Category Archives: warship

U.S. Warship Shadowing High-End Russian Frigate Near Cuba

U.S. Warship Shadowing High-End Russian Frigate Near Cuba

New Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov in late 2014.

This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. Nothern Command.

A U.S. destroyer is off the coast of Havana, Cuba, shadowing a detachment of Russian naval ships that includes one of the country’s most advanced surface ships, USNI News has verified. Read More

More U.S. Navy Personnel Deployed to Middle East Than Anywhere Else

More U.S. Navy Personnel Deployed to Middle East Than Anywhere Else

Quartermaster Seaman Gabriel Carillo, from San Diego, Calif., assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4), stands watch on the bridge. June 21, 2019. US Navy Photo

At a time of increased tensions between Washington and Tehran, the U.S. Navy has more personnel deployed to the Middle East than anywhere else in the world, USNI News has learned. Read More

Navy Refining How Data Analytics Could Predict Ship Maintenance Needs

Navy Refining How Data Analytics Could Predict Ship Maintenance Needs

Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class Patrick Zembol, from Romeo, Mich., welds a stanchion in the weld shop aboard the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). US Navy Photo

The post was updated to include correct terminology.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Extending the lifespans of existing ships using data-driven maintenance efforts is the best strategy for achieving a 355- ship navy, said the Naval Sea Systems Command chief engineer. Read More

Navy: Next Large Surface Combatant Will Look A Lot Like Zumwalt

Navy: Next Large Surface Combatant Will Look A Lot Like Zumwalt

Destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) transits the Atlantic Ocean during acceptance trials with the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a clarification comment from ASNE’s Richard White.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy’s next large surface combatant will probably look more like the futuristic Zumwalt class of guided-missile destroyers than fleet’s current workhorse class of Arleigh Burke destroyers, the program executive officer said. Read More

House, Senate Defense Bills Tough on Littoral Combat Ship Programs

House, Senate Defense Bills Tough on Littoral Combat Ship Programs

Freedom-class LCS St. Louis (LCS-19), left, in Marinette, Wisc., on Dec. 15, 2018, as Billings (LCS-15) is under construction and preparing for commissioning. US Navy Photo

The Navy is ready to sunset littoral combat ship production and three of four congressional defense committees appear happy to oblige through restrictive policies and funding authorizations. Read More

Experts Say Arms Sale to Taiwan Answer Defense Needs, But Spur New Questions

Experts Say Arms Sale to Taiwan Answer Defense Needs, But Spur New Questions

Satellite image of the Taiwan Strait, separated mainland China on the left, from the island of Taiwan on the right. NASA photo

A pending sale of F-16 fighters, Abrams tanks, anti-armor and anti-aircraft missiles, to Taiwan drew rebukes from Beijing but also set off alarms on the island about its ability retain talent and develop home-made defenses, one of its leading security experts said Wednesday.

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U.S. 2nd Fleet Kicks Off BALTOPS 2019

U.S. 2nd Fleet Kicks Off BALTOPS 2019

Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet, speaks to Sailors on the bridge aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) on Sept. 10, 2018. US Navy PhotoBA

THE PENTAGON – A massive U.S.-led NATO and European partner exercise is kicking-off near Russia in the Baltic Sea and led by the Norfolk, Va.-based U.S. 2nd Fleet.

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Nimitz and Ford Carriers Need Upgrades to Deploy With F-35Cs

Nimitz and Ford Carriers Need Upgrades to Deploy With F-35Cs

An F-35C Lightning II assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 is positioned on the bow catapults of the Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) March 17, 2018, in the Atlantic Ocean. US Navy photo

This post has been updated with additional information from the Navy. The service has one aircraft carrier able to deploy with F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).

Currently, the Navy only has one aircraft carrier — either Ford-class or Nimitz-class — that can support the service’s most advanced fighters for a full deployment, service officials told USNI News on Thursday. Read More