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VIDEO: Russian Fighters Buzz British Warship in Black Sea, U.K. Denies Reports Bombs Dropped, Warning Shots Fired

VIDEO: Russian Fighters Buzz British Warship in Black Sea, U.K. Denies Reports Bombs Dropped, Warning Shots Fired

U.K. warship HMS Defender entering the Black Sea on June 14, 2021. Photo by Yörük Işık‏ used with permission

This post has been updated with Russian military video showing additional details of the transit.

Russian fighters and warships did not fire warning shots or drop bombs to warn off U.K. warship HMS Defender (D36) operating in the Black Sea, the U.K. Ministry of Defense said in a Wednesday statement to USNI News. Read More

MDA, NORTHCOM Heads Warn Funding Lapses Could Leave Missile Defense Gaps  

MDA, NORTHCOM Heads Warn Funding Lapses Could Leave Missile Defense Gaps  

A target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii during Flight Test Standard Missile-45. The USS JOHN FINN (DDG-113) detected and tracked the target missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar using the Aegis Baseline 9.C2 weapon system. Upon acquiring and tracking the target, the ship launched an SM-3 Block IIA guided missile which intercepted the target. Missile Defense Agency photo

This post has been updated to clarify comments from Gen. Glen VanHerck in Wednesday’s hearing.

The head of the Missile Defense Agency warned the House that a continuing resolution will leave gaps in testing and work on test ranges will “come to an all-stop” until the president signs a new budget into law, MDA director Vice Adm. Jon Hill said on Tuesday. Read More

Destroyer USS Laboon Enters the Black Sea

Destroyer USS Laboon Enters the Black Sea

USS Laboon (DDG-58) enters Black Sea on June 11, 2021. Photo by Yörük Işık‏ used with permission

A guided-missile destroyer attached to the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is now operating in the Black Sea, according to ship spotters. Read More

PACAF CO: U.S. Working to Dampen Chinese Missile Advantage in the Pacific

PACAF CO: U.S. Working to Dampen Chinese Missile Advantage in the Pacific

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, commander, Pacific Air Forces, adjusts his flight suit equipment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on May 10, 2021, in the Gulf of Alaska during Exercise Northern Edge 2021 (NE21). US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR — U.S. Pacific Air Forces is crafting a dual strategy of defensive capabilities and dispersal of forces in order to negate the threat posed to its forces and bases by China’s increasing military capabilities, the PACAF commander said. Read More

CNO Gilday Pledges Closer Working Relationships With British, French Navies

CNO Gilday Pledges Closer Working Relationships With British, French Navies

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with U.K. First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff Adm. Tony Radakin, and Chief of the French Navy Adm. Pierre Vandier for a trilateral maritime discussion. The three heads of Navy met in France to sign a trilateral joint statement reaffirming their commitment to deeper co-operation and interoperability around the globe on June 3, 2021. US Navy Photo

After signing a new trilateral agreement pushing for deeper cooperation, the top officers of the American, French and British navies signaled that their naval forces are in a new era of seamless command and control. Read More