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Davidson Takes Charge of Fleet Forces

Davidson Takes Charge of Fleet Forces

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Vice Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, addresses the crew of USS Ramage (DDG-61) in April, 2014. US Navy Photo.

Vice Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, addresses the crew of USS Ramage (DDG-61) in April, 2014. US Navy Photo.

The former commander of U.S. 6th Fleet has formally taken charge of U.S. Fleet Forces Command on Friday, according to a statement from the command. Read More

Navy Has Started Two Cruiser Modernizations, Long Term Plan Still Pending

Navy Has Started Two Cruiser Modernizations, Long Term Plan Still Pending

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Guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), returns to Naval Station Mayport after a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet on April 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

Guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), returns to Naval Station Mayport after a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet on April 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

While the Navy’s long range cruiser program is still in flux, the modernization effort for the Navy’s Ticonderoga-class (CG-47) guided missile cruisers has begun with USS Cowpens (CG-63) and USS Gettysburg (CG-64), the service told USNI News this week. Read More

Navy: Fleet Put LCS Follow-on Focus on Surface and Sub Threats, Not Air

Navy: Fleet Put LCS Follow-on Focus on Surface and Sub Threats, Not Air

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USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) enters Apra Harbor for a port visit on U.S. Naval Base Guam on Dec. 11, 2014.

USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) enters Apra Harbor for a port visit on U.S. Naval Base Guam on Dec. 11, 2014.

PENTAGON — Navy operators said the service’s next small surface combatant (SSC) top priorities should be fighting other surface ships at longer ranges and hunting and killing submarines — not fighting fighters, striking land targets at long range or conducting ballistic missile defense (BMD), service leaders outlined last week when they briefed the follow-on to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to reporters. Read More

A Brief Illustrated History of the Navy Goat

A Brief Illustrated History of the Navy Goat

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Bill the Goat leading team in 1970.

Bill the Goat leading team in 1970.

Pacing the sidelines at the weekend’s Army-Navy game will be the U.S. Naval Academy’s famous goat mascot, Bill XXXIII. At first blush, a goat seems to be an unusual mascot for the Navy as opposed to something fiercer and maritime — like a shark or barracuda — but goats have a long history with sailors that led to their revered position at USNA. Read More

Up Gunned LCS Hulls Picked for Navy’s Next Small Surface Combatant

Up Gunned LCS Hulls Picked for Navy’s Next Small Surface Combatant

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A modified Littoral Combat Ship design based on the Lockheed Martin Freedom-class. US Navy Image

A modified Littoral Combat Ship design based on the Lockheed Martin Freedom-class. US Navy Image

PENTAGON — The Navy will beef up the weapons, armor and sensors on its two existing classes of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in an answer to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s call for a tougher Small Surface Combatant (SSC), the Navy announced in a late Thursday briefing with reporters. Read More

Opinion: U.S. Carrier Force is a Cost Effective National Security Asset

Opinion: U.S. Carrier Force is a Cost Effective National Security Asset

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A sailor monitors the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). US Navy Photo

A sailor monitors the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). US Navy Photo

“What kind of navy do Americans want?” columnist George F. Will asked in an August Washington Post commentary. “The answer will determine whether U.S. power can, in [Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan] Greenert’s formulation, ‘be where it matters, when it matters.’” Read More

NAVSEA Chief Talks Risk, Cyber and A New Era of Naval Shipbuilding

NAVSEA Chief Talks Risk, Cyber and A New Era of Naval Shipbuilding

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NAVSEA commander Vice Adm. William Hilarides. via Stars and Stripes

NAVSEA commander Vice Adm. William Hilarides. via Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The head of the U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding and maintenance arm spends a lot of time thinking about risk.

The risks of building some ships to a commercial standard, the risk of cyber attacks to ship systems, and the risks of determining how much maintenance can slide on a surface ship while at the same time getting the ship to its expected service life all focuses of U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) head, Vice Adm. William Hilarides in the last year. Read More

Russia to France: Give Us the Mistrals or a Refund

Russia to France: Give Us the Mistrals or a Refund

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Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok via Reuters

Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok via Reuters

Russia has given the French government a choice, either deliver the two promised Mistral-class amphibious warships to the Russian Navy or refund the purchase price of the $1.53 billion program, a Russian foreign policy official told reporters on Monday. Read More