Category Archives: Russia

Lawmaker Cites Vacant Pentagon Jobs As Obstacle to Technology Development

Lawmaker Cites Vacant Pentagon Jobs As Obstacle to Technology Development

Sailors train with the LA9-P Laser Hail and Warning System on the fantail of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75).

When confronting threats from space, directed energy and hypersonic weapons, the U.S. is working toward the technology it needs; what’s slowing progress is the lack of confirmed people to fill key Pentagon positions to guide these programs, warned the chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee. Read More

U.S. Warship Shadowing High-End Russian Frigate Near Cuba

U.S. Warship Shadowing High-End Russian Frigate Near Cuba

New Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov in late 2014.

This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. Nothern Command.

A U.S. destroyer is off the coast of Havana, Cuba, shadowing a detachment of Russian naval ships that includes one of the country’s most advanced surface ships, USNI News has verified. Read More

BALTOPS 2019 Focuses on Operationally Relevant, High-End Skills Due to Changing Security Environment

BALTOPS 2019 Focuses on Operationally Relevant, High-End Skills Due to Changing Security Environment

Spanish navy combat rubber raiding crafts (CRRC) approach the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) as part of exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019, on June 18, 2019. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS MOUNT WHITNEY, IN THE BALTIC SEA – As this year’s BALTOPS exercise shaped up to be the largest in years, exercise planners also sought to make the annual event more focused on high-end warfighting than previous iterations, BALTOPS leadership told USNI News. Read More

VIDEO: Iran Shoots Down Navy Surveillance Drone in ‘Unprovoked Attack’

VIDEO: Iran Shoots Down Navy Surveillance Drone in ‘Unprovoked Attack’

An undated photo of RQ-4A BAMS-D flying over Maryland. Northrop Grumman photo.

This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. Air Forces Central Command and comments from President Trump.

A Navy high-altitude surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC announced on Thursday. Read More

U.S., NATO Want Expanded BALTOPS Exercise to Show Commitment to European Security

U.S., NATO Want Expanded BALTOPS Exercise to Show Commitment to European Security

A Spanish amphibious assault vehicle brought Spanish ground forces ashore during an amphibious demonstration at Palanga, Lithuania, during BALTOPS 2019. USNI News photo.

PALANGA, LITHUANIA – Spanish amphibious assault vehicles swam ashore from an American amphibious dock landing ship, with ground forces filing out with their machine guns and taking a position on the beach. Romanian ground forces spilled out of a Polish PTS tracked vehicle, shortly before seven landing craft from three nations slid up onto the beach in perfect symmetry. British forces fast-roped down out of an AW101 Merlin helicopter at the same time Spanish troops did the same from their AH-3 Sea King helo.

As the U.S. Navy and its NATO allies showed off the various ways they could take a beach from the sea, they were also showing a deeper commitment to collective security in the Baltic Sea and in Europe in general. Read More

House Committee Votes to Prohibit Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons on Submarines

House Committee Votes to Prohibit Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons on Submarines

The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN-727) arrives in Busan for a regularly scheduled port visit while conducting routine patrols throughout the Western Pacific. US Navy Photo

This post was updated to show the committee passed the draft version of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

The House Armed Services Committee added several provisions to its annual defense authorization bill, but the among most contentious was if the Pentagon should develop a low-yield nuclear weapon to deploy on nuclear ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). Read More

Funding For Low-Yield Nukes Could be Sticking Point in Budget Bill Debate

Funding For Low-Yield Nukes Could be Sticking Point in Budget Bill Debate

An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN-739) off the coast of California. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee members on both sides of the aisle have different defense spending priorities but there’s not much daylight between Republicans and Democrats on the final topline spending number. Read More

U.S. 2nd Fleet Kicks Off BALTOPS 2019

U.S. 2nd Fleet Kicks Off BALTOPS 2019

Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet, speaks to Sailors on the bridge aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) on Sept. 10, 2018. US Navy PhotoBA

THE PENTAGON – A massive U.S.-led NATO and European partner exercise is kicking-off near Russia in the Baltic Sea and led by the Norfolk, Va.-based U.S. 2nd Fleet.

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VIDEO: Russian Destroyer Put U.S. Cruiser at Risk with ‘Unsafe’ Maneuver

VIDEO: Russian Destroyer Put U.S. Cruiser at Risk with ‘Unsafe’ Maneuver

Navy image of Russian Destroyer Admiral Vinogradov (left) overtaking guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) (right) in the Philippine Sea in a maneuver the Navy is calling ‘unsafe and unprofessional’

This post was updated with additional imagery and video from U.S. 7th Fleet. This post has also been updated to include a map of where the incident occurred.

A Russian destroyer came within 100 feet of a U.S. cruiser operating in the Western Pacific in an incident the U.S. Navy is calling, “unsafe and unprofessional.” Read More