Amphibious warship John P. Murtha takes to the water on Oct. 30, 2014. HII Photo
CORRECTION: A previous version of this post said the late John P. Murtha was a senator from Pennsylvania. He was in fact a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s 12th district from 1974 until his death in 2010. USNI News regrets the error.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has launched the tenth San Antonio-class (LPD-17) amphibious warship on Thursday. Read More
Lt. Scott Cleveland, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, is directed to park the F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter after landing at Naval Air Station Oceana. US Navy Photo
The naval variant of the tri-service Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter is set to land upon the deck of USS Nimitz (CVN-68) next week. Two of the single-engine F-35C stealth fighters are set to carry out a set of sea trials onboard the carrier to ensure that the jets can operate safely from the flight deck. Read More
Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo
A Wednesday tweet from Russia’s outspoken deputy prime minister — setting the date for France’s delivery of a Mistral-class amphibious warship to Russia — has raised questions over the final fate of the two-ship $1.53 billion deal. Read More
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Oct. 1, 2014. DoD Photo
All service members returning from West Africa will be quarantined for 21 days to ensure they are Ebola free, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday. Read More
On September 20, 2011 – the U. S. military did away with the policy known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) and began allowing gay and lesbian military people to serve without having to hide their sexual orientation. Read More
USS North Dakota (SSN-784) during August 2013 sea trials. US Navy Photo
The investigation into suspected third party components used in the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class attack submarine (SSN-774) program is still ongoing, Naval Sea Systems Command officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More
Yasen-class attack submarine.
The Russian Navy is set to take delivery of an improved Project 885M Yasen-class attack submarine in 2016 according to Russian state media. The new vessel, named after the city of Kazan, incorporates many improvements to the lead Project 855 boat, K-329 Severodvinsk, which was commissioned earlier in 2014. Read More
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) transits the Gulf of Aden on Oct, 23, 2014. US Navy Photo
The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG) has left U.S. 5th Fleet headed home after seven months of supporting air operations in the Middle East, the service announced on Tuesday. Read More
An artist concept of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) and both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship using the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP). Lockheed Martin image
In the ever-evolving saga of defense budget cuts and sequestration, the cruise missile threats to our surface fleet are not standing still. As we have seen in instances ranging from the Israeli patrol boat INS Hanit attacked off of Lebanon in 2006 to the cat and mouse games that are played during each and every Strait of Hormuz transit of U.S. Navy forces, the anti-ship cruise missile threat is growing and we cannot afford to lose our advantage to counter these multi-dimensional threats. Read More
Russian Project 885 submarine during sea trials.
One of the U.S. Navy’s top submarine officers was so impressed with Russia’s new Project 885 nuclear attack boats that he had a model of K-329 Severodvinsk built for his office. Read More