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Panel: Political End to Afghan War is Risky but Necessary

Panel: Political End to Afghan War is Risky but Necessary

An Air Force combat rescue officer from the 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron flies with an Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crew over Kandahar, Afghanistan, during joint training on April 5, 2019. US Air Force Photo

Talks between the United States and the Taliban over Afghanistan’s future remain risky but necessary to reach a political settlement to end decades of war, a leading expert in South Asia security affairs said Monday. Read More

The U.S. Coast Guard's Mission to Africa

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Mission to Africa

Ensign Panashe Mutombo, an officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910), looks out from the starboard side flying bridge on March 3, 2019 during the cutter’s transit to Africa to support U.S. Africa Command, U.S. 6th Fleet. US Coast Guard Photo

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910) is halfway through a 90-day mission to Africa’s Atlantic coast and already the crew has helped enforce fishing rights, combat smuggling and piracy and rescue two fishermen who had been declared dead. Read More

Submariners are Suing South Carolina to Save Cold War-Era Attack Boat

Submariners are Suing South Carolina to Save Cold War-Era Attack Boat

USS Clamagore (SS-343) on July 2, 1948. NHHC Photo

This post has been updated to clarify the proposed location of the artificial reef made from the hull of former USS Clamagore. The attack boat was previously planned to be sunk off of Key West, Fla. However, the lawsuit said the proposed location was off the coast of Charleston, S.C.

A group of retired submariners is fighting the State of South Carolina to keep what is believed to be the last World War II and Cold War-era GUPPY III submarine from forever becoming an underwater playground for fish and SCUBA divers. Read More

Panel: U.S. Base in Djibouti Key to American Interests in Africa

Panel: U.S. Base in Djibouti Key to American Interests in Africa

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 22 (NMCB 22) and Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, assigned to the San-Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18) unloads equipment off Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 43 and 62, on the beach of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti in 2016. US Navy Photo

Camp Lemonier, the American base in Djibouti, is becoming more integral to U.S. interests in the volatile region surrounding the Red Sea, a leading regional expert said Thursday. Read More

Lockheed Martin Says New F-35 Supplier Contracts Will Reduce Aircraft Costs

Lockheed Martin Says New F-35 Supplier Contracts Will Reduce Aircraft Costs

An F-35C Lightning II fighter jet, attached to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, flies in formation for a photo exercise in Lemoore, Calif., on Nov. 16, 2018. US Navy Photo

F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter lead-contractor Lockheed Martin reconfigured a host of its contracts with its suppliers to lower the aircraft price tag, improve readiness and control ongoing maintenance costs.

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Pacific Commander Davidson Asks Congress to Fund ‘Regain the Advantage’ Plan Aimed at China

Pacific Commander Davidson Asks Congress to Fund ‘Regain the Advantage’ Plan Aimed at China

Adm. Phil Davidson participates in an honors ceremony at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in New Zealand in 2018. US Navy Photo

The head of U.S. forces in the Pacific has asked Congress to support several new initiatives to increase American military power in the region beyond what has been set aside in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget request, according to a March 22 letter obtained by USNI News. Read More

Textron Catching Up with Existing Ship-to-Shore Funding Ahead of Additional Navy Budget Requests

Textron Catching Up with Existing Ship-to-Shore Funding Ahead of Additional Navy Budget Requests

LCAC 100, Textron’s first-in-class Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC), conducts its first on-water test outside of the company’s facility in Louisiana on April 10, 2018. Textron photo.

Before the Navy requests more money for Textron’s Ship-to-Shore Connector, company executives say they need to firm up contracts for the funds already earmarked for the program.

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USS Fitzgerald Leaves Mississippi Drydock After More Than a Year of Repairs

USS Fitzgerald Leaves Mississippi Drydock After More Than a Year of Repairs

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) sits inside a dry-dock in preparation for launch at Huntington Ingalls Industries Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard on April 16, 2019. US Navy Photo

After more than a year of repairs, the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) left a dry dock at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., Naval Sea Systems Command announced late Tuesday. Read More