Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh (right) takes command of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command from retiring Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck (center) in an Aug. 20 ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. USNI News photo.
This post has been updated to clarify the full length of Lt. Gen. Glueck’s Marine Corps career.
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – As Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford oversaw the change of command of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command Thursday, from Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck to Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, the three officers reflected on the progress MCCDC has made over the past few years. Read More
An artist’s conception of INS Vikrant. Indian Navy Image
The head of India’s Western Naval Command led a delegation of aircraft carrier designers to meet with U.S. officials in Washington, D.C. and visit under-construction carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), according to Indian press reports. Read More
The following is the Aug 4, 2015 Congressional Research Service, Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviews members of Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) Oct. 26, 2014. Reuters Photo
The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed major changes in Japan’s defense policy, with strong implications for the United States and U.S. armed forces in the Pacific. The changes, designed to shift Japan away from an isolated, pacifistic defense posture to a more dynamic one based on bilateral and even multilateral relationships, are controversial but not uncommon to most nations. Read More
USS Freedom (LCS-1), left, and USS Independence (LCS-2) in 2012. US Navy Photo
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) intends to award a sole-source contract to Lockheed Martin for a combat management system for the future frigates, after the Navy determined the company is the only one capable of delivering the system without slowing down the rest of the acquisition program. Read More
A screen grab of video from the Aug. 18, 2015 dive on the USS Macon. Ocean Exploration Trust Photo
SILVER SPRING, Md. – Eighty years ago, the Navy’s last flying aircraft carrier crashed off the coast of California and sank to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
The sinking of USS Macon (ZRS-5), a lighter-than-air rigid airship, resulted in few deaths but its loss ended the Navy’s quest to use airships as long-range scouts for the fleet.
While the idea died, the wreck Macon lives on as an important archaeological site and this week Naval History and Heritage Command, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and several non-profits came together to explore the wreckage, mapping out pieces of the airship and its four biplanes and studying the change in its material condition over time. Read More
In the 1920s and 1930s, the Navy experimented with lighter-than-air craft in its fleet. In addition to work with blimps, it built and commissioned two dirigibles – with USS designation – to serve as flying aircraft carriers. Read More
Russian icebreaker Yamal, Canadian icebreaker Louis S. St. Laurent and the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea rendezvous near the North Pole in 1994. US Coast Guard Photo
“It’s very important to have Russia on board” when looking at the Arctic from an environmental, economic and security standpoint, the former commandant of the Coast Guard said Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Read More
150801-EO381-162 NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 1, 2015) Sailors man the rails of USS John Warner (SSN-785) at Naval Station Norfolk on Aug. 1, 2015. US Navy Photo
Naval Sea Systems Command has isolated a series of questionable welds to the Navy’s three newest Virginia-class attack boats and has cleared the rest of the fleet for normal operation, a NAVSEA spokeswoman told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye in 2014. Kyodo Photo
The prime minister of Japan and the president of the Republic of Korea “are the only ones at the moment” who are capable of improving relations between these two important American allies in Asia, but the question remains “how does it get fixed,” according to a Tuesday panel on the state of relations between the two countries. Read More