Document: Report to Congress on U.S. Navy Ship Names

Document: Report to Congress on U.S. Navy Ship Names

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and ship's sponsor, Dr. Jill Biden, watch as Vice President Joe Biden puts on a USS Delaware ball cap at the Pentagon announcing the name the future Virginia-class attack submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791) on Nov. 19, 2012. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and ship’s sponsor, Dr. Jill Biden, watch as Vice President Joe Biden puts on a USS Delaware ball cap at the Pentagon announcing the name the future Virginia-class attack submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791) on Nov. 19, 2012. US Navy Photo

The following is the Oct. 22, 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Ship Names: Background for Congress. Read More

Opinion: Russian Show of Surface Force in Asia Is Mostly Fizzle

Opinion: Russian Show of Surface Force in Asia Is Mostly Fizzle

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Frigate Yaroslav Mudry in the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Frigate Yaroslav Mudry in the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

In the lead-up to the recently concluded G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot had a lot of tough words for Vladimir Putin.

Understandably outraged at the all-but-certain Russian involvement in the July downing of MH-17, a tragedy in which almost 40 Australian citizens were killed, Abbot repeatedly and publicly promised to aggressively confront Putin over his government’s role in fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine. Read More

Hagel Will Still Make Final Call on LCS Follow On

Hagel Will Still Make Final Call on LCS Follow On

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addresses the crew of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS-1) in Singapore on June 2, 2013. US Navy Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addresses the crew of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS-1) in Singapore on June 2, 2013. US Navy Photo

Despite the announcement of his resignation, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will continue to, “keep his foot on the pedal and moving forward,” in his current role, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday.

That includes the selection of the way ahead on the follow-on to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) — the Small Surface Combatant (SSC), defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

France Again Suspends Mistral Delivery, Russia Pledges to Sue

France Again Suspends Mistral Delivery, Russia Pledges to Sue

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Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

The French government is suspending a deal to deliver two Mistral-class warships to the Russian Navy “until further notice” citing the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, according to a Tuesday statement from the office of President François Hollande. Read More

Australian Defense Minister Doesn’t Trust Shipbuilder ASC ‘To Build a Canoe’

Australian Defense Minister Doesn’t Trust Shipbuilder ASC ‘To Build a Canoe’

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Australian Defense Minister David Johnston via Sydney Morning Herald

Australian Defense Minister David Johnston via Sydney Morning Herald

Australian Defense Minister David Johnston blasted state-owned shipbuilder ASC (formerly known as Australian Submarine Corporation) following reported cost overruns of the Royal Australian Navy’s new class of guided missile destroyers on Tuesday, according to local press reports.

“You wonder why I’m worried about ASC and wonder what they’re delivering the Australian taxpayer? You wonder why I wouldn’t trust them to build a canoe?,” Johnston said before the Australian Senate. Read More

Document: Hagel's Message to DoD Following Resignation Announcement

Document: Hagel’s Message to DoD Following Resignation Announcement

Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel is saluted by side boys as he visits the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) on June 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel is saluted by side boys as he visits the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) on June 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

The following is Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Nov. 24, 2014 message to Department of Defense employees following the announcement of his resignation on Monday. Read More

U.K. Orders First Four Production F-35Bs

U.K. Orders First Four Production F-35Bs

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F-35 BF-17 from the F-35 Integrated Test Force in Formation with RAF Typhoons, Edwards AFB, Calif. April 4, 2014. DoD Photo

F-35 BF-17 from the F-35 Integrated Test Force in Formation with RAF Typhoons, Edwards AFB, Calif. April 4, 2014. DoD Photo

The U.K. Ministry of Defense (MoD) has placed an order with Lockheed Martin for the first four production F-35B Lighting II fighters for the Royal Air Force with options for up to 14 aircraft, Lockheed announced on Monday morning. Read More