Coast Guard To Finalize Icebreaker Acquisition Strategy By Spring; Production By 2020

Coast Guard To Finalize Icebreaker Acquisition Strategy By Spring; Production By 2020

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB-10). US Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard intends to develop an acquisition strategy for its heavy endurance icebreaker program by the spring and reach production-related activities by 2020, after President Barack Obama announced in September that the United States should accelerate the icebreaker program to support increased activity in the Arctic. Read More

Panel: Anticipated U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan Will Strain Relations With Beijing

Panel: Anticipated U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan Will Strain Relations With Beijing

Taiwanese troops following an undated exercise.

Taiwanese troops following an undated exercise.

The Taiwanese presidential elections next month — with a change in party control expected and the likely announcement of a new billion-dollar U.S. arms sale to Taipei — will not only “send a signal to Beijing” but likely will, in the short run, increase tensions between Washington and the People’s Republic of China, a panel of experts on the region said Wednesday. Read More

Latest Russian Navy Operational Surge Could be Unsustainable

Latest Russian Navy Operational Surge Could be Unsustainable

100510-N-9815L-094 ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (May 10, 2010) Russian sailors march in formation during the opening ceremony of the 65th anniversary of the Victory in Europe Day parade. The Russian minister of defense invited Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. 6th Fleet, and the crew of the guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) to participate in the celebration. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Michael Lewis/Released)

ST. PETERSBURG, Russian sailors march in formation during the opening ceremony of the 65th anniversary of the Victory in Europe Day parade in 2010. US Navy Photo.

The Russian Navy has operated more and further afield in the last year than it has in decades, but the current high operational tempo maybe difficult for the Russian’s to sustain over the long term. Read More

Zumwalt Destroyer Leaves Yard for First Set of Sea Trials

Zumwalt Destroyer Leaves Yard for First Set of Sea Trials

Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is underway for the first time conducting at-sea tests and trials in the Atlantic Ocean on Dec. 7, 2015. US Navy Photo

Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is underway for the first time conducting at-sea tests and trials in the Atlantic Ocean on Dec. 7, 2015. US Navy Photo

On Monday morning, the first-in-class Zumwalt-class destroyer left its pier at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, headed down Maine’s Kennebec River bound for the Atlantic Ocean and its first taste of saltwater. Read More