A Landing Craft Air Cushion is launched from the Military Sealift Command mobile landing platform USNS Montford Point (MLP 1) during Pacific Horizon 2015. US Navy photo.
This post has been updated to include additional information regarding the ship naming action memo from the chief of naval operations to the Navy secretary.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus redesignated three new ship classes to give them more traditional three-letter names. Read More
The following is a brief video of nuclear aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) conducting high speed turns shortly after completing a two-year repair period. The video was released by Navy on Thursday via Facebook. Read More
A photo of Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy warships in 2014. PLAN Photo
Five Chinese warships crossed into U.S. territorial waters heading south out of the Bering Sea exercising a stipulation in maritime law that allows a warship to cross into another country’s maritime territory legally, U.S. defense officials told USNI News on Thursday. Read More
The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) while testing the ship’s mine countermeasures mission package (MCM). US Navy Photo
The heads of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) expressed disappointment in the progress of the Mine Countermeasures (MCM) package for the Littoral Combat Ship and are recommending the Navy review other mine hunting technologies to fill looming needs in the fleet, according to a Monday letter to Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert obtained by USNI News. Read More
The following is an Aug. 31, 2015 letter from Senate Armed Services Committee leaders chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to Department of Defense Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert on the Mine Countermeasures package for the Littoral Combat Ship. Read More
Water is drained from a dry dock at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF JRMC) Yokosuka preparing the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) for a scheduled maintenance availability in July 2015. US Navy photo.
SAN DIEGO – The Navy’s maintenance and operational communities have completed the first iterations of a surface ship master plan for maintenance and modernization work, in the hopes of balancing out peaks and valleys in shipyard workload without impacting operational needs. Read More
In an early morning spurt of early morning Florida fire, the Navy launched its fourth next generation Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-4) on top of an Atlas V booster from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the service announced on Wednesday. Read More
Type 022 Fast Attack Missile Craft Houbei Class of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) test fires C-803 antiship missile. PLAN Photo via Global Military Review
“Improved maritime strike capability has given Chinese warships a much greater chance of competing against their U.S. counterparts” and improved naval air defenses allow its warships “the ability to operate at increasingly great distances from shore”—major advances in large part speeded by arms, vessels and technology sales from Russia since the end of the Cold War. Read More
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Aug. 28, 2015, following successful completion of its drydocking planned incremental availability. US Navy photo.
SAN DIEGO – The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is now back to sea after a nine-month extension of its docking planned incremental availability – but the scheduling problems it created will trickle through the carrier fleet, the Navy’s air boss said Tuesday. Read More
An SM-3 Block 1B interceptor is launched from the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70) during a Missile Defense Agency test in 2013. MDA Photo
A recent change in how the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) counts ballistic missile defense (BMD) ships lowers projected future totals from what the agency estimated in its Fiscal Year 2016 budget request to Congress, USNI News has learned. Read More