Category Archives: Surface Forces

Cost Continues To Drive Quest For Next Amphib

Cost Continues To Drive Quest For Next Amphib

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USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) approaches fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO-197). US Navy Photo

USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) approaches fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO-197). US Navy Photo

The Navy is intent on squeezing every dollar it can out of its next generation amphibious warship program ahead of finalized set of requirements due next year, the Navy’s chief shipbuilder told a congressional panel on Friday. Read More

Destroyer Donald Cook Completes First Eventful Forward Patrol

Destroyer Donald Cook Completes First Eventful Forward Patrol

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Cmdr. Scott Jones, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) waves to the Romanian navy frigate ROS Marasesti (F 111) on April 23, 2014. US Navy Photo

Cmdr. Scott Jones, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) waves to the Romanian navy frigate ROS Marasesti (F 111) on April 23, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Donald Cook(DDG-75) has returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain ending the first patrol for a quartet of forward deployed guided missile destroyers, the Navy said on Friday. Read More

Coast Guard Led 9-11 Water Evacuation Was ‘Bigger Than Dunkirk’

Coast Guard Led 9-11 Water Evacuation Was ‘Bigger Than Dunkirk’

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A Coast Guard RHIB off Manhattan on the morning of 11 September 2001.

A Coast Guard RHIB off Manhattan on the morning of 11 September 2001.

The U.S. Coast Guard led a water evacuation of more than 500,000 people from Manhattan following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center towers in an action that moved more people from the island than the 1940 evacuation of Allied troops from France, according to a new oral history of former USCG commandant, Adm. James Loy. Read More

Peace Ark: Onboard China's Hospital Ship

Peace Ark: Onboard China’s Hospital Ship

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Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark. Xinhua Photo

Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark. Xinhua Photo

ONBOARD HOSPITAL SHIP PEACE ARK — In 2012, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus visited the People’s Republic of China for talks with China’s defense ministry. During the visit, Mabus invited the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to the 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises. Held every other year in Hawaii since 1971, RIMPAC is the world’s largest naval exercise, with 22 nations participating in 2012. Read More

Photo Essay: Onboard America’s Oldest Warship

Photo Essay: Onboard America’s Oldest Warship

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A sailor makes a quick phone call during a July 4, trip of USS Constitution in Boston Harbor. Glenn Moyer Photo

A sailor makes a quick phone call during a July 4, trip of USS Constitution in Boston Harbor. Glenn Moyer Photo

CLARIFICATION: USS Constitution is the oldest warship afloat, but not the oldest in commission. The U.K. Royal Navy’s HMS Victory is still in commission but has been in dry dock since 1922.

ONBOARD USS CONSTITUTION — Commissioned in 1798, USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. Berthed in Boston, the ship was underway on July 4, in one of the last trips the ship will make before entering a maintenance availability that will keep the ship in the yard until 2018.

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