Navy and Marine Corps replacing faulty aircraft ejection seat components

Ukrainian servicemen shoot a SPG-9 recoilless gun during training in Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

The Navy and Marine Corps are replacing ejection seat parts in some fixed wing aircraft—including the F/A-18 Super Hornet—after the manufacturer discovered a defect. The issue involves cartridge actuated devices, or CADs, which deploy a parachute when aviators pull their ejection handle. All told, the issue was found in the F/A-18B/C/D Hornet, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet … Read more

How aviation advances empower the Corps’ new combat plan

How aviation advances empower the Corps' new combat plan

The Marine Corps has been swapping out traditional tools for what some leaders see as a vastly different form of warfare in the coming decades: the Corps has been shedding tanks, reducing tube artillery, cutting law enforcement while adding rocket artillery and transforming infantry-centered regiments . Those changes have rolled through the Corps over the … Read more

House defunds VA hospital closure commission in budget plan

House defunds VA hospital closure commission in budget plan

House lawmakers on Wednesday approved plans for a $300-billion plus Veterans Affairs budget with language barring any spending on the controversial Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission, the latest blow to efforts to shutter aging veterans hospitals across the country. In a bipartisan 238-189 vote, lawmakers approved language that would shift $5 million in funding for … Read more

US destroyer sails past Chinese-held South China Sea islands

US destroyer sails past Chinese-held South China Sea islands

BEIJING (AP) — The US Navy on Wednesday sailed a destroyer close to China-controlled islands in the South China Sea in what Washington said was a patrol aimed at asserting freedom of navigation through the strategic seaway. The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold sailed past the Paracel Islands and continued thereafter with operations in the South … Read more