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Zumwalt Class Costs Have Risen $2 Billion in Last Five Years

Zumwalt Class Costs Have Risen $2 Billion in Last Five Years

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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 cost of the three ships in the Navy’s Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) has risen more than $2 billion over the last five years — $450 million in the last year alone, according to Navy budget data aggregated by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Read More

Sailor Killed in Destroyer Shooting to Receive Heroism Medal

Sailor Killed in Destroyer Shooting to Receive Heroism Medal

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Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo was killed on board the destroyer USS Mahan on Monday. US Navy Photo

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo was killed on board the destroyer USS Mahan on Monday. US Navy Photo

The sailor who was killed protecting a shipmate when a civilian trucker rushed the quarterdeck of USS Mahan (DDG-72) in March will receive the Navy’s highest non-combat decoration, according to the service. Read More

U.S. Deploys First SM-3 Block IB Missile

U.S. Deploys First SM-3 Block IB Missile

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A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) is launched from the Aegis-class guided missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70). US Navy Photo

A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) is launched from the Aegis-class guided missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70). US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency have started to deploy the Raytheon Standard SM-3 Block 1B operationally, the company said in a Wednesday statement. Read More

Analysis: Mystery Plane Seen Over Kansas Likely U.S. Military Aircraft

Analysis: Mystery Plane Seen Over Kansas Likely U.S. Military Aircraft

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Photo taken by amature photographer Jeff Templin in Kansas on April, 16 2014

Photo taken by amateur photographer Jeff Templin in Kansas on April, 16 2014

The mysterious triangular-shaped aircraft has made several appearances over the skies of the continental United States — with the most recent sighting being over Wichita, Kan. last week — is likely a U.S. military aircraft, according to information from military sources. Read More

U.S. Navy Completes its Role in Korean Ferry Search

U.S. Navy Completes its Role in Korean Ferry Search

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A CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). US Navy Photo

A CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). US Navy Photo

The South Korean government has released USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) from the search for more than 100 passengers still missing after the April 16 sinking of the ferry Sewol, according to the U.S. Navy. Read More

Document: Joint Strike Fighter Acquisition Report

Document: Joint Strike Fighter Acquisition Report

An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter prepares to make a vertical landing at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. in 2013. US Navy Photo

An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter prepares to make a vertical landing at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. in 2013. US Navy Photo

The following is a December 2013 report from the Pentagon on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program. Read More