Afloat Forward Staging Base Lewis B. Puller Delivers to Navy

Afloat Forward Staging Base Lewis B. Puller Delivers to Navy

The mobile landing platform Lewis B. Puller (T-MLP-3/T-AFSB-1) successfully completed launch and float-off at the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard on Nov. 6, 2014. US Navy Photo

The mobile landing platform Lewis B. Puller (T-MLP-3/T-AFSB-1) successfully completed launch and float-off at the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard on Nov. 6, 2014. US Navy Photo

The first General Dynamics NASSCO built Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) delivered to the U.S. Navy on Friday, Naval Sea Systems Command said. Read More

Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship for Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday

Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship for Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband Mark Kelly attend a ceremony at the Pentagon in 2012. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband Mark Kelly attend a ceremony at the Pentagon in 2012. US Navy Photo

The tenth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is slated to be christened for former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in a Saturday ceremony in Mobile, Ala, the Pentagon announced this week. Read More

Congressmen: Ohio Replacement Might Now Have Much-Needed Stability in Funding

Congressmen: Ohio Replacement Might Now Have Much-Needed Stability in Funding

The ballistic-missile submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) transits home after completing a strategic deterrence patrol in October 2014. US Navy photo.

The ballistic-missile submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) transits home after completing a strategic deterrence patrol in October 2014. US Navy photo.

The Navy needs about $100 billion to buy its upcoming class of ballistic missile submarines. And it needs a lot of support from Congress to secure that funding.

In the world of politics, where change is the only constant – where support for various departments goes in and out of style – finding long-term stability for something as big as the Ohio Replacement Program (ORP) submarines is vital to its success.

This week, the House may have achieved that stability. Read More

Navy Declares IOC On Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2

Navy Declares IOC On Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) launches a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) on Aug. 19, 2014. US Navy photo.

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) launches a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) on Aug. 19, 2014. US Navy photo.

The Navy declared initial operational capability (IOC) on Raytheon’s Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2, which brings greater accuracy and maneuverability to the self-defense system, the company announced. Read More

Congress Saves Ohio-Replacement Sub Fund for Second Time in 2 Months

Congress Saves Ohio-Replacement Sub Fund for Second Time in 2 Months

The ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) arrives home at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol on May 5, 2015. US Navy photo.

The ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) arrives home at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol on May 5, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Ohio Replacement Program (ORP) won a big congressional victory Wednesday night, having its funding mechanism saved for the second time this spring despite efforts to cancel the account. Read More

Analysis: BALTOPS 2015 Highlights New Friction Between West, Russia

Analysis: BALTOPS 2015 Highlights New Friction Between West, Russia

Maritime forces from 17 nations are underway in formation for BALTOPS 2015. BALTOPS is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region on June 8, 2015. US Navy Photo

Maritime forces from 17 nations are underway in formation for BALTOPS 2015. BALTOPS is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region on June 8, 2015. US Navy Photo

The naval exercise BALTOPS 2015 is bringing the U.S. Navy and its European friends and allies to a Nordic-Baltic region that is newly tense in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. The exercise also indicates that the Baltic Sea is playing a new role as a maritime space, and that anti-access/area-denial challenge is more than just a Pacific problem. Read More

Planned Japanese Self Defense Force Aircraft Buys, Destroyer Upgrades Could Tie Into U.S. Navy's Networked Battle Force

Planned Japanese Self Defense Force Aircraft Buys, Destroyer Upgrades Could Tie Into U.S. Navy’s Networked Battle Force

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) guided-missile defense destroyer JDS Atago (DDG-177) maneuvers with other JMDSF and U.S. Navy ships belonging to the USS George Washington carrier strike group in 2011. US Navy Photo

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) guided-missile defense destroyer JDS Atago (DDG-177) maneuvers with other JMDSF and U.S. Navy ships belonging to the USS George Washington carrier strike group in 2011. US Navy Photo

Changes in Japan’s defense posture, pending aircraft buys from the U.S. and planned combat system modification to Japanese ships will give the Japanese Self Defense Force (JSDF) the practical and political ability to fight as a part of the U.S. Navy’s new networked carrier strike group concept — which would expand the lethal power and range of both forces, USNI News has learned. Read More