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Paul Allen's Team Finds Lost World War II Cruiser USS Helena

Paul Allen’s Team Finds Lost World War II Cruiser USS Helena

USS Helena. Paul Allen Photo

The wreckage of USS Helena (CL-50), the WWII-era St. Louis-class cruiser that survived the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and played an integral roll in defending Marine Corps operations in the Battle of Guadalcanal, was discovered last month by a team of researchers financed by billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen.

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CBO: 355-Ship Fleet Will Cost $6.7 Billion More Per Year Than Current Navy Budget Request

CBO: 355-Ship Fleet Will Cost $6.7 Billion More Per Year Than Current Navy Budget Request

Ingalls Shipbuilding lands the 700-ton deckhouse on the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) on July 9, 2016. Ingalls Shipbuilding photo.

Two of four shipbuilding scenarios detailed by a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday would create a 355-ship Navy by 2037, but current Navy spending requests only maintain the status quo of the current-sized 282-ship fleet.

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USS America ARG, 15th MEU Leaders Talk Ship's First Operational Deployment

USS America ARG, 15th MEU Leaders Talk Ship’s First Operational Deployment

The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), left, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) are underway in formation during a simulated straits transit on June 5, 2017. US Navy photo.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Dwell on what can’t be done or focus on the possible – while at sea, commanders of the America Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit chose the latter option and returned praising the first deployment for the first-in-class USS America (LHA-6).

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Navy to Congress: Block Buy Contracting Saves Money and Time

Navy to Congress: Block Buy Contracting Saves Money and Time

Newport News Shipbuilding placed a 900-ton superlift into dry dock, continuing construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). Nearly 90 lifts have been placed in the dock and joined together since the ship’s keel was laid in August 2015. Newport News Shipbuilding photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy’s top weapons buyer was on Capitol Hill this week pitching block buy contracting authority as a way for the service to cut both the cost of large programs and time required to field capabilities.

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Lawmakers Not Satisfied with Navy 355-Ship Plan

Lawmakers Not Satisfied with Navy 355-Ship Plan

John F. Kennedy CVN-79 superlift. HII Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two senior lawmakers called into question the Navy’s proposed plan to increase fleet size to 355 ships. One said the pace was too slow and another said the buildup was based on unrealistic schedules and funding.

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Truman Strike Group Completes COMPTUEX

Truman Strike Group Completes COMPTUEX

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class John Gandy signals an EA-18G Growler assigned to the “Rooks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Feb. 28, 2018. US Navy Photo

Having successfully completed the exercise certifying being ready for deployment, the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Thursday.

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USS Ross Exits Black Sea After Two Week Cruise

USS Ross Exits Black Sea After Two Week Cruise

USS Ross (DDG-71) departs the Black Sea via the Bosporus on Feb. 28, 2018. Photo by Yörük Işık‏ used with permission.

Guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) departed the Black Sea Wednesday, after nearly two weeks of conducting maritime security operations.

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Wittman: Armed Services Committee Won't Accept Proposed Navy Shipbuilding Plan; More Hulls Needed

Wittman: Armed Services Committee Won’t Accept Proposed Navy Shipbuilding Plan; More Hulls Needed

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Austin Kreilis, assigned to the air department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), signals an MV-22 Osprey to lift off from the flight deck. US Navy photo.

CAPITOL HILL – The House Armed Services Committee will not accept a Navy shipbuilding plan of anything lower than 13 ships and $26 billion in Fiscal Year 2019, a subcommittee chairman said, suggesting HASC may add several ships beyond what the Navy requested earlier this week. Read More

UPDATED: Iran Says Speedboat Harassment Down Because U.S. Behavior Change

UPDATED: Iran Says Speedboat Harassment Down Because U.S. Behavior Change

Iran Fast Attack Craft. Fars News Agency Photo

This post has been updated with an additional statement from U.S. 5th Fleet.

An Iranian admiral now says the country’s slow-down in sending small patrol boats to harass U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf was spurred by what he describes as a change in U.S. behavior but doesn’t address the uptick in Iran’s drone flights in the region. Read More