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U.S. Attack Boat North Dakota Commissions Following Third Party Vendor Investigation

U.S. Attack Boat North Dakota Commissions Following Third Party Vendor Investigation

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A quartermaster raises the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) flag above the Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Dakota (SSN-784) on Oct. 25, 2014. US Navy Photo

A quartermaster raises the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) flag above the Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Dakota (SSN-784) on Oct. 25, 2014. US Navy Photo

The first of a new block of U.S. nuclear Virginia-class (SSN-774) attack submarines commissioned on Saturday, after a five-month delay amidst an investigation into suspected material deficiencies in third party components on the boat. Read More

Memo: Hull Based on San Antonio Design is Navy's Preferred Option for Next Generation Amphib

Memo: Hull Based on San Antonio Design is Navy’s Preferred Option for Next Generation Amphib

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USS Arlington (LPD-24) under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo

USS Arlington (LPD-24) under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has signed an internal memo recommending the service base its next generation amphibious warship (LX(R)) on the existing San Antonio-class (LPD-17) warship design, first reported by the Inside the Navy newsletter on Monday. Read More

CNO Greenert: Navy Could Take New Look At ROTC Scholarship Mix

CNO Greenert: Navy Could Take New Look At ROTC Scholarship Mix

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Naval ROTC incoming midshipmen freshmen perform a facing movement during NROTC freshman orientation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Aug. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

Naval ROTC incoming midshipmen freshmen perform a facing movement during NROTC freshman orientation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Aug. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

The head of the U.S. Navy said that service might take a second look at the mix of scholarships it offers to Naval ROTC midshipmen in the next few years. Read More

Former U.S. Commander in Korea: North Korea Could Use More Than Missiles to Deploy Nuclear Weapons

Former U.S. Commander in Korea: North Korea Could Use More Than Missiles to Deploy Nuclear Weapons

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2012 North Korean missile test.

2012 North Korean missile test.

While the United States, Republic of Korea and Japan speak often about the nuclear missile threat posed by North Korea to all three nations, the former commander of the combined forces on the Korean peninsula said the allies may be missing a very real, but less thought about dangers. “The best way to deliver a nuclear weapon to Seoul” could be “a rickety old wooden airplane,” or a drone or a ship pulling into a nearby harbor. Read More

USMC's Paxton: Potential Marine Deployments On LCS And JHSV Carry Risks

USMC’s Paxton: Potential Marine Deployments On LCS And JHSV Carry Risks

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Gen. John M. Paxton Jr, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, on Oct. 2, 2014 at CSIS. CSIS Photo

Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, on Oct. 2, 2014 at CSIS. CSIS Photo

In looking at alternative platforms — like the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) — as substitutes to be used in a wide range of amphibious operations, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps warned the risks could far outweigh any perceived advantages. Read More

Randy Forbes to CNO Greenert: ‘The Navy Desperately Needs A Strategy’

Randy Forbes to CNO Greenert: ‘The Navy Desperately Needs A Strategy’

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Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.). Naval Institute Photo

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.). Naval Institute Photo

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) is “concerned at the deficit of strategic thinking” in the Navy and how long time institutional restrictions inside the Pentagon produce, “flag officers who are focused on managerial concerns such as budgeting and engineering rather than executive concerns such as strategy,” according to a July letter sent to Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and recently obtained by USNI News. Read More

Navy Lights Off Zumwalt Generators

Navy Lights Off Zumwalt Generators

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Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Zumwalt (DDG-1000) pierside at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine on April 12, 2013. US Naval Institute Photo

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Zumwalt (DDG-1000) pierside at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine on April 12, 2013. US Naval Institute Photo

The Navy has started the massive gas turbines in its latest class of guided missile destroyer ahead of the ship’s commissioning next year, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced on Thursday. Read More

Panel: Law Authorizing ISIS Strikes Could Be Up For Review When Congress Returns

Panel: Law Authorizing ISIS Strikes Could Be Up For Review When Congress Returns

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Image from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) via AFP.

Image from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) via AFP.

Because the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force “has no sunset” or “geographic limits,” a panel of legal scholars agreed that it likely covered President Barack Obama’s moves against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the al Qaeda cell Khorasan, but invoking the old law also opened the door for congressional review after the midterm elections. Read More

F-35C Carrier Tests Slated for November on USS Nimitz

F-35C Carrier Tests Slated for November on USS Nimitz

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An F-35C Lightning II aircraft makes an arrested landing during a test flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. on May 7, 2014. US Navy Photo

An F-35C Lightning II aircraft makes an arrested landing during a test flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. on May 7, 2014. US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story had the incorrect hull number of USS Nimitz. It is CVN-68 not CVN-65.

The Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is on track for sea trials onboard the carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in November off the West Coast. That is despite flight envelope restrictions imposed after an engine fire destroyed a land-based F-35A aircraft on take-off in July. Read More