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The World's Most Violent Pirates

The World’s Most Violent Pirates

An undated photo of West African pirates.

An undated photo of West African pirates.

West Africa is home to the world’s most violent pirates—who are now capable of overwhelming armed guards. Last month pirates killed a crewmember during an attack on German-owned oil tanker. Instead of fighting off the pirates, the embarked security team retreated to the ship’s citadel safe room. Read More

Opinion: Is There a Frigate in Your Future?

Opinion: Is There a Frigate in Your Future?

Norwegian frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310). Royal Norwegian Navy Photo

Norwegian frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310). Royal Norwegian Navy Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s recent direction to the Navy to develop proposals for a “capable and lethal small surface combatant, generally consistent with the capabilities of a frigate” could have a major affect on several Navy programs. Read More

Fire Breaks Out On Indian Frigate

Fire Breaks Out On Indian Frigate

INS Ganga Indian Navy Photo

INS Ganga Indian Navy Photo

Three were injured after a fire broke out aboard guided missile frigate INS Ganga undergoing maintenance at a shipyard in Mumbai on Friday, according to local press reports. Read More

Two Koreas, Three Navies

Two Koreas, Three Navies

Republic of Korea Navy sailor holding U.S. flag

Republic of Korea Navy sailor holding U.S. flag

The Korean War of 1950-1953 was concluded by a cease-fire, not a peace treaty, and the three powers—South Korea, North Korea and the United States—are still technically at war. A new conflict on the Korean peninsula would see the commitment of a new, reinvigorated Republic of Korea Navy, an aging, weakened North Korean Navy and an American fleet providing the only ballistic missile defense capability for the region. Read More

Document: Pentagon's New Joint Concept for Entry Operations

Document: Pentagon’s New Joint Concept for Entry Operations

Landing craft air cushion (LCAC) vehicles from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 approach the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) on April 28, 2014. US Navy Photo

Landing craft air cushion (LCAC) vehicles from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 approach the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) on April 28, 2014. US Navy Photo

From the April 7, 2014 Joint Concept for Entry Operations: The Joint Concept for Entry Operations describes in broad terms my vision for how joint forces will enter onto foreign territory and immediately employ capabilities to accomplish assigned missions. This includes conducting entry in the presence of armed opposition characterized by increasingly advanced area denial systems as well as where the environment and infrastructure may be degraded or austere. Read More

The Next Act for Aegis

The Next Act for Aegis

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile (SM) 2 during a live-fire test of the ship's Aegis weapons system on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile (SM) 2 during a live-fire test of the ship’s Aegis weapons system on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy’s Aegis program was born as the solution to a physics problem: Given that hostile variable-geometry wing Soviet Tupolev Tu-22M Backfire bombers travel at speeds approaching Mach 2, what would a ship-based radar and missile system need to do to hurl an object into the air to intercept an object flying at almost twice the speed of sound?

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