SECNAV Mabus, Feds, Industry Hail Historic Solar Power Pact

SECNAV Mabus, Feds, Industry Hail Historic Solar Power Pact

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus signs a solar panel during a ceremony commemorating an agreement with Western Area Power Administration and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power to construct a 210 megawatt direct current solar facility. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus signs a solar panel during a ceremony commemorating an agreement with Western Area Power Administration and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power to construct a 210 megawatt direct current solar facility. US Navy Photo

NORTH ISLAND NAVAL AIR STATION, Calif. – With ink barely dry on a unique agreement to generate solar power in the Southwest, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus came to Southern California Thursday to celebrate a milestone toward the service’s goal to source half its energy at Navy and Marine Corps’ shore bases from renewable resources. Read More

Glueck, Walsh Reflect On Combat Development Challenges During Change Of Command

Glueck, Walsh Reflect On Combat Development Challenges During Change Of Command

Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh (right) takes command of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command from retiring Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck (center) in an Aug. 20 ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. USNI News photo.

Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh (right) takes command of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command from retiring Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck (center) in an Aug. 20 ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. USNI News photo.

This post has been updated to clarify the full length of Lt. Gen. Glueck’s Marine Corps career.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – As Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford oversaw the change of command of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command Thursday, from Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck to Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, the three officers reflected on the progress MCCDC has made over the past few years. Read More

Essay: Understanding Japan's Shifting Defense Policy

Essay: Understanding Japan’s Shifting Defense Policy

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviews members of Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) Oct. 26, 2014. Reuters Photo

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviews members of Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) Oct. 26, 2014. Reuters Photo

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed major changes in Japan’s defense policy, with strong implications for the United States and U.S. armed forces in the Pacific. The changes, designed to shift Japan away from an isolated, pacifistic defense posture to a more dynamic one based on bilateral and even multilateral relationships, are controversial but not uncommon to most nations. Read More

Navy To Award Lockheed Martin Sole-Source Contract For Frigate Combat Management System

Navy To Award Lockheed Martin Sole-Source Contract For Frigate Combat Management System

USS Freedom (LCS-1), left, and USS Independence (LCS-2) in 2012. US Navy Photo

USS Freedom (LCS-1), left, and USS Independence (LCS-2) in 2012. US Navy Photo

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) intends to award a sole-source contract to Lockheed Martin for a combat management system for the future frigates, after the Navy determined the company is the only one capable of delivering the system without slowing down the rest of the acquisition program. Read More

Exploring the Wreck of USS Macon, The Navy's Last Flying Aircraft Carrier

Exploring the Wreck of USS Macon, The Navy’s Last Flying Aircraft Carrier

A screen grab of video from the Aug. 18, 2015 dive on the USS Macon. Ocean Exploration Trust Photo

A screen grab of video from the Aug. 18, 2015 dive on the USS Macon. Ocean Exploration Trust Photo

SILVER SPRING, Md. – Eighty years ago, the Navy’s last flying aircraft carrier crashed off the coast of California and sank to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

The sinking of USS Macon (ZRS-5), a lighter-than-air rigid airship, resulted in few deaths but its loss ended the Navy’s quest to use airships as long-range scouts for the fleet.

While the idea died, the wreck Macon lives on as an important archaeological site and this week Naval History and Heritage Command, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and several non-profits came together to explore the wreckage, mapping out pieces of the airship and its four biplanes and studying the change in its material condition over time. Read More

Former Coast Guard Commandant Papp: Cooperation with Russia Key to Arctic Development

Former Coast Guard Commandant Papp: Cooperation with Russia Key to Arctic Development

Russian icebreaker Yamal, Canadian icebreaker Louis S. St. Laurent and the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea rendezvous near the North Pole in 1994. US Coast Guard Photo

Russian icebreaker Yamal, Canadian icebreaker Louis S. St. Laurent and the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea rendezvous near the North Pole in 1994. US Coast Guard Photo

“It’s very important to have Russia on board” when looking at the Arctic from an environmental, economic and security standpoint, the former commandant of the Coast Guard said Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Read More