Category Archives: Surface Forces

HASC Adopts Amendment for $37B Boost to Defense Topline, Restores 5 Littoral Combat Ships

HASC Adopts Amendment for $37B Boost to Defense Topline, Restores 5 Littoral Combat Ships

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11), front, transits the Tyrrhenian Sea alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on May 16, 2022. US Navy Photo

The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday approved an amendment that would authorize a $37 billion increase to the annual policy bill’s topline and save five Littoral Combat Ships from decommissioning. Read More

Navy Holding Climate Change Wargame

Navy Holding Climate Change Wargame

Sailors throw mooring lines to Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vehicle 1633 from the welldeck of USS Germantown (LSD-42) during Talisman Sabre 21. US Navy Photo

The Navy next week will host an open-source table-top wargame to experiment with how climate change could affect a future conflict, a service official said today. Read More

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

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