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VIDEO: 3 Iranian Fast Attack Craft Harass U.S. Navy Ships in Strait of Hormuz

VIDEO: 3 Iranian Fast Attack Craft Harass U.S. Navy Ships in Strait of Hormuz

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) operating in an unsafe and unprofessional manner in close proximity to patrol coastal ship USS Sirocco (PC-6) and expeditionary fast transport USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF-2) in the Strait of Hormuz, June 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

Three Iranian fast attack craft harassed two U.S. Navy ships entering the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, Navy officials told USNI News. Read More

SWO Boss: Surface Fleet Reforms See Positive Results Five Years After Fatal Collisions

SWO Boss: Surface Fleet Reforms See Positive Results Five Years After Fatal Collisions

Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, commander, Naval Surface Force, speaks with junior officers at the Mariner Skills Training Center, Pacific (MSTCPAC) on May 6, 2022. US Navy Photo

Surface warfare reforms crafted to improve mariner skills and manage demand for ships are trickling into the fleet five years after two fatal collisions in the Western Pacific forced the Navy to retool how the service trains the surface fleet. Read More

U.S., Allies Increase Training Rate for Equipment Earmarked For Ukraine, Says National Security Advisor

U.S., Allies Increase Training Rate for Equipment Earmarked For Ukraine, Says National Security Advisor

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Christian Hernandez, a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System Operator (HIMARS) with 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, observes the terrain in front of an AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar with Marine Air Control Group (MACG) 18 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 13, 2022, in support of Valiant Shield 2022. U.S. Marine Corps Photo

The United States, United Kingdom and Germany have increased the pace for training Ukrainian forces on sophisticated artillery so they will be able to use more advanced systems against Russian advances in Donbas, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Thursday. Read More

UPDATED: Navy Awards $537M Option for Third Constellation Frigate Chesapeake

UPDATED: Navy Awards $537M Option for Third Constellation Frigate Chesapeake

A Fincantieri Marinette Marine model of the proposed USS Constellation (FFG-62). USNI News Photo

This post has been updated to correct the budgeted cost of the first in class frigate and with an additional statement from Naval Sea Systems Command.

The Navy has awarded a $537 million contract option to shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine for the third Constellation-class frigate, according to a Thursday Pentagon announcement. Read More

Baltic States Need More NATO Forces to Deter a Russian Invasion, Says Estonian Official

Baltic States Need More NATO Forces to Deter a Russian Invasion, Says Estonian Official

U.S. Marines with 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion attached to Task Group 61/2.4, speak to a UH-1Y crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 before boarding near Saaremaa, Estonia, May 22, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo

Despite the Kremlin’s heavy losses in invading Ukraine, the Russians are “going to come back stronger” in a year or so to threaten the Baltics, Estonian Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary said on Thursday. Read More

New AUKUS Caucus Bill Calls for U.S.-Australia Sub Training Pipeline

New AUKUS Caucus Bill Calls for U.S.-Australia Sub Training Pipeline

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Benjamin Stewart participates in an Anti-Submarine Warfare exercise with a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force submarine during Exercise ARC21 in 2021. Royal Australian Navy Photo

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation that would help the Royal Australian Navy train its future submarine warfare officers with U.S. sailors. Read More