USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) transits the Pacific Ocean during Rim of the Pacific 2016 on July 18, 2016. US Navy Photo
This post was updated with additional information from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
After more than 30 years without a port call, the U.S. is set to send a guided missile destroyer to New Zealand in a one-off visit later this year, two senior U.S. defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More
The following are U.S. Navy photos and videos of USS Coronado (LCS-4) firing a Harpoon missile during the RIMPAC 2016 exercise on July 19, 2016. Read More
USS Coronado (LCS 4), an Independence-variant littoral combat ship, launches the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile. US Navy photo.
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – The Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) has had an opportunity to work with Chinese ships and naval crews during the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise and develop an understanding with their counterparts ahead of the ship’s maiden deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet, which will almost certainly include spending time patrolling the South China Sea. Read More
An artist’s concept of a Lockheed Martin LRASM fired from a U.S. Navy VLS tube. Lockheed Martin image.
Lockheed Martin has completed the third of three test shots to prove that their air-launched Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) can be fired from a surface ship on the move, company officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More
Astute-class nuclear submarine HMS Ambush. UK Royal Navy Photo
A U.K. Astute-class nuclear attack submarine struck a merchant vessel near Gibraltar on Wednesday at about 1:30 P.M. local time, the Royal Navy said in a statement. Read More
The following is a July 17, 2016 video of sailors on USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) firing its MK 15 Close-in Weapon System during the 2016 Rim of the Pacific exercise. Read More
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kremlin Photo
Two forms of nationalism — one seeing Moscow as the centerpiece of a Eurasian civilization, different from the West and the other defining itself as ethnically Russian — are shaping political discussion inside and outside the Kremlin and influencing actions far away from its borders, two experts on Russia said Wednesday. Read More
The Philippines’ Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.
The long-awaited tribunal ruling on China’s territory grab of the Western Philippine Sea finally emerged on July 12. As expected it was a mostly clean sweep for the Philippines government—judging that the claims under the PRC’s Nine-Dash Line vision were invalid, and its current activities of island reclaiming and resource grabbing were both illegal and harmful to the environment. Read More
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) middle participates with Italian navy ships in Flotta Verde as part of the Great Green Fleet initiative. US Navy Photo
PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII — The Navy’s Great Green Fleet initiative is highlighting the connection between environmental stewardship and increased combat capability at RIMPAC 2016, and top Navy leadership hopes its foreign partners will find technologies and practices to adapt in their own militaries. Read More
Scarborough Shoal. NASA Photo
Starting in early 2016, Scarborough Shoal suddenly became an issue of serious concern for U.S. officials. Read More