Opinion: The Expanding Assault on China's South China Sea Claims

Opinion: The Expanding Assault on China’s South China Sea Claims

Undated photo of ships of the China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in 2012. PLAN Photo via Press TV

Undated photo of ships of the China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in 2012. PLAN Photo via Press TV

China’s ambiguous claim to the South China Sea, approximately demarcated by a series of hash marks known as the “nine-dashed line,” faced objections from an expanding number of parties over the past two weeks. While a challenge from the United States came from an unsurprising source, actions by Indonesia and Vietnam were unexpected in their tone and timing. Read More

A Brief Illustrated History of the Navy Goat

A Brief Illustrated History of the Navy Goat

Bill the Goat leading team in 1970.

Bill the Goat leading team in 1970.

Pacing the sidelines at the weekend’s Army-Navy game will be the U.S. Naval Academy’s famous goat mascot, Bill XXXIII. At first blush, a goat seems to be an unusual mascot for the Navy as opposed to something fiercer and maritime — like a shark or barracuda — but goats have a long history with sailors that led to their revered position at USNA. Read More

U.S. and China Conduct Anti-Piracy Exercise

U.S. and China Conduct Anti-Piracy Exercise

Visit, board, search and seizure team members pull alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) to practice ship boarding. US Navy Photo

Visit, board, search and seizure team members pull alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) to practice ship boarding. US Navy Photo

In a rare bilateral exercise, the U.S. and China conducted anti-piracy training off the pirate-prone Gulf of Aden, the Navy said in a Thursday statement. Read More

Up Gunned LCS Hulls Picked for Navy’s Next Small Surface Combatant

Up Gunned LCS Hulls Picked for Navy’s Next Small Surface Combatant

A modified Littoral Combat Ship design based on the Lockheed Martin Freedom-class. US Navy Image

A modified Littoral Combat Ship design based on the Lockheed Martin Freedom-class. US Navy Image

PENTAGON — The Navy will beef up the weapons, armor and sensors on its two existing classes of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in an answer to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s call for a tougher Small Surface Combatant (SSC), the Navy announced in a late Thursday briefing with reporters. Read More

Document: MCPON's Letter to U.S. Navy Chiefs

Document: MCPON’s Letter to U.S. Navy Chiefs

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens in Bahrain on Nov. 26, 2014. US Navy Photo

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens in Bahrain on Nov. 26, 2014. US Navy Photo

The following is a Dec. 4, 2014 letter from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens on the roles and responsible of U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officers. Read More

Russia Accepts Third Borei-class Boomer

Russia Accepts Third Borei-class Boomer

The Borei-class Vladimir Monomakh submarine. 'Rubin' Central Design Bureau

The Borei-class Vladimir Monomakh submarine. ‘Rubin’ Central Design Bureau

The Russian Navy has accepted its third Project 955 Borei-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) ahead of a formal ceremony next week, according to Russian press reports. Read More

U.S. Navy Allowed to Use Persian Gulf Laser for Defense

U.S. Navy Allowed to Use Persian Gulf Laser for Defense

Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS). US Navy Photo

Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS). US Navy Photo

PENTAGON — The U.S. Navy has declared an experimental laser weapon on its Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) in the Persian Gulf an operational asset and U.S. Central Command has given permission for the commander of the ship to defend itself with the weapon, the head of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) told reporters on Wednesday. Read More