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SNA: Navy Surface Leaders Pitch More Lethal Ships, Surface Action Groups

SNA: Navy Surface Leaders Pitch More Lethal Ships, Surface Action Groups

USS Stethem (DDG-63) fires a Harpoon missile during a sinking exercise as part of Valiant Shield 2014 on Sept. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Stethem (DDG-63) fires a Harpoon missile during a sinking exercise as part of Valiant Shield 2014 on Sept. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

CRYSTAL CITY, VA. — The leaders of the U.S. Navy’s surface force are pitching a new philosophy to squeeze the offensive power out of its existing surface ships in a tactical shift that calls for using small surface action groups and increasing the number of anti-ship weapons on more platforms in a plan branded, “distributed lethality.” Read More

Stackley: Navy Needs to Develop Weapons Faster, Congress Should Rollback Restrictive Legislation

Stackley: Navy Needs to Develop Weapons Faster, Congress Should Rollback Restrictive Legislation

Sean J. Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research Development and Acquisition, gives the keynote address during the 2014 Navy Opportunity Forum in Arlington, Va. US Navy Photo

Sean J. Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research Development and Acquisition, gives the keynote address during the 2014 Navy Opportunity Forum in Arlington, Va. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy’s chief weapons buyer called on Congress to rollback restrictive legislation that creates unnecessary bureaucracy and slows the development of next-generation military capabilities during a Wednesday appearance at the Atlantic Council. Read More

Opinion: The End of America’s War in Afghanistan?

Opinion: The End of America’s War in Afghanistan?

General John Campbell, commander of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Dec. 28, 2014. via Reuters

General John Campbell, commander of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Dec. 28, 2014. via Reuters

All Americans remember where they were when they learned about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but few Americans noticed—and fewer seemed to care—when Gen. John Campbell rolled up the International Security Afghanistan Force (ISAF) battle flag on Dec. 28. That ceremonial act officially and symbolically ended the ISAF combat mission in Afghanistan. Read More

Taiwan Kicks Off Domestic Attack Sub Program

Taiwan Kicks Off Domestic Attack Sub Program

A 1980s vintage Hai-lang submarine, built in the Netherlands and operated by the Republic of China Navy. ROC Photo

A 1980s vintage Hai-lang submarine, built in the Netherlands and operated by the Republic of China Navy. ROC Photo

After waiting on the U.S. to make good on plans to develop a diesel electric attack submarine (SSK) for almost 15 years, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence announced it was kicking off its own domestic attack submarine construction program this week, the agency told Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan. Read More

U.S. Destroyer Sampson On Station for Airliner Search, Fort Worth LCS Being Made Ready

U.S. Destroyer Sampson On Station for Airliner Search, Fort Worth LCS Being Made Ready

USS Sampson (DDG 102) gets underway. Sampson leaves Singapore after a scheduled port visit on Dec. 29, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Sampson (DDG 102) gets underway. Sampson leaves Singapore after a scheduled port visit on Dec. 29, 2014. US Navy Photo

The headline of this post was updated to reflect USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) is being prepared to travel to the search area for the missing Air Asia flight. As of this update, the ship is still docked in Singapore.

Responding to a request from the Indonesian government, the U.S. sent guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) to help in search for the missing Air Asia Flight QZ8501 and has prepped a black box detector for the effort, Navy officials told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More