Kidnapped Americans in Context: The Shifting Forms of Nigerian Piracy

Kidnapped Americans in Context: The Shifting Forms of Nigerian Piracy

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C-Escort, owned by Edison Chouest Offshore of Cut Off, La., is a sistership to the C-Retriever. American crew from the C-Retriever were kidnapped by Nigerian pirates on Oct. 23, 2013.

The kidnapping of two American mariners on Oct. 23 does not signal the rise of a new piracy threat off Nigeria, but rather the re-emergence of an old one

U.S. news outlets were quick to proclaim piracy is now “skyrocketing” off the West African nation.

But those types of blanket statements fail to capture the fluid nuances of maritime crime in the region, which has largely decreased in the past few years. Read More

Document: CRS Navy Ohio Replacement (SSBN[X]) Ballistic Missile Submarine Program Report

Document: CRS Navy Ohio Replacement (SSBN[X]) Ballistic Missile Submarine Program Report

The following is from the Oct. 22, 2013 report, Navy Ohio Replacement (SSBN[X]) Ballistic Missile Submarine Program: Background and Issues for Congress from the Congressional Research Service.

The Navy’s proposed FY2014 budget requests $1,083.7 million for continued research and development work on the Ohio replacement program (ORP), a program to design and build a new class of 12 ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) to replace the Navy’s current force of 14 Ohio- class SSBNs. The Ohio replacement program is also known as the SSBN(X) program. On September 18, 2013, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations, testified that the Ohio replacement program “is the top priority program for the Navy.” Read More

NAVSEA Commander: FBI Search for a Second Navy Yard Shooter Left Scene ‘In Pretty Bad Shape’

NAVSEA Commander: FBI Search for a Second Navy Yard Shooter Left Scene ‘In Pretty Bad Shape’

FBI collects evidence at Building 197 on board the Washington Navy Yard. US Navy Photo

FBI collects evidence at Building 197 on board the Washington Navy Yard. US Navy Photo

The FBI’s search for a suspected second shooter during the Sept. 16 lockdown at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard created extensive interior damage during the six hours before the law enforcement agency determined suspected shooter Aaron Alexis acted alone, said Naval Sea Systems commander Vice Adm. William Hilarides said at the Naval Submarine League Symposium in Falls Church, Va. on Thursday. Read More

The Future of Strategic Landpower

The Future of Strategic Landpower

Marines during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2012, at Pohakuloa Training Area, (PTA) Hawaii om July 21, 2012. US Marines Photo

Marines during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2012, at Pohakuloa Training Area, (PTA) Hawaii om July 21, 2012. US Marines Photo

When the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps said, “Virtual presence is actual absence,” the attendees at a special forum Wednesday on “Strategic Landpower” laughed in agreement. Gen. John Paxton said, “We’re committed to getting it right. . . . We’re on board” with developing an agreement among the Army, Marine Corps, and Special Operations Command on future operations on land that acknowledges the “linkage between human actions and strategic outcomes.” Read More

Updated: Suspect in Custody After Tennessee Naval Base Shooting

Updated: Suspect in Custody After Tennessee Naval Base Shooting

An aerial view of NSA Mid-South, Tenn. in 2008. US Navy Photo

An aerial view of NSA Mid-South, Tenn. in 2008. US Navy Photo

This post will be updated as new information becomes available.

A suspected shooter is in custody after injuring two members of the Tennessee Army National Guard at a Guard facility at Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tenn., Navy officials told USNI News. Read More

Navy Protects Submarine Funding

Navy Protects Submarine Funding

Virginia-class submarine USS New Hampshire (SSN-778) in 2008. US Navy Photo

Virginia-class submarine USS New Hampshire (SSN-778) in 2008. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy plans to fund two Fiscal Year 2014 Virginia-class submarines (SSN-774) in its worst-case budget scenario, a senior submarine leader said at a briefing at the Naval Submarine League Symposium in Falls Church, Va. on Wednesday. Read More