Category Archives: Surface Forces

U.S. Sends Amphib to Assist in South Korean Ferry Disaster

U.S. Sends Amphib to Assist in South Korean Ferry Disaster

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MV-22 on the deck of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on April 16, 2014. US Navy Photo

MV-22 on the deck of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on April 16, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is sending the amphibious warship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) to support the efforts of Republic of Korea (RoK) following the sinking of the passenger ship Sewol, U.S. Navy officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

Russian Fighter Buzzes U.S. Destroyer in Black Sea

Russian Fighter Buzzes U.S. Destroyer in Black Sea

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Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) transits the Dardanelles en route to the Black Sea. US Navy Photo

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) transits the Dardanelles en route to the Black Sea. US Navy Photo

A Russian fighter spent 90 minutes making low-level passes near a U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) guided missile destroyer on station in the Black Sea, a defense official told USNI News on Monday.

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Interview: Zumwalt Commander Capt. James Kirk

Interview: Zumwalt Commander Capt. James Kirk

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USNI News contributor Cmdr. Daniel Dolan, interviewed the commander of Zumwalt (DDG-1000), Capt. James Kirk, on 31 March. The ship—first in a class of three next-generation destroyers—is among the most expensive surface ships the U.S. Navy is building. The ship features a slew of new systems and the smallest crew yet for a ship her size. Dolan asked Kirk about the ship’s handling, the hull, some of the history of her namesake, and brought questions from members of the Naval War College staff ahead of the ship’s christening on Saturday at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Read More

Ukraine's Last Ship

Ukraine’s Last Ship

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ODESSA, Ukraine – The flagship of the Ukrainian sea service now sits parked in a commercial port in the picturesque seaside town of Odessa, more known for its nightclubs than its military infrastructure. Next to it floats a handful of tiny coastal boats sporting Ukraine’s colors, blue and yellow.

This is all that’s left of Ukraine’s navy. Read More

Navy Axes Griffin Missile In Favor of Longbow Hellfire for LCS

Navy Axes Griffin Missile In Favor of Longbow Hellfire for LCS

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Longbow AGM-114L Hellfire

Longbow AGM-114L Hellfire

The Navy has traded Raytheon’s Griffin IIB missile for Lockheed Martin’s Longbow Hellfire AGM-114L for the surface-to-surface missile for early increments and testing for the surface warfare (SuW) mission package for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the outgoing program manager for LCS Mission Modules (PMS 420), Rear Adm. John Ailes told reporters on Wednesday. Read More

Navy and Marines Still Unclear How Army Will Fit Into Pacific Pivot

Navy and Marines Still Unclear How Army Will Fit Into Pacific Pivot

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A US Army CH-47 Chinook lands on the USS Tarawa (LHA-1) during deck qualification in the Pacific Ocean, July 19, 2013. US Army Photo

A US Army CH-47 Chinook lands on the USS Tarawa (LHA-1) during deck qualification in the Pacific Ocean, July 19, 2013. US Army Photo

The key to success for operations in the Pacific is mobility, but having sufficient resources to meet the vast requirements—even for training—across the next five years is in serious question. Read More

HII: George Washington 'Will Not Come In On Time' If Pentagon Delays Decision on Refueling

HII: George Washington ‘Will Not Come In On Time’ If Pentagon Delays Decision on Refueling

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USS George Washington (CVN 73) returns to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan in 2013. US Navy Photo

USS George Washington (CVN 73) returns to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan in 2013. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon’s delay in deciding whether to scrap or refuel nuclear aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) will add almost a year of delay in refueling if the Department of Defense decides to keep the carrier, officials with Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) told reporters in a briefing on Tuesday. Read More