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  1. 'No Drama': The littoral combat ship Independence is seen here on plane guard duty with the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan during the Rim of the Pacific exercise in July, marking the first time a ship of this class operated extensively with a flattop. MC1 Dustin Kelling/ / US Navy

    RIMPAC Exercise Puts LCS Through Paces

    It was the middle of May, and the littoral combat ship Independence was operating out of San Diego, testing components of the mine warfare mission package.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  2. Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enström Esquilo via Wikimedia Commons

    Enström: Sweden Must Keep Sub-building Know-how

    Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, has endorsed a government plan to increase defense spending by more than 10 percent in 2015-2024.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  3. The Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) provides a foundation to run various tactical systems, including combat systems, aboard US Navy ships, such as the destroyer Ross. MC2 John Herman / US Navy

    US Navy's CANES Network Picks Suppliers

    The US Navy's effort to develop and install a new shipboard tactical electronic network took a major leap forward Aug. 20 with the selection of five commercial teams to fill the fleet's needs for the next eight years.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  4. A man fishes in front of the Russian Navy aircraft carrier Kuznetsov moored off the coast of Cyprus in February. Kuznetsov is Russia's only active aircraft carrier. Yiannis Kourtoglou / AFP

    Russian Defense Minister Vows To Strengthen Navy

    Russia announced plans Tuesday to bolster its navy with more advanced weapons in response to NATO's vow to halt the Kremlin's push into Ukraine and feared expansion into eastern Europe.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  5. A BAE display model shows the new Type 26 frigate proposed for the Royal Navy. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    New UK Frigate Proposals Coming Together

    BAE Systems is finishing proposals to build a new generation of frigates for the Royal Navy and has begun delivering details of the bid to the British Defence Ministry ahead of a decision expected by the end of the year, company officials said.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  6. An X-47B lands the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. MCSA Alex Millar/Navy

    US Navy Flies Manned, Unmanned Carrier Jets Together For First Time

    It was one small button push for man and one giant catapult launch for the US Navy's unmanned air combat program Sunday as the X-47B flew its first takeoffs and landings with F/A-18s on the aircraft carrier Roosevelt.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  7. This picture, taken on May 14 from a Vietnamese Coast Guard ship, shows a Chinese Coast Guard vessel, left, sailing near China's oil drilling rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea. Vietnam was experiencing its worst anti-China unrest in decades following Beijing's deployment of an oil rig to disputed waters, with at least one Chinese worker killed and more than 100 injured. Hoang Dinh Nam / Getty Images

    Fishing Vessels in China Serve as Proxy Enforcers

    China's use of swarming tactics with fishing vessels to project and protect Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea appears unstoppable, experts say.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  8. Cutter Completion: The Hamilton, seen in July on its first round of builder's sea trials, will be the first of the US Coast Guard's national security cutters based on the US East Coast. Huntington Ingalls Industries

    USCG Cutter Program Hits Its Stride

    It's not often the US Coast Guard takes center stage at the sprawling Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The huge facility builds more different kinds of ships for the US Navy than any other yard.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  9. The amphibious ship Canterbury was part of New Zealand's Project Protector program. Two of the four inshore patrol vessels that are also part of the program could be replaced by a larger ship. New Zealand Navy

    NZ Navy's Newest Ships May Have Short Life

    New Zealand's government is considering cutting half of the Royal New Zealand Navy's inshore patrol vessel (IPV) fleet.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  10. The River-class patrol vessel HMS Mersey is pictured at sea near Portsmouth. Agreement has been reached on construction of three large patrol vessels to replace the River-class vessels for the British Navy. Caroline Davies/Crown Copyright

    BAE, UK Government Settle Agreement on New Patrol Vessels

    The British government has firmed up an agreement with BAE Systems to build three large patrol vessels for the Royal Navy in a contract valued at £348 million (US $584 million).

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  11. A part of the Sevastopol ship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel currently under construction for the Russian navy, arrives July 15 in Saint-Nazaire, France, from the Baltic. Jean-Debastien Evrard / AFP

    Official: Russia To Pay for French Warships Only Upon Full Delivery

    Russia will not pay for the Mistral warships being built by France until both ships have been delivered, an official said on Tuesday.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  12. The North Dakota sets off for sea trials Aug. 3 from the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn. The submarine is the 11th unit of the Virginia class. US Navy

    Despite Delays, New US Navy Sub Headed for On-Time Delivery

    The building program of the US Navy's Virginia-class submarines has an outstanding reputation, both for keeping to cost and for on-time delivery.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  13. An F/A-18C Hornet strike fighter from Strike Fighter Squadron 15 lands aboard the aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush in the Persian Gulf on July 29. The carrier is carrying 44 strike fighters. MC3 Joshua Card / US Navy

    US Naval Forces on Station in Gulf Region

    US Navy and Marine forces already are on station in the Middle East, part of the US policy of keeping a carrier strike group and an amphibious ready group in the region.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  14. Antarctic Ambitions: Argentina's Irizar is the only icebreaker in the inventory of a South American navy, but it has been out of service since April 2007, when it was damaged by a fire onboard. Argentine Navy

    South America's Growing Interest in Antarctica Drives Polar Ship Buys

    Colombia is set to join its South American neighbors in their plans to upgrade Antarctic assets and establishments, which are opening bases and buying polar ships.

    • Aug. 3, 2014
  15. Negotiations Underway: The Indian Navy has asked the Defence Ministry to accelerate talks to buy six Russian-built Amur-class submarines, similar to this model, under Project 75-I. Wikimedia Commons

    Indian Navy Wants To Fast-Track Purchase of Russian Subs

    The Indian Defence Ministry's delay in floating a tender for six conventional submarines appears to be helping Russia, as the Indian Navy is now asking the MoD to buy two Russian-built Amur-class subs to help restock the shrinking force.

    • Aug. 2, 2014
  16. Upgrades: Ottawa is one of Canada's Halifax-class frigates, which would receive further upgrades under a new plan. Canadian Dept. of National Defence

    Canada Expands Frigate Upgrade Plans

    Canada is opening a second market for companies to upgrade its frigates, with new plans to buy additional systems and equipment for the ships over the next seven years.

    • Aug. 2, 2014
  17. The fast combat support ship Bridge transfers supplies to the German destroyer Hamburg and US aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, while the cruiser Hue City waits its turn. The Bridge is scheduled to be taken out of service in September as an economy measure. US Navy photo by MC2 Ryan McLearnon

    Future of US Fast Supply Ships Questioned

    While lawmakers routinely question the US Navy about aircraft carriers, submarines, cruisers and other warships, it's rare that the lowly combat logistics force comes into the congressional viewfinder.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  18. A Lockheed Martin proposal for an upgunned Littoral Combat Ship features an installed vertical launch system. Lockheed Martin

    No Report Expected Just Yet on LCS Alternative

    For those of you with July 31 marked on your calendars as a red-letter day in the US Navy's Small Surface Combatant (SSC) program — hold that thought.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  19. The littoral combat ship USS Independence is underway in a formation of 42 ships and submarines from 15 international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific 2014. Ensign Joseph Pfaff / US Navy

    PACOM Chief: US Not Worried About Chinese Intel Ship off Hawaiian Coast

    The head of the Pentagon's Pacific Command said Tuesday that it's 'a little odd' the Chinese government has sent a spy ship to trail the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise currently taking place off the coast of Hawaii — an exercise in which China has f

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  20. New LCS Armament: A Naval Strike Missile emerges from its launcher aboard the Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen during a test near Hawaii. A US Navy littoral combat ship will conduct a test launch of the missile in September. Forsvaret

    Norway's Naval Strike Missile to get LCS test

    This September, a US Navy littoral combat ship (LCS) will get underway on a missile range off Southern California and conduct test launches of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), a Kongsberg-developed weapon already fielded aboard Norwegian warships and by Po

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  21. Although the Navy has not asked for the ship, Congress is working to fund a 12th San Antonio-class amphibious ship. Here, the John P. Murtha, 10th ship in the class, is under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    Money For New US Navy Amphib Falls Far Short

    Powerful forces in Congress are working to buy the US Navy an extra amphibious ship, and lawmakers in both the House and Senate have added between $650 million and $800 million to the proposed 2015 shipbuilding budget to begin construction.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  22. The Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen launched a Naval Strike Missile July 10 during a successful test near Hawaii. A US Navy littoral combat ship will conduct a test launch of the missile in September off California. Forsvaret

    LCS to Conduct Test of Norwegian Missile

    The littoral combat ship USS Coronado will get a chance at an historic LCS first this fall when it launches a surface-to-surface missile in tests off Southern California.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  23. A part of the Sevastopol ship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel currently under construction for the Russian navy, arrives July 15 from the Baltic in Saint-Nazaire, France. Jean-sebastien Evrard / AFP

    Ukraine 'Disappointed' By French Refusal To Halt Russia Warship Sale

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he was 'very disappointed' by France's decision to go ahead with a deal to sell two warships to Russia, despite international condemnation of Moscow's role in the east Ukraine conflict.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  24. The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), left, Austin-class amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9), and ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, moored June 19 at Fleet Activities in Sasebo, Japan. MC2 Michael Achterling / US Navy

    Naval Ships From US, India and Japan To Start War Games

    The United States, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China and its military buildup.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  25. The MNCS Toronto will join the NATO fleet in the Mediterranean. Wikipedia

    Canada Sends Warship to Mediterranean To Join NATO Fleet

    A Canadian warship with a crew of 250 headed Thursday to the Mediterranean where it will join a NATO fleet providing increased security in Eastern Europe amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  26. Peru has acquired the Dutch replenishment ship Amsterdam. AFP

    Peru Acquires Dutch Replenishment Ship

    The Peruvian government has acquired the Netherlands' fleet replenishment ship HNLMS 'Amsterdam,' which will be delivered to the South American country in December, a move signaling an effort to boost naval capabilities.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  27. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, leaves March 5 for her first trial. Frank Perry / AFP

    US: Transfer of French Warships to Russia 'Inappropriate'

    The delivery of French Mistral-class warships to Russia would be 'completely inappropriate' given the West's misgivings about Moscow's role in Ukraine, the United States said Tuesday.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  28. The Royal Navy helicopter carrier Illustrious steams alongside HMS Ocean in a ceremonial passing of the responsibility for protecting the United Kingdom's interests. Illustrious then made her final entry into Portsmouth naval base, ending a 32-year career with the fleet. UK Royal Navy

    Royal Navy's Illustrious Passes the Torch, Ends Career

    Illustrious, the second most famous commissioned warship in the Royal Navy, returned to Portsmouth naval base for the last time July 21, marking the end of a 32-year career for the helicopter carrier.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  29. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. Georges Gobet / AFP

    Lithuania Slams French Warship Deal With Russia During Ukraine Crisis

    Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite said Tuesday the European Union was compromising its values to protect trade ties with Russia, pointing to a French warship agreement with Moscow.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  30. The headquarters of German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp AG in Essen, Germany. Patrik Stollarz / AFP

    Saab Buys ThyssenKrupp's Swedish Submarine Shipyard

    Swedish defense and aeronautics group Saab said Tuesday it had completed the acquisition of a submarine shipyard in Sweden owned by German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  31. Chinese military hospital ship Peace Ark. Beijing has defended its dispatch of a spy ship to international waters off Hawaii, near where Chinese vessels are taking part in a US-led naval exercise for the first time, reports said Monday. STR / AFP

    China Says Spy Ship Operations at RIMPAC 'In Line With International Law'

    Beijing has defended its dispatch of a spy ship to international waters off Hawaii, near where Chinese vessels are taking part in a US-led naval exercise for the first time, reports said Monday.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  32. Turkey will buy new missile boats to add to a fleet that includes Kiliç-class fast attack craft such as the Meltem. Turkish Navy via Wikimedia Commons

    Turkey To Formalize Fast Missile Boat Race

    Turkey's procurement authorities are preparing to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 10 fast missile boats, formalizing the planned competition.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  33. An F/A 18E Super Hornet takes off from the flight deck of US nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington on July 16 during a joint naval exercise off the southern port of Mokpo. South Korea and the United States launched a five-day joint naval exercise in the face of angry North Korean protests and warnings backed by missile tests. AFP

    South Korea-US Naval Drill Begins Despite North's Anger

    South Korea and the United States on Wednesday launched a five-day joint naval exercise in the face of angry North Korean protests and warnings backed by missile tests.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  34. An EA-18G Growler launches from the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. A Senate subcommittee added $1.3 billion for a dozen of the aircraft. MC2 John Philip Wagner/ / Navy

    US Senate Panel Proposes Keeping A-10, 11 Aircraft Carriers With $547.9B Defense Bill

    A US Senate panel on Tuesday approved nearly $550 billion in military spending as part of a bill that would keep alive weapon systems the Pentagon wanted to retire.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  35. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    US Admiral in China for Top-Level Navy Talks

    The chief of the US Navy met his Chinese counterpart Tuesday for talks aimed at improving cooperation between their fleets following concerns over regional territorial disputes and potential armed conflict.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  36. The US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington arrives July 11 at the southeastern port city of Busan, South Korea. North Korea reacted angrily to the arrival of the 97,000-ton supercarrier for a joint salvation exercise with South Korea and Japan off the Korean Peninsula, calling it a serious provocation. Jung Yeon-Je / Getty Images

    North Korea Fires 2 More Missiles Into Sea

    North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea Sunday, Seoul's military said, in an apparent show of anger at an upcoming joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  37. The US Navy now counts its two hospital ships as part of the battle force — one of a number of changes that skews future ship totals higher. Here, the hospital ship Mercy passes the Battleship Missouri Memorial in June in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. MC Tim D. Godbee/ / US Navy

    More Ships, At Least On Paper, In New Fleet Plan

    The latest update of the US Navy's annual 30-year shipbuilding plan shows a jump of 10 ships now in service compared with a year ago, but the updated number is a reflection of new ship-counting rules, not more ship production.

    • Jul. 12, 2014
  38. Oiler Debate: The fast replenishment ship Bridge resupplies the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis and cruiser Mobile Bay last year in the Arabian Sea. A plan to inactivate the Bridge and a sister ship to save money has been put off. Christopher P. Cavas

    Big Supply Ships May Get Reprieve — For Now

    They're the biggest supply ships operated for the US Navy, and the fastest. Rarely does a deployed carrier strike group travel without one.

    • Jul. 12, 2014
  39. Egypt will purchase four Gowind corvettes, with three to be built in Alexandria. DCNS

    DCNS Cuts Deal With Egypt for 4 Gowind Ships

    French shipbuilder DCNS has sold four Gowind warships to Egypt, with the first 2,500-ton corvette to be built in France and the remaining three in Alexandria through a technology transfer, a company spokesman said Friday.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  40. Doubts About the Plan: Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., chairman of the House Seapower subcommittee, waves a copy of the new fleet plan while questioning US Navy officials. US House Armed Services Committee video

    US Navy Grilled on Cruiser Plan

    Sometimes it's all about trust, and right now, the US Navy is struggling to convince Congress it's on the level about a plan to take half the fleet's 22 cruisers out of service and gradually return them to active duty.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  41. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will soon issue recommendations after a review of nuclear forces. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Hagel: Navy Nuclear Reviews Are Done, Reviewing Recommendations

    The Pentagon is finishing up a major review of its nuclear forces and US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will soon issue his recommendations.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  42. Adms. Jon Greenert, left, and John Richardson are warning Congress that funding cuts have put the Navy in a 'position of being unable to provide for a safe and reliable nuclear fleet.' Here, they're addressing media in February about a cheating incident at the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Command. MCC(SW/EXW) Peter D. Lawlor/US Navy

    US Navy to Congress: We Can't Guarantee a Safe Nuclear Fleet

    Fighting back at repeated budget cuts to its nuclear power budget requests, two of the US Navy's top leaders warned Congress on Monday that the cuts can't go on.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  43. A Nimrod MRA4 reconnaissance aircraft sits on the tarmac at the BAE Systems factory at Woodford, UK. The fleet was axed in 2010. Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

    Hammond: Focus on Multi-role Capability Not Maritime Patrol

    Stop thinking about a maritime patrol aircraft and start thinking about a multirole capability, possibly including UAVs, to replace the Nimrod MRA4s axed in 2010, Britain's defense secretary told an air power conference here Wednesday. .

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  44. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, formerly Kockums, has been sold to Saab. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems

    Saab Deal Raises Prospects For Domestic Sub Orders

    Saab's US $50.7 million acquisition of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AB (TKMS) from Germany's ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions will help maintain Sweden's submarine-building capabilities while expanding Saab's underwater offerings.

    • Jul. 6, 2014
  45. The cruiser Mobile Bay handles air defense for the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis. The Navy has no clear answer on what type of ship will escort deployed carriers when the current cruisers leave the fleet. MC3 Stephanie Smith / Navy

    US Navy's Cruiser Problem

    The US Navy and Congress are in a sort of faceoff over the fleet's cruiser force.

    • Jul. 6, 2014
  46. Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinbugh, left, arrive on Friday at HMS Queen Elizabeth in Rosyth Dockyard to formally name the Royal Navy's biggest ever ship. Andrew Milligan/WPA Pool via Getty Images

    Queen smashes whisky, gives her name to Britain's biggest warship

    Queen Elizabeth II smashed a bottle of whisky against Britain's biggest warship on Friday as she gave her name to the new aircraft carrier at a ceremony in Scotland.

    • Jul. 4, 2014
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