CNO Richardson's 2015 Thanksgiving Message

CNO Richardson’s 2015 Thanksgiving Message

141127-N-LQ926-008 SASEBO, Japan (Nov. 27, 2014) Capt. Paul C. Spedero, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), carves a Thanksgiving turkey before the meal on the mess decks of Peleliu. Peleliu is on its final western Pacific deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region before decommissioning early next year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex Van’tLeven/Released)

Capt. Paul C. Spedero, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA-5), carves a Thanksgiving turkey before the meal on the mess decks of Peleliu on 2014. US Navy Photo

The following is Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson’s 2015 Thanksgiving message to the U.S. Navy. Read More

Canadian Participation in F-35 Program Remains Murky; U.S. Hopes for Open Competition for CF-18 Replacement

Canadian Participation in F-35 Program Remains Murky; U.S. Hopes for Open Competition for CF-18 Replacement

F-35 test pilot Maj Charles “Flak” Trickey fired the GAU-22/A 25mm gun from F-35A aircraft AF-2 in the first aerial gun test operating on the China Lake, California, test range, Oct. 30, 2015. US Air Force photo.

F-35 test pilot Maj Charles “Flak” Trickey fired the GAU-22/A 25mm gun from F-35A aircraft AF-2 in the first aerial gun test operating on the China Lake, California, test range, Oct. 30, 2015. US Air Force photo.

Canada’s participation in the global Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter remains in limbo, with conflicting reports coming out of the country since the installation of a Liberal Party government following the Oct. 19 election. Read More

Analysis: Implications of Turkish Shoot Down of Russian Warplane

Analysis: Implications of Turkish Shoot Down of Russian Warplane

A Russian Su-24 Fencer shortly after its was shot down by a Turkish F-16 on Nov. 24, 2015.

A Russian Su-24 Fencer shortly after its was shot down by a Turkish F-16 on Nov. 24, 2015.

The ongoing conflict in Syria took a turn Tuesday when a Turkish Lockheed Martin F-16 reportedly shot down a Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer fighter-bomber. The Fencer’s large weapon-payload capacity has made it a favorite for Russian forces supporting their ally Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The aircraft lost today reportedly was bombing targets near the Turkish border. Read More

Simcock: Marines in Pacific Need Alternative Platforms to Ensure Mission Availability

Simcock: Marines in Pacific Need Alternative Platforms to Ensure Mission Availability

An MV-22B Osprey lifts a HUMVEE from the USNS Sacagawea April 11 at Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, during exercise Freedom Banner 2013. US Marine Corps Photo

An MV-22B Osprey lifts a HUMVEE from the USNS Sacagawea April 11 at Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, during exercise Freedom Banner 2013. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines in the Pacific are experimenting with alternative platforms to avoid the kind of “single-point failure” scenario that has forced them to cancel partner-building activities in the past, the commanding general of the 3rd Marine Division said last week. Read More

New U.K. Defense Plan: Britain Plans to Buy P-8 Poseidons, Commits to F-35 Procurement

New U.K. Defense Plan: Britain Plans to Buy P-8 Poseidons, Commits to F-35 Procurement

A P-8A Poseidon aircraft departs Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. on Nov. 20, 2014. US Navy Photo

A P-8A Poseidon aircraft departs Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. on Nov. 20, 2014. US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post stated the incorrect number of planned Type 26 frigates for the Royal Navy. The U.K. anticipates building eight of the new ship class, not five.

LONDON — Five years after a cash-strapped Great Britain retired the last of its Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR2 maritime patrol aircraft from frontline duty, Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced a belated replacement for the vital capability—in the shape of nine Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft. Read More