Category Archives: Surface Forces

France Again Suspends Mistral Delivery, Russia Pledges to Sue

France Again Suspends Mistral Delivery, Russia Pledges to Sue

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Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

The French government is suspending a deal to deliver two Mistral-class warships to the Russian Navy “until further notice” citing the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, according to a Tuesday statement from the office of President François Hollande. Read More

Australian Defense Minister Doesn’t Trust Shipbuilder ASC ‘To Build a Canoe’

Australian Defense Minister Doesn’t Trust Shipbuilder ASC ‘To Build a Canoe’

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Australian Defense Minister David Johnston via Sydney Morning Herald

Australian Defense Minister David Johnston via Sydney Morning Herald

Australian Defense Minister David Johnston blasted state-owned shipbuilder ASC (formerly known as Australian Submarine Corporation) following reported cost overruns of the Royal Australian Navy’s new class of guided missile destroyers on Tuesday, according to local press reports.

“You wonder why I’m worried about ASC and wonder what they’re delivering the Australian taxpayer? You wonder why I wouldn’t trust them to build a canoe?,” Johnston said before the Australian Senate. Read More

What the Navy’s Next Generation Amphibious Ship Could Look Like

What the Navy’s Next Generation Amphibious Ship Could Look Like

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An artist's rendering of Huntington Ingalls Industries' LPD Flight IIA variant of the San Antonio-class ship design. HII Image

An artist’s rendering of Huntington Ingalls Industries’ LPD Flight IIA variant of the San Antonio-class ship design. HII Image

NORFOLK, VA — Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has revised its plan to use the hull form of the San Antonio-class amphibious warship (LPD-17) as a candidate for the Navy’s next generation amphibious warship— LX(R), company officials outlined to USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

Fleet Forces Deputy CO to Temporarily Take Command, Change of Command Cancelled

Fleet Forces Deputy CO to Temporarily Take Command, Change of Command Cancelled

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Vice Adm. Nora W. Tyson (right) and Adm. Bill Gortney, commander U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) hold a letter authorizing her to put on a third star during a promotion ceremony in 2013. US Navy Photo

Vice Adm. Nora W. Tyson (right) and Adm. Bill Gortney, commander U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) hold a letter authorizing her to put on a third star during a promotion ceremony in 2013. US Navy Photo

The deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command will temporarily take reins of the organization on Friday following the cancelation of a planned change of command next week, Navy officials told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

Document: Report to Congress on Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

Document: Report to Congress on Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1A interceptor is launched from the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73) on Sept. 9, 2013. US Navy Photo

A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1A interceptor is launched from the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73) on Sept. 9, 2013. US Navy Photo

The following is the Nov. 7, 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More

Pentagon Taps Director of Navy Staff for Pacific Fleet Command

Pentagon Taps Director of Navy Staff for Pacific Fleet Command

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Vice Adm. Scott Swift, then commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in 2012. US Navy Photo

Vice Adm. Scott Swift, then commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in 2012. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon has nominated the current director of navy staff to take charge of the U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), according to a Thursday announcement from the Department of Defense. Read More

Russia and China to Hold 2015 Naval Exercises in Mediterranean, Pacific

Russia and China to Hold 2015 Naval Exercises in Mediterranean, Pacific

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Rear Adm. Du Xiping (front right), deputy commander of China's Beihai Fleet, shakes hands with Capt. 1st Rank Sergei Yuriyevich Zhuga of Russia's Pacific Fleet during a welcome ceremony at a naval base in Qingdao, in east China's Shandong Province, on April 21, 2012. Xinhua Photo

Rear Adm. Du Xiping (front right), deputy commander of China’s Beihai Fleet, shakes hands with Capt. 1st Rank Sergei Yuriyevich Zhuga of Russia’s Pacific Fleet during a welcome ceremony at a naval base in Qingdao, in east China’s Shandong Province, on April 21, 2012. Xinhua Photo

Russia and China have committed to a pair of 2015 naval exercises as a sign of growing military cooperation between the two countries, Russia’s minister of defense said this week. Read More

Navy Starts Design Work On Next Generation Amphibious Warship

Navy Starts Design Work On Next Generation Amphibious Warship

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USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk on Oct. 31, 2014 as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group following a deployment. US Navy Photo

USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk on Oct. 31, 2014 as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group following a deployment. US Navy Photo

NORFOLK, VA — Early design work on the Navy’s next generation amphibious warship — based on the San Antonio-class (LPD-17) hull — has begun ahead of a planned 2020 procurement, Navy officials said on Wednesday. Read More

Expert: Navy Should Revise Outer Air Battle Concept

Expert: Navy Should Revise Outer Air Battle Concept

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USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship's aegis weapons system on June, 19 2014. US Navy Photo

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship’s aegis weapons system on June, 19 2014. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — One way to restore offensive punch to the surface Navy is to discard the idea of Outer Air Battle to defeat a Soviet Cold War fleet in the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas and the North Atlantic and concentrate on dense air defenses 30 nautical miles out. Read More

VCNO Howard: ‘Not A Lot of Optimism’ Sequester Will End

VCNO Howard: ‘Not A Lot of Optimism’ Sequester Will End

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Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard address sailors attached to Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 during an all-hands call at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. US Navy Photo

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard address sailors attached to Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 during an all-hands call at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. US Navy Photo

NORFOLK, VA. — The sequestration restrictions on military funding are not likely to go away anytime soon and could result in a U.S. naval force of 250 ships, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard said on Tuesday. Read More