Category Archives: Surface Forces

Navy Kicks Off LCS Follow-on Study

Navy Kicks Off LCS Follow-on Study

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A Lockheed Martin concept for variations of the Freedom-class LCS design from corvette to Frigate sized hulls. Lockheed Martin Photo

A Lockheed Martin concept for variations of the Freedom-class LCS design from corvette to Frigate sized hulls. Lockheed Martin Photo

The Navy has outlined its next steps in an Pentagon mandated efforts to create a new type of ship to follow the 32 planned Flight 0 Littoral Combat Ships, according to a March 13 letter signed by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Sean Stackley, the Navy’s chief weapons buyer. Read More

Navy Pulls Second Destroyer from Search for Missing Malaysian Airliner, Moves Search Aircraft Closer to Australia

Navy Pulls Second Destroyer from Search for Missing Malaysian Airliner, Moves Search Aircraft Closer to Australia

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Crew members on board a P-8A Poseidon assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 man their workstations while assisting in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March, 16 2014. US Navy Photo

Crew members on board a P-8A Poseidon assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 man their workstations while assisting in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March, 16 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Kidd (DDG-100) has been pulled from search and rescue operations to look for a Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing last week, according to U.S. 7th Fleet in a statement released on Tuesday morning. Read More

Navy to Hold Contest for New Anti-Surface Missile

Navy to Hold Contest for New Anti-Surface Missile

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An artist's concept of a Lockheed Martin LRASM fired from a U.S. Navy VLS tube. Lockheed Martin image.

An artist’s concept of a Lockheed Martin LRASM fired from a U.S. Navy VLS tube. Lockheed Martin image.

The Navy plans to hold a competition for an anti-ship missile that could be used from the air or ships and possibly submarines to beef up the service’s ability to take on surface threats, service officials told USNI News this week. Read More

Navy’s New ‘Battle Force’ Tally to Include Hospital Ships and Small Patrol Craft

Navy’s New ‘Battle Force’ Tally to Include Hospital Ships and Small Patrol Craft

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USNS Comfort (T-AH-20), one of the Navy's two hospital ships that will be counted in the service's 'battle force' as part of a new plan that reclassifies existing ships by assets in high demand by combatant commanders. US Navy Photo

USNS Comfort (T-AH-20), one of the Navy’s two hospital ships that will be counted in the service’s ‘battle force’ as part of a new plan that reclassifies existing ships by assets in high demand by combatant commanders. US Navy Photo


This post was updated from its original version to include a reaction from Rep Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee.

The Navy is changing the way it counts its ships that will increase the hulls it has on the books by almost ten by including small patrol craft and hospital ships as part of its “battle force,” according to a March 7 congressional notification obtained by USNI News. Read More

Document: Mabus Notification to Congress on New Navy 'Battle Force' Tally

Document: Mabus Notification to Congress on New Navy ‘Battle Force’ Tally

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, left, speaks with Spanish Chief of Naval Staff Adm. Jaime MuÒoz-Delgado y Diaz del Rio following the arrival of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) at Naval Station Rota, Spain on Feb. 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, left, speaks with Spanish Chief of Naval Staff Adm. Jaime MuÒoz-Delgado y Diaz del Rio following the arrival of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) at Naval Station Rota, Spain on Feb. 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

The following is a March 7, 2014 notification to Congress from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on the Navy’s new methodology for counting the number of ships in its battle force inventory. Read More

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea: Oil Soaked Pirates

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea: Oil Soaked Pirates

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Undated photo of MT Kerala

Undated photo of MT Kerala

This is the first of a two-part series on piracy in West Africa.
In the early hours of 18 January 2014 a 75,000-ton tanker, the MT Kerala, vanished off the coast of Angola. A sophisticated pirate gang hijacked the Greek-owned vessel, disabling its identifications system and communication equipment, and painting over its identifying markers.

More than a week later and 1,300 miles away, the hijackers released Kerala off the coast of Nigeria, after offloading 12,270 tons of its diesel cargo to other ships. Read More

Document: Report to Congress on North Korea's Military Development

Document: Report to Congress on North Korea’s Military Development

korean_sailorsThe following is the recently released report to Congress from the Pentagon: Military and Security Developments Involving the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 2013.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) remains one of the United States’ most critical security challenges for many reasons. These include North Korea’s willingness to undertake provocative and destabilizing behavior, including attacks on the Republic of Korea (ROK), its pursuit of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, and its willingness to proliferate weapons in contravention of United Nations Security Council Resolutions. Read More