Category Archives: Surface Forces

U.S. Plans to Send Destroyer for New Zealand Port Call

U.S. Plans to Send Destroyer for New Zealand Port Call

USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) transits the Pacific Ocean during Rim of the Pacific 2016 on July 18, 2016. US Navy Photo

USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) transits the Pacific Ocean during Rim of the Pacific 2016 on July 18, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post was updated with additional information from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

After more than 30 years without a port call, the U.S. is set to send a guided missile destroyer to New Zealand in a one-off visit later this year, two senior U.S. defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

RIMPAC 2016: LCS-4 Exercises With Chinese Navy Ahead Of First Deployment To Asia

RIMPAC 2016: LCS-4 Exercises With Chinese Navy Ahead Of First Deployment To Asia

USS Coronado (LCS 4), an Independence-variant littoral combat ship, launches the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile. US Navy photo.

USS Coronado (LCS 4), an Independence-variant littoral combat ship, launches the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile. US Navy photo.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – The Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) has had an opportunity to work with Chinese ships and naval crews during the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise and develop an understanding with their counterparts ahead of the ship’s maiden deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet, which will almost certainly include spending time patrolling the South China Sea. Read More

LRASM Scores in Navy Test Ship Launch

LRASM Scores in Navy Test Ship Launch

An artist's concept of a Lockheed Martin LRASM fired from a U.S. Navy VLS tube. Lockheed Martin image.

An artist’s concept of a Lockheed Martin LRASM fired from a U.S. Navy VLS tube. Lockheed Martin image.

Lockheed Martin has completed the third of three test shots to prove that their air-launched Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) can be fired from a surface ship on the move, company officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

Analysis: What’s Next for Manila Following South China Sea Ruling?

Analysis: What’s Next for Manila Following South China Sea Ruling?

Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.

The Philippines’ Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.

The long-awaited tribunal ruling on China’s territory grab of the Western Philippine Sea finally emerged on July 12. As expected it was a mostly clean sweep for the Philippines government—judging that the claims under the PRC’s Nine-Dash Line vision were invalid, and its current activities of island reclaiming and resource grabbing were both illegal and harmful to the environment. Read More

RIMPAC 2016: Navy Hopes Green Initiatives will be Adopted by Foreign Militaries

RIMPAC 2016: Navy Hopes Green Initiatives will be Adopted by Foreign Militaries

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) middle participates with Italian navy ships in Flotta Verde as part of the Great Green Fleet initiative. US Navy Photo

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) middle participates with Italian navy ships in Flotta Verde as part of the Great Green Fleet initiative. US Navy Photo

PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII — The Navy’s Great Green Fleet initiative is highlighting the connection between environmental stewardship and increased combat capability at RIMPAC 2016, and top Navy leadership hopes its foreign partners will find technologies and practices to adapt in their own militaries. Read More

PLAN’s Wu to CNO Richardson: Beijing Won’t Stop South China Sea Island Building

PLAN’s Wu to CNO Richardson: Beijing Won’t Stop South China Sea Island Building

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson meets with Adm. Wu Shengli, Commander of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on July 18, 2016. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson meets with Adm. Wu Shengli, Commander of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on July 18, 2016. US Navy Photo

The head of the People’s Liberation Army Navy told his U.S. counterpart that China has no intention of stopping its island building campaign in the South China Sea Spratly Islands, according to Chinese state-controlled media. Read More