Category Archives: Surface Forces

Iran’s Largest Warship, Frigate Now in the Baltic Sea Bound for Russia

Iran’s Largest Warship, Frigate Now in the Baltic Sea Bound for Russia

IRINS Makran passes through the Great Belt strait in Denmark en route to the Baltic Sea on July 22, 2021. Photo by @shipoholic used with permission

This post has been updated with additional information from the Danish Armed Forces.

Iran’s largest warship is now in the Baltic Sea – a first for the Iranian Navy – according to photos from ship spotters provided to USNI News. Read More

SECDEF Austin Headed to Southeast Asia as Tensions Flare in South China Sea

SECDEF Austin Headed to Southeast Asia as Tensions Flare in South China Sea

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley speak during a press conference held in the Pentagon Press Briefing Room, Washington, D.C., July 21, 2021. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will travel to Southeast Asia later this week, as China increased protests of U.S. military operations in the Western Pacific and enflamed territorial disputes with nations bordering the South China Sea.
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Philippines Considering Addendum to U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement

Philippines Considering Addendum to U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement

USS Wasp (LHD-1) makes a port visit to Subic Bay, the Philippines in support of Exercise Balikatan 2019 on April 1, 2019. US Navy Photo

MANILA — The U.S. and the Philippines are set to reinforce a contentious agreement allowing U.S. troops to operate from the island nation as tensions with China remain high, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said during a pre-State of the Nation Address forum on Wednesday. Read More

CNO Gilday Says With Current Budget, Cutting Ships Necessary for Navy Long-term

CNO Gilday Says With Current Budget, Cutting Ships Necessary for Navy Long-term

USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) transits the Indian Ocean during a surface target exercise on March 12, 2021. US Navy Photo

As Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday prepares for a battle with lawmakers over a divisive plan to strike more than a dozen vessels from the fleet, the service’s top officer said Tuesday that he’s using investments to prepare for the fleet emerging in 2025. Read More