Category Archives: Surface Forces

U.S. Navy, Marine Corps Rated ‘Marginal’ in New Military Strength Report

U.S. Navy, Marine Corps Rated ‘Marginal’ in New Military Strength Report

Marines and sailors stand at parade rest while manning the rails of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) on Oct. 14, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines and sailors stand at parade rest while manning the rails of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) on Oct. 14, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

Moscow is a “formidable” potential adversary while the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps as “marginal” in meeting today’s requirements, according to a new report from the Heritage Foundation released on Wednesday. Read More

Analysis: Trump, Duterte and the Future of Philippines

Analysis: Trump, Duterte and the Future of Philippines

President-elect Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

President-elect Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

With an upset win President-elect Donald Trump has an opportunity to positively reset deteriorating U.S.-Philippines relations. The news of his victory was received with much elation by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. While the two executives may appear to be birds of a feather—certainly in their personalities, tactical use of strong language and statements of extreme policy—there are key differences that bring clear limits to the honeymoon period. Read More

PACOM CO Harris: No Anticipated Changes to U.S.-Philippines Military Relationship

PACOM CO Harris: No Anticipated Changes to U.S.-Philippines Military Relationship

U.S. Pacific Command commander Adm. Harry Harris on Feb. 25, 2016 addressing reporters in the Pentagon. DoD News Image

U.S. Pacific Command commander Adm. Harry Harris on Feb. 25, 2016 addressing reporters in the Pentagon. DoD News Image

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The head of U.S. forces in the Pacific has not received any official word from Manila to change its defense relationship with the Philippines – despite months of statements to the contrary from firebrand President Rodrigo Duterte. Read More

Future Destroyer John Finn Completes Acceptance Trials

Future Destroyer John Finn Completes Acceptance Trials

The guided missile destroyer John Finn (DDG 113) recently completed the last of three planned sea trials and is scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Navy in December. Huntington Ingalls Industries photo.

The guided missile destroyer John Finn (DDG 113) recently completed the last of three planned sea trials and is scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Navy in December. Huntington Ingalls Industries photo.

The future guided-missile destroyer John Finn (DDG-113) completed its acceptance trials earlier this month and is one step closer to commissioning later this year, the Navy announced last week. Read More

Rear Adm. Douglas Small Takes Command of PEO IWS

Rear Adm. Douglas Small Takes Command of PEO IWS

USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts a structural test firing of SeaRAM in Spain on Feb. 28, 2016, as the first Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer with a SeaRAM installation. US Navy photo.

USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts a structural test firing of SeaRAM in Spain on Feb. 28, 2016, as the first Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer with a SeaRAM installation. US Navy photo.

Rear Adm. Douglas Small relieved Rear Adm. Jon Hill as Program Executive Officer for Integrated Warfare System (PEO IWS) last week in a Washington Navy Yard ceremony. Read More

LCS USS Montgomery Arrives in San Diego After Delays

LCS USS Montgomery Arrives in San Diego After Delays

USS Montgomery (LCS 8) arrived at its new homeport of San Diego on Nov. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo

USS Montgomery (LCS 8) arrived at its new homeport of San Diego on Nov. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) arrived at its new homeport in San Diego following a dealy due to engine problems, getting hit by a tug boat and colliding with a lock in the Panama Canal, the service announced last week. Read More