Category Archives: Surface Forces

Opinion: A Mistral For Canada

Opinion: A Mistral For Canada

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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 September decision by France to withhold delivery of two Mistral-class Landing Platforms Helicopter (LPH) building for Russia is an opportunity for NATO, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and for the French shipbuilding industry and economy. France should not suffer economically for taking a stand against Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine. Rather, NATO, France and Canada can benefit if a little mutually beneficial creativity is applied.

While France desperately wants to complete the two amphibious warships — and get paid for them — NATO and Canada need the capabilities these ships can provide. Read More

Ship Used to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons Returns to U.S.

Ship Used to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons Returns to U.S.

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A helicopter approaches the container ship MV Cape Ray (T-AKR 9679) in the Mediterranean Sea to drop off cargo Aug. 4, 2014. US Navy Photo

A helicopter approaches the container ship MV Cape Ray (T-AKR 9679) in the Mediterranean Sea to drop off cargo Aug. 4, 2014. US Navy Photo

The ship put into swift service to destroy the chemical weapons of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has returned to Norfolk, Va. after eight months at sea, an official at the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

Destroyer Commander, XO and CMC Removed At Sea Ahead of ‘Command Climate Investigation’

Destroyer Commander, XO and CMC Removed At Sea Ahead of ‘Command Climate Investigation’

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USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) departs Naval Station Norfolk for an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility on May 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) departs Naval Station Norfolk for an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility on May 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this post used the term, “relieved” to describe the removal of the commander, executive officer and senior enlisted sailor of USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) in the headline and body of the story. Those references have been changed to, “removed.”

The commander, executive officer and the senior enlisted sailor of the guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) have been removed of their commands ahead of an “investigation into the command climate,” aboard the ship, according to a statement issued Tuesday evening by U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Read More

Fourth Joint High Speed Vessel Delivers

Fourth Joint High Speed Vessel Delivers

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USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1), the first of 10 Navy joint high-speed vessels designed for rapid intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment during builders trials. US Navy Photo

USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1), the first of 10 Navy joint high-speed vessels designed for rapid intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment during builders trials. US Navy Photo

Austal USA has delivered the latest Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) to U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) in a ceremony in Mobile, Ala. on Monday, according to a statement from U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Read More

Overboard USS New York Sailor Rescued After Five Hours In Atlantic

Overboard USS New York Sailor Rescued After Five Hours In Atlantic

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USS New York (LPD 21) transits in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in October 2012. US Navy Photo

USS New York (LPD 21) transits in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in October 2012. US Navy Photo

A sailor who fell off amphibious warship USS New York (LPD-21) on Sept. 11 was recovered safely after a five hour search off the coast of South Carolina, U.S. Fleet Forces Command told USNI News on late Friday afternoon. Read More

HASC's McKeon: 'Go All-In Now' Against ISIS

HASC’s McKeon: ‘Go All-In Now’ Against ISIS

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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.). Reuters Photo

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.). Reuters Photo

While generally supporting President Barack Obama’s announced strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said he wants, “our coalition to go all-in now, so that we do not risk having to use enormously more blood and treasure later. . . . Fortune favors the bold.” Read More

Two NATO Ships Leave Black Sea

Two NATO Ships Leave Black Sea

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USS Ross (DDG 71) stands by during a nighttime passenger transfer during exercise Sea Breeze 2014 on Sept. 9, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Ross (DDG 71) stands by during a nighttime passenger transfer during exercise Sea Breeze 2014 on Sept. 9, 2014. US Navy Photo

A U.S. guided missile destroyer and a French signals intelligence ship have left Black Sea, according to U.S. Navy officials and local press reports. Read More