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VIDEO: U.S. Navy Denies Russian Fighters Chased Off Destroyer USS Ross in Black Sea

VIDEO: U.S. Navy Denies Russian Fighters Chased Off Destroyer USS Ross in Black Sea

USS Ross (DDG-71) transits the Mediterranean Sea on May 4, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Ross (DDG-71) transits the Mediterranean Sea on May 4, 2015. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include a June 1, 2015 U.S. 6th Fleet video of a Sukhoi SU-24 Fencer flyby near USS Ross.

The Pentagon is pushing back against anonymously sourced reports in state controlled Russian media that guided missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) was chased from Russian controlled waters in the Black Sea by Russian fighters over the weekend, U.S. officials told USNI News. Read More

Destroyer USS Sampson Returns to San Diego After 7 Month Deployment

Destroyer USS Sampson Returns to San Diego After 7 Month Deployment

USS Sampson (DDG-102), operates in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501. US Navy Photo

USS Sampson (DDG-102), operate together in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501. US Navy Photo

The guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) returned to Naval Station San Diego, Calif. after a seven month deployment that included search and rescue efforts for AirAsia Flight 8501 earlier this year, the service announced on Monday. Read More

Updated: Navy Researching Firing Mach 3 Guided Round from Standard Deck Guns

Updated: Navy Researching Firing Mach 3 Guided Round from Standard Deck Guns

USS Ross (DDG-71) test fires the MK45 5-inch lightweight gun on April 30, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Ross (DDG-71) test fires the MK45 5-inch lightweight gun on April 30, 2015. US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: This post has been updated to include a new statement from Naval Sea Systems Command that changes one previously given to USNI News revising the planned speed of hyper velocity projectile fired from a Mk 45 naval gun from Mach 5 to Mach 3.

The U.S. Navy’s deck guns could take on new relevance if ongoing tests to fire a guided round at three times the speed of sound from their muzzles are successful, USNI News has learned. Read More

Slogans that Sell the Service: A Brief History of U.S. Navy Television Ads After the End of the Draft

Slogans that Sell the Service: A Brief History of U.S. Navy Television Ads After the End of the Draft

Screengrab from Navy's video for the

Screengrab from Navy’s “Global Force Good” campaign.

The Navy has long recognized the effectiveness of powerful visual images for attracting new recruits. Men who had not been drafted were often enticed to enlist by the striking images found on ubiquitous posters as well as by the smartly uniformed personnel manning the recruiting booths. Read More

Panel: Shifts in Saudi Leadership Raise Questions of Stability

Panel: Shifts in Saudi Leadership Raise Questions of Stability

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with the late King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who died in early 2015. US State Department Photo

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with the late King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who died in early 2015. US State Department Photo

The late April shuffling of the line of succession to the Saudi Arabian throne, plus a major shift in ministers of defense and foreign affairs, raised a number of questions about stability in the kingdom, continuing sectarian warfare in the Middle East, a new arms race in the region and future energy prices. Read More

In Dual Ceremony, Harris Takes Over PACOM, Swift Assumes Command of PACFLT

In Dual Ceremony, Harris Takes Over PACOM, Swift Assumes Command of PACFLT

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., left, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Ashton Carter, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, and Adm. Scott H. Swift, render honors during the joint U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on May 27, 2015. US Navy photo.

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., left, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, and Adm. Scott H. Swift, render honors during the joint U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on May 27, 2015. US Navy photo.

In a double change-of-command ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Adm. Harry Harris was promoted from U.S. Pacific Fleet commander to U.S. Pacific Command commander, and Adm. Scott Swift earned a fourth star and took over as the new PACFLT commander. Read More

Navy: Hospital Ship Collision Did Not Damage 'USS Arizona Vessel'

Navy: Hospital Ship Collision Did Not Damage ‘USS Arizona Vessel’

A photo of USNS Mercy near the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii shortly after a tug pushing the ship may have struck the iconic white pavilion. Photo courtesy Military.com.

A photo of USNS Mercy near the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii shortly the ship may have struck the iconic white pavilion. Photo courtesy Military.com.

The Tuesday accident that damaged the floating dock of the USS Arizona Memorial did not damage the sunken World War II battleship on which 1,177 sailors and Marines died in the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Navy said late Thursday. Read More

European Envoys Outline Risks of Not Reaching a Nuclear Deal with Iran

European Envoys Outline Risks of Not Reaching a Nuclear Deal with Iran

French ambassador to the U.S. Gerard Araud, German to the ambassador U.S. Peter Wittig and U.K. to the ambassador U.S Peter Westmacott at The Atlantic Council on May 26, 2015.

French ambassador to the U.S. Gerard Araud, German to the ambassador U.S. Peter Wittig and U.K. to the ambassador U.S Peter Westmacott at The Atlantic Council on May 26, 2015.

If talks with Iran fail to produce a solid agreement on ending its program to develop nuclear weapons, a “blame game” could develop that that might lead a number of countries to reconsider their support of continued sanctions, and also potentially set off a new arms race in the Middle East, the German ambassador to the U.S. said earlier this week. Read More