Category Archives: U.S. Navy

A Hundred Years Dry: The U.S. Navy's End of Alcohol at Sea

A Hundred Years Dry: The U.S. Navy’s End of Alcohol at Sea

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Sailors on USS Normandy enjoy a rare beer. With limited exceptions, ships in the US Navy have had no alcohol for a hundred years. US Naval Institute Archives

Sailors on USS Normandy enjoy a rare beer. With limited exceptions, ships in the US Navy have had no alcohol for a hundred years. US Naval Institute Archives

As a flotilla of naval vessels from around the world participates in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) to sustain relationships in the maritime community, a century ago this week international navies converged for a remarkably different occasion—to drink the last of the U.S. Navy’s supply of alcohol. Read More

Document: Investigation into USS Chancellorsville Drone Strike

Document: Investigation into USS Chancellorsville Drone Strike

An image of guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) following a collision with a BGM-74 target drone on Saturday. The impact area is circled. NBC 7 San Diego Image/U.S. Naval Institute photo illustration

An image of guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) following a collision with a BGM-74 target drone on Saturday. The impact area is circled. NBC 7 San Diego Image/U.S. Naval Institute photo illustration

The following is the March 28, 2014 report from the commander’s investigation into the Nov. 16 strike of a Northrop Grumman BQM-74 target drone into the side USS Chancellorsville (CG-62). Read More

Air Force Grounds All F-35As Following Fire

Air Force Grounds All F-35As Following Fire

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Lockheed Martin test pilot, flies AF-2, the second production F-35 Lightning II for the Air Force, during an airframe loads envelope expansion mission June 11, 2014, over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. US Air Force Photo

Lockheed Martin test pilot, flies AF-2, the second production F-35 Lightning II for the Air Force, during an airframe loads envelope expansion mission June 11, 2014, over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. US Air Force Photo

The U.S. Air Force has extended the grounding of its Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter to include its entire fleet after a fire on Monday severely damaged one aircraft on take-off. The pilot was not injured. Read More

Opinion: The Wrong Debate on Coping with ISIS

Opinion: The Wrong Debate on Coping with ISIS

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ISIS fighters in June.

ISIS fighters in June.

Since the dawn of military aviation, proponents and skeptics of air power have vigorously debated its efficacy, often focusing on whether air power is capable of winning wars by itself. Not surprisingly, this debate is surfacing again as we consider whether and how the United States should be involved in the current crisis in Iraq. Read More

Pentagon Ends Philippine Counterterrorism Mission, Special Operations Forces to Remain in Country

Pentagon Ends Philippine Counterterrorism Mission, Special Operations Forces to Remain in Country

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An undated photo of a Marine with the Joint Special Operations Task Force - Philippines. DoD Photo

An undated photo of a Marine with the Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines. DoD Photo

The decreasing threat from al Qaeda-linked terror groups in the Philippines has prompted Pentagon leaders to shutter one of the U.S. military’s long-running counterterrorism operations, but will maintain a sizable special operations force (SOF) in country for the foreseeable future. Read More

Forbes to Pentagon: Don’t Give ‘Beijing a Veto’ on Discussion about China

Forbes to Pentagon: Don’t Give ‘Beijing a Veto’ on Discussion about China

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Members of a special battle force stand on China's missile destroyer Haikou at a naval port in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province, June 9, 2014. Xinhua Photo

Members of a special battle force stand on China’s missile destroyer Haikou at a naval port in Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province, June 9, 2014. Xinhua Photo

A senior member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has called on the Navy and the Pentagon to have more open discussion about Chinese military capability and not grant, “Beijing a veto over what we can and cannot say.” Read More

Chinese Ships Arrive at Pearl Harbor

Chinese Ships Arrive at Pearl Harbor

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An American sailor on guard near the Chinese guided missile destroyer Haikou (171) at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on June 24, 2014. CCTV Photo

An American sailor on guard near the Chinese guided missile destroyer Haikou (171) at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on June 24, 2014. CCTV Photo

Two Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships arrived at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Tuesday, according to Chinese press reports. Read More