USS Benfold (DD 65) is at anchor off Koror, Republic of Palau in 2012. US Navy Photo
Two guided missile destroyers with the U.S. Navy’s latest ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems will be added to the service’s forward deployed forces in Japan by 2017, U.S. Pacific Fleet announced late Thursday. Read More
USS Hurricane (PC 3) and USS Monsoon (PC 4) arrive to their new homeport at Naval Support Activity, Bahrain on Aug. 13, 2014. US Navy Photo
The two final Cyclone-class patrol ships (PC) arrived in Bahrain this week, bringing the total PC count in U.S. 5th Fleet to ten, the service announced on Wednesday. Read More
Romanian navy frigate ROS Regina Maria (F 222) passes the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) on July 11, 2014. US Navy Photo
The U.S. Navy has not yet tasked any of its surface ships to move closer to Ukraine following the suspected shoot down of Malaysian Airliners Flight 17 on Thursday, service officials told USNI News on Friday. Read More
USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) transits the Aegean Sea on July, 6 2014. US Navy Photo
A U.S. guided missile cruiser has left the Black Sea on Tuesday, leaving a collection of NATO ships to maintain an ongoing presence mission following Russia’s seizure of the Crimea region from Ukraine. Read More
An undated photo of French Navy Frigate Surcouf.
A French frigate entered the Black Sea on Wednesday, growing the number of NATO surface warships in the region to three, according to a ship spotting blog and Russian press reports. Read More
USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) transits the Atlantic Ocean on March 19, 2014. US Navy Photo
A Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser will enter the Black Sea on Friday “to promote peace and stability in the region,” the Navy announced on Thursday. Read More
Sailors remove chocks and chains from beneath a MH-60S Knighthawk on USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) on May 3, 2014. US Navy Photo
The Navy is laying partial blame for the September death of two MH-60S Knightwhawk aviators on the skipper and crew of the guided missile destroyer (DDG) the helicopter landed on, according to a U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet mishap report released on Monday. Read More
MH-60S Knighthawk from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 departs the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) in January.
The following is the “Class A” mishap report from U.S. Pacific Fleet, released on May 19, 2014, on the accident that killed two MH-60s Knighthawk helicopter pilots on Sept. 22, 2013. Read More
The first of the People’s Army Liberation Navy Type 052D Luyang III destroyer. PLAN Photo
Can China’s new Type 052D Luyang III destroyers successfully see through the stealth of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter?
Maybe. Read More
USS Taylor (FFG-50) and the Turkish frigate TCG Turgutries (F-241) on May 11, 2014. US Navy Photo
The frigate assigned to operations in the Black Sea as part of a U.S. show of support to allies in the region has left, leaving no U.S. surface ships in the region, U.S. Navy officials told USNI News on Monday. Read More