Category Archives: U.S. Navy

Joint High Speed Vessel Launches 2 UAV Types In Fleet Experimentation

Joint High Speed Vessel Launches 2 UAV Types In Fleet Experimentation

This photograph taken by the RQ20A Aqua Puma unmanned aircraft system on Aug. 7, 2015, shows an aerial view of USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) underway during Southern Partnership Station Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15). US Navy photo.

This photograph taken by the RQ20A Aqua Puma unmanned aircraft system on Aug. 7, 2015, shows an aerial view of USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) underway during Southern Partnership Station Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15). US Navy photo.

As the Navy tries to figure out what to do with its growing fleet of Joint High Speed Vessels, a recent experiment showed the platform could serve as a staging base for unmanned aerial vehicles. Read More

First 4 Enlisted Females Begin Submarine School Today, Ahead Of USS Michigan Assignment

First 4 Enlisted Females Begin Submarine School Today, Ahead Of USS Michigan Assignment

USS Michigan (SSGN-727) in Guam in 2012. The boat will be the first US submarine with female enlisted sailors by 2016. US Navy Photo

USS Michigan (SSGN-727) in Guam in 2012. The boat will be the first US submarine with female enlisted sailors by 2016. US Navy Photo

The first four of 38 enlisted women selected to serve on guided missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN-727) will begin their training at the Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Connecticut today, the next step in removing one of the last gender barriers in the Navy. Read More

Keel Laid for John F. Kennedy Carrier

Keel Laid for John F. Kennedy Carrier

A screen grab of a Huntington Ingalls Industries' video of the keel laying of nuclear carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79). HII Image

A screen grab of a Huntington Ingalls Industries’ video of the keel laying of nuclear carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79). HII Image

Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) laid the keel for the second Ford-class nuclear aircraft carrier — John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) — in a Saturday ceremony at the company’s Newport News, Va. shipyard. Read More

Norfolk-Based Helo Squadron Tests APKWS Rocket Guidance System

Norfolk-Based Helo Squadron Tests APKWS Rocket Guidance System

An SH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 fires an Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II during a live-fire qualification exercise at a practice range off the Virginia coast. US Navy photo.

A MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 fires an Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II during a live-fire qualification exercise at a practice range off the Virginia coast. US Navy photo.

The Navy brought its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) rocket guidance system to the Northeast this week, with the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 becoming the first in the region to test out the weapon. Read More

SECNAV Mabus, Feds, Industry Hail Historic Solar Power Pact

SECNAV Mabus, Feds, Industry Hail Historic Solar Power Pact

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus signs a solar panel during a ceremony commemorating an agreement with Western Area Power Administration and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power to construct a 210 megawatt direct current solar facility. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus signs a solar panel during a ceremony commemorating an agreement with Western Area Power Administration and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power to construct a 210 megawatt direct current solar facility. US Navy Photo

NORTH ISLAND NAVAL AIR STATION, Calif. – With ink barely dry on a unique agreement to generate solar power in the Southwest, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus came to Southern California Thursday to celebrate a milestone toward the service’s goal to source half its energy at Navy and Marine Corps’ shore bases from renewable resources. Read More

Essay: Understanding Japan's Shifting Defense Policy

Essay: Understanding Japan’s Shifting Defense Policy

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviews members of Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) Oct. 26, 2014. Reuters Photo

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviews members of Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) Oct. 26, 2014. Reuters Photo

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed major changes in Japan’s defense policy, with strong implications for the United States and U.S. armed forces in the Pacific. The changes, designed to shift Japan away from an isolated, pacifistic defense posture to a more dynamic one based on bilateral and even multilateral relationships, are controversial but not uncommon to most nations. Read More