Navy's Remote Minehunting System Officially Canceled, Sonar May Live On

Navy’s Remote Minehunting System Officially Canceled, Sonar May Live On

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 PENTAGON — The Navy has officially canceled the Remote Minehunting System acquisition program, but the AN/AQS-20A advanced minehunting sonar within the RMS program may live on in another capacity, a senior defense official told reporters Thursday. Read More

Brookings Panel: Improved China – Russia Relationship is a Marriage of Convenience

Brookings Panel: Improved China – Russia Relationship is a Marriage of Convenience

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin greet participants of Joint Sea-2014 exercise at Wusong naval port in Shanghai, east China, May 20, 2014. Xinhua Photo

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin greet participants of Joint Sea-2014 exercise at Wusong naval port in Shanghai, east China, May 20, 2014. Xinhua Photo

Although China and Russia have certainly grown closer in the last several years, their relationship is a marriage of convenience since for both their most important international relationship is not with each other but in dealing with the United States. Read More

Navy: Future Undersea Warfare Will Have Longer Reach, Operate With Network of Unmanned Vehicles

Navy: Future Undersea Warfare Will Have Longer Reach, Operate With Network of Unmanned Vehicles

Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN-769) transits through the Persian Gulf. on Jan. 21, 2016. US Navy Photo

Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN-769) transits through the Persian Gulf. on Jan. 21, 2016. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The future attack submarine fleet will have a longer reach, deliver a range of kinetic and nonkinetic effects and be better able to share information without compromising stealth, the Navy’s Undersea Warfare Director (OPNAV N97) told USNI News this week. Read More

Stackley: Marines Set to Standup New F-35B Squadron in June

Stackley: Marines Set to Standup New F-35B Squadron in June

Navy's top acquisition official Sean Stackley testifies before the HASC on March, 23 2016. CSPAN Image

Navy’s top acquisition official Sean Stackley testifies before the HASC on March 23, 2016. CSPAN Image

The Navy’s top acquisition official told a key congressional panel Wednesday that “Marines absolutely love this aircraft” and expect to be fielding a new squadron of F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters in June. Read More

Marines' Upgraded AAVs Begin Delivering, Will Comprise One-Third of Lift Need In 2020s

Marines’ Upgraded AAVs Begin Delivering, Will Comprise One-Third of Lift Need In 2020s

Amphibious Assault Vehicle Survivability Upgrade team lead Maj. Paul Rivera briefs media and program officials on the features of the first delivered vehicle near Marine Corps Base Quantico on March 15, 2016. USNI News photo.

Amphibious Assault Vehicle Survivability Upgrade team lead Maj. Paul Rivera briefs media and program officials on the features of the first delivered vehicle near Marine Corps Base Quantico on March 15, 2016. USNI News photo.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO — The Marine Corps plans to acquire half its needed amphibious lift – six of a required 12 infantry battalions – within the next five years, and it took a step in achieving that goal by recently accepting delivery of the first upgraded amphibious assault vehicle with a survivability upgrade (AAV SU). Read More

U.S. Facing Looming Shortage of Merchant Mariners

U.S. Facing Looming Shortage of Merchant Mariners

M/V Cape Ray (T-AKR-9679). MARAD Photo

M/V Cape Ray (T-AKR-9679). MARAD Photo

By 2022, the United States will need “70,000 new people” for the nation’s maritime fleet, but the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., and the six state maritime academies only graduate 900 per year and are at capacity, Paul Jaenichen Sr., the head of the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), told the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee on Tuesday. Read More