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USS Montgomery at Sea for First International Exercise Since LCS Deployments Restarted

USS Montgomery at Sea for First International Exercise Since LCS Deployments Restarted

Indonesian Navy sailors watch as the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) arrives in the port of Tanjung Perak as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2019 on July 31, 2019. US Navy Photo

A Littoral Combat Ship operating in the Pacific is participating in its first international exercise since the LCS program reorganized and rebooted its deployments to Singapore. Read More

Japanese Defense Head Warns of Chinese Intrusions Near Senkaku Islands

Japanese Defense Head Warns of Chinese Intrusions Near Senkaku Islands

Gen. Koji Yamazaki, the chief of staff of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, speaks with Vice Adm. John Alexander, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD-25) during Exercise Iron Fist 2019 on Feb. 3, 2019. US Navy Photo

The most immediate threat facing Japan has been China’s ramped-up maritime intrusions into the waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands, Japan’s senior military official said Thursday. Read More

New U.S. Effort in Strait of Hormuz Echoes Past Clashes with Iran

New U.S. Effort in Strait of Hormuz Echoes Past Clashes with Iran

The expeditionary mobile base platform ship USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) transits the Strait of Hormuz, Oct. 22, 2018. Puller is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. US Navy photo.

Vice Adm. Michael Gilday spoke on Wednesday during his confirmation hearing about ongoing efforts to ensure safe passage of commercial vessels through the Strait of Hormuz. Read More

Iran Tanker Seizures Pushing U.K. Royal Navy to its Limits as New PM Takes Charge

Iran Tanker Seizures Pushing U.K. Royal Navy to its Limits as New PM Takes Charge

Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace MP (center), seen here with the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson (right), anboard a Vanguard class SSBN
UK Prime Minister The Rt Hon Boris Johnson visits HMNB Clyde. July 29, 2019. UK MoD Photo

LONDON — Britain’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, is facing a maritime security standoff with Iran that could, if handled indelicately, spark conflict in the Persian Gulf region. Read More

Gilday Submits Data-Driven, Tech-Focused Plan to Push Navy Forward

Gilday Submits Data-Driven, Tech-Focused Plan to Push Navy Forward

An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on Dec. 8, 2018. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – Vice Adm. Michael Gilday supports the Navy’s vision for a larger and more lethal Navy that uses data to make decisions and incorporates industry’s technological advances rapidly, according to advance policy questions he submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Read More

Panel: U.S., China South China Sea Tensions Show No Signs of Easing

Panel: U.S., China South China Sea Tensions Show No Signs of Easing

Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning underway. PLAN Photo

While Washington defends its Navy’s transits through disputed waters in the South China Sea as upholding international freedom of navigation, Beijing blasts these operations as provocative and clear violations of its domestic law, a leading Chinese naval expert said last week; and both positions could harden.

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Canada Invites Boeing, Lockheed to Submit Next-Generation Fighter Proposals

Canada Invites Boeing, Lockheed to Submit Next-Generation Fighter Proposals

A Canadian CF-18 along with four possible contenders for follow-on fighters for Canada. Top to bottom: Saab JAS 39 Gripen, Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin F-35A Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter, Eurofighter Typhoon. DoD Photos

Boeing and Lockheed Martin, rivals locked in Canada’s long-time saga of considering a next-generation fighter, were two of four firms invited this week to submit bids to build the aircraft.

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Marines Reach 2011 Goal of 2,500 in Darwin, With Addition of HIMARS Platoon, More to Current Rotation

Marines Reach 2011 Goal of 2,500 in Darwin, With Addition of HIMARS Platoon, More to Current Rotation

U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D), arrive as part of the force enhancement for the 2019 rotation at RAAF Base Darwin, Australia, on July 17, 2019. Marine Corps Photo

The deployment of a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) platoon to Australia has helped the Marine Corps reach the 2,500-Marine presence in Darwin that U.S. and Australian leaders promised in 2011. Read More