Chesapeake 2018 is the first-ever training to fully integrate a French Navy air wing into a single, unified carrier air wing, Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8). This historic first in naval aviation is another demonstration of the Navy’s implementation of the National Defense Strategy and its direction to strengthen alliances and deepen collaboration to become a more lethal …

Third Optimized Fleet Response Plan Carrier Strike Group Returns Home

By Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic After completing a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations in support of maritime theater security operations and flying missions supporting Operation Inherent Resolve over the skies of Iraq and Syria, the ships and squadrons of the USS George H.W. …

Third Optimized Fleet Response Plan Carrier Strike Group Returns Home

By Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic After completing a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations in support of maritime theater security operations and flying missions supporting Operation Inherent Resolve over the skies of Iraq and Syria, the ships and squadrons of the USS George H.W. …

F-35C Integration into the Fleet

By Rear Adm. Roy Kelley Director, Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Fleet Integration Office As the first director for the Navy’s F-35C Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Fleet Integration Office, I have enjoyed the opportunities and challenges of bringing fifth-generation strike-fighter capabilities to the fleet. As this highly advanced weapons system matures, I am convinced the F-35C …

USS Harry S. Truman Returns to Norfolk following Early Completion of Maintenance and Sea Trials

By Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic This week, Naval Station Norfolk welcomed USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) back to the waterfront, early. Truman returned Tuesday, two days ahead of schedule from her Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) after a very successful five days of underway evolutions …