Testing of the Mk-60 Patrol Costal Griffin Missile System. US Navy Image.
The missile the U.S. Navy plans to use in early versions of the Littoral Combat Ship surface warfare mission package and on Cyclone class patrol craft has reached initial operating capability (IOC) for its first use at sea, missile maker Raytheon announced Tuesday. Read More
Taiwanese troops following an undated exercise.
On March 6, Taiwan’s Minister of National Defense Yen Ming told the national legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee the country’s military could hold out “at least one month” alone against a Chinese invasion. Read More
USS Mahan (DDG-72) conducts a replenishment-at-sea in April 2013.
Two are dead — one sailor and one civilian — following a Monday night shooting on the guided missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72), Naval Station Norfolk officials told USNI News Tuesday morning. Read More
A Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in operation. The U.S. Navy is sending a similar AUV to aid in the search for the missing Malaysian Airliner. Bluefin Robotics Photo
The U.S. Navy is sending a sonar equipped underwater robot as part of its search efforts for the missing Flight 370 Malaysian Airlines 777 plane, service officials told USNI News Monday afternoon. Read More
An undated photo of Luyang III guided missile destroyer, Kunming. PLAN Photo
China commissioned the first in a new class of destroyers that mirrors advanced western warships on Friday according to local press reports. Read More
An amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) exits the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50). US Navy Photo
The following is the March, 19 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) and Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC): Background and Issues for Congress.
On January 6, 2011, after spending approximately $3 billion in developmental funding, the Marine Corps cancelled the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program due to poor reliability demonstrated during operational testing and excessive cost growth. Read More
Lt. Brittny Lambert talks to a midshipman about flight operations in the landing signal officer shack aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110). US Navy Photo
According to a recent opinion piece in USNI News, Naval commissioning programs’ preference for officers with science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degrees is a misguided policy that will create an officer corps devoid of critical thinking skills. Read More
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang on March 18, 2014.
Leaders from Japan and Vietnam have signed an agreement to expand maritime security relations between the two countries against a backdrop of an expansionist China. Read More
A Lockheed Martin concept for variations of the Freedom-class LCS design from corvette to Frigate sized hulls. Lockheed Martin Photo
The Navy has outlined its next steps in an Pentagon mandated efforts to create a new type of ship to follow the 32 planned Flight 0 Littoral Combat Ships, according to a March 13 letter signed by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Sean Stackley, the Navy’s chief weapons buyer. Read More
Crew members on board a P-8A Poseidon assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 man their workstations while assisting in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March, 16 2014. US Navy Photo
USS Kidd (DDG-100) has been pulled from search and rescue operations to look for a Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing last week, according to U.S. 7th Fleet in a statement released on Tuesday morning. Read More