Category Archives: Submarine Forces

Russian Missile Cruiser to Conduct Live Fire Drills in Rare Visit to South China Sea

Russian Missile Cruiser to Conduct Live Fire Drills in Rare Visit to South China Sea

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Russian guided missile cruiser Moscow (or Moskva) arriving in the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Dept. of Government Information Photo

Russian guided missile cruiser Moscow (or Moskva) arriving in the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Dept. of Government Information Photo

The flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet is currently in the South China Sea with plans to conduct air defense and “rocket, artillery and torpedo weapons,” drills in a rare visit to the region, according to an announcement issued Wednesday by the Russian Ministry of Defense. Read More

CNO Greenert: Russian Navy 'Very Busy in the Undersea Domain'

CNO Greenert: Russian Navy ‘Very Busy in the Undersea Domain’

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Photo from Audun Tholfsen and Yngve Kristoffersen of an alleged Russian ballistic missile submarine.

Photo from Audun Tholfsen and Yngve Kristoffersen of an alleged Russian ballistic missile submarine in the Arctic Circle on Oct. 16, 2014.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Russian Navy’s submarine force has been more active this year against the backdrop of soured relationships with the West over the ongoing internal conflicts in Ukraine and the forced annexation of Crimea by Russia, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert said on Tuesday. Read More

Opinion: How Budget Pressure Prompted the Success of Virginia-Class Submarine Program

Opinion: How Budget Pressure Prompted the Success of Virginia-Class Submarine Program

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Virginia-class attack submarine Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction in 2012. US Navy Photo

Virginia-class attack submarine Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction in 2012. US Navy Photo

The following is an excerpt from the book F.I.R.E. – How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation, Copyright © 2014 by Dan Ward. Reprinted courtesy of Harper Business, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

In 1995 Congress terminated the US Navy’s Seawolf submarine program (SSN-21) citing a mismatch between the projected $33.6 billion cost for twelve submarines and the fact that the Soviet navy was not quite the threat it had been in the early 1980s when Seawolf began. Read More

China and Iran Deepening Naval Ties, Iran Calls for Bilateral Blue Water Exercise

China and Iran Deepening Naval Ties, Iran Calls for Bilateral Blue Water Exercise

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Gen. Chang Wanquan (R), state councilor and Chinese defense minister, meets with Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari (L) in Beijing on the morning of October 23, 2014. Chinese Ministry of National Defense Photo

Gen. Chang Wanquan (R), state councilor and Chinese defense minister, meets with Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari (L) in Beijing on the morning of October 23, 2014. Chinese Ministry of National Defense Photo

Last week’s meeting between the heads of the Iranian Navy and the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in Beijing are the latest in a bilateral campaign to increase military to military cooperation and a recognition of growing Chinese interests in the Middle East. Read More

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

CNO Greenert Bullish on Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

CNO Greenert Bullish on Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

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An artist's conception of a large unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).

An artist’s conception of a large unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).

The U.S. Navy’s top uniformed officer said that while he does not expect an autonomous unmanned strike aircraft to emerge in the coming decades, autonomous unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) might prove to be very useful. Read More