Category Archives: U.S. Navy

U.K. Election Result Boosts Royal Navy Ballistic Missile Submarine Program

U.K. Election Result Boosts Royal Navy Ballistic Missile Submarine Program

Royal Navy submarine HMS Victorious departs HMNB Clyde. UK MoD Photo

Royal Navy submarine HMS Victorious departs HMNB Clyde. UK MoD Photo

Right up to the moment the polling stations closed at 10 p.m. last Thursday in the U.K., the political pundits were unwavering in their forecasts: neither Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives nor the opposition Labour Party wielded enough firepower for an outright win in Britain’s 2015 parliamentary elections. Read More

Navy Christens Sixth Joint High Speed Vessel

Navy Christens Sixth Joint High Speed Vessel

Trenton (JHSV-5) launching from Austal USA's shipbuilding facility in Mobile, Ala. in late 2014. Austal USA Photo

Trenton (JHSV-5) launching from Austal USA’s shipbuilding facility in Mobile, Ala. in late 2014. Austal USA Photo

The Navy christened the Joint High Speed Vessel Brunswick (JHSV-6) on Saturday in Mobile, Ala., marking a milestone for the sixth craft in a class still exploring its full potential. Read More

Analysis: Iran's Latest Round of Maritime Brinksmanship

Analysis: Iran’s Latest Round of Maritime Brinksmanship

An undated picture of a Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol craft.

An undated picture of a Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol craft.

Iran’s recent seizure and release of the Marshall Islands flagged M/V Maersk Tigris could be what Iran claims it is, a reaction to a decade-long dispute over shipping containers that were diverted to the UAE and never delivered to Iran. More likely however, it is a thinly veiled attempt at brinkmanship to remind the United States of the kind of trouble that Iran can stir up in the Strait of Hormuz. Read More

Photo Gallery: Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capital Flyover

Photo Gallery: Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capital Flyover

70 years ago today, Allied Forces in World War II declared victory in Europe. It would take another three months to defeat Japan in the Pacific, but Europeans who had endured nearly six years of war celebrated VE-Day. On the 70th anniversary of VE-Day, Arsenal of Democracy organized a World War II plane flyover, featuring formations of bombers, fighters, trainers and more, arranged to represent the chronological progression of the war. Read More

Last East Coast P-3C Squadron Busy in 5th Fleet as P-8A Transition Continues

Last East Coast P-3C Squadron Busy in 5th Fleet as P-8A Transition Continues

A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 conducts a fly-by with the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) on Nov. 15, 2014. US Navy photo.

A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 conducts a fly-by with the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) on Nov. 15, 2014. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to clarify that the Royal Australian Air Force has not yet signed a contract for its P-8As but has approved the acquisition of the aircraft.

Members of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 “Tridents” are busy in U.S. 5th Fleet this spring, in the middle of the last deployment of the Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from the East Coast. Read More

U.S. Marine Forces Pacific to Host First-Ever Amphibious Leaders Symposium

U.S. Marine Forces Pacific to Host First-Ever Amphibious Leaders Symposium

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 flies over several countries' ships in formation during a photo exercise for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. US Navy photo.

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 flies over several countries’ ships in formation during a photo exercise for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. US Navy photo.

This article has been updated to include information on a memo from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus dealing with wargaming in the Navy and Marine Corps, as well as a clarification of the Navy and Marine Corps roles in organizing this summer’s events.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The U.S. Pacific Fleet will host an amphibious operations exercise this month in conjunction with a U.S. Marine Forces Pacific-sponsored conference and tabletop exercise for more than 30 Pacific countries. Read More

SECDEF Ash Carter: Republican Congressional Budget Proposal is ‘A Road to Nowhere’

SECDEF Ash Carter: Republican Congressional Budget Proposal is ‘A Road to Nowhere’

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on defense posture before the Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2015. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also testified during the hearing. DoD screen shot

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on defense posture before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2015. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also testified during the hearing.
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter asked Congress to relieve the Pentagon of the “double whammy” of sequestration budget restrictions and the Republican proposed single year defense plan. Read More