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Navy Aviation Vision 2030-2035

The National Defense Strategy (NDS) identifies a complex global security environment characterized by overt challenges to the current international order and the resurgence of long-term, strategic competition among nations. It calls for a lethal, agile, resilient, and rapidly deployable force designed to compete against, deter, and win victories over all adversaries. Implementing CNO’s guidance centered on our core principles of sea control and power projection, and the forward-looking Fleet Design concept, the Navy conducts Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO), providing the strong maritime component that the NDS requires. Integral to the NDS, Navy Aviation is strongly focused on updating current capabilities, bringing new and advanced platforms on line, and complementing today’s warfighting competency with enhanced tactics and procedures for the high-end fight.

Today’s Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs)—centered on large-deck, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and their embarked carrier air wings (CVWs)—enable the implementation of this innovative Fleet Design by providing Fleet commanders with multi-domain military might. CSGs bring unmatched contributions of lethality, battle space awareness, and mobility to any maritime theater, ensuring the Navy’s ability to establish and sustain sea control, achieve maritime superiority, and project power at great distances. The Navy’s expeditionary fixed and rotary wing, manned and unmanned, aircraft constitute the most widely distributed aviation platforms in the world, operating in support of CSGs, Expeditionary Strike Groups (ESGs), and surface ships, providing a broad range of enabling missions.

The Navy Aviation Vision 2030-2035 supersedes The Vision for Naval Aviation 2025 and reflects key concepts to meet CNO’s vision of a Navy that swarms the sea, delivering synchronized lethal and non-lethal efforts from near and far, on every axis and in every domain. As the Navy plans to build and sustain a lethal, resilient force, it is imperative to have a clear roadmap aligned with, and supporting, the overarching strategy.