Sen. Lindsey Graham (R- S.C.) said “it’s just a matter of time” before North Korea crosses a red line — like testing another warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile — that the Trump administration sees compelling it to take military action on the peninsula. Read More
The American public’s willingness to see Tokyo become a nuclear power and its support for positioning U.S. nuclear weapons in Japan and South Korea as ways to contain and deter North Korea was “shocking news” to one of Japan’s leading pollsters. Read More
The U.S. and Republic of Korea announced a pair of annual large-scale military exercises will be delayed until after the conclusion of the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, just as the North and South are preparing for their first significant talks in years.
With tougher United Nations sanctions now restricting the flow of oil to North Korea, the regime is taking more extreme measures to evade international scrutiny, making monitoring regional maritime traffic an even more pressing mission for U.S. intelligence and naval forces, an expert on illicit trade told USNI News on Tuesday.
USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2017.
The following is part of a series. Please also see Top Stories 2017: Navy Acquisition, Navy Operations, Marine Corps Operations, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Acquisition, International Operations and New Administration.
The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved the purchase of two Aegis Ashore missile defense systems this week to counter the threat of ballistic missiles from North Korea, though Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters that many specific details are still yet to be determined. Read More
The Navy’s top admiral told sailors in the Pacific area of operations to expect more combined exercises in 2018.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Long forgotten flags captured by U.S. forces during an obscure 19th-century military action in Korea were uncovered during restoration work at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis last week. The well-preserved flags were rediscovered in the academy’s Mahan Hall when British ensigns seized as trophies during the War of 1812 were removed from their display cases. Read More
The following are photos and video of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Theodore Roosevelt(CVN-71), along with their escorts and air wings operating off the Korean peninsula on Nov. 12, 2017. Read More
This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. 7th Fleet.
Three U.S. carrier strike groups will drill together – in the first tri-carrier operations in a decade off the Korean peninsula in the Sea of Japan, several sources confirmed to USNI News on Wednesday. Read More