The following is a May 21, 2015 letter from Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter asking the Pentagon not to invite the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy to the international Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises in 2016 due primarily to China’s extensive reclamation efforts in contested areas in the South China Sea. Read More
U.S. forces in Nepal began drawing down this week after the Nepalese government switched from a disaster relief and rescue mode to a longer-term recovery operation. Read More
The U.S. Navy has a brief window of opportunity to ensure that a warship continues to grace Washington’s waterfront for another generation. Read More
The following is an account of the mine strike on the Oliver Hazard Perry frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) which originally ran in Proceedings in the April 2013 issue.
In February 1988, the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) reported for duty in waters made deadlier by war. The conflict between Iran and Iraq had spread from land to sea, and the United States had pledged to defend Kuwaiti tankers plying the Persian Gulf. Read More
Navies are tough on their ships.
From commissioning to when they leave the service, naval vessels are driven hard, fulfilling myriad missions and carrying their sailors and marines the world over.
More often than not at the end of their service these ships are sold to allies, scrapped or sometimes sunk to create coral reefs or for target practice.
However, there are some that are preserved as places for the public to get a sense for what life was like for warships and their crews on the high seas. Read More
The second Marine who died following the Sunday hard landing of a MV-22 Osprey in Hawaii was identified by the service on Thursday. Read More
India’s long-delayed carrier is set to enter the water next week while the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi government has approved more money for development of the second indigenous carrier, according to local press reports. Read More
The Defense Department’s first Lab Day at the Pentagon last week celebrated both the innovative research taking place in the research community as well as military leadership’s new emphasis on pushing innovation across the services, those in attendance said. Read More
The Navy conducted its first-ever shipboard full-speed catapult shot with the General Atomics Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) aboard the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) earlier this month, the Navy said in a May 15 statement. Read More