Category Archives: Surface Forces

Planned Japanese Self Defense Force Aircraft Buys, Destroyer Upgrades Could Tie Into U.S. Navy's Networked Battle Force

Planned Japanese Self Defense Force Aircraft Buys, Destroyer Upgrades Could Tie Into U.S. Navy’s Networked Battle Force

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) guided-missile defense destroyer JDS Atago (DDG-177) maneuvers with other JMDSF and U.S. Navy ships belonging to the USS George Washington carrier strike group in 2011. US Navy Photo

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) guided-missile defense destroyer JDS Atago (DDG-177) maneuvers with other JMDSF and U.S. Navy ships belonging to the USS George Washington carrier strike group in 2011. US Navy Photo

Changes in Japan’s defense posture, pending aircraft buys from the U.S. and planned combat system modification to Japanese ships will give the Japanese Self Defense Force (JSDF) the practical and political ability to fight as a part of the U.S. Navy’s new networked carrier strike group concept — which would expand the lethal power and range of both forces, USNI News has learned. Read More

Navy Stands Up Development Command to Breed Elite Surface Warfare Officers

Navy Stands Up Development Command to Breed Elite Surface Warfare Officers

Rear Adm. Jim Kilby during an April training exercise in conjunction with the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center. NSMWDC Photo

Rear Adm. Jim Kilby during an April training exercise in conjunction with the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center. NSMWDC Photo

The Navy is in the midst of a surface warfare renaissance after 15 years of lower-end tasks in the backgrounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In addition to beefing up its weapons and material readiness to wage a high-end fight, the surface community is also borrowing lessons from the naval aviation to train a new cadre of elite surface warfare officers (SWOs). Read More

U.S. 6th Fleet Commander: Russia 'Showing Interest' As BALTOPS Exercise Begins

U.S. 6th Fleet Commander: Russia ‘Showing Interest’ As BALTOPS Exercise Begins

The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) maneuvers into port in Gdynia, Poland, outboard of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) while the Turkish navy ship TCG Göksu (F 497) passes on the starboard side on June 4, 2015. US Navy photo.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) maneuvers into port in Gdynia, Poland, outboard of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) while the Turkish navy ship TCG Göksu (F 497) passes on the starboard side on June 4, 2015. US Navy photo.

As 17 countries and NATO pulled out of the Gdynia, Poland, port together Monday to begin the 43rd annual Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise, Russia sent its aircraft and warships to monitor the multi-phase exercise. Read More

Opinion: The Forgotten Fleet of The U.S. Coast Guard

Opinion: The Forgotten Fleet of The U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf departs from Dutch Harbor May 9, 2011, to continue its first Alaska patrol in the Bering Sea. US Coast Guard Photo

The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf departs from Dutch Harbor May 9, 2011, to continue its first Alaska patrol in the Bering Sea. US Coast Guard Photo

Over the past few years there has been much debate in Congress and in the Department of Defense over the requirement to maintain a Navy fleet that will be able to respond to the increasing demands of the combatant commanders. Read More

HII Awarded $4.29 Billion in Contracts for John F. Kennedy Carrier Construction

HII Awarded $4.29 Billion in Contracts for John F. Kennedy Carrier Construction

A composite photo illustration representing the Ford-class aircraft carrier, USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79). US Navy Image

A composite photo illustration representing the Ford-class aircraft carrier, USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79). US Navy Image

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) $4.29 billion in contracts for the planned second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier — John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) — amid promises for improved cost performance for the second carrier’s construction Read More

Marines: Next Generation LX(R) Capacity Key to Operating America-class Amphibious Ready Groups

Marines: Next Generation LX(R) Capacity Key to Operating America-class Amphibious Ready Groups

150427-N-MZ309-124 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 27,2015) U.S. Air Force F-16s fly over the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during a training exercise on April 27, 2015. US Navy Photo

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 27,2015) U.S. Air Force F-16s fly over the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during a training exercise on April 27, 2015. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The capacity the planned LX(R) amphibious warship will bring to the Navy and Marine Corps Amphibious Ready Groups (ARG) will be key to operating the first two aviation-centric America-class big deck amphibs, the Marines’ aviation head said this week. Read More