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
This article has been updated to include additional information from Raytheon.
The U.S. Navy and Raytheon successfully engaged an over-the-horizon supersonic target with a Standard Missile-6 for the first time, the company announced today. Read More
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) guided-missile defense destroyer JDS Atago (DDG-177) maneuvers with other JMDSF and U.S. Navy ships belonging to the USS George Washington carrier strike group in 2011. US Navy Photo
Changes in Japan’s defense posture, pending aircraft buys from the U.S. and planned combat system modification to Japanese ships will give the Japanese Self Defense Force (JSDF) the practical and political ability to fight as a part of the U.S. Navy’s new networked carrier strike group concept — which would expand the lethal power and range of both forces, USNI News has learned. Read More
Rear Adm. Jim Kilby during an April training exercise in conjunction with the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center. NSMWDC Photo
The Navy is in the midst of a surface warfare renaissance after 15 years of lower-end tasks in the backgrounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In addition to beefing up its weapons and material readiness to wage a high-end fight, the surface community is also borrowing lessons from the naval aviation to train a new cadre of elite surface warfare officers (SWOs). Read More
An E/A-18G Growler is directed to the catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). US Navy Photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A study that would determine if the Navy should acquire more Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft for a wider joint high-end war fighting requirements has been completed, Navy officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft conduct a test flight in 2009. US Navy Photo
Congress was notified of a potential sale of four Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes and supporting equipment to Japan, State Department officials told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More
An EA-6B Prowler, attached to the “Garudas” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134, left, and an F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the “Golden Warriors” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Oct. 25, 2014. US Navy photo.
The Navy’s EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare jet flew its last active duty flight on Wednesday and officially decommissioned at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Read More
Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) prepare the flight deck for flight operations. US Navy Photo
The Carl Vinson carrier strike group (CSG) has left U.S. Central Command and has passed its strike missions over Iraq and Syria to a new CSG centered on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), the service announced on Friday. Read More
Aircraft sit on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Oct. 29, 2014. US Navy Photo
The crew of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) finished clearing clogged seawater intakes to allow the ship to depart for a Middle East deployment, Navy officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) participates in a strait transit exercise on Jan. 16, 2015. US Navy Photo
The Navy’s most technologically capable carrier, cruiser and destroyer are shipping out for a Middle East deployment on Monday, according to a release from Fleet Forces Command. Read More
USS Chafee (DDG-90) on 2014. Chafee is one of five Arleigh Burke destroyers that won’t receive a ballistic missile defense (BMD) upgrade due to a reduction of funding as part of the Navy’s FY 2016 budget request. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated from an earlier version to include a statement from Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) — chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee.
Five Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers (DDG-51) will forgo a combat system upgrade that would allow the ships to fight ballistic missile threats as part of a reduction in modernization funding included in the Navy’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget that will save the service $500 million over the next five years, USNI News has learned. Read More