Category Archives: Surface Forces

U.S. Pacific Commander: Chinese Spy Ship Off Hawaii Has An Upside

U.S. Pacific Commander: Chinese Spy Ship Off Hawaii Has An Upside

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Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, greets Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Republic of China Gen. Fang Fenghui aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on May 13, 2014. US Navy Photo

Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, greets Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Republic of China Gen. Fang Fenghui aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on May 13, 2014. US Navy Photo

The high profile story of a Chinese surveillance ship off the cost of Hawaii could have a positive aspect for U.S. operations in the Pacific, the head of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) said in a Tuesday afternoon briefing with reporters at the Pentagon. Read More

Cost Continues To Drive Quest For Next Amphib

Cost Continues To Drive Quest For Next Amphib

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USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) approaches fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO-197). US Navy Photo

USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) approaches fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO-197). US Navy Photo

The Navy is intent on squeezing every dollar it can out of its next generation amphibious warship program ahead of finalized set of requirements due next year, the Navy’s chief shipbuilder told a congressional panel on Friday. Read More

Destroyer Donald Cook Completes First Eventful Forward Patrol

Destroyer Donald Cook Completes First Eventful Forward Patrol

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Cmdr. Scott Jones, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) waves to the Romanian navy frigate ROS Marasesti (F 111) on April 23, 2014. US Navy Photo

Cmdr. Scott Jones, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) waves to the Romanian navy frigate ROS Marasesti (F 111) on April 23, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Donald Cook(DDG-75) has returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain ending the first patrol for a quartet of forward deployed guided missile destroyers, the Navy said on Friday. Read More

Coast Guard Led 9-11 Water Evacuation Was ‘Bigger Than Dunkirk’

Coast Guard Led 9-11 Water Evacuation Was ‘Bigger Than Dunkirk’

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A Coast Guard RHIB off Manhattan on the morning of 11 September 2001.

A Coast Guard RHIB off Manhattan on the morning of 11 September 2001.

The U.S. Coast Guard led a water evacuation of more than 500,000 people from Manhattan following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center towers in an action that moved more people from the island than the 1940 evacuation of Allied troops from France, according to a new oral history of former USCG commandant, Adm. James Loy. Read More

Peace Ark: Onboard China's Hospital Ship

Peace Ark: Onboard China’s Hospital Ship

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Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark. Xinhua Photo

Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark. Xinhua Photo

ONBOARD HOSPITAL SHIP PEACE ARK — In 2012, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus visited the People’s Republic of China for talks with China’s defense ministry. During the visit, Mabus invited the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to the 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises. Held every other year in Hawaii since 1971, RIMPAC is the world’s largest naval exercise, with 22 nations participating in 2012. Read More