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Why the Navy Wants More Growlers

Why the Navy Wants More Growlers

EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 during night flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). US Navy Photo

EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 during night flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). US Navy Photo

The Navy is eyeing expanding its fleet of electronic attack aircraft to better fit into the service’s next generation plan for fighting a high end air war. Read More

2013 Prowler Crash That Killed Three Found to Be Result of 'Pilot Error'

2013 Prowler Crash That Killed Three Found to Be Result of ‘Pilot Error’

The scene following the March, 11 crash of a EA-6B Prowler outside of Harrington, Wash. taken by Stan Dammel, manager of the nearby Odessa Municipal Airport.

The scene following the March, 11 crash of a EA-6B Prowler outside of Harrington, Wash. taken by Stan Dammel, manager of the nearby Odessa Municipal Airport.

A U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Manual Investigation (JAGMAN) into the March 11, 2013, crash of a VAQ-129 Grumman EA-6B Prowler that killed three sailors in rural Washington has found that the accident was the result of pilot error. Read More

Document: JAGMAN on 2013 Prowler Crash

Document: JAGMAN on 2013 Prowler Crash

The following is a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Manual Investigation (JAGMAN) investigation on the March 11, 2013 crash of an EA-6B Prowler resulting in the death of three sailors. Read More

NSA Nominee Rogers: U.S. Needs to Do More to Deter Cyber Attacks

NSA Nominee Rogers: U.S. Needs to Do More to Deter Cyber Attacks

Vice Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Navy's Cyber Command and nominee for head of the National Security Agency.

Vice Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Navy’s Cyber Command and nominee for head of the National Security Agency.

The Navy officer tapped to be the next director of the National Security Agency said at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that the United States is “not [prepared] to the extent we need to be” to deter future cyber attacks. Read More

Navy’s New ‘Battle Force’ Tally to Include Hospital Ships and Small Patrol Craft

Navy’s New ‘Battle Force’ Tally to Include Hospital Ships and Small Patrol Craft

USNS Comfort (T-AH-20), one of the Navy's two hospital ships that will be counted in the service's 'battle force' as part of a new plan that reclassifies existing ships by assets in high demand by combatant commanders. US Navy Photo

USNS Comfort (T-AH-20), one of the Navy’s two hospital ships that will be counted in the service’s ‘battle force’ as part of a new plan that reclassifies existing ships by assets in high demand by combatant commanders. US Navy Photo


This post was updated from its original version to include a reaction from Rep Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee.

The Navy is changing the way it counts its ships that will increase the hulls it has on the books by almost ten by including small patrol craft and hospital ships as part of its “battle force,” according to a March 7 congressional notification obtained by USNI News. Read More

A Brief History of Conflict in Ukraine

A Brief History of Conflict in Ukraine

Russian troops in the Crimea region of Ukraine. Reuters Photo

Russian troops in the Crimea region of Ukraine. Reuters Photo

This is the first of two articles on the current crisis in Ukraine and on the history of conflict in the region. The second will outline possible policy options for the international community.

The events of the last three weeks have catapulted Ukraine to the forefront of the U.S. policy agenda, sparking an intense crisis of confidence between the United States and Russia—the worst since 1979. Read More

U.S. Navy Pays Austal, Lockheed $1.38 Billion for Four More Littoral Combat Ships

U.S. Navy Pays Austal, Lockheed $1.38 Billion for Four More Littoral Combat Ships

The first of class littoral combat ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), rear, and USS Independence (LCS 2) maneuver together during an exercise off the coast of Southern California on May, 2 2012. US Navy Photo.

The first of class littoral combat ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), rear, and USS Independence (LCS 2) maneuver together during an exercise off the coast of Southern California on May, 2 2012.
US Navy Photo.

The Navy has issued $1.38 billion in contract modifications for four Littoral Combat Ships split between shipbuilders Lockheed Martin and Austal USA, according to a Monday Pentagon contract announcement. Read More

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea: Oil Soaked Pirates

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea: Oil Soaked Pirates

Undated photo of MT Kerala

Undated photo of MT Kerala

This is the first of a two-part series on piracy in West Africa.
In the early hours of 18 January 2014 a 75,000-ton tanker, the MT Kerala, vanished off the coast of Angola. A sophisticated pirate gang hijacked the Greek-owned vessel, disabling its identifications system and communication equipment, and painting over its identifying markers.

More than a week later and 1,300 miles away, the hijackers released Kerala off the coast of Nigeria, after offloading 12,270 tons of its diesel cargo to other ships. Read More