HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived back in Portsmouth following successful First of Class rotary wing trials in the Atlantic. Royal Navy Photo.
USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2018. This story is part of a series; please also see U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy Operations and U.S. Marine Operations.
Freedom of navigation operations, increased submarine activity, aggressive flight operations and large-scale exercises were among the many international naval operations and acquisition stories of 2018, but capital ships run by the navies of China, France and the United Kingdom captured the biggest attention. Read More
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) as the ship transits the Strait of Gibraltar on Dec. 4, 2018. US Navy Photo
USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2018. This story is part of a series; please also see U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Marine Corps Operations.
If 2018 made anything clear, it’s that the U.S. Navy noticed the increased Russian submarine activity in the Atlantic and won’t let it go unaddressed.
U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis meets with Lithuania’s Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 28, 2018. DoD Photo
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will hand over leadership of the Pentagon two months earlier than originally announced, President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Sunday. Read More
The following is the text of Secretary of Defense Jim Maitts’ letter of resignation. Read More
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visits Indonesia to meet with Indonesia navy leadership and to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to strengthen the strategic partnership between the U.S. and Indonesia on Oct. 20, 2018. US Navy Photo
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson lays out aggressive acquisition goals and overhauls in how the Navy develops new technologies and implements operating concepts in a sweeping 2.0 revision of his Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority. The push to field new kit and concepts is his effort to ready the Navy for not only high-end warfare but also gray-zone conflict and other challenges related to Russian and Chinese aggression that the service and joint force will have to confront, according to a copy of the document reviewed by USNI News on Monday. Read More
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va). on Dec. 7, 2018. CSPAN Image
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence gave a sobering assessment of the expanding ability of Russia and China to interfere with U.S. institutions through cyber and disinformation campaigns.
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85) transits waters near Guam on Jan. 21, 2016. US Navy Photo
A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer conducted a freedom of navigation operation on Wednesday near the home of Russia’s Pacific fleet.
Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN-757) during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016. US Navy Photo
U.S. submarines are in the Arctic to deny a bastion to Russia to attack the United States, but the probability of adding surface warships to the region in the near future as another maritime deterrent is slim, a Navy policy official said Tuesday. Read More
This year USNI News is asking its readers to weigh in on the most important naval stories in 2018 in following categories: U.S. Navy operations, U.S. Navy acquisition, U.S. Marine Corps operations, U.S. Marine Corps acquisition, U.S. Coast Guard acquisition and operations and international naval news. Read More
President George Bush at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on Oct. 10, 2010.
George Herbert Walker Bush — 41st President of the United States — died on Friday in his Houston home. He was 94 years old. The former naval aviator with a decades-long legacy of public service was one of six U.S. presidents to have served in the Navy. Read More