N95: F-35B Integration, Larger Fleet Size Create Opportunities To Rethink How Fleet Operates

N95: F-35B Integration, Larger Fleet Size Create Opportunities To Rethink How Fleet Operates

America (LHA-6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard Jan. 31, 2014 from acceptance trials. US Navy Photo

America (LHA-6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard Jan. 31, 2014 from acceptance trials. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy and Marine Corps amphibious fleet is on the cusp of two major changes – the introduction of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter and the growth of the fleet from 30 to 33 ships – that will change the way the fleet trains and fights, the director of expeditionary warfare told USNI News. Read More

U.S. Ambassador to India Verma Outlines Growing Defense Ties Between Washington and New Delhi

U.S. Ambassador to India Verma Outlines Growing Defense Ties Between Washington and New Delhi

Command master chief of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), greets Rear Adm. SV Bhokare, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Indian Navy as part of Exercise Malabar 2015. US Navy Photo

Command master chief of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), greets Rear Adm. SV Bhokare, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Indian Navy as part of Exercise Malabar 2015. US Navy Photo

The United States ambassador to India said the two nations increasingly have a common vision of security across the Indo-Pacific region that is translating into “our forces and systems … becoming interoperable” for an array of missions. Read More

3 Chinese Warships Visit Pearl Harbor During Global Relationship-Building Tour

3 Chinese Warships Visit Pearl Harbor During Global Relationship-Building Tour

The Chinese Luyang II-class guided missile destroyer Jinan (DDG 152), top, the Jiangkai-class frigate Yiyang (FFG 548), the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), center, the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55), bottom, steam in formation during a passing exercise on Nov. 7, 2015, in the Atlantic Ocean. US Navy photo.

The Chinese Luyang II-class guided missile destroyer Jinan (DDG 152), top, the Jiangkai-class frigate Yiyang (FFG 548), the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), center, the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55), bottom, steam in formation during a passing exercise on Nov. 7, 2015, in the Atlantic Ocean. US Navy photo.

Three Chinese warships arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Sunday for a multiday port visit and relationship-building event, the latest in a series of goodwill visits with Western navies. Read More

Britain’s Anti-ISIS Strategy: More Air Strikes in Syria , No Ground Troops

Britain’s Anti-ISIS Strategy: More Air Strikes in Syria , No Ground Troops

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon conduct a joint news conference at the Pentagon Dec. 11, 2015. DoD Photo

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon conduct a joint news conference at the Pentagon Dec. 11, 2015. DoD Photo

Britain’s Minister of Defense detailed steps his government is taking to show it is “bringing the full force of the Royal Air Force to bear” on the Islamic State and that it is a nation planning to invest more than $265 billion on new military hardware over the next decade to remain a world power. Read More

SECDEF Carter Shows Off Carrier Eisenhower to Indian MoD Delegation Amidst Increasing Defense Cooperation

SECDEF Carter Shows Off Carrier Eisenhower to Indian MoD Delegation Amidst Increasing Defense Cooperation

Indian Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar (left) and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (center) observe flight operations on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). US Navy Photo

Indian Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar (left) and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (center) observe flight operations on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). US Navy Photo

ONBOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER — In a blast of rotor wash from a Marine MV-22 Osprey, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Indian Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar came aboard one of the largest and most technical expressions of American power projection — a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Read More

Three Carrier Swap To Complete When USS George Washington Arrives In Norfolk Next Week

Three Carrier Swap To Complete When USS George Washington Arrives In Norfolk Next Week

Two MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters from the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, prepare to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as it transits the Strait of Magellan on Nov. 1, 2015. US Navy photo.

Two MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters from the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 prepare to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as it transits the Strait of Magellan on Nov. 1, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s historic three-carrier swap will be completed next week when USS George Washington (CVN-73) arrives in Norfolk. Read More

Video: Navy Gets Creative in Spirit Spots Ahead of Army-Navy Game

Video: Navy Gets Creative in Spirit Spots Ahead of Army-Navy Game

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson appears, light saber in hand, to save the day ahead of the 2015 Army-Navy football game.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson appears, lightsaber in hand, to save the day ahead of the 2015 Army-Navy football game.

As the Navy’s tally of consecutive wins over Army has increased, so too has the Navy’s excitement leading up to the annual football game.

This year’s “spirit spots” are more numerous than ever, and even the Midshipmen’s uniforms have gotten a boost in Navy pride. Read More

Video: Navy, MDA, Japan Host Second Standard Missile-3 Block IIA Live Fire Test

Video: Navy, MDA, Japan Host Second Standard Missile-3 Block IIA Live Fire Test

The U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Japan Ministry of Defense tested the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA at Point Mugu Sea Range on Dec. 8, 2015. Missile Defense Agency photo.

The U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Japan Ministry of Defense tested the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA at Point Mugu Sea Range on Dec. 8, 2015. Missile Defense Agency photo.

The Navy conducted a shore-based live-fire test of the Raytheon Standard Missile-3 Block IIA ballistic missile interceptor this week in coordination with the Missile Defense Agency and Japan Ministry of Defense. Read More