Navy Successfully Completes First Live Fire Test Of SeaRAM From Destroyer

Navy Successfully Completes First Live Fire Test Of SeaRAM From Destroyer

USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts a structural test firing of SeaRAM in Spain on Feb. 28, 2016, as the first Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer with a SeaRAM installation. US Navy photo.

USS Porter (DDG-78) conducts a structural test firing of SeaRAM in Spain on Feb. 28, 2016, as the first Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer with a SeaRAM installation. US Navy photo.

The Navy successfully launched the Raytheon SeaRAM Anti-Ship Missile Defense System from an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer for the first time ever on March 4, a final step in rapidly fielding a self-defense capability on the Mediterranean-based USS Porter (DDG-78) through an unconventional acquisition process. Read More

U.S. Intelligence Assessment Disputes Chinese Claims of Limited Militarization, Ceased Land Reclamation in South China Sea

U.S. Intelligence Assessment Disputes Chinese Claims of Limited Militarization, Ceased Land Reclamation in South China Sea

Chinese troops patrol disputed holding in the Spratly Islands. Photo via Reuters

Chinese troops patrol disputed holding in the Spratly Islands. Photo via Reuters

A recently revealed U.S. assessment of Chinese military capability on holdings in the South China Sea runs counter to a narrative from Beijing that weapons on the artificial islands are merely for self defense, according to the late February assessment outlined in a letter by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and obtained by USNI News. Read More

Navy Finds Urgency In Staving Off A Sub Shortfall Decades In The Making

Navy Finds Urgency In Staving Off A Sub Shortfall Decades In The Making

North Dakota (SSN 784) sits moored at the graving dock of General Dynamics Electric Boat prior to its christening ceremony in Groton, Conn. on Nov. 2, 2013. US Navy Photo

North Dakota (SSN 784) sits moored at the graving dock of General Dynamics Electric Boat prior to its christening ceremony in Groton, Conn. on Nov. 2, 2013. US Navy Photo

A spike in demand for the Navy’s attacks submarines, just ahead of a spate of decommissionings and a dip in new SSN construction, is leading the Navy to look at some previously unthinkable measures to mitigate the upcoming shortfall in the fleet. Read More

Navy Sinks Former Frigate USS Reuben James in Test of New Supersonic Anti-Surface Missile

Navy Sinks Former Frigate USS Reuben James in Test of New Supersonic Anti-Surface Missile

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship's aegis weapons system on June 19, 2016. US Navy Photo

USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) launches a Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship’s aegis weapons system on June 19, 2014. US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: Due to an editing error a previous version of this post had the incorrect hull number for the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones. The ship is designated DDG-53 — not DDG-32. The designation DDG-32 was assigned to the decommissioned Forrest Sherman-class destroyer also named John Paul Jones.

The former frigate USS Reuben James (FFG-57) was sunk in January during a test of the Navy’s new anti-surface warfare (ASuW) variant of the Raytheon Standard Missile 6 (SM-6), company officials told USNI News on Monday. Read More

Pentagon Officials Outline, Defend Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Submission

Pentagon Officials Outline, Defend Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Submission

brac_pentagonThe emphasis in the Fiscal Year 2017 $583 billion Pentagon spending request is to deliver effects from range, knowing innovation is not just new technologies but also how to better use existing ones and leverage areas of sanctuary—including at sea or underwater—to deter potential adversaries, a senior Pentagon budget official said on Monday. Read More