Opinion: USS Independence Expedition Heralds New Naval History Effort

Opinion: USS Independence Expedition Heralds New Naval History Effort

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Features on a historic photo of USS Independence CVL-22 are captured in a three-dimensional (3D) low-resolution sonar image of the shipwreck in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Coda Octopus Echoscope 3D sonar, integrated on the Boeing Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Echo Ranger, imaged the shipwreck during the first maritime archaeological survey. NOAA image.

This post has been updated with additional details of a 2015 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expedition to assess the condition of USS Independence (CVL-22)

The dives of E/V Nautilus’ remotely operated vehicles on a sunken World War II carrier off the Farallon Islands is the first in a “New Vector” partnership between Robert Ballard and his team and the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF)—and the first step in his multi-year “Victory at Sea” exploration plan. Read More

New MCPON Giordano Assumes Office

New MCPON Giordano Assumes Office

Fleet Master Chief Steven Giordano has been selected as the 14th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON). US Navy Photo

Fleet Master Chief Steven Giordano has been selected as the 14th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON). US Navy Photo

The Navy’s 14th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) took charge on Friday in a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard, the service announced. Read More

Video: LRASM Test Shot

Video: LRASM Test Shot

The following is footage and photos of a July 18, 2016 test of a Lockheed Martin Long Range Anti-Ship Missile fired from the Navy’s Self Defense Test Ship, the former USS Paul Foster. Read More

Lockheed: SM-3 Block IIA Missile Shot Next Month Will Also Test New Aegis BMD Build

Lockheed: SM-3 Block IIA Missile Shot Next Month Will Also Test New Aegis BMD Build

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test involving the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile target from the Pacific Missile Range Facility located on Kauai, Hawaii on May 17, 2016. MDA Photo

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test involving the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile target from the Pacific Missile Range Facility located on Kauai, Hawaii on May 17, 2016. MDA Photo

MOORESTOWN, N.J. – A planned October ballistic missile defense test from an Aegis destroyer will be the first outing for Lockheed Martin’s upgraded integrated air and missile defense software build, company officials told USNI News last week. Read More

Opinion: To Buy the Next Fleet, We Must Change the Navy

Opinion: To Buy the Next Fleet, We Must Change the Navy

The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), left, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. US Navy photo.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), left, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. US Navy photo.

As a navalist, think-tanker, and defense consultant, I get to spend a lot of time among very intelligent people thinking about the future of naval operations. Over the course of my work this past summer, I’ve come to focus on what I believe to be a serious problem for a Navy faced with increasingly difficult great-power contenders. Read More