THE PENTAGON – The evidence against a U.S. Navy officer accused of passing classified information to foreign agents was the result – in part — of a government sting involving a Mandarin speaking FBI informant, according to an audio recording of an April 8 Article 32 hearing played for reporters on Thursday. Read More
Though the Littoral Combat Ship’s mine countermeasures mission package originally laid out a four-increment fielding plan that made use of three unmanned vehicles, a shakeup in those vehicles’ roles may lead to a single operational test by 2020 that would clear all four increments for use, the Program Executive Officer for LCS told USNI News. Read More
Austal USA has been awarded a $18.5 million long lead contract from the Navy for the 12th Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, the company announced on Thursday. Read More
The following is the May 4, 2016 cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office on the House Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Read More
This post has been updated with additional photos and a map of where the fighting occured.
THE PENTAGON – The Navy SEAL who was killed in a Tuesday firefight with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants was part of a quick reaction force sent in to assist a U.S. advise-and-assist team and Kurdish Peshmerga forces who were overwhelmed by a surprise ISIS offensive in Northern Iraq, an Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman told reporters on Wednesday. Read More
This post has been updated to include additional information from Naval Sea Systems Command.
The Littoral Combat Ship program is poised to make big strides this year in its strike capability, both with over-the-horizon missiles and the shorter-range Longbow Hellfire missile. Read More
The following is a People’s Liberation Army recruitment advertisement released late last month by Chinese authorities. Read More
“Train like we fight . . . fight like we train!” This has been a military maxim for eons. Two decades into the 21st century, nowhere is this more compelling than in the Navy’s mine countermeasures (MCM) capabilities and capacities needed to defeat our adversaries’ weapons that await. Read More
The following is a May 1, 2016 U.S. Navy video of the Anti-Submarine Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) arriving in San Diego, Calif. Read More
When the Navy rolled out its Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) in 2014 and began inducting its first aircraft carriers into the force generation model last year, leaders made clear that it would take some time to fully implement the plan and regain full carrier strike group readiness.
Those leaders spoke anecdotally about maintenance availabilities running long, forcing ship crews to compress training so they could deploy on time – but the Government Accountability Office this week released a report that quantifies those struggles, highlighting the importance of keeping OFRP implementation on track. Read More