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.

Articles
U.S. Navy Looks To Tailor Amphib Ops 
The recently commissioned amphibious assault ship LHA 6 USS America and its sister ship Tripoli now under construction provide an aviation-centric focus that will help the U.S. Marines and Navy tailor amphibious operations in a way they have not done before, says Marine Maj. Gen Robert Walsh, director of Navy expeditionary warfare.
USS Peleliu To Be Inspected For Decommissioning 
The crew of the now-deployed amphibious assault ship LHA 5USS Peleliu is preparing for the Board of Inspection and Survey (Insurv), scheduled later this month.
U.S. Navy’s Second Triton Completes First Flight 

The U.S. Navy’s second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system successfully completed its first flight earlier this month, says Northrop Grumman, which is building the system. 

A Navy and Northrop flight test team conducted the 6.7-hr. flight on Oct. 1 out of a manufacturing facility in Palmdale, California. The team is now prepping the aircraft to fly to a Navy facility in Maryland later this month. 

Counter-IED Program Gets Milestone C Approval 

The Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (Jcrew) program recently received Milestone C approval, U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (Navsea) confirmed earlier this month.

The Navy is developing the Jcrew system to protect soldiers on patrol, in vehicles, or in forward operating bases from radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (IED). 

U.S. Navy Boosts Ship-Based BMD In Asia-Pacific 

The U.S. Navy’s ballistic missile defense (BMD)-capable guided-missile destroyers DDG 65 USS Benfold and DDG 69 USS Milius will be deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, the service acknowledged earlier this month.

U.S., ROK Navies Hone Countermine Skills 
The U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) navies will participate this week in Exercise Clear Horizon, an annual bilateral exercise between the two nation’s naval forces in waters south of the Korean peninsula designed to enhance cooperation and improve capabilities in mine countermeasure operations.
U.S. Navy Tests Prep LCS Crews For Fire Scout 
Sailors aboard LCS 4 USS Coronado conducted more tests with the MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Take-Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) earlier this month to further familiarize the crew with operating unmanned aircraft, verify and expand the launch and recovery envelopes and identify opportunities to expand those operational limits, the U.S. Navy says.
U.S. Navy Boosts Ship-Based BMD In Asia-Pacific 
The U.S. Navy’s ballistic missile defense (BMD)-capable guided-missile destroyers DDG 65 USS Benfold and DDG 69 USS Milius will become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) based at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan,
U.S. Navy’s Second Triton Completes First Flight 
The U.S. Navy’s second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system successfully completed its first flight earlier this month, says Northrop Grumman, which is building the system.
USMC Cites JHSV Benefits, Including Aviation Potential 
The U.S. Marine Corps is just starting to tap mission possibilities for the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), especially the ships’ ability to augment aircraft operations, says Maj. Gen. Andrew O’Donnell, assistant deputy commandant, Combat Development and Integration (CD&I).
U.S., China Must Avoid ‘Miscalculations’ At Sea, CNO Says 
As the U.S. Navy continues to shift more of its forces to the Asia-Pacific region as part of its global rebalancing and China’s People Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) grows more powerful and ambitious, both sides must take greater care to avoid accidental confrontations, according to Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the U.S. chief of naval operations (CNO).
Pentagon Preparing For Climate Change 2
The U.S. Defense Department is preparing its forces for the effects of climate change, a recent Pentagon report says.
Textron Draws On UAV Tech For Countermine USV 

Tapping its extensive experience in developing technology for its UAV programs, Textron Systems recently won a U.S. Navy contract to develop, build and help deploy an unmanned surface vessel to be used by the service’s new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fleet to perform countermine missions.

Much of the basic technology used for UAVs performs equally well for unmanned sea craft, says Bill Leonard, Textron director of unmanned systems for the work.

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