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Top Stories 2020: International Naval Acquisition

Top Stories 2020: International Naval Acquisition

HMS Queen Elizabeth R08 arriving back in Portsmouth July 2, 2020 after a period at sea conducting Operational Sea Training. UK Royal Navy Photo

This post is part of a series of stories looking back at the top naval news from 2020.

China, Russia and the U.S. all announced sweeping expansions of their naval capacity in 2020 as the three largest world fleets vie for high seas influence in a declared era of great power competition. The new tone for naval forces is helping U.S. allies achieve more lethal navies and expanded capabilities. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 21, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 21, 2020

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Dec. 21, 2020, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

U.S. Maritime Strategy: Advantage at Sea

U.S. Maritime Strategy: Advantage at Sea

The following is the U.S. Sea Services’ new maritime strategy, Advantage at Sea: Prevailing with Integrated All-Domain Naval Power that was released by the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard on Dec. 17, 2020. Read More

New U.S. Maritime Strategy Sets Sights on China

New U.S. Maritime Strategy Sets Sights on China

The U.S. Coast Guard Legend-class cutter USCGC Stratton (WMSL 752), left, and the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) maneuver into formation during Talisman Sabre 2019. US Navy photo.

The Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard released their clearest argument yet for what they need to do to be prepared to take on China – not in a hypothetical future scenario, but in the day-to-day competition happening now on the seas. Read More

Future Destroyer Daniel Inouye Begins Builder's Trials, After Nearly Two-Year Gap In Trials For BIW Ships

Future Destroyer Daniel Inouye Begins Builder’s Trials, After Nearly Two-Year Gap In Trials For BIW Ships

The future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG-118) conducts builder’s trials in the Kennebec River in Maine, December 2020. Bath Iron Works photo.

Bath Iron Works sent its first ship in two years down the Kennebec River for sea trials, with builder’s trials for the future Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Daniel Inouye (DDG-118) kicking off, the shipyard announced today. Read More