Category Archives: Surface Forces

CNO Greenert: ‘Cyber Theft is Hemorrhaging Us’

CNO Greenert: ‘Cyber Theft is Hemorrhaging Us’

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks at the Annual Hampton Roads Navy League Dinner on Jan. 28, 2015.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks at the Annual Hampton Roads Navy League Dinner on Jan. 28, 2015.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The theft of American high tech intellectual property from U.S. defense contractors is major continued technological concern for the Navy, said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert on Wednesday. Read More

LCS Independence Ships Out for MCM Package Test

LCS Independence Ships Out for MCM Package Test

USS Independence (LCS 2) departs San Diego for Pensacola, Fla., to conduct operational evaluation and testing of the mine countermeasures mission package. US Navy Photo

USS Independence (LCS 2) departs San Diego for Pensacola, Fla., to conduct operational evaluation and testing of the mine countermeasures mission package. US Navy Photo

The test ship for the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mine countermeasure (MCM) mission package shipped out from Naval Station San Diego, Calif., last week. Read More

Navy Pitches Cruiser Layup Plan, Again

Navy Pitches Cruiser Layup Plan, Again

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) prepares to moor on June 24, 2014. US Navy Photo

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) prepares to moor on June 24, 2014. US Navy Photo

A previous version of this post incorrectly outlined the Navy’s Two-Four-Six phased modernization plan as part of its Fiscal Year 2016 budget submission to Congress. The text has been corrected.

PENTAGON – The Navy has again submitted a controversial plan to layup some of its Ticonderoga-class cruisers as part of a modernization plan it says will preserve the air warfare capability of U.S. carrier strike groups into the 2040s as part of the service’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget submission to Congress. Read More

Analysis: The Philippines' Naval Build Up

Analysis: The Philippines’ Naval Build Up

HMAS Balikpapan, Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) L133 HMAS Betano, and Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1665 transit out of the Segond Channel during Pacific Partnership 2011. US Navy Photo

HMAS Balikpapan, Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) L133 HMAS Betano, and Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1665 transit out of the Segond Channel during Pacific Partnership 2011. US Navy Photo

Like many of its regional peers, the Philippines is in the midst of a defense buildup, motivated in no small part by China’s assertive moves in the western Philippine Sea and the resource-rich Spratly islands. Read More

Unique Ships of the U.S. Navy

Unique Ships of the U.S. Navy

Several similar Arleigh Burke destroyers. US Navy Photo

Several similar Arleigh Burke destroyers. US Navy Photo

Navies like their ships to be as similar as possible – for good reason.

It’s easier to train sailors on similar ships and systems, it’s cheaper to build many ships of the same design in bulk and they’re cheaper to operate and maintain.

Late last year, when the U.S. Navy decided to base its next generation amphibious warship design, the LX(R), on an existing hull it cited cost savings in design, maintenance and manpower as justification.

But occasionally, the mission demands something special, something unique. Read More

U.S. 7th Fleet CO: Japanese Patrols of South China Sea 'Makes Sense'

U.S. 7th Fleet CO: Japanese Patrols of South China Sea ‘Makes Sense’

USS Pinckney (DDG-91) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships near Guam on July 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Pinckney (DDG-91) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships near Guam on July 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include a quote from the Singapore’s minister for foreign affairs and law, K. Shanmugam.

The commander of U.S. 7th Fleet said Japan should start patrolling the South China Sea and said China’s claims in the region are resulting in, “unnecessary friction” with neighbors. Read More