An artist’s rendering of the LHA-8 amphibious assault ship. Huntington Ingalls Industries image.
This post has been updated to include comment from Ingalls Shipbuilding.
The Navy awarded a contract to General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) for six John Lewis-class (T-AO-205) fleet oilers and a contract to Ingalls Shipbuilding for the LHA-8 amphibious assault ship, wrapping up a year-and-a-half-long effort to preserve the shipbuilding industrial base. Read More
Landing Craft Air-Cushion watercraft embarks the USS Boxer (LHD-4) . US Marine Corps Photo
The Navy and Marine Corps will deploy a second Amphibious Ready Group and Marine Expeditionary Unit team to the Southern Pacific beginning as early as 2019, to allow the Japan-based forward deployed forces to focus on the northern and eastern parts of the vast Asia-Pacific theater, a Marine Corps official said today. Read More
USS Gravely on June 17, 2016 from the deck of Russian frigate Yaroslav Mudry. image via RT
A Russian frigate the Kremlin claims was harassed by a U.S. guided missile destroyer was attempting to disrupt an aircraft carrier tasked with fighting ISIS, a U.S. official told USNI News on Tuesday afternoon. Read More
Military parade in Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Kremlin Photo
The Soviet Union’s old doctrine was: You deter World War III with nuclear weapons. Now Russia’s new doctrine: Threaten to use nuclear weapons against any major power that may try to block Moscow from having its way in a regional conflict, a specialist in Russian nuclear strategy said on Monday. Read More
Stationing more U.S. and NATO troops in Southern and Eastern Europe and upping its naval presence in the Baltic and Black seas are important, but a new Atlantic Council report on the alliance’s purpose sees continued sanctions against Russia as an equally important tool of deterrence. Read More
Expeditionary Fast Transport Brunswick (EPF-6) launched from the Austal USA shipyard in May 2015. US Navy Photo
Austal USA delivered two ships to the Navy from its Mobile, Ala. yard late last week – the Expeditionary Fast Transport USNS Carson City (EPF-7) and the Littoral Combat Ship Montgomery (LCS-8), according to the service. Read More
Chinese and U.S. ships on June 25, 2016. Chinese Ministry of Defense Photo
CLARIFICATION: The PLAN ships bound for RIMPAC were accompanied by two ships from the Stennis Carrier Strike Group, not the entire CSG.
Five ships from the People’s Liberation Army Navy are training with ships from a U.S. carrier strike group ahead of next month’s Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercises, a Navy official confirmed to USNI News on Monday. Read More
The following is the June 17, 2016 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Lasers, Railgun and Hypervelocity Projectile. Read More
An E-2D Hawkeye, assigned to the Tigertails of the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on April 28, 2015, while operating in U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. US Navy photo.
U.S. Fleet Forces Command will push its fleet experimentation and training towards a new distributed operations concept, in which deployed forces – surface ships, submarines, aircraft and more – are sufficiently linked together so that they can support theater-wide needs regardless of their physical location, the commander said today. Read More
The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) fired the anti-surface Standard Missile-6 Block I in January 2016, proving out the new weapon and its ability to integrate into the NIFC-CA architecture. US Navy photo.
Navy engineers are working to bring new aircraft sensors and new weapons into the Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) architecture, with near-term goals of bringing in the F-35’s radio frequency (RF) sensor and the anti-surface variant of the Standard Missile-6. Read More