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UPDATED: Iran Says Speedboat Harassment Down Because U.S. Behavior Change

UPDATED: Iran Says Speedboat Harassment Down Because U.S. Behavior Change

Iran Fast Attack Craft. Fars News Agency Photo

This post has been updated with an additional statement from U.S. 5th Fleet.

An Iranian admiral now says the country’s slow-down in sending small patrol boats to harass U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf was spurred by what he describes as a change in U.S. behavior but doesn’t address the uptick in Iran’s drone flights in the region. Read More

Navy Monitoring Results of Australian EA-18G Growler Fire Investigation

Navy Monitoring Results of Australian EA-18G Growler Fire Investigation

RAAF’s first Growler during a July 29, 2015 ceremony in Boeing’s plant in St. Louis, Mo. USNI News Photo

The U.S. Navy is monitoring an incident involving a Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft that caught fire during the Red Flag multi-national exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada over the weekend.

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VIDEO: Coast Guard Fighting New Stealthy, Fast Drug Smuggling Vessels in Pacific

VIDEO: Coast Guard Fighting New Stealthy, Fast Drug Smuggling Vessels in Pacific

Members of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship NANAIMO and a United States Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment collaborate on the boarding of a suspected smuggling vessel in the Eastern Pacific Ocean during Operation CARIBBE on November 21, 2017. Canadian Forces Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The pallets stacked with plastic-wrapped bricks of cocaine, unloaded by the crew of the cutter USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752) on Thursday, represented just some of the more than 47,000 pounds intercepted in the eastern Pacific just in recent months, according to federal officials. The estimated street value: $721 million. Read More

Iranian Drone Missions on the Rise in the Persian Gulf as Small Boat Harassment Drops

Iranian Drone Missions on the Rise in the Persian Gulf as Small Boat Harassment Drops

An undated picture of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol craft.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Iranian drones have become increasingly active in the Persian Gulf and other critical waterways around the Middle East, regularly conducting surveillance flights close to U.S. warships crossing the Strait of Hormuz and operating around the region, a defense official told USNI News on Friday. Read More

Air Force: Multi-Domain Battles Requires New Mindset to Coordinate Future Air, Land, Sea Forces

Air Force: Multi-Domain Battles Requires New Mindset to Coordinate Future Air, Land, Sea Forces

 

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, talks to Airmen over the communications system, Oct. 17, 2017, onboard an HC-130J Combat King II headed to Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, talks to Airmen over the communications system, Oct. 17, 2017, onboard an HC-130J Combat King II headed to Moody Air Force Base, Ga. (Air Force photo)

Planning for a multi-domain battle is how the U.S. military will keep its superiority but doing so requires a new mindset in the Pentagon and out in the field, said the Air Force’s air combat commander.

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Neller: Marine Corps Needs Budget Stability for Efficient Multiyear Deals, Recruiting

Neller: Marine Corps Needs Budget Stability for Efficient Multiyear Deals, Recruiting

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller speaks to Marines with School of Infantry West, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 26, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ongoing continuing resolutions and budget uncertainty are hampering the Marine Corps’ ability to buy new equipment efficiently and bring in new recruits to increase the size of the force, the commandant said today. Read More