Category Archives: Surface Forces

Chinese Carrier-On-Land Facility Adds Destroyer

Chinese Carrier-On-Land Facility Adds Destroyer

Recent Google Earth imagery of the carrier-on-land facility in Wuhan, China with the addition of a Type-55 guided missile destroyer mock-up. Google Earth Image.

Recent Google Earth imagery of the carrier-on-land facility in Wuhan, China with the addition of a Type-55 guided missile destroyer mock-up. Google Earth Image.

China has made several additions to its so-called carrier-on-land facility, including a mock-up of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) planned next generation guided missile destroyer, according to recent satellite imagery. Read More

USS Green Bay Ships Out for Japan

USS Green Bay Ships Out for Japan

 USS Green Bay (LPD 20) is moored at Naval Base Pt. Loma in preparation for a magnetic treatment (DEPERM) on Aug. 20, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Green Bay (LPD 20) is moored at Naval Base Pt. Loma in preparation for a magnetic treatment (DEPERM) on Aug. 20, 2014. US Navy Photo

Amphibious warship USS Green Bay (LPD-20) left Naval Station San Diego, Calif. on Monday to join the U.S. Navy’s forward deployed forces in Sasebo, Japan, according to the service. Read More

Raytheon: New Standard Missile-6 Approved for Older Navy Combat Systems

Raytheon: New Standard Missile-6 Approved for Older Navy Combat Systems

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

The U.S. Navy has approved the Raytheon Standard Missile-6 for use on guided missile destroyers and cruisers with older versions of the Aegis combat system, company officials told USNI News last week. Read More

Opinion: LCS Survivability Questions Linger

Opinion: LCS Survivability Questions Linger

USS Fort Worth (LCS-3), bottom, the guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) in the Java Sea on Jan. 14, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Fort Worth (LCS-3), bottom, the guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) in the Java Sea on Jan. 14, 2015. US Navy Photo

Less than a month after U.S. Navy leaders announced modified versions of both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship would be the Navy’s pick for its for a more lethal and survivable small surface combatant, one of the chief LCS critics said the upgrades would do little to improve the survivability of the class. Read More

Two U.S. Amphibs and Marines Standing By Near Yemen

Two U.S. Amphibs and Marines Standing By Near Yemen

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) in the Atlantic Ocean on Dec. 21, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) in the Atlantic Ocean on Dec. 21, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. has moved two amphibious warships close to Yemen as a precaution against an ongoing militia uprising in the region, Pentagon officials said on Wednesday. Read More