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Updated: Keel Laid for First Dedicated Afloat Forward Staging Base

Updated: Keel Laid for First Dedicated Afloat Forward Staging Base

An artist's conception of the Afloat Forward Staging Base. USMC Photo

An artist’s conception of the Afloat Forward Staging Base. USMC Photo

Clarification: A previous version of this post included an out-of-date artist’s conception of the Lewis B. Puller.

General Dynamics NASSCO laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s first dedicated design for an afloat forward staging base (AFSB) on Tuesday in the company’s San Diego, Calif. shipyard, according to the company. Read More

Lockheed Martin SR-72 is Only a Plane on Paper

Lockheed Martin SR-72 is Only a Plane on Paper

An artist's conception of the proposed Lockheed Martin SR-72. Lockheed Martin Photo

An artist’s conception of the proposed Lockheed Martin SR-72. Lockheed Martin Photo

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works and Aerojet Rocketdyne have made a breakthrough in hypersonic propulsion technology, but the Mach 6.0-capable SR-72 remains more of aspiration than a real airplane.

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Navy Selects Virginia Payload Module Design Concept

Navy Selects Virginia Payload Module Design Concept

Virginia Payload Module design concepts. Naval Sea Systems Command Graphic

Virginia Payload Module design concepts. Naval Sea Systems Command Graphic

The Navy has selected a design concept to replace its nuclear guided missile submarines (SSGNs), NAVSEA officials told USNI News in an interview last week.

Late last month NAVSEA and the Navy settled on a design concept for the Virginia Payload Module, a $743 million design change in the Virginia-class nuclear attack submarines (SSN-774) that will eventually replace the current Ohio-class SSGNs as part of the Block V iteration of the attack boat. Read More

Navy Christens First Block III Virginia Attack Boat

Navy Christens First Block III Virginia Attack Boat

North Dakota (SSN 784) sits moored at the graving dock of General Dynamics Electric Boat prior to its christening ceremony in Groton, Conn. on Nov. 2, 2013. US Navy Photo

North Dakota (SSN 784) sits moored at the graving dock of General Dynamics Electric Boat prior to its christening ceremony in Groton, Conn. on Nov. 2, 2013. US Navy Photo

The Navy has christened the service’s eleventh Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine in a Saturday ceremony in Groton, Conn., according to the service. Read More

Next-Generation Fire Scout Has First Flight

Next-Generation Fire Scout Has First Flight

An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle takes off from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu on Oct. 31, 2013. US Navy Photo

An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle takes off from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu on Oct. 31, 2013. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s next generation rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had its first flight on Thursday at Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif., according to a statement from the service. Read More

The Future of Air Sea Battle

The Future of Air Sea Battle

U.S. Navy and Royal Malaysian air force aircraft conduct a fly-by over the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) on Oct. 25. US Navy Photo

US Navy and Royal Malaysian air force aircraft conduct a fly-by over the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) on Oct. 25. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon is taking its next steps in developing the often misunderstood and occasionally controversial Air-Sea Battle concept, according to several USNI News interviews with Navy and defense officials. Read More

Bath Launches First Zumwalt

Bath Launches First Zumwalt

Zumwalt (DDG-1000) at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine. NAVSEA Photo

Zumwalt (DDG-1000) at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine. NAVSEA Photo

With little fanfare or pomp, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) floated the first of the next-generation Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyers (DDG-1000), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced on Tuesday. Read More

Kidnapped Americans in Context: The Shifting Forms of Nigerian Piracy

Kidnapped Americans in Context: The Shifting Forms of Nigerian Piracy

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C-Escort, owned by Edison Chouest Offshore of Cut Off, La., is a sistership to the C-Retriever. American crew from the C-Retriever were kidnapped by Nigerian pirates on Oct. 23, 2013.

The kidnapping of two American mariners on Oct. 23 does not signal the rise of a new piracy threat off Nigeria, but rather the re-emergence of an old one

U.S. news outlets were quick to proclaim piracy is now “skyrocketing” off the West African nation.

But those types of blanket statements fail to capture the fluid nuances of maritime crime in the region, which has largely decreased in the past few years. Read More