Navy Has Started Two Cruiser Modernizations, Long Term Plan Still Pending

Navy Has Started Two Cruiser Modernizations, Long Term Plan Still Pending

Guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), returns to Naval Station Mayport after a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet on April 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

Guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), returns to Naval Station Mayport after a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet on April 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

While the Navy’s long range cruiser program is still in flux, the modernization effort for the Navy’s Ticonderoga-class (CG-47) guided missile cruisers has begun with USS Cowpens (CG-63) and USS Gettysburg (CG-64), the service told USNI News this week. Read More

Navy: Fleet Put LCS Follow-on Focus on Surface and Sub Threats, Not Air

Navy: Fleet Put LCS Follow-on Focus on Surface and Sub Threats, Not Air

USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) enters Apra Harbor for a port visit on U.S. Naval Base Guam on Dec. 11, 2014.

USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) enters Apra Harbor for a port visit on U.S. Naval Base Guam on Dec. 11, 2014.

PENTAGON — Navy operators said the service’s next small surface combatant (SSC) top priorities should be fighting other surface ships at longer ranges and hunting and killing submarines — not fighting fighters, striking land targets at long range or conducting ballistic missile defense (BMD), service leaders outlined last week when they briefed the follow-on to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to reporters. Read More

Document: Report on Canada's Next Generation Fighter Capability

Document: Report on Canada’s Next Generation Fighter Capability

A two-seater CF-18 flies over the Parc des Laurentides en route to Valcartier firing range in 2012. Natonal Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces Photo

A two-seater CF-18 flies over the Parc des Laurentides en route to Valcartier firing range in 2012. Natonal Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces Photo

The following is the recently released 2014 report from the Canadian military on the country’s quest to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 Hornet fighters. Read More

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