Category Archives: Surface Forces

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 to Increase Workforce at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Navy to Increase Workforce at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

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USS Miami arrives at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine in 2012. US Navy Photo

USS Miami arrives at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine in 2012. US Navy Photo

One of the U.S. largest public shipyards is planning to expand its workforce by 715 in an effort to keep up with worker attrition and looming ship repair workload, according to a Thursday announcement from the shipyard. 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

Opinion: The Expanding Assault on China's South China Sea Claims

Opinion: The Expanding Assault on China’s South China Sea Claims

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Undated photo of ships of the China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in 2012. PLAN Photo via Press TV

Undated photo of ships of the China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in 2012. PLAN Photo via Press TV

China’s ambiguous claim to the South China Sea, approximately demarcated by a series of hash marks known as the “nine-dashed line,” faced objections from an expanding number of parties over the past two weeks. While a challenge from the United States came from an unsurprising source, actions by Indonesia and Vietnam were unexpected in their tone and timing. Read More

U.S. and China Conduct Anti-Piracy Exercise

U.S. and China Conduct Anti-Piracy Exercise

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Visit, board, search and seizure team members pull alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) to practice ship boarding. US Navy Photo

Visit, board, search and seizure team members pull alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) to practice ship boarding. US Navy Photo

In a rare bilateral exercise, the U.S. and China conducted anti-piracy training off the pirate-prone Gulf of Aden, the Navy said in a Thursday statement. 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