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The Navy suffered four Class A aviation mishaps last month

An unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout helicopter clipped a building and crashed last month at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu in California, one of at least four so-called “Class A” mishaps to take place within Navy aviation in the month of August.

Class A is the most-severe mishap level and generally involves at least $1 million in damage, or the loss of life or serious injury.

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Navy Quietly Starts Development of Next-Generation Carrier Fighter; Plans Call for Manned, Long-Range Aircraft

After nearly a decade of fits and starts, the Navy has quietly initiated work to develop its first new carrier-based fighter in almost 20 years, standing up a new program office and holding early discussions with industry, USNI News has learned.

The multi-billion-dollar effort to replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and electronic attack EA-18G Growlers beginning in the 2030s is taking early steps to quickly develop a new manned fighter to extend the reach of the carrier air wing and bring new relevance to the Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

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Naval Aviation Achieves Readiness Target, Shifts Focus to Sustainment

SAN DIEGO ? The commander of Naval Air Forces announced on Sept. 24 that Naval Aviation has achieved its secretary of defense-mandated readiness target of an 80% mission-capable rate for both its operational F/A-18 E/F ?Super Hornet? and EA-18G ?Growler? fleets. 

After a year of reforms across Navy squadrons, maintenance and supply depots and other key readiness-enabling commands, Super Hornet and Growler readiness each stand above 80% of primary mission aircraft inventory ? 343 for Super Hornet and 95 for Growler, respectively. 

Last year, with the Navy?s mission-capable rate hovering near 50%, then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis directed the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps to reach an 80% rate across their fighter and strike fighter aircraft squadrons. 

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Navy: Ford?s Advanced Arresting Gear Will be Ready for Fleet Super Hornets, Growlers by End of Year

ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS GERALD R. FORD ? The crew of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) are slowly expanding the aircraft they can launch and recover from the next-generation aircraft carrier, Ford?s air boss told USNI News last week.

By the end of the year, the Navy hopes to have all of the technical information it needs to launch and recover every configuration of the F-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler from Ford. The creation of the so-called launch and recovery bulletins for the carrier?s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) will allow fleet aviators and aircraft to operate from Ford.

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