The USS Stennis Is A Fortress At Sea: By The Numbers

This shot of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) exemplifies the idea that nuclear super carriers are really fortresses at sea. Not to mention that they are some of mankind’s largest and definitely most complex inventions. Here are some “by the numbers” eye opening facts about the USS John C. Stennis:
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This Is Who Would Have Met The Garland Gunman If They Made It Inside

When two attackers fired on a security guard outside a provocative art show featuring cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, they didn’t know that an entire squadron of the Garland, Texas SWAT were laying in wait. And yes, that’s a Punisher Skull atop the Texas state flag on the team’s patch. » 5/04/15 7:15pm Yesterday 7:15pm

Is This Proof That The US Air Force Can Aerially Refuel Stealth Drones?

The RQ-170 Sentinel went from “Beast of Kandahar” enigma to Bin Laden-catching fame to crashing into Iranian hands, all in about half a decade. Since then, there have been few photos and little official talk as to its existence. Yet these pictures may prove that the RQ-170, or an enhanced version of it, is capable of… » 5/04/15 3:30pm Yesterday 3:30pm

Seafaring "Salty Goat" Sinks Navy Cruiser Captain's Career

It is a story about a ‘colorful’ Skipper of a Ticonderoga-Class Guided Missile Cruiser and a little Pygmy Goat that got the ride of its life across the Pacific Ocean. It has brought controversy and instability to a crew, heavy media attention to a goat, and the end of said Skipper’s career, and we have an inside… » 5/03/15 12:21pm Sunday 12:21pm

This All Female C-17 Crew Gets It Done During Exercise Eager Lion

An all female USAF C-17A Globemaster III crew from the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron participated in Exercise Eager Lion 2015. All-female crews are not an unheard of thing within America’s air forces, but fielding one during a Middle East exercise stands in stark contrast to how many countries in the region… » 5/02/15 2:06pm Saturday 2:06pm

Kim Jong Un's N. Korea Prefers Mass Executions By Anti-Aircraft Cannons

North Korea has been executing its political prisoners and unwanted elite by firing squad for decades. But a shot to the heart apparently isn’t brutal enough for Kim Jong Un, who’s reportedly using anti-aircraft cannons to kill dissidents, according to at least one watchdog group. » 5/01/15 7:40pm Friday 7:40pm

More F-15s Are In Europe Training With Allies -- And Staring Down Russia

Not only are jets, pilots and support crews from the both the Florida and Oregon National Guard actively deployed to Europe, but The 159th Fighter Wing, of the Louisiana National Guard, are now forward deployed in Bulgaria under exercise Thracian Eagle, 2015. » 5/01/15 4:50pm Friday 4:50pm

You'll Swear The Ground Shook After Watching This Heavy SR-71 Departure

Take an SR-71 Blackbird, load it to the brim with fuel and sensors and hand it to the most experienced Blackbird pilot of all time, BC Thomas, with over 1200 hours in the jet, and this is what you get. According to BC’s notes, the Blackbird was traveling at over 400 kts (about 460 mph) by the time he pitched the nose… » 5/01/15 1:00pm Friday 1:00pm

US Navy Will Escort US Commerical Ships Through The Straits Of Hormuz

Although the government seems quick to downplay the seizure of the Marshall Islands flagged container ship Maersk Tigris by Iranian gunboats on Tuesday, U.S. Navy ships in the region have now been ordered to escort American affiliated cargo ships through the volatile Straits of Hormuz. » 5/01/15 9:15am Friday 9:15am

Rafale Has Gone From Long-Time Export Flop To Huge Success In 45 Days

There is no doubt about it, the French-built Rafale fighter is on a roll. Egypt suddenly sealed a deal for 24 of the multirole fighters in February, India finally consummated a reduced initial order of 36 jets, and now Qatar will purchase 24. After 20 years, the Rafale has gone from an export zero to export hero in a… » 4/30/15 3:50pm Thursday 3:50pm

Saudis Intercept Yemen Bound Iranian Jet, Bomb Runway To Stop It

As the conflict in Yemen intensifies, fully armed Royal Saudi Air Force F-15Cs are caught on video intercepting a civilian Airbus A310. The Mahan Air jet was en route from Iran to Yemen, supposedly on a relief mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Apparently the Saudis didn’t believe that. » 4/30/15 2:09pm Thursday 2:09pm

This Shot Makes A Nimitz Class Super Carrier Look Like A Star Destroyer 

This unique angle of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as it pulls alongside a Replenishment Oiler looks like something right out of Star Wars. All the vents, hangar bay openings, crew stations, antennas, emergency rafts, conduits and other details underline just how massive and complex of a machine a Super Carrier… » 4/29/15 4:50pm Wednesday 4:50pm

Operation Jade Helm Is Not A Military Takeover Of The American Southwest

Conspiracy theorists and tinfoil hat salesmen across the web are having a field day with Special Operations Command’s upcoming large scale irregular warfare exercise named Jade Helm 2015. Although the tenets of practicing irregular warfare can be unnerving, this is most definitely not a military grab of the American… » 4/29/15 10:00am 4/29/15 10:00am

Iran Fires On And Boards Maersk Cargo Ship Transiting Straits Of Hormuz

The container ship Maersk Tigris was ordered to stop its transit through the Straits of Hormuz by Iranian gunboats. When it didn’t, the Iranian ships fired shots in front of its bow, which promptly brought the ship to a halt. It was subsequently bordered and seized, and now the US Destroyer Farragut is speeding to the… » 4/28/15 7:00pm 4/28/15 7:00pm

Check Out These Stunning Shots Of USMC F-35Bs Refueling From KC-130Js 

We’ve been treated to some glorious pictures of F-35s in the midst of aerial refueling, but these shots take it to another level. There’s not just one, but two USMC F-35Bs refueling from KC-130J tankers, with another two ready to top up. Regardless of where you stand on this controversial weapon system, you have to… » 4/28/15 5:35pm 4/28/15 5:35pm

Finnish Navy Drops Depth Charges Near Foreign Submarine Off Helsinki

In an incident that is highly reminiscent of Sweden’s phantom sub hunt last fall, the Finnish Navy has detected a foreign sub in its littoral waters near Helsinki, and it is not playing nice trying to get rid of it. Depth charges have been dropped to let the sub’s crew know that the people on the surface are on to… » 4/28/15 3:51pm 4/28/15 3:51pm

What's Up With These Flaming Halos Around This Osprey's Rotors?

Combat controllers from the 21st Special Tactics Squadron work with Chilean military personnel as they fast-rope from a CV-22 Osprey during the Emerald Warrior exercises near Hurlburt Field in Florida. While the fast-rope, repelling warfare exercise is fascinating, the begging question is where do the glowing rings… » 4/28/15 3:01pm 4/28/15 3:01pm