U.S. Weighing More Freedom of Navigation Operations in South China Sea Near Reclaimed Islands

U.S. Weighing More Freedom of Navigation Operations in South China Sea Near Reclaimed Islands

USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) conducts patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands on May 11, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) conducts patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands on May 11, 2015. US Navy Photo

The Obama administration is considering conducting more freedom of navigation missions in the South China Sea as a partial counter to China’s rapid artificial island expansion in the region, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs told a Senate panel on Thursday. Read More

Video: U.K. Reveals New Type 26 Frigate Design

Video: U.K. Reveals New Type 26 Frigate Design

An artist's conception of BAE System's Type 26 Global Combat Ship. BAE Image

An artist’s conception of BAE System’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship. BAE Image

The Royal Navy revealed more information about the design and capabilities of its new Global Combat Ship Type 26 frigate at the Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition in London. Read More

SECNAV Mabus, Maine Delegation Back Third Zumwalt Construction

SECNAV Mabus, Maine Delegation Back Third Zumwalt Construction

Guided missile destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-100) at General Dynamic Bath Iron Works on Feb. 20, 2015. US Navy Photo

Guided missile destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-100) at General Dynamic Bath Iron Works on Feb. 20, 2015. US Navy Photo

PENTAGON — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and the Maine congressional delegation have thrown their support behind finishing the third Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer — one that the Department of Defense is studying canceling. Read More

DSEI: ONR Faces Uphill Struggle to Cut UAV Manpower Costs

DSEI: ONR Faces Uphill Struggle to Cut UAV Manpower Costs

A Marine uses a handheld tablet to request resupply during an Office of Naval Research (ONR) helicopter flight demonstration with unmanned flight capability at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., as part of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) program in early 2014. US Navy Photo

A Marine uses a handheld tablet to request resupply during an Office of Naval Research (ONR) helicopter flight demonstration with unmanned flight capability at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., as part of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) program in early 2014. US Navy Photo

LONDON — The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is making giant strides in its quest to develop the next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), but hopes that their introduction into service will result in manpower savings may be misplaced. Read More

Reports: Saudis Interested in Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship as Part of $20B Fleet Expansion

Reports: Saudis Interested in Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship as Part of $20B Fleet Expansion

A Lockheed Martin concept for variations of the Freedom-class LCS design from corvette to Frigate sized hulls. Lockheed Martin Photo

A Lockheed Martin concept for variations of the Freedom-class LCS design from corvette to Frigate sized hulls. Lockheed Martin Photo

Saudi Arabia is leaning toward buying a variant of the Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship as a key component of a long-awaited multi-billion dollar refresh of its Eastern Fleet in a deal that could close as early as year’s end, according to press reports confirmed by USNI News. Read More

LCS Mine Countermeasures Operational Test Rescheduled for November, Pending Approval

LCS Mine Countermeasures Operational Test Rescheduled for November, Pending Approval

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) while testing the ship’s mine countermeasures mission package (MCM). US Navy Photo

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) while testing the ship’s mine countermeasures mission package (MCM). US Navy Photo

The Littoral Combat Ship program could begin final mine countermeasures mission package testing in November, after reliability concerns delayed the testing by several months, Navy officials told USNI News this week. Read More

Navy Integrating SeaRAM on Rota-Based DDGs; First Installation Complete In November

Navy Integrating SeaRAM on Rota-Based DDGs; First Installation Complete In November

 The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) sits moored in Rota, Spain on June 9, 2015. US Navy photo.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) sits moored in Rota, Spain on June 9, 2015. US Navy photo.

The four ballistic missile defense destroyers patrolling 6th Fleet will get a self-protection upgrade beginning this year, as the Navy integrates Raytheon’s Sea Rolling Airframe Missile (SeaRAM) onto its Aegis-equipped Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDG-51) for the first time. Read More