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Russia Wants to Keep Status as Arctic Superpower, Says Expert

Russia Wants to Keep Status as Arctic Superpower, Says Expert

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Russia’s ambition to remain the Arctic superpower is propelling its all-out effort to guard its economic interests there with broad territorial claims over waterways and a continued military build-up in a region the United States often ignored, an expert on Arctic defense and security said Wednesday. Read More

Fleet Forces CO Grady Nominated to be Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Fleet Forces CO Grady Nominated to be Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Adm. Christopher W. Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, speaks to assembled leaders on Oct. 26, 2021. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with the official nomination announcement from the Pentagon.

The White House has nominated the current commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command to serve in the number two position on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USNI News has learned. Read More

Investigation Concludes USS Connecticut Grounded on Uncharted Seamount in South China Sea

Investigation Concludes USS Connecticut Grounded on Uncharted Seamount in South China Sea

USS Connecticut (SSN-22) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan for a scheduled port visit on July 31, 2021. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. 7th Fleet.

Investigators have determined USS Connecticut (SSN-22) hit an uncharted seamount that grounded the nuclear attack submarine on the underwater feature in the South China Sea Navy, USNI News has learned. Read More

Faller: Building Trust with Partners Key to Future of SOUTHCOM,

Faller: Building Trust with Partners Key to Future of SOUTHCOM,

Retiring Navy Adm. Craig S. Faller holds an American flag that was presented to him, at U.S. Southern Command headquarters, Doral, Fla., on Oct. 29, 2021. DoD Photo

Upholding human rights and the rule of law are key tenets in building professionalism in the armed forces across Southern Command, the outgoing commander said in his farewell speech on Friday. Read More

Stefany: Repairs to USS Connecticut Could Cause ‘Perturbations’ in Public Shipyards

Stefany: Repairs to USS Connecticut Could Cause ‘Perturbations’ in Public Shipyards

USS Connecticut (SSN-22) departs Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for sea trials following a maintenance availability on Dec. 14, 2016. US Navy Photo

Unplanned repairs to the damaged attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN-22) could disrupt the backlog of planned ship maintenance in the public naval yards, Jay Stefany, acting assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, told Congress on Thursday. Read More

Pentagon Report: Navy 2020 Suicide Rate Lowest in Four Years

Pentagon Report: Navy 2020 Suicide Rate Lowest in Four Years

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Alexis Vazquez places her handprint on the bulkhead of the vehicle stowage ramp aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) in recognition of Suicide Awareness Month. US Navy Photo

The Navy has seen its lowest rate of suicide in four years in active duty sailors, while the other services have seen a rise, according to the Department of Defense’s most recent suicide report. Read More

Navy Not Sure What USS Connecticut Struck in the South China Sea, Beijing Accuses U.S. of Cover-Up

Navy Not Sure What USS Connecticut Struck in the South China Sea, Beijing Accuses U.S. of Cover-Up

USS Connecticut (SSN-22) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a scheduled port visit, July 31, 2021. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy still isn’t positive what one of its most powerful attack submarines hit in the South China Sea, as repair assessments continue in Guam, four sources familiar with the results of the preliminary investigations told USNI News this week. Read More