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Sixty two percent of deck-based fighters of the US Navy are not capable to take off.

The Super Hornet multirole fighter aircraft (Photo:

Some 62 percent of deck-based fighters of the US Navy, in particular the F/A-18 Hornets and the Super Hornets, are not capable to take off, the Defense News information website reported. According to the website, 35 percent of them do not have enough spare parts, while 27 percent of the fighter jets are currently undergoing maintenance. In total, 53 percent of all types of aircraft of the US Navy, including combat and transport planes and helicopters, cannot be used.

The reason of poor state of the US Naval Aviation is a lack of funds for repairs.

According to US Navy leaders, “even if the budget top line is increased, the immediate need is for maintenance money, not new ship construction.

Currently, the Pentagon is preparing an underlying rationale for a reconsideration of the US military budget and funding of defense programs for the 2017 fi…


The first US and world’s Enterprise (CVN 65) nuclear aircraft carrier has been decommissioned in Newport News, Virginia.

Following a decommissioning ceremony, two shipyard workers ride their bicycles by the the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 (Photo: Kristen Zeis / The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

On February 3, a ceremony of an official decommission of the Enterprise (CVN 65) nuclear aircraft carrier was held in Newport News, Virginia, the BMPD blog reported. The vessel, which is considered to be the world’s first nuclear aircraft carrier, had nearly 55-year career.

USS Enterprise was built by the Newport News Shipbuilding Co. The vessel was floated out on September 24, 1960, and put into service in the US Navy on November 25, 1961. During its service, the aircraft carrier overcame more than 1 million nautical miles. The ship was removed from operational status on December 1, 2012.

On May 4, 2015, the Enterprise with r…


According to the Norwegian Intelligence Service, “Russia will continue to carry out extensive intelligence activities on Norwegian targets.”

Photo: Wikipedia / National Library of Australia

The Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS), also known as Etterretningstjenesten, has warned that “Russia will continue to carry out extensive intelligence activities on Norwegian targets,” the Local informational website reported, citing a report of the special service.

“The threats in the digital world against political, military and economic targets are increasing. We expect extensive intelligence operations in the coming year,” the report states.

According to the NIS, the main threats to the country include digital threats from Russia and China, international terrorism, military buildup in Russia, and increased risk of conflict between Russia and the West over the crisis in Ukraine.

The report states that the cyber threat from China is primarily concerned for industrial espionage, while Russia is goin…