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Opinion Roundup: After the Ratings

Opinion Roundup: After the Ratings

In late September, the Navy announced a major overhaul in how it classifies and addresses its enlisted sailors. As part of the restructure, the Navy eliminated the centuries old ratings system for sailors. The move replaced titles like Machinist’s Mate First Class and Boatswain’s Mate Second Class with an occupational specialty code and the generic address of Petty Officer.

The following is a selection of opinion pieces from the November issue of Proceedings and other outlets that discuss the service’s decision. Read More

Lockheed: SM-3 Block IIA Missile Shot Next Month Will Also Test New Aegis BMD Build

Lockheed: SM-3 Block IIA Missile Shot Next Month Will Also Test New Aegis BMD Build

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test involving the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile target from the Pacific Missile Range Facility located on Kauai, Hawaii on May 17, 2016. MDA Photo

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test involving the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile target from the Pacific Missile Range Facility located on Kauai, Hawaii on May 17, 2016. MDA Photo

MOORESTOWN, N.J. – A planned October ballistic missile defense test from an Aegis destroyer will be the first outing for Lockheed Martin’s upgraded integrated air and missile defense software build, company officials told USNI News last week. Read More

RIMPAC Tightens International Coalition in Pacific

RIMPAC Tightens International Coalition in Pacific

Amphibious assault vehicles depart the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) while Royal Australian Navy LHD landing craft wait to escort them on July 18, 2016. US Navy photo.

Amphibious assault vehicles depart the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) while Royal Australian Navy LHD landing craft wait to escort them on July 18, 2016. US Navy Photo

ABOARD USS AMERICA, NEAR HAWAII – As the head of the Rim of the Pacific 2016 amphibious task force progresses through the exercise, the New Zealander works from an office aboard an American ship filled with Australians, Indonesians and other personnel from the across the Pacific.

And for Commodore James Gilmour, that’s just how Pacific operations should be. Read More

Chinese RIMPAC Delegation Snubs Japanese Sailors

Chinese RIMPAC Delegation Snubs Japanese Sailors

Chinese sailors aboard the People's Liberation Army Navy destroyer Xi'an pose on the flight deck in route to RIMPAC 2016 after crossing the International Dateline. Xinhua Photo

Chinese sailors aboard the People’s Liberation Army Navy destroyer Xi’an pose on the flight deck in route to RIMPAC 2016 after crossing the International Dateline. Xinhua Photo

The Chinese naval delegation to the Rim of the Pacific exercises barred at least some Japanese sailors from touring their ships and only reluctantly invited members of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force to a reception aboard a People’s Liberation Army Navy warship, USNI News has learned. Read More