US Navy WAVES in photographs 1943-45

Photo #: NH 89582-KN (Color). “WAVES’ Anniversary”, 1943. Cartoon by Sixta, USNR, depicting events and activities in the first year following the 30 July 1942 authorization of the WAVES. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC. U.S. NHHC Photograph.

Photo #: 80-G-K-13754 (Color). WAVE Specialist (Photographer) 3rd Class. Saluting, as she stands among the springtime cherry blossoms near the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., during World War II. Note her Specialist “P” rating badge. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

Photo #: 80-G-K-14518 (Color). U.S. Naval Training Center, Women’s Reserve, The Bronx, New York. Some of the schools trainees march in formation behind their color guard, during World War II. This Training Center, located in the facilities of Hunter College, provided basic training for Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard women recruits. Note the Center’s flag, featuring the fouled anchor and propeller device of the Women’s Reserve. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

Photo #: 80-G-K-13879 (Color). Navy WAVE trainee. Leans on a swab while cleaning her barracks, soon after she arrived at a Naval Training Center during World War II. Photographed prior to April 1944. Note suitcases at right, and dungaree working uniform with button fly. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

Photo #: 80-G-K-5568 (Color). WAVES on liberty in Honolulu. Yeoman 3rd Class Margaret Jean Fusco photographs three friends by King Kamehameha’s statue in Honolulu, circa spring 1945. Posing are (left to right): Yeoman 2nd Class Jennie Reinhart; Yeoman 2nd Class Muriel Caldwell and Yeoman 2nd Class June Read. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

Photo #: 80-G-K-4563 (Color). USS Missouri (BB-63). WAVES visiting the ship in an east coast port, during her shakedown period, circa August 1944. They are standing on the main deck at the bow, with the Navy Jack flying behind them. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

Photo #: 80-G-272753. Transporting WAVES by air, November 1944. WAVEs en route to Naval Air Station, Olathe, Kansas, in a Douglas R4D-6 transport plane, accompanied by their instructor, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) N.J. Merrill. Most of the enlisted WAVES are strikers for the rate of Specialist (Transport Airman). Those present are (from left to right): LtJG Merrill; Yeoman 2nd Class Carolyn Fish; Seaman 2nd Class Gale Collier; Seaman 2nd Class Margaret Chapman; Seaman 2nd Class Gloria Marx; Yeoman 2nd Class Helen Niravelli; Seaman 2nd Class Marilyn Wheeler; and Seaman 2nd Class Helen Ranlett. Note cargo track in the plane’s deck. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

Photo #: 80-G-K-5793 (Color). Yeoman 1st Class Marjorie Daw Adams, USNR(W). Obtains a receipt from Mailman 2nd Class Wilbur L. Harrison, who is picking up classified mail for his attack transport, at Fleet Post Office, San Francisco, California, on 13 June 1945. He is armed with a handgun for security reasons. Much of the official Navy mail going to the Pacific Fleet passes through the Fleet Post Office’s Registry Office. Note WAVES recruiting poster in the background. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

Photo #: 80-G-K-5460 (Color). U.S. Naval Hospital, San Diego, California. WAVE Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class Winifred Perosky prepares to X-Ray Marine Private First Class Harold E. Reyher, circa spring 1945. She is one of 1000 WAVES assigned to the Naval Hospital at San Diego. PFC Reyher had been wounded by an enemy sniper on Iwo Jima. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

Photo #: 80-G-K-5675 (Color). WAVE air station control tower crew. At a Naval Air Station in the Hawaiian islands, circa mid-1945. Specialist 2nd Class Mary E. Johnson uses a microphone to speak to an incoming plane, as Specialist 2nd Class Lois Stoneburg operates a signal lamp. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

Photo #: 80-G-43935. Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Violet Falkum. Turns over the Pratt & Whitney R-1340 radial engine of a SNJ-4 training plane, at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, 30 November 1943. This photograph was used in a World War II recruiting poster. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

Photo #: 80-G-K-14222 (Color). WAVES study aircraft mechanics. At Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, New Jersey, during World War II.
Seaman 2nd Class Elaine Olsen (left) and Seaman 2nd Class Ted Snow are learning to take down a radial aircraft engine block. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

PHOTEX: “Into the blue!” US Navy blimp MZ-3A conducts orientation flight from Pax River

131106-N-PO203-262 PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (Nov. 6, 2013) The Navy’s MZ-3A manned airship, assigned to Scientific Development Squadron (VXS) 1 of the Military Support Division at the Naval Research Laboratory, conducts an orientation flight from Patuxent River, Md. The MZ-3A is an advanced flying laboratory used to evaluate affordable sensor payloads and provide support for other related science and technology projects for the naval research enterprise. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)

NAVAIR awards $508 million contract modifcation for F-35 propulsion systems

US Navy awards $508 million contract modifcation for F-35 propulsion systems.

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a $508,214,419 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightening II Lot VI low rate initial production advance acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-0090). This modification provides for the procurement of 18 F135 conventional take off and landing (CTOL) propulsion systems for the U.S. Air Force; six short take-off and vertical landing propulsion systems for the U.S. Marine Corps; and seven carrier variant propulsion systems for the U.S. Navy. In addition, this contract procures three F135 CTOL propulsion systems for Italy; two CTOL propulsion systems for Australia; one F135 CTOL spare propulsion system for Italy; and one F135 spare propulsion system for Australia. This modification also provides for program labor, engineering assistance to production, non-recurring sustainment efforts, service and country specific requirements, depot activation efforts, and long-lead hardware. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (67 percent); Bristol, United Kingdom (16.5 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (16.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2016. Fiscal 2012, aircraft procurement Air Force, fiscal 2012 aircraft procurement Navy, and international partner funding in the amount of $508,214,419 will be obligated at time of award, $422,680,150 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps ($211,858,131; 42 percent); the U.S. Air Force ($210,822,019; 41 percent); and the international partners ($85,534,269; 17 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Russia to stop using carrier-based pilot training site in Ukraine

Well, either the Russians are giving up on naval aviation entirely, and the blueprints for those Nimitz-style nuclear-powered carriers will be consigned to dustbin of history (unlikely), or the new facility at Yeysk is really going to be opened in 2014 and training will continue at a shiny new stretch of concrete near the Black Sea (probable).  Either way, they’re not going to pay to do it in Ukraine any more. Hmm… do you think the Chinese will take up the lease?

МИД Украины подтвердил отказ России от использования полигона НИТКА

Ранее сообщалось, что Россия официально проинформировала украинскую сторону о том, что, начиная с 2014 года, больше не планирует использовать полигон НИТКА для подготовки летчиков в интересах авиации Военно-морского флота (ВМФ) РФ.

© Фото: Украинский споттерский сайт Аэровокзал

КИЕВ, 10 сен — РИА Новости, Максим Беденок. Министерство иностранных дел Украины подтверждает отказ России от использования полигона по подготовке палубной авиации “НИТКА” с 2014 года, сообщил во вторник директор департамента информационной политики МИД Украины Евгений Перебийнис.

“В ходе шестого заседания подкомитета по вопросам безопасности украинско-российской межгосударственной комиссии, которая состоялась 4 сентября в Москве, российская сторона сообщила о том, что начиная с 2014 года она не планирует использовать полигон”, — сказал Перебийнис журналистам.

Он также сообщил, что такое решение российской стороны было ожидаемым для Украины, поскольку РФ вводит в эксплуатацию неподалеку от Ейска аналогичный объект.

Перебийнис добавил, что с учетом сложившейся ситуации украинская сторона принимает меры по определению направлений дальнейшего использования данного полигона, поскольку украинская армия не нуждается в нем.

Ранее об отказе России использовать полигон “НИТКА” РИА Новости сообщил высокопоставленный источник в Минобороны РФ. Читайте подробнее >>

Авиационный комплекс “НИТКА” (наземный испытательный тренировочный комплекс авиационный) используется для подготовки летчиков палубной авиации. Единственный созданный в СССР тренировочный авиакомплекс находится на аэродроме Новофедоровка (близ города Саки в Крыму). После распада СССР он перешел к Украине. Соглашение между правительствами Украины и России об использовании полигона было подписано в феврале 1997 года.

Каковы функции полигона НИТКА

Авиационный комплекс НИТКА (наземный испытательный тренировочный комплекс авиационный) используется для подготовки летчиков палубной авиации. Единственный созданный в СССР тренировочный авиакомплекс находится на аэродроме Новофедоровка (близ города Саки в Крыму). После распада СССР он перешел к Украине. Соглашение между правительствами Украины и России об использовании полигона было подписано в феврале 1997 года.

Кто может арендовать полигон в Крыму

Ранее украинское оборонное ведомство заявляло, что прорабатывает возможность предоставления полигона для летчиков палубной авиации НИТКА в Крыму по согласованию с РФ для учений вооруженных сил других государств. При этом отмечалось, что использование украинского полигона третьими странами возможно в том случае, если Россия откажется от его использования.

Сообщалось, что в аренде комплекса заинтересованы Индия и Китай. Однако конкретных договоренностей по этому вопросу еще не достигнуто.

US Navy medics conduct WMD decontamination exercise

130829-N-RN782-090 SIGONELLA, Sicily (Aug. 29, 2013) Hospital Corpsman stationed at U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella process a training mannequin through a decontamination station during a decontamination training exercise at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella. NAS Sigonella provides logistical support for Commander, U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets and NATO forces in the Mediterranean area. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian T. Glunt/Released)

US Navy to stand-up 2 new electronic attack squadrons

SEAPOWER Magazine reports that the US Navy will be forming 2 new electronic attacks squadrons, both “expeditionary” indicating that they are available for overseas deployment. A typical VAQ squadron comprises 4 Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft.

New Electronic Attack Squadrons Now Slated for 2015 and 2016

By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy has tentatively scheduled the stand-up months for two new expeditionary electronic attack (VAQ) squadrons.

According to a source familiar with the electronic attack community, the new squadrons, VAQ-143 and VAQ-144, will stand up about January 2015 and January 2016, respectively.

The two squadrons have been requested by the Navy in the 2014 Defense Department budget proposal, which still is going through the legislative process in Congress. If funded, the units would bring to five the number of Navy expeditionary VAQ squadrons, which would be based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., home to nine of the Navy’s 10 carrier-based VAQ squadrons as well as one Reserve VAQ squadron.

The new squadrons will operate the Boeing-built EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft.

The EA-18G Growler has been in service with the US Navy since 2006 when the first production aircraft was delivered to VAQ-129 and should fully replace the EA-6B Prowler which has been operational since 1971.

111220-N-MO201-236 SOUDA BAY, Greece (Dec. 20, 2011) A Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft takes off following a transient stop on Crete. The aircraft and four others assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 are headed home to Whidbey Island, Washington, following completion of a six-month deployment to Iraq supporting Operation New Dawn. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley/Released)


PHOTEX: F-35B drops GBU-12 over Atlantic Test Ranges

130801-O-GR159-001 PATUXENT RVIER Md. (Aug. 1, 2013) Test pilot Capt. Michael Kingen flies BF-1, an F-35B Lightning II, during a 500-pound GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided weapon separation test. BF-1 dropped the GBU-12 over the Atlantic Test Ranges from an internal weapons bay. The F-35B is the variant of the Lightning II designed for use by the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as F-35 international partners in the United Kingdom and Italy. The F-35B is capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings to enable air power projection from amphibious ships, ski-jump aircraft carriers and expeditionary airfields. The F-35B is undergoing flight test and evaluation at NAS Patuxent River, Md., prior to delivery to the fleet. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Dane Wiedmann/Released)

DC Guard F-16s collide, 1 pilot ejects, rescued by US Coast Guard

The District of Columbia Air National Guard based at Joint Base Andrews operates the F-16C/D and is among the units providing combat air patrols over US cities as part of Operation Noble Eagle. The United States Coast Guard Station at Elizabeth City, NC was the first USCG unit to operate the HH-60J/MH-60T multi-mission helicopter.

Coast Guard Rescues F-16 Pilot After Late Thursday Crash

A US Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk. US Coast Guard

An Air National Guard flier is in the hospital with minor injuries after two F-16Cs collided in mid-air late Thursday night, officials with the 113th Wing D.C. Air National Guard told USNI News on Friday.

The collision occurred late Thursday near Chincoteague, Va. One F-16 was able to return to Joint Base Andrews, Md. while the second crashed after the pilot ejected.

The pilot of the crashed plane was recovered by the crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City after being notified by the Coast Guard’s 5th District Command Center and Navy’s Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va.

The crew of the HH-60 Jayhawk from Elizabeth City recovered the pilot from the water and returned the flier to Andrews at about 12:30 a.m. EST.

As of Friday morning, the pilot of the crashed F-16 was at the base hospital with minor injuries, said U.S. Air National Guard Capt. Michael Odle with the 113th.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Potomac River Command (1957)

Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UMO-21.