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Experts: Navy Would Spend Billions to Answer Trump’s Call to Return Carriers to Steam Catapults

Experts: Navy Would Spend Billions to Answer Trump’s Call to Return Carriers to Steam Catapults

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Darius Jarmon lubricates an electromagnetic aircraft launching system (EMALS) catapult aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). US Navy Photo.

President Donald Trump again called to install steam catapults on future aircraft carriers, in a move experts say would cost billions of dollars and reduce the capital ships’ capabilities. Read More

Zumwalt Program Continues Testing Combat System and Missiles on Lead Ship, Test Ship

Zumwalt Program Continues Testing Combat System and Missiles on Lead Ship, Test Ship

USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is pierside in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during a port visit in April 2019. US Navy Photo

The Zumwalt destroyer program will continue to mature even after the lead ship’s final delivery this fall, as the combat system undergoes testing on a surrogate ship and eventually aboard USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) in 2019 and 2020, according to the Navy.
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U.S.-Australia Relationship Looks Stable Following Recent Surprise Election Results

U.S.-Australia Relationship Looks Stable Following Recent Surprise Election Results

Service members render honors during a ceremony at the Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery on July 7, 2015. Service members from the U.S., Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Japan and civilians from non-governmental organizations assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) visited the cemetery to lay wreaths and pay respects to those fallen during the World War II battles and other conflicts in the region. US Navy photo.

Political volatility in Australia does not appear to threaten the country’s military and economic relationship with the United States, a panel agreed, partly because of concerns about Chinese economic and military ambitions in Oceania and Asia. Read More

Moran, Burke Confirmed as Next CNO, VCNO; Alaska Senator Holds Up Berger Confirmation as Commandant

Moran, Burke Confirmed as Next CNO, VCNO; Alaska Senator Holds Up Berger Confirmation as Commandant

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran speaks to Sailors aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) on Feb. 20, 2019. US Navy photo.

The Senate confirmed Adm. Bill Moran to serve as the next chief of naval operations and Vice Adm. Robert Burke to serve as the next vice chief of naval operations, in a Thursday vote. Read More

Iceland Foreign Minister Praises NATO Support Against Russian Intrusions, Chinese Exploration

Iceland Foreign Minister Praises NATO Support Against Russian Intrusions, Chinese Exploration

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, met in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 7, 2019. Iceland Embassy photo.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to Iceland and last year’s Trident Juncture joint military exercise in the High North send a “clear signal” to the Kremlin that “we stick together,” Iceland’s foreign minister told a Washington think tank audience Thursday. Read More

Navy Deactivates VFA-101 Grim Reapers, Consolidates F-35Cs at NAS Lemoore

Navy Deactivates VFA-101 Grim Reapers, Consolidates F-35Cs at NAS Lemoore

A U.S. Navy Sailor marshals the last F-35C Lightning II to leave Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, May 23, 2019. Consolidation of F-35C resources to Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, enables the U.S. Navy to support Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) production, operational fleet transitions for both Navy and Marine Corps squadrons, testing and other requirements. US Air Force photo.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Navy deactivated one of its two F-35C Joint Strike Fighter training squadrons today and will consolidate all its fifth-generation fighter activities at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. Read More

U.S. Sends Three Warships Back Into Persian Gulf After Clearing Them Out Earlier This Month

U.S. Sends Three Warships Back Into Persian Gulf After Clearing Them Out Earlier This Month

Seaman Jocelyn Ramey uses the ship’s binoculars while standing watch as a lookout aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) while transiting the Strait of Hormuz. Navy photo.

A destroyer in the the Lincoln Carrier Strike Group entered the Persian Gulf this week without incidents, after the U.S. Navy cleared its ships out of the Gulf earlier this month amid rising tensions.

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Rep. Elaine Luria, Retired Navy Commander and Freshman Lawmaker, On Her First Months in Congress

Rep. Elaine Luria, Retired Navy Commander and Freshman Lawmaker, On Her First Months in Congress

Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997 and served in the Navy until 2017. Photo courtesy Luria’s campaign Facebook page.

CAPITOL HILL — Many House Armed Services Committee members speak from some kind of experience: they have a military base or major defense contractor in their district, or they or a family member have prior military service.

Freshman Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) has all of the above. Read More