Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star Bound for the Arctic in December

Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star Bound for the Arctic in December

The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star breaks ice in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica on Jan. 13, 2018. US Coast Guard Photo

For the first time in almost five decades, the Coast Guard’s heavy icebreaker won’t be supporting Antarctic scientific missions in coming months but will operate instead the Arctic near Alaska, the ice breaker’s commander said recently. Read More

Navy New Virginia Block VI Virginia Attack Boat Will Inform SSN(X)

Navy New Virginia Block VI Virginia Attack Boat Will Inform SSN(X)

USS Vermont (SSN-792) transits the Thames River while conducting routine operations on Oct. 15, 2020. US Navy Photo

The submarine community is nearing a plan for its Block VI Virginia-class submarine, which will be an improvement in stealth and capability compared to the boats under construction today and will be a bridge to the upcoming SSN(X) program. Read More

U.S. Destroyer, Cutter Suffer COVID-19 Outbreaks in Pacific

U.S. Destroyer, Cutter Suffer COVID-19 Outbreaks in Pacific

Sailors man the rails as the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) passes Battleship Missouri Memorial during the official ceremony for the 75th Commemoration of the End of WWII on Sept. 2, 2020. US Navy Photo

The crews of a Pacific-based Navy guided-missile destroyer and a Coast Guard cutter are battling separate outbreaks of COVID-19, officials said this week. Read More

VIDEO: Iran Inducts New Special Operations Ship  

VIDEO: Iran Inducts New Special Operations Ship  

HI Sutton Image used with permission

Emblazoned with the pennant number “1” in on its superstructure, Shahid Roudaki joined the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) as its latest and most visible warship during a ceremony held in Bandar Abbas on the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday. Read More

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Pledges $32B Military Build-Up

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Pledges $32B Military Build-Up

Image of the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson giving the thumbs up outside No10 Downing Street London, after buying his Poppy from Armed Forces Poppy sellers today 23/10/2020.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday committed the British government to an expansion of defense spending that confirms London’s ambitions about improving the Royal Navy through the middle of the century. Read More

Navy Confident It Could Build 3 Virginia SSNs a Year, Though More Study Needed On Shipyard Capacity

Navy Confident It Could Build 3 Virginia SSNs a Year, Though More Study Needed On Shipyard Capacity

Attack boat Vermont (SSN-792) float-off on March 29, 2019. General Dynamics Electric Boats Photo

The Navy has “full confidence we can ramp up” to building three attack submarines per year if the Navy buildup proposed by former Defense Secretary Mark Esper were to be enacted, despite ongoing delays in Block IV Virginia-class construction, the program executive officer for submarines said today. Read More