UPDATED: Tug Moving U.S. Navy Hospital Ship May Have Struck USS Arizona Memorial

UPDATED: Tug Moving U.S. Navy Hospital Ship May Have Struck USS Arizona Memorial

A photo of USNS Mercy near the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii shortly after a tug pushing the ship may have struck the iconic white pavilion. Photo courtesy Military.com.

A photo of USNS Mercy near the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii shortly after a tug pushing the ship may have struck the iconic white pavilion. Photo courtesy Military.com.

This post has been updated to include a statement from the National Park Service and local press reports that indicate the USNS Mercy may have struck the memorial.

A U.S. Navy hospital ship or a tug maneuvering it through a narrow channel may have struck the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii on Wednesday, according to the service and local press reports. Read More

Navy Assessment: LCS Fort Worth Needed 90 Percent Less Maintenance than Freedom in First 3 Months of Deployment

Navy Assessment: LCS Fort Worth Needed 90 Percent Less Maintenance than Freedom in First 3 Months of Deployment

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) conducts patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands as the People's Liberation Army-Navy [PLA(N)] guided-missile frigate Yancheng (FFG 546) transits close behind on May 11, 2015. US Navy photo.

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) conducts patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands as the People’s Liberation Army-Navy [PLA(N)] guided-missile frigate Yancheng (FFG 546) transits close behind on May 11, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) is six months into its 16-month deployment and requiring an order of magnitude fewer hours of corrective maintenance than its predecessor, USS Freedom (LCS-1). Read More

Document: GAO Report On 'Implementation and Effects' of Sequestration on the Pentagon

Document: GAO Report On ‘Implementation and Effects’ of Sequestration on the Pentagon

The following is the May 27, 2015 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Sequestration: Documenting and Assessing Lessons Learned Would Assist DOD in Planning for Future Budget Uncertainty. The report was called for in the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to review the “implementation and effects” of the FY 2013 sequestration cuts levied on the Department of Defense. Read More

Interview: Marine, Actor R. Lee Ermey On Military and the Media

Interview: Marine, Actor R. Lee Ermey On Military and the Media

Actor and Marine R. Lee Ermey, center, stands with GI Film Festival organizers Laura Law-Millett and Brandon Millett on Saturday, May 23, 2015. USNI News photo.

Actor and Marine R. Lee Ermey, center, stands with GI Film Festival organizers Laura Law-Millett and Brandon Millett on Saturday, May 23, 2015. US Naval Institute photo.

Actor and former Marine drill instructor R. Lee Ermey was honored at the GI Film Festival 2015 with this year’s Memorable Military Movie Character award for his award-winning portrayal of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the 1987 movie Full Metal Jacket.

Prior to accepting his award at the Angelika Film Center in Fairfax, Va., on Saturday, Ermey spoke to USNI News about how the military and its image in the media has changed since his time in the Marine Corps. Ermey served in the Marine Corps for 11 years, including a 1968 deployment to Vietnam. Read More

Navy, Contractors Trimming Weight on Both Littoral Combat Ship Variants Ahead of Frigate Design

Navy, Contractors Trimming Weight on Both Littoral Combat Ship Variants Ahead of Frigate Design

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert tours the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard to view the construction progress of multiple Freedom-class variants of the littoral combat ship (LCS) in various stages of completion in July 2013. US Navy photo.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert tours the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard to view the construction progress of multiple Freedom-class variants of the littoral combat ship (LCS) in various stages of completion in July 2013. US Navy photo.

The Navy is working with shipbuilders Austal USA and Lockheed Martin to take weight out of its current Littoral Combat Ships and future frigate design to allow for the addition of more armor and weapons, the Navy has told USNI News. Read More

Australia Launches First Hobart Destroyer Amidst Additional Cost Overruns, Delays

Australia Launches First Hobart Destroyer Amidst Additional Cost Overruns, Delays

Royal Australian Navy guided missile destroyer Hobart shortly after its launch on May 23, 2015. Government of Australia Photo

Royal Australian Navy guided missile destroyer Hobart shortly after its launch on May 23, 2015. Government of Australia Photo

Australia’s state owned shipbuilder ASC launched the first of a new class of guided missile destroyer for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) last week a day after after a new government statement outlined additional delays and cost overruns in the three ship program. Read More

Essay: Changing the Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Paradigm

Essay: Changing the Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Paradigm

A Harpoon missile is launched from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) during a live-fire exercise on Sept. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

A Harpoon missile is launched from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) during a live-fire exercise on Sept. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

During the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis (1995–96), United States naval dominance was demonstrated through the deployment of two carrier battle groups as a show of force within 100 miles of the Chinese mainland. Then-Secretary of Defense William Perry could state that while the Chinese “are a great military power, the premier—the strongest—military power in the Western Pacific is the United States.” Read More