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Navy's UCLASS Could Be Air to Air Fighter

Navy’s UCLASS Could Be Air to Air Fighter

X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) on Nov. 9, 2013. US Navy

X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) on Nov. 9, 2013. US Navy

Could the U.S. Navy’s future Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft have an air-to-air role? The service’s director of air warfare Rear Adm. Mike Manazir posed that it could during a Dec. 20 interview with USNI News. Read More

Bush Carrier Strike Group to Deploy Saturday

Bush Carrier Strike Group to Deploy Saturday

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) during its final pre-deployment evaluations on Dec. 13, 2013. US Navy Photo

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) during its final pre-deployment evaluations on Dec. 13, 2013. US Navy Photo

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is scheduled to depart for a Middle East and Mediterranean deployment on Saturday as the centerpiece of Carrier Strike Group 2, U.S. Navy Fleet Forces command announced Wednesday. Read More

WEST: Fox Calls for Tougher and More Lethal Surface Ships

WEST: Fox Calls for Tougher and More Lethal Surface Ships

Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox before the Senate on Jan. 28, 2014. DoD Photo

Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox before the Senate on Jan. 28, 2014. DoD Photo

The number two Pentagon civilian called for more survivable and lethal surface ships instead of “niche platforms” that can only conduct certain missions in permissive environments as the U.S. moves toward its rebalance to the Pacific in a speech at West 2014 conference in San Diego, Calif. on Tuesday. Read More

Opinion: Preserve the Carrier Force

Opinion: Preserve the Carrier Force

Aircraft carriers in Norfolk, Va. on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carriers in Norfolk, Va. on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

The aircraft carrier, nuclear-powered for the last 50 years, and its embarked air wing remain arguably the most valuable and effective instrument for shaping the national military strategy, with proven applicability from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to high-end maritime strike warfare.

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U.S. Navy Shuffle Japan-based Minesweepers and Amphibious Ship

U.S. Navy Shuffle Japan-based Minesweepers and Amphibious Ship

USS Denver (LPD-9) in August, 2013, US Navy Photo

USS Denver (LPD-9) in August, 2013, US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is in the process of switching out a number of warships forward deployed to Japan with newer vessels. The latest ships to be replaced are USS Denver (LPD-9), an Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship, and the mine countermeasure ships USS Avenger (MCM-1) and USS Defender (MCM-2), the Navy announced this week. Read More

America Completes Acceptance Trials

America Completes Acceptance Trials

America (LHA-6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard Jan. 31, 2014 from acceptance trials. US Navy Photo

America (LHA-6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard Jan. 31, 2014 from acceptance trials. US Navy Photo

The first in a new class of amphibious warship has completed its acceptance trials, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced this week. Read More