Category Archives: Surface Forces

Opinion: U.S. Amphibious Forces Are Key to Nation's Security

Opinion: U.S. Amphibious Forces Are Key to Nation’s Security

A scene from the USS Bataan (LHD 5) on Oct. 25, 2013. US Navy Photo

A scene from the USS Bataan (LHD 5) on Oct. 25, 2013. US Navy Photo

As American forces moved toward Japan in February 1945, the U.S. Marine Corps fought one of the most famous battles in our nation’s history on the island of Iwo Jima.

After four days of intense fighting, Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal decided to leave the comforts of his quarters on Adm. R.K. Turner’s flagship, the amphibious force command ship Eldorado, to go ashore and witness firsthand the final stages of the Marine Corps’ success on the island. Read More

Navy Shifts Plans to Acquire a Tougher UCLASS

Navy Shifts Plans to Acquire a Tougher UCLASS

The X-47B

The X-47B on the deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Nov. 10, 2013. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy appears to have shifted its position on the requirements for its next generation carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Navy officials told USNI News.

Instead of developing the planned Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) to only conduct operations in uncontested airspace, the service will instead pursue a design that can be adapted over time to operating against higher threat levels.

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Navy Restarts X-47B Carrier Testing

Navy Restarts X-47B Carrier Testing

A X-47B lands on Nov. 10 onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). US Navy Photo

A X-47B lands on Nov. 10, 2013 onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy has a begun a second set of sea-trials for its Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System-Demonstrator (UCAS-D) aircraft onboard the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) about 60 nautical miles off the Virginia coast.

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Opinion: What's the point of Air Sea Battle?

Opinion: What’s the point of Air Sea Battle?

The 1977 cover art for the Atari 2600 game: Air Sea Battle

The 1977 cover art for the Atari 2600 game: Air Sea Battle

The recent mantra regarding Air Sea Battle is that “it is not a strategy, it’s an operational concept.” If so, what is the concept? It seems predicated on improving interoperability between the Navy and the Air Force, but that’s just joint operations — what the Pentagon says its been doing for years.

Why the fancy name and media blitz?
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Updated: Keel Laid for First Dedicated Afloat Forward Staging Base

Updated: Keel Laid for First Dedicated Afloat Forward Staging Base

An artist's conception of the Afloat Forward Staging Base. USMC Photo

An artist’s conception of the Afloat Forward Staging Base. USMC Photo

Clarification: A previous version of this post included an out-of-date artist’s conception of the Lewis B. Puller.

General Dynamics NASSCO laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s first dedicated design for an afloat forward staging base (AFSB) on Tuesday in the company’s San Diego, Calif. shipyard, according to the company. Read More

Next-Generation Fire Scout Has First Flight

Next-Generation Fire Scout Has First Flight

An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle takes off from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu on Oct. 31, 2013. US Navy Photo

An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle takes off from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu on Oct. 31, 2013. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s next generation rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had its first flight on Thursday at Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif., according to a statement from the service. Read More