‘Ghost Fleet’ Hulls Moving Toward Completely Unmanned Operations

‘Ghost Fleet’ Hulls Moving Toward Completely Unmanned Operations

USVs Ranger and Nomad unmanned vessels underway in the Pacific Ocean near the Channel Islands on July 3, 2021. US Navy Photo

The pair of Ghost Fleet ships the Navy and the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office are using as testbeds to prove large autonomous vessels can operate effectively at sea are slowly moving toward completely unmanned operations. Read More

HASC Seapower Mark Adds Second Destroyer, Paves Way For Cruiser Decommissionings

HASC Seapower Mark Adds Second Destroyer, Paves Way For Cruiser Decommissionings

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125) launching at Ingalls Shipbuilding on June 5, 2021. HII Photo

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee’s mark of the annual defense policy bill authorizes a second destroyer in the Navy’s shipbuilding budget and paves the way for the service to retire several aging guided-missile cruisers. Read More

SECDEF Austin Outlines U.S. Commitment to the Pacific while China Protests U.K. Carrier Operations in South China Sea

SECDEF Austin Outlines U.S. Commitment to the Pacific while China Protests U.K. Carrier Operations in South China Sea

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin gives remarks on ‘The Imperative of Partnership’ at the 40th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Fullerton Lecture in Singapore on July 27, 2021. DoD Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reiterated America’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific and chided China during his speech at the 40th International Institute for Strategic Studies Fullerton Lecture held in Singapore on Tuesday. Read More

New Report Calls for Allied Monitoring of Chinese in Pacific as Part of 'Deterrence by Detection' Plan

New Report Calls for Allied Monitoring of Chinese in Pacific as Part of ‘Deterrence by Detection’ Plan

China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning takes part in a military drill of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in the western Pacific Ocean, April 18, 2018. PLA Photo

A “neighborhood watch approach” using coordinated American and allies’ unmanned systems and sensors could provide a continuous and effective, yet low-risk way to ward off Chinese ambitions across the Indo-Pacific, a new report from a Washington, D.C., think tank contends. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 26, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 26, 2021

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of July 26, 2021, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

U.K. Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Now on the Edge of the South China Sea

U.K. Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Now on the Edge of the South China Sea

Royal Malaysian Navy Frigate KD Lekiu (FFG30) sailing with Royal Navy Carrier Queen Elizabeth (RO8) and Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Evertsen (F805) during the Passex exercise in the Malacca Strait on July 25, 2021. Malaysian Royal Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR — The Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group is making its way into the South China Sea with some ships already there ahead of carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08). The strike group has partially disaggregated into different elements following the conclusion of Exercise Konkan with the Indian Navy, held from 21 to 22 July in the Bay of Bengal. Read More

Lawmaker Calls for Investment in U.S. Military Software in Competition with China

Lawmaker Calls for Investment in U.S. Military Software in Competition with China

Navy Information Systems Technicians assigned the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) provision more than 1,500 computer workstations for integration into their shipboard Consolidated Afloat Ships Network Enterprise Services (CANES) system in Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific’s Network Integration and Engineering Facility. US Navy Photo

The United States needs to balance investments in military hardware with software capabilities like artificial intelligence and machine learning, a senior lawmaker who oversees a range of security issues said this week. Read More