USS Pinckney (DDG-91) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships near Guam on July 8, 2014. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated to include a quote from the Singapore’s minister for foreign affairs and law, K. Shanmugam.
The commander of U.S. 7th Fleet said Japan should start patrolling the South China Sea and said China’s claims in the region are resulting in, “unnecessary friction” with neighbors. Read More
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall in 2012. Department of Defense Photo
The Pentagon’s top acquisition official told Congress the U.S. defense complex is good at incremental evolutions in technology but has slipped in bringing about revolutionary systems to the battlefield. Read More
A 2010 photo of a Navy F-35C.
The U.S. Marine Corps has taken delivery of its first carrier variant of the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), according to a release from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Read More
Undated photo of ISIS fighters.
Former senior U.S. military leaders outlined the threat that violent Islamist extremists pose and put it into a larger global security context at a Tuesday hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on global threats. Read More
An artist’s conception of INS Vikrant. Indian Navy Image
U.S. and India will create a working group to share aircraft carrier technology and design, according to an agreement signed earlier this month as part of President Obama’s visit to the country. Read More
Recent Google Earth imagery of the carrier-on-land facility in Wuhan, China with the addition of a Type-55 guided missile destroyer mock-up. Google Earth Image.
China has made several additions to its so-called carrier-on-land facility, including a mock-up of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) planned next generation guided missile destroyer, according to recent satellite imagery. Read More
USS Green Bay (LPD 20) is moored at Naval Base Pt. Loma in preparation for a magnetic treatment (DEPERM) on Aug. 20, 2014. US Navy Photo
Amphibious warship USS Green Bay (LPD-20) left Naval Station San Diego, Calif. on Monday to join the U.S. Navy’s forward deployed forces in Sasebo, Japan, according to the service. Read More
USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship’s aegis weapons system on June 19, 2014. US Navy Photo
The U.S. Navy has approved the Raytheon Standard Missile-6 for use on guided missile destroyers and cruisers with older versions of the Aegis combat system, company officials told USNI News last week. Read More
Commander Naval Air Forces conducts a change of command and retirement ceremony aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). During the ceremony, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker relieved Vice Adm. David H. Buss.
In a ceremony on carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) newly promoted Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker took charge of Naval Air Forces as the Navy’s new “Air Boss,” on Thursday. Read More
USS Fort Worth (LCS-3), bottom, the guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) in the Java Sea on Jan. 14, 2015. US Navy Photo
Less than a month after U.S. Navy leaders announced modified versions of both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship would be the Navy’s pick for its for a more lethal and survivable small surface combatant, one of the chief LCS critics said the upgrades would do little to improve the survivability of the class. Read More