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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the US Navy and Marine Corps Air Power Yearbook. This annual publication aims to provide a round-up of the most exciting action from the ranks of two of the world’s premier air arms, including insightful interviews and reporting from the cutting edge of naval aviation.

A central theme in this edition surrounds one of the last ‘legacy’ tactical aircraft in the US Marine Corps’ inventory, the mighty EA-6B Prowler. In early 2019, VMAQ-2 will retire its final EA-6Bs, marking the end of an era in US naval aviation. The Prowler is the last in a generation of charismatic fast jets assigned to the tactical electronic warfare and jamming role. Its retirement will be felt by a community that stretches right back to the A-6 Intruder. In its place will be an integrated family of capabilities, designed around podded systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and distributed technology. Many see the Prowler as being irreplaceable.

Ultimately, the F-35 is stepping into the void. Both the Marines and the Navy are into their stride with their respective Lightning IIs. In addition, the Navy is making progress to ensure its Super Hornets are ready for the future, now being engaged in both service life extensions and capability upgrades.


FEATURES:

WELCOME
This year sees many significant milestones in US Navy and Marine Corps aviation, with the retirement of the EA-6B Prowler being a major forthcoming event

UNITED STATES NAVY IN 2018: Interview with VADM DeWolfe H. Miller

United States naval aviation is in the midst of a major upgrade as it continues with the transition of all the major components of the carrier air wing while also upgrading and introducing new land-based aircraft of both the manned and unmanned varieties

UNITED STATES NAVY AND MARINE CORPS AVIATION: A YEAR IN REVIEW
A review of the major news stories around US Navy and Marine Corps aviation from mid-2017 to the present

TOPGUN
In 2019, the famous Navy Fighter Weapons School (NFWS) - better known as TOPGUN - celebrates its 50th anniversary. Jamie Hunter and Brad Elward visit this world-renowned center of excellence for naval aviation

HEAVY METAL
When US Marines need heavy-lift support, they rely on the Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion. Joe Copalman meets those who uphold the highest standards in CH-53E operations - Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1)

US Navy and Marine Corps Yearbook 2018 is AVAILABLE NOW for just £6.99 from the Key Online Shop. Alternatively, you can purchase your digital copy here.