Category Archives: U.S. Navy

Navy to Field High-Energy Laser Weapon, Laser Dazzler on Ships This Year as Development Continues

Navy to Field High-Energy Laser Weapon, Laser Dazzler on Ships This Year as Development Continues

The Office of Naval Research highlights the results of some laser weapon tests, showing the damage that its in-development Solid State Laser- Technology Maturation system did to various unmanned systems, metals and more. USNI News photo.

The Navy will field versions of both its highest-power laser weapon and its low-end non-lethal laser dazzler later this year, gaining operational experience with directed energy weapons that will continue to focus engineers’ efforts building out the Navy Laser Family of Systems (NLFoS). Read More

Joint Chiefs Chairman Says Iran Threat In Middle East Was Real

Joint Chiefs Chairman Says Iran Threat In Middle East Was Real

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Brookings Institute Feb. 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. DoD Photo

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. DoD Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group, B-52 bombers and sophisticated air defense systems were rushed to the Middle East in early May because intelligence suggested an Iranian-led “campaign plan” taking shape to disrupt the region, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff said Wednesday.

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U.S. 2nd Fleet Declares Operational Capability Ahead of Major European Exercise

U.S. 2nd Fleet Declares Operational Capability Ahead of Major European Exercise

Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet, addresses the crew over the one-main circuit aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in Norfolk, Va., on May 16, 2019. US Navy Photo

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. – A year after it was established, the reborn U.S. 2nd Fleet has reached an initial operational capability ahead of leading a major European exercise next month. Read More

USS Gerald R. Ford Weapons Elevator Certifications Will Extend Past October

USS Gerald R. Ford Weapons Elevator Certifications Will Extend Past October

The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is maneuvered by tugboats in the James River during a turn ship evolution on March 17, 2019 Gerald R. Ford is currently undergoing its post-shakedown availability at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding. US Navy photo.

When USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) leaves Newport News Shipbuilding in mid-October, only some of its Advanced Weapons Elevators will be usable as the Navy continues to struggle in making the ship deployable, Navy acquisition chief James Geurts said Wednesday.

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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Expanding as Tokyo Takes New Approach to Maritime Security

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Expanding as Tokyo Takes New Approach to Maritime Security

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President Donald J. Trump joined by the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe arrive aboard the JS Kaga Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Yokosuka, Japan. White House Photo

When President Donald Trump visited Japan this month, he was taken on board JS Kaga, one of a pair of new Izumo-class helicopter carriers built for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) set to be retrofitted to fly the F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. The carriers represent a new approach to maritime security that is shifting to a more forward defense posture. Read More

Experts: Navy Would Spend Billions to Answer Trump’s Call to Return Carriers to Steam Catapults

Experts: Navy Would Spend Billions to Answer Trump’s Call to Return Carriers to Steam Catapults

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Darius Jarmon lubricates an electromagnetic aircraft launching system (EMALS) catapult aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). US Navy Photo.

President Donald Trump again called to install steam catapults on future aircraft carriers, in a move experts say would cost billions of dollars and reduce the capital ships’ capabilities. Read More

Zumwalt Program Continues Testing Combat System and Missiles on Lead Ship, Test Ship

Zumwalt Program Continues Testing Combat System and Missiles on Lead Ship, Test Ship

USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is pierside in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during a port visit in April 2019. US Navy Photo

The Zumwalt destroyer program will continue to mature even after the lead ship’s final delivery this fall, as the combat system undergoes testing on a surrogate ship and eventually aboard USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) in 2019 and 2020, according to the Navy.
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