Category Archives: Surface Forces

Navy Swaps Out Anti-Swarm Boat Guns on DDG-1000s

Navy Swaps Out Anti-Swarm Boat Guns on DDG-1000s

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he MK46 Mod 1 weapon system fires a round during a live-fire qualification exercise aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18). US NAvy Photo

he MK46 Mod 1 weapon system fires a round during a live-fire qualification exercise aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18). US NAvy Photo

The Navy has replaced two 57mm guns planned on the Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer designed to fight off swarm boat attacks with a smaller pair of 30mm guns, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) told USNI News on Monday. Read More

Navy and NASA Team Up For More Orion Capsule Recovery Tests

Navy and NASA Team Up For More Orion Capsule Recovery Tests

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Sailors from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and Navy divers assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11, Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 11-7, participate in the second underway recovery test for the NASA Orion Program on Aug. 3, 2014. US Navy Photo

Sailors from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and Navy divers assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11, Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 11-7, participate in the second underway recovery test for the NASA Orion Program on Aug. 3, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy and NASA are currently conducting a second round of at sea testing on board USS Anchorage (LPD-23) to learn how to recover NASA’s newest manned spacecraft, service officials told USNI News on Monday. Read More

Fourth Joint High Speed Vessel Completes Acceptance Trials

Fourth Joint High Speed Vessel Completes Acceptance Trials

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USS Coronado (LCS-4) and the joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV-3) on July 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Coronado (LCS-4) and the joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV-3) on July 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

The fourth Austal USA Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) completed its Military Sealift Command (MSC) acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico, Naval Sea Systems Command announced on Friday. Read More

Navy Won’t Discuss LCS Follow-on Taskforce Results Until Next Budget

Navy Won’t Discuss LCS Follow-on Taskforce Results Until Next Budget

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The first of class littoral combat ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), rear, and USS Independence (LCS 2) maneuver together during an exercise off the coast of Southern California on May, 2 2012. US Navy Photo.

The first of class littoral combat ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), rear, and USS Independence (LCS 2) maneuver together during an exercise off the coast of Southern California on May, 2 2012.
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The results of the Navy taskforce for a follow-up hull to the Littoral Combat Ship are in, but the service will remain mum on the findings until they’re integrated into next year’s budget, the service said on Thursday. Read More

The Legacy of USS Indianapolis

The Legacy of USS Indianapolis

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USS Indianapolis in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1937. US Navy Photo

USS Indianapolis in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1937. US Navy Photo

The following is a 1999 article from Proceedings, originally titled: The Sinking of the Indy & Responsibility of Command.

The July 30, 1945 sinking of the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35) by the Imperial Japanese submarine 1-58 has been called the last, great naval tragedy of World War II. It is the stuff of legend: after delivering the atomic bombs to Tinian, the Indy was torpedoed, sinking in 12 minutes. At least 800 crew members survived the sinking and went into the water. On their rescue after five days, only 320 still were alive. Their stories have inspired three books, a movie, and perhaps yet another feature film.  Read More

U.S. Pacific Commander: Chinese Spy Ship Off Hawaii Has An Upside

U.S. Pacific Commander: Chinese Spy Ship Off Hawaii Has An Upside

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Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, greets Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Republic of China Gen. Fang Fenghui aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on May 13, 2014. US Navy Photo

Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, greets Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Republic of China Gen. Fang Fenghui aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on May 13, 2014. US Navy Photo

The high profile story of a Chinese surveillance ship off the cost of Hawaii could have a positive aspect for U.S. operations in the Pacific, the head of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) said in a Tuesday afternoon briefing with reporters at the Pentagon. Read More