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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. The aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is seen on June 17 in Rosyth, Scotland. The lead ship of the Queen Elizabeth-class will be officially named by her namesake on July 4. Matt Cardy / Getty Images

    Queen To Officially Name UK's Newest Aircraft Carrier

    Britain is set to launch its first new aircraft carrier in more than 30 years when the queen officially names the warship Queen Elizabeth at a July 4 ceremony at Rosyth dockyard, Scotland.

    • Jul. 3, 2014
  23. The Brazilian Navy is to update eight AgustaWestland Lynx Mk21A helicopters in a deal worth $160 million, the company announced Wednesday. AgustaWestland

    AgustaWestland to Upgrade Brazilian Helos

    The Brazilian Navy is to update eight AgustaWestland Lynx Mk21A helicopters in a deal worth $160 million, the company announced Wednesday.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  24. Seamen stand aboard the Turbinist Russian Navy minesweeper patrolling the harbor of Sevastopol in March. Russia plans to add four minesweepers to the fleet. Viktor Drachev / AFP

    Russian Navy To Acquire New Minesweepers, Boost Military Presence in Arctic

    The Russian Ministry of Defense is planning to acquire four new naval minesweepers with delivery of the first ship scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015 and the remaining three from 2016 to 2018, the ministry said in a statement.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  25. The Navy may be reversing plans to decommission the aircraft carrier George Washington. MC3 Brian H. Abel / Navy

    A Reprieve for GW?

    Indications are growing that the US Navy, faced with large-scale congressional opposition to its plan to decommission the aircraft carrier George Washington, is preparing to begin the process to refuel and modernize the ship.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  26. Russian sailors arrive aboard the Smolny on Monday in Saint-Nazaire, western France, to begin training on the Vladivostok, a Mistral-class ship. JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Russian Sailors Arrive To Begin Mistral Training

    Some 400 Russian sailors arrived on Monday at Saint-Nazaire dockyard to begin training on the Mistral-class helicopter carrier built for the Russian Navy, an industry executive said.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  27. More Work: Italy is seeking additional F-35 work for its final assembly and checkout facility at Cameri Air Base. Lockheed Martin

    Italy Seeks Bigger JSF Workshare

    Italy's defense minister, during a Friday meeting with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, will ask the US to boost the Italian workshare on the Joint Strike Fighter program at its final assembly line, even as Italy reduces spending on the aircraft.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  28. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, is seen June 23 in Saint-Nazaire, France. Jean-Sebastien Evrard / AFP

    Controversial France-Russia Warship Step Closer To Completion

    A controversial French-Russian warship project that has been decried by NATO came a step closer to completion on Thursday when the stern of the helicopter carrier was dispatched to France.

    • Jun. 26, 2014
  29. The cargo ship MV Cape Ray, owned by US Navy, is docked May 6 in Portsmouth, Va. Thoralf Doehring / AFP

    US Ship Heads To Italy To Load Syrian Chemical Weapons

    The US cargo ship MV Cape Ray left the Spanish port of Rota on Wednesday and headed for Italy, where it will load Syrian chemical weapons materials to be destroyed.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  30. Republic of Korea navy Capt. Yong Mo Yang, defense attaché in Hawaii, waves to the Republic of Korea navy destroyer Seoae Ryu Seong-Ryong (DDG 993) as it arrives May 20 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Seoae Ryu Seong-Ryong is participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 exercise. MCS3 Johans Chavarro / US Navy

    At Navy Drills, US and China Try To Forge Relationship

    Chinese warships will join US-led naval drills off Hawaii for the first time this week, in a significant but mainly symbolic effort by the two powers' fighting forces to make friends, not war.

    • Jun. 24, 2014
  31. People hold Ukrainain, French, Crimean Tatar and European flags they demonstrate in front of the French-built Vladivostok warship to be sold to Russia, on June 1. Demonstrators in Saint-Nazaire protested against the sale of the Vladivostok and Sevastopol warships, two Mistral-class helicopter carriers ordered by Russia to the STX France shipyard located in Saint-Nazaire. Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP via Getty Images

    Russian Training on Mistral Ship Delayed Again

    A planned training of 400 Russian sailors for the Mistral-class helicopter carrier has been pushed back again, as the Russian Navy training ship Smolny is now due to arrive June 30, the planning schedule of the Saint-Nazaire harbor shows.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  32. Shipbuilder DCNS hopes the French Navy will extend its three-year lease of the Adroit offshore patrol vessel. DCNS

    DCNS Wants Navy To Extend Lease on Adroit

    DCNS is in talks with French authorities to stretch out a three-year lease to the Navy of the Adroit, an offshore patrol vessel the company built with its own funds and aimed at the export market, a spokesman at the naval shipbuilder said June 20.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  33. Chinese Navy Chief Adm. Wu Shengli, left, and Adm. Johnathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, shake hands at a conference in China in early April. MCC(SW/EXW) Peter D. Lawlor / US Navy

    China Dominates US Naval Strategy Discussion

    The latest international crisis may be a terrorist land offensive in Iraq, but concerns about China's ambitions clearly dominate those thinking about strategies for the US Navy.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
  34. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, inspects submarine No. 748 of Korean People's Army (KPA) naval unit 167 led 7th regiment June 16 at an undisclosed location in North Korea. AFP

    North Korea Cruise Missile Fuels Proliferation Concerns

    North Korea appears to have acquired a sea-based copy of a Russian cruise missile, the latest step in an effort to enhance its maritime strike capability, a US think-tank said Tuesday.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
  35. A recent Indian tender for shallow water anti-submarine warfare vessels would replace older Abhay-class corvettes. Indian Navy

    India Proposes $2.25B Tender for ASW Shallow Water Craft

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a tender to local shipyards to build 16 shallow water anti-submarine warfare (ASW) vessels, a $2.25 billion program that would mark the first such effort by domestic yards.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
  36. Australia wants to replace its six Collins-class submarines. Here, the submarine Rankin enters Pearl Harbor. US Navy

    Japan, Australia Deal Poses Tech Issues

    Last week's agreement between Japan and Australia to jointly develop stealth submarine technology represents a major, perhaps even breakthrough, step for Japan as it seeks to normalize its defense posture, forging ever closer ties with Australia as both c

    • Jun. 15, 2014
  37. A US Navy Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet multirole fighter jet takes off on the flight deck of the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington, some 300kms off the coast of Hong Kong on June 15. Philippe Lopez / AFP

    US Aircraft Carrier Welcomes Chinese Military Officials Aboard, Seeks Return Invite

    The US Navy on Sunday welcomed four members of China's military aboard one of its aircraft carriers — and said it hoped to receive a return invite someday.

    • Jun. 15, 2014
  38. Bidding To Support: An artist rendering of the definition design for the Canadian Joint Support Ship. At least one team plans to compete for in-service support contracts for the JSS program. Canadian Armed Forces

    Canadian Naval Plans Lure Global Shipbuilders

    International shipbuilders and maritime equipment firms are expanding their presence in Canada to take advantage of an expected boom in naval contracts over the next 20 years.

    • Jun. 14, 2014
  39. Beijing Continues S. China Sea Expansion

    China appears to be constructing an airstrip and sea port on Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea, according to regional media reports, in a move that looks like the next step in its efforts to claim the entirety of a water area roughly the size of Ind

    • Jun. 14, 2014
  40. Greek Navy To Fast-Track Long-Delayed Submarine Order

    Greece's navy on Friday said it would complete a long-delayed submarine order that has sparked multi-billion-euro litigation between Athens and leading German and Arab shipyards in the next two years.

    • Jun. 13, 2014
  41. Russian sailors will begin training on the Vladivostok, a Mistral-class helicopter carrier, June 22, about three weeks later than planned. FRANK PERRY/AFP

    Russian Sailors To Begin Mistral Training June 22

    Some 400 Russian sailors are expected on June 22 to start training on the Mistral-class helicopter carrier, marking a slight delay from an induction planned to start earlier in the month, media reports said.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
  42. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, right, and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, second right, greet Australian Defense Minister David Johnston, left, and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, second left, after a June 11 press conference at the Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo. Toru Yamanaka / AFP

    Japan, Australia Talk Closer Military Ties and Submarines

    Japan and Australia said Wednesday they have stepped up their defense ties and moved toward a possible future submarine deal, as a rising China stirs tension in the Asia-Pacific region.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  43. The North Korean vessel Chong Chon Gang is seen July 16 at Manzanillo Harbor in Colon, Panama. Rodrigo Arangua / AFP

    Singapore Charges Firm Over Weapons-Smuggling To North Korea

    Singapore on Tuesday filed criminal charges against a shipping firm based in the city-state accused of helping smuggle missiles and other military hardware from Cuba to North Korea.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  44. Report: Give US NORTHCOM Sole Arctic Oversight

    The division of Arctic responsibility between two US geographic unified commands could slow the Pentagon's ability to develop military requirements in the region, according to a new report by a group of retired generals and admirals.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  45. Arctic Equipment Upgrade: Denmark has ordered nine extreme climate MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to operate off new frigate and patrol craft. MC2 Shannon E. Renfroe/US Navy

    Nordic Cooperative Stance Bolstered by Ukraine Crisis

    The Ukrainian crisis has rekindled doubts and reopened old insecurities among the Nordic nations as to whether Russia's military intervention could sour years of bridge-building and cooperation in the High North and wider Arctic regions.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  46. Chinese Polar Presence: A drift ice camp in the middle of the Arctic Ocean as seen from the deck of the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long. China hopes to obtain a second icebreaker in 2016. Timo Palo/Wikimedia Commons

    China's Arctic Ambitions Fuel Yuan Diplomacy

    China's hunger for energy resources was not lost on Vietnam recently as the two countries exchanged angry diplomatic messages and ships traded water cannon blasts over the presence of a new Chinese oil rig inside Vietnam's exclusive economic zone.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  47. Replenishment: A CC-130J Hercules sets down at Canadian Forces Station Alert. The Royal Canadian Air Force runs day and night flying fuel and supplies to the station for two to three weeks every spring and fall. The station is the most northern, permanently inhabited location in the world. Master Cpl. Shilo Adamson/Canadian Forces

    Polar Challenge: Extreme Conditions Put High Cost on Arctic Operations

    The Canadian government has vowed to significantly boost military capability in the Arctic, but after years of such promises, a major roadblock still stands in the way — money.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  48. Congress is considering a twelfth amphibious dock ship from Ingalls Shipbuilding, but a 12-year-old agreement might mean a destroyer would be awarded to Bath Iron Works. Here, the future John P. Murtha, the 10th LPD, is under construction at Ingalls, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    Fallout From 12th LPD: Fine Print in Old Deal Could Cost Yard a Destroyer

    The US Navy doesn't want it, but the Marines and a major shipbuilder do. And since last year, Congress has been moving ahead with approving and funding a new amphibious ship, the unnamed LPD 28.

    • Jun. 8, 2014
  49. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP

    Japan, Australia Eye Sub Deal and Closer Military Ties

    A huge submarine deal is on the table this week when Japan and Australia meet to shore up their military relationship, as the security architecture of the Asia-Pacific shifts to meet the challenge of a rising China.

    • Jun. 8, 2014
  50. Philippine President Benigno Aquino, left, speaks to reporters on the sidelines of an Asia-Europe meeting June 5 in Manila while Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario looks on. Jay Directo / AFP

    Vietnam, Philippines Navies in First Spratlys Games

    Filipino and Vietnamese troops played volleyball and football in a contested South China Sea archipelago Sunday, a landmark act of sports diplomacy that both sides said could ease territorial tensions.

    • Jun. 8, 2014
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