USS Ross (DDG-71) transits the Mediterranean Sea on May 4, 2015. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated to include a June 1, 2015 U.S. 6th Fleet video of a Sukhoi SU-24 Fencer flyby near USS Ross.
The Pentagon is pushing back against anonymously sourced reports in state controlled Russian media that guided missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) was chased from Russian controlled waters in the Black Sea by Russian fighters over the weekend, U.S. officials told USNI News. Read More
Guided missile destroyer John Finn (DDG-113) in March 2015. US Navy Photo
The Navy will christen the first Arleigh Burke restart guided missile destroyer on Saturday, slightly more than a month after launching the ship in late March, the service announced this week. Read More
Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG-88) underway on April 18, 2015. US Navy Photo
The House Armed Services Committee added $120 million to pay for a total of three Aegis combat system upgrades to the Navy’s Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers (DDG-51) as part of the chairman’s mark for the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. Read More
The U.S. Navy’s first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Delbert D. Black.
The guided missile destroyer DDG-119 will bear the name of the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, MCPON Delbert D. Black, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus annouced in a Friday ceremony. Read More
An E/A-18G Growler from the Scorpions of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 flies by the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73).
PENTAGON – In its Fiscal Year 2016 budget submission to Congress, the Department of the Navy (DoN) asked for $168 billion, a more than five percent increase over last year’s $159 billion request. Read More
Recent Google Earth imagery of the carrier-on-land facility in Wuhan, China with the addition of a Type-55 guided missile destroyer mock-up. Google Earth Image.
China has made several additions to its so-called carrier-on-land facility, including a mock-up of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) planned next generation guided missile destroyer, according to recent satellite imagery. Read More
The following is the Congressional Budget Office’s Analysis of the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2015 Shipbuilding Plan, released on Dec. 15, 2014. Read More
A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1A interceptor is launched from the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73) on Sept. 9, 2013. US Navy Photo
The following is the Nov. 7, 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship’s aegis weapons system on June, 19 2014. US Navy Photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — One way to restore offensive punch to the surface Navy is to discard the idea of Outer Air Battle to defeat a Soviet Cold War fleet in the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas and the North Atlantic and concentrate on dense air defenses 30 nautical miles out. Read More
Sailors man the phone and distance line aboard the Arleigh Burke-Class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG-57) on Nov. 7, 2014. US Navy Photo
The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) unveiled a plan on Monday that promises to squeeze the most out of the U.S. Navy’s existing surface assets — between now and 2025 when the Navy’s shipbuilding budget will be hard pressed by the Ohio-class replacement program’s (ORP) — while at the same time promising new capabilities such as lasers and modifying existing systems like air defense missiles to increase range and also be used for strike, the report’s author told reporters at a briefing on Monday. Read More