Naval aviation is executing one of the largest aircraft swap-outs in its history. While it remains important to highlight the steps the community is taking to bring new aircraft to the Fleet, we should also focus on the underlying strategy that set these actions in motion in the first place. Understanding the purpose behind a course of action motivates and inspires an organization’s members, aligning the efforts required to bring a project to life.1 Despite the fact naval aviation is in the midst of a significant shift forward in capability, Fleet operators may lack the context of the reason this change is occurring.
Understanding why naval aviation is transitioning to new aircraft is important. These new aircraft are modular, multi-mission platforms that will evolve and remain relevant throughout their entire service life. Individuals need to reorient themselves to emphasize mission instead of their platform, as highly interconnected aircraft increasingly blur the lines between communities.