China and Iran Deepening Naval Ties, Iran Calls for Bilateral Blue Water Exercise

China and Iran Deepening Naval Ties, Iran Calls for Bilateral Blue Water Exercise

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Gen. Chang Wanquan (R), state councilor and Chinese defense minister, meets with Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari (L) in Beijing on the morning of October 23, 2014. Chinese Ministry of National Defense Photo

Gen. Chang Wanquan (R), state councilor and Chinese defense minister, meets with Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari (L) in Beijing on the morning of October 23, 2014. Chinese Ministry of National Defense Photo

Last week’s meeting between the heads of the Iranian Navy and the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in Beijing are the latest in a bilateral campaign to increase military to military cooperation and a recognition of growing Chinese interests in the Middle East. Read More

U.S. Attack Boat North Dakota Commissions Following Third Party Vendor Investigation

U.S. Attack Boat North Dakota Commissions Following Third Party Vendor Investigation

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A quartermaster raises the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) flag above the Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Dakota (SSN-784) on Oct. 25, 2014. US Navy Photo

A quartermaster raises the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) flag above the Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Dakota (SSN-784) on Oct. 25, 2014. US Navy Photo

The first of a new block of U.S. nuclear Virginia-class (SSN-774) attack submarines commissioned on Saturday, after a five-month delay amidst an investigation into suspected material deficiencies in third party components on the boat. Read More

Opinion: How ISIS Funds Terror Through Black Market Antiquities Trade

Opinion: How ISIS Funds Terror Through Black Market Antiquities Trade

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A soldier stands guard near the remains of Hatra, Iraq on June 22, 2013. Photo via Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS

A soldier stands guard near the remains of Hatra, Iraq on June 22, 2013. Photo via Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS

As coalition airstrikes attempt to curb the expansion of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the radical Islamist group is digging in militarily as it is simultaneously digging out priceless and irreplaceable historical antiquities—in some cases with heavy earth-moving machinery—which it sells on the black market to fund its Caliphate ambitions. By doing so, a significant amount of ISIS assets are out of reach from traditional counter terror finance measures. Read More

U.S. Forces Commander Korea: North Korea Capable of Creating Nuclear Warhead for ICBMs

U.S. Forces Commander Korea: North Korea Capable of Creating Nuclear Warhead for ICBMs

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2012 North Korean missile test.

2012 North Korean missile test.

The top U.S. military commander in South Korea suggested that Pyongyang has the technological capacity to build miniaturized nuclear warhead that could fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile. The Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel broadly shared the officer’s concerns. Read More

Swedes Call Off Search For Mystery Submarine

Swedes Call Off Search For Mystery Submarine

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Swedish Navy Visby-class corvette

Swedish Navy Visby-class corvette

The Swedish Navy has called off a week-long search for a suspected submersible in Swedish territorial waters after an assessment, “that the [vessel] that violated our waters has now left,” said Rear Adm. Anders Grenstad told reporters on Friday. Read More

CNO Greenert Bullish on Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

CNO Greenert Bullish on Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

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An artist's conception of a large unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).

An artist’s conception of a large unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).

The U.S. Navy’s top uniformed officer said that while he does not expect an autonomous unmanned strike aircraft to emerge in the coming decades, autonomous unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) might prove to be very useful. Read More

Navy Starting Work on New SSN(X) Nuclear Attack Submarine

Navy Starting Work on New SSN(X) Nuclear Attack Submarine

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Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-commissioning unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) on Sept. 1, 2014. US Navy Photo

Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-commissioning unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) on Sept. 1, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is starting early preparation work to design a new nuclear attack submarine to replace the Virginia-class boats (SSN-774) in the 2030s. The new attack boat would become operational in 2044 after the last Block VII Virginias are built. Read More

A Brief History of Grooming in the U.S. Navy

A Brief History of Grooming in the U.S. Navy

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Military grooming standards made news this summer when African American women in the Army and Navy complained about revisions in the regulations governing hair. At least one sailor was discharged for a hairstyle that was unauthorized when the Navy said she couldn’t wear a gas mask properly.

The instance is the latest in a long line of revisions and controversies over military grooming standards in the U.S. Navy going back more than a century.

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NAVSEA: Submarines Control Systems are at Risk for Cyber Attack

NAVSEA: Submarines Control Systems are at Risk for Cyber Attack

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Virginia-class attack boat North Dakota during recent sea trials. US Navy Photo

Virginia-class attack boat North Dakota during recent sea trials. US Navy Photo

The head of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) warned that the U.S. Navy will have to
ramp up its cyber-security efforts to secure the controls systems of its submarines.

“It is the threat to our control systems,” Vice Adm. William Hilarides, commander of NAVSEA, told an audience at the Naval Submarine League Symposium in Falls Church, Va. on Wednesday. Read More