Category Archives: Russia

AFRICOM: China, Russia Expanding Influence in Africa

AFRICOM: China, Russia Expanding Influence in Africa

Chinese sailors at the People’s Liberation Army Navy base in Djibouti in 2019. Xinhua Photo

This post has been updated to correct where Russian mercenaries have been operating in Africa.

China’s ambitions in Africa are long-term and range from power plants and port investment to new military bases, but Russia, through its use of mercenaries like the Wagner Group, is propping up autocratic regimes and strives for immediate influence across the continent from Libya to Central Africa, the Pentagon’s top commander for the continent said Tuesday. Read More

First Columbia Ballistic Missile Submarine Begins to Take Shape

First Columbia Ballistic Missile Submarine Begins to Take Shape

The future USS Oregon (SSN-793) pier side at General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard on Feb. 28, 2022. USNI News Photo

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – The backbone of the Navy’s next nuclear ballistic missile submarine is starting to take shape in a series of understated white buildings on the edge of Narragansett Bay. Read More

UPDATED: Navy Recovers Crashed F-35C From Depths of South China Sea

UPDATED: Navy Recovers Crashed F-35C From Depths of South China Sea

A Navy F-35C on the deck of DSCV Picasso following a March 2, 2022 recovery from 12,400 feet under the South China Sea. US Navy Photo

This post was updated with a photo from U.S.7th Fleet.

Navy salvage crews operating from a commercial salvage ship have recovered the F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter that suffered a ramp strike on the deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70 and crashed into the South China Sea, a U.S. 7th Fleet spokesman confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

CNO Gilday: Navy Balancing New SSN(X) Attack Submarine Design Against Need For NGAD, DDG(X)

CNO Gilday: Navy Balancing New SSN(X) Attack Submarine Design Against Need For NGAD, DDG(X)

USS South Dakota (SSN-790) stand at parade rest during a change-of-command ceremony onboard Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., Sept. 27, 2021. US Navy Photo

ABOARD THE NUCLEAR ATTACK SUBMARINE USS SOUTH DAKOTA – A banner over the sonar operators in the control room of one of the Navy’s most technologically advanced submarines declares the attack boat is the service’s “Apex Predator.” Read More