Friday: The head of the US Marine Corps confirmed that 10 of its often-problematic stealth F-35B fighter jets are ready for combat. The branch’s own model can take off from warships and aircraft carriers, and land like a helicopter.
The program has cost nearly $400 billion and was first kicked off 15 years ago.
A weekly feature in appreciation of the US Military and her Allies.
1964, USS Maddox (DD 731) engages three North Vietnamese motor torpedo boats. In the resulting torpedo and gunfire, Maddox hit all the boats, while she was struck only by a single 14.5-millimeter machine gun bullet. Air support arrives from USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14) and her planes strafe the three boats.
USS Maddox (DD 731) oil on canvas by Cmdr. E.J. Fitzgerald, January 1965. It depicts the engagement between USS Maddox (DD 731) and three North Vietnamese motor torpedo boats on 2 August 1964. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
USS Maddox (DD 731) arriving at Pearl Harbor, March 1964. Official US Navy Photo.
USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14) A-4 Skyhawk landing on board, after a simulated strike on enemy forces during an operational readiness inspection, 18 January 1963. An A-3B Sky Warrior and F-3 Demon are parked on the carrier’s after flight deck, and another A-3 is in the upper left distance, making its landing approach. Official US Navy Photo.
1921, a high-altitude bombsight, mounted on a gyroscopically stabilized base was successfully tested at Torpedo Station, Yorktown, Va. This test was the first phase of Carl L. Norden’s development of an effective high-altitude bombsight, which became known as the Norden Bombsight.
“Field Instructions and Care” of the Nordon Bombsight. USN Photograph Collection, L-File, Weapons.
Carl L. Norden is standing alongside the equipment bay of an experimental radio-controlled airplane at the Naval Proving Ground, Dahlgren, Virginia in 1931. Collection of Lt. Cmdr. McLeod, USN/USAAF Photograph Collections
Norden Bombsight. USN Photograph Collection, L-File, Weapons
1946, President Harry S. Truman approves legislation establishing the Office of Naval Research (ONR), charging ONR to “…plan, foster and encourage scientific research in recognition of its paramount importance as related to the maintenance of future naval power, and the preservation of national security…”
President Harry S. Truman portrait photograph, dated 14 December 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
(August 14, 2009) – The Office of Naval Research recently conducted tests with a developmental ship hull grooming robot, called the Robotic Hull Bio-inspired Underwater Grooming (HULL BUG) tool. The HULL BUG is similar in concept to a autonomous robotic home vacuum cleaner or lawn mower and incorporates the use of a biofilm detector that utilizes modified fluorometer technology to enable the robot to detect the difference between the clean and unclean surfaces on the hull of a ship.
Dahlgren, Va. (Nov. 20, 2008) A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launches from the Navy Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren test range. Officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) and various other military commands used the test launch to confirm the Navy Expeditionary Overwatch (NEO) system’s ability to deploy a UAV to successfully to detect and engage fictional insurgents. NEO is the collection, integration and demonstration of manned and unmanned engagement systems, platforms, and integrated sensors to enable tactical decision making by agile expeditionary units such as NECC, Special Operations Command and the Marine Corps who conduct distributed operations in both ground and littoral environments. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)
Yorktown, Va. (November 20, 2009 The Office of Naval Research (ONR) funded Large Vessel Interface Lift-on/Lift-off (LVI Lo/Lo) crane aboard the SS Flickertail State (T-ACS-5) demonstrates container transfers at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown’s Cheatham Annex. The LVI Lo/Lo crane enables the rapid and safe at-sea transfer of standard ISO containers and other heavy loads from military and commercially available ships onto the Sea Base. (U.S. Navy Photo by John F. Williams/Released)
“Any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction, ‘I served in the United States Navy,'” – President John F. Kennedy
In 1943, (PT 109), commanded by Lt. j.g. John F. Kennedy, is rammed by the Japanese destroyer, Amagiri, which cuts through the vessel at Blackett Strait near Kolombangara Island. Abandoning ship, Kennedy leads his men to swim to an island some miles away.
Lt. j.g. John F. Kennedy
Courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
President John F. Kennedy delivers remarks to assembled officers, midshipmen and their guests at Bancroft Hall at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, August 1, 1963
Lt. John F. Kennedy with other crewmen onboard USS PT-109, 1943