Michael Fabey

Michael Fabey
Naval Editor,
Aviation Week Intelligence Network

Michael is a military reporter specializing in U.S. Defense Department contract analysis and naval programs. Prior to working for Aviation Week, he reported on military matters for Defense News and mainstream newspapers from Newport News, Va., to Savannah, Ga.
Before focusing on defense issues, he lived in Brazil, and worked for a variety of publications including The Economist and O. Estado de S. Paulo. He has won national, state and regional journalism awards and is a frequent panel speaker for Investigative Reporters & Editors on military investigations.
Michael received the 2014 Timothy White Award from ABM, the association of business information and media companies.

ONR Studies High-Speed Planing Hulls 
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is sponsoring research to better understand the motions, forces and pressures generated by waves on boats with high-speed planing hulls.
As China Chafes, U.S. Strengthens Regional Ties 
With China still smarting from recent U.S. reconnaissance flights over disputed territories in the South China Sea, America is bolstering its ties with regional partners.
America Assault Ship Gets Magnetic Treatment 
The amphibious assault ship LHA 6 USS America completed a magnetic treatment, known as “deperming,” at Naval Base Point Loma Magnetic Silencing Facility (MSF) in California earlier this month, marking another milestone and first for the aviation-centric vessel.
U.S., China Outline South China Sea Positions 
In the wake of recent official protests by the Chinese over U.S. reconnaissance flights over the South China Sea, the two nations are highlighting their respective positions.
U.S. Navy Drafts Plans For New FF Design, Acquisition 
As directed, the U.S. Navy this month detailed its draft strategy to develop, build and buy its new frigate (FF) fleet – the successor to its Littoral Combat Ships.
Catapult Covers Installed On Lincoln For RCOH 
The covers for catapult one were installed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier CVN 72 USS Abraham Lincoln earlier this month, marking another milestone in the completion of the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH).
Warner Sub Completes Sea Trials 
Virginia-class submarine SSN 785 John Warner successfully completed its initial sea trials earlier this month, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) says.
U.S. Recon Flights Again Cause Angst With Chinese 
Once again, U.S. Navy reconnaissance flights are causing consternation in China.
Washington Carrier, Air Wing Complete Qualifications 
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier CVN 73 USS George Washington completed carrier qualifications (CQ) earlier this month in the Philippine Sea.
Pentagon IG Questions Vehicle Engineering Changes 
The Program Executive Office Land Systems; Program Management Office, Medium and Heavy Tactical Vehicles (MHTV) requested funding for questionable “future” changes, a recent Pentagon Inspector General (IG) report says.
U.S. Navy, Marine Corps Use Exercise To Integrate Command 
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are using this year’s Eager Lion exercise to experiment with a new evolution of sea-to-land command.
Service Contract Improvements Needed At NSWC, IG Says 
Naval Special Warfare Command contracting personnel failed to follow Federal Acquisition Regulation rules in awarding nine of 35 service contracts, worth about $3.4 million, between Oct. 1, 2011, and June 30, 2014, the Pentagon Inspector General (IG) says.
Destroyer O’Kane Starts Biggest Pearl Overhaul 

The guided-missile destroyer DDG 77 USS O’Kane recently arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for its dry-docking selected restricted availability (DSRA), the biggest overhaul in the Pearl shipyard’s history.

“This is the second docking in O’Kane’s 15-year history,” says Cmdr. Gina McCaine, commanding officer of USS O’Kane, “The repairs and modernizations she receives during this DSRA are critical to sustaining her capability.” 

U.S. Navy Looks For Ways To ‘Hatch’ Innovations 

The U.S. Navy earlier this month launched its crowdsourced ideation platform, the “Hatch,” which Navy officials say is part of the initiative to build a Naval Innovation Network (NIN).

The Hatch is an accessible, virtual collaboration forum where innovators can submit their creative ideas for improving the Navy, officials say. In the Hatch, ideas can be refined through crowdsourcing and further developed by local innovators and subject matter experts. 

U.S. Navy Gets Patent For Space-Based Debris Spotter 

The U.S. Navy recently patented a device designed to detect orbital debris in near real-time and provide trajectory data.

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) received a U.S. patent for the Optical Orbital Debris Spotter — a compact, low power concept that can be integrated into larger satellite designs, or flown independently onboard nano-satellite platforms.

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