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  1. Cyprus Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides. Ministry of Defence

    Cyprus Cries Foul as Turkish Vessel Enters Waters

    Cyprus on Monday accused Turkey of taking 'provocative and illegal' action by sending a survey boat to an area where the Cypriot government has licensed exploratory drilling for oil and gas.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  2. Swedish corvette HMS Stockholm patrols Oct. 20 at Jungfrufjarden in the Stockholm archipelago. Anders Wiklund / AFP

    Swedish Navy Widens Search for Mystery Submarine

    The Swedish navy stepped up its hunt Monday for a suspected foreign submarine in its waters with fingers pointing at Moscow in a throwback to the Cold War.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  3. Diplomatic Issues: Pacific Command chief Adm. Samuel Locklear, center, and Gen. Gregario Catapang, to his right, review Filipino troops on Oct. 14. A criminal investigation involving a US Marine has complicated the two nations' efforts to strengthen defense ties. MC1 Jay M. Chu/ / US Navy

    US Marine Case Puts Nascent US-Filipino Relationship to the Test

    The burgeoning defense relationship between the Philippines and the US could be tested as local prosecutors appear ready to charge a US Marine in the Oct. 11 death of a transgender Filipino.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  4. Gulf Presence: Kuwaiti Navy missile attack ship Al Fahaheel participates with Combined Task Force 523 during the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2013. Gulf Cooperation Council states are proposing a joint naval force. Gary M. Keen/ / AFP

    GCC Naval Group To Focus on Coastal Threats

    The Gulf Cooperation Council's planned maritime security force — announced last week at a conference in Qatar — will most likely focus on coastal interdictions and counterterrorism operations and be less of a 'blue water navy,' according to a regional exp

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  5. Swedish Navy commodore Jonas Wikstrom talks to media at a press conference on Friday. The Swedish armed forces announced a large military operation in the Stockholm archipelago Friday evening following reports of 'foreign underwater activity'. ANDERS WIKLUND / AFP/Getty Images

    Sweden Hunts Suspected Foreign Submarine Off Stockholm Coast

    The Swedish armed forces announced a military operation in islands off Stockholm late Friday evening following reports of suspicious 'foreign underwater activity.'

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  6. An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 banks over Naval Station Norfolk. VAW-125 will be the first squadron to deploy with the E-2D. MC2 Ernest R. Scott / Navy

    New US Navy E-2D Aircraft Goes Operational

    The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has been declared to be operational, meaning that deployment training for the US Navy's newest airborne warning and control aircraft can begin in earnest.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  7. Lockheed Martin concept for a US Navy Small Surface Combatant. Lockheed Martin

    Hagel Briefed on New US Surface Ship, But No Decisions Yet

    The US Navy's senior leadership briefed top Pentagon officials Oct. 6 on proposals for a new Small Surface Combatant (SSC), but no decisions have been made, said the US military's top spokesman.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  8. Shipbuilder: Brian Cuccias, right, is president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls

    New Ingalls Boss Focusing on Cost Performance, Agility

    Brian Cuccias has been in the Gulf Coast shipbuilding business for 35 years, working for Litton, Avondale, Northrop Grumman and now Huntington Ingalls Industries.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  9. An Indian Navy Chetak helicopter demonstrates a search-and-rescue mission as the destroyer INS Ranjit sails in the background. A global tender to replace naval Chetak and Cheetah helicopters was canceled, and a new request for information has been issued. STRDEL/ / AFP

    India Cancels Navy LUH Tender; Issues New Request

    India has canceled yet another light utility helicopter (LUH) global tender, this time for the Navy, which has rushed to float a new request for information to domestic companies for the troubled program, said a Defence Ministry source.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  10. Kuwaiti Navy Um Al Maradim-class missile attack ship Al Fahaheel participates in an exercise with Combined Task Force 523 during the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2013. Gulf Cooperation States are proposing establishment of a joint naval force. Gary M. Keen / AFP

    Kuwaiti Official: Gulf States Plan Joint Naval Force

    Arab states in the Gulf plan to launch a joint naval force, a top Kuwaiti defense official said on Wednesday, in a bid to protect waters shared with neighboring Iran.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  11. The Blue Ridge-class command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20). US Navy

    US Warship Arrives in Georgia as Tensions Rise Over Ukraine

    A US warship docked in Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi Tuesday, the US embassy said, as tensions in the region remain high over Russia's role in the conflict in Ukraine.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  12. The destroyer Zumwalt features the 30mm gun. US Navy

    Experts Question US Navy's Decision To Swap Out DDG 1000's Secondary Gun

    Bigger often means better, especially when the discussion is about one gun versus another.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  13. An EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron 139 launches off the flight deck of carrier Carl Vinson. The carrier strike group is en route to 5th Fleet, where it will replace the George H.W. Bush carrier strike group. The chief of naval operations says it is unlikely there will be a need to maintain two carriers in the region. MC2 Scott Fenaroli/Navy

    US Navy Chief: Two Carriers in The Gulf Region is Unlikely

    The Navy's top officer said Tuesday he would oppose sending a second carrier to the Persian Gulf region.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  14. The carrier Harry S. Truman, seen here conducting flight ops Sept. 26, will take the place of the Dwight D. Eisenhower in the deployment cycle, fleet bosses said Monday. MC3 Karl Anderson / Navy

    Carriers Truman And Ike Swap Places In Deployment Cycle

    Two Norfolk-based carriers have swapped places in the deployment cycle, Fleet Forces Command announced Monday.

    • Oct. 7, 2014
  15. Vice Adm. William Moran is the US Navy's chief of naval personnel. MC2 Joshua Horton / US Navy

    Interview: Vice Adm. William Moran, US Chief of Naval Personnel

    Over the past decade, each of the military services has decided to trade manpower to pay for modernization in order to stay as ready as possible. The US Navy has been growing much more slowly as it gains manpower back after steep cuts in the 1990s.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  16. Armed: An unmanned 11-meter rigid hulled inflatable boat sports an automatic weapon forward. US Navy

    US Navy To Fight Swarm Attacks With Armed, Unmanned Boats

    Attacks by bunches of small, fast boats — swarm attacks — have long been a worry for US Navy commanders, concerned about the difficulty of hitting back at such a nimble target.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  17. Navy sources are unable to say why Jo Ann Rooney's nomination to be the Navy undersecretary has stalled. Glenn Fawcett / US Defense Department

    Disappearing Act: Nominee for Navy's No. 2 Fades from Public View

    So whatever happened to Jo Ann Rooney?

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  18. A protester wears a mask of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a Sept. 7 demonstration in Saint-Nazaire, France, against the potential delivery of a Mistral-class ship to Russia. Jean-Sebastien Evrard / Getty Images

    France Wrestles With Legal Issues Ahead of Mistral Decision

    France is expected to decide within the coming month whether to deliver a Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia, and the letter of the law looms large with officials examining the sale contract as they weigh the government's options, legal and defens

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  19. A video grab image taken on June 1 from a Vietnam Coast Guard ship and released on June 5 shows a Chinese Coast Guard ship, left, chasing a Vietnamese vessel near the site of a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters off Vietnam's central coast. AFP/ Vietnam Coast Guard

    US State Department Opens Door to Maritime Defense Weapon Sales To Vietnam

    The United States will allow the sale of lethal equipment and weaponry to Vietnam for maritime defense purposes, the US State Department announced Thursday.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  20. Lockheed Martin concept for a Small Surface Combatant. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    Navy Ready for Briefing on Small Surface Combatant, SecDef Not

    After months of preparation, the US Navy was set Thursday morning to brief Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on its recommendations for a new Small Surface Combatant (SSC), and a delegation led by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus waited to make a personal presentatio

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  21. BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to manage the UK's Portsmouth naval base. Babcock won a similar deal for two other UK naval bases. Julian Hickman/BAE Systems

    BAE, Babcock Win $5.2B for UK Naval Base Management

    BAE Systems and Babcock have been handed £3.2 billion (US $5.2 billion) worth of contracts to continue management of the Royal Navy's three main bases in the UK and the maintenance and repair of warships and nuclear submarines.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  22. French president Francois Hollande, center, attends an Oct. 1 meeting focused on the Iraqi conflict with French Army Chief of Staff Gen. Pierre de Villiers and French President's chief of staff general Benoit Puga at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Alain Jocard / Getty Images

    France To Deploy More Fighter Jets, Warship in Islamic State Fight

    The French military said Wednesday it would deploy three more fighter jets and a warship to the Middle East to boost support to Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State jihadists.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  23. The Japanese submarine Hakuryu visits Guam last year. The Soryu-class boat was built with air-independent propulsion technology, which Japan plans to replace with Lithium-ion batteries for the remaining four boats in the 10-ship class. MC1 Jeffrey Jay Price / US Navy

    Japan To Make Major Switch on Sub Propulsion

    Japan has decided to power its new batch of Soryu-class submarines with Lithium-ion batteries instead of air-independent propulsion (AIP) technology — a move that could raise eyebrows after similar types batteries were faulted for fires aboard the Boeing

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  24. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia to the STX France shipyard, is seen Sept. 7 in Saint-Nazaire. Jean-Sebastien Evrard / AFP

    Poland Says French-Russian Warship Deal Raises Issues for Missile Shield

    Poland on Monday said a possible French deal to supply Russia with warships was making it difficult for Warsaw to choose French suppliers for its planned missile shield.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  25. The epitome of stealth design, the destroyer Zumwalt is coming together at Bath Iron Works, Maine, and is expected to go to sea in the spring. At almost 16,000 tons, 610 feet long, about 81 feet abeam, the DDG 1000 is the largest destroyer in history. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    Meet the Zumwalt

    The ship is plainly visible from Front Street, across the Route 1 bridge in downtown Bath. Nothing like this angular, almost hulking giant has ever been seen here, even after well over a century of shipbuilding at Bath Iron Works.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  26. The Canadian supply ship Protecteur under tow by the US Navy tug Sioux after an engine room fire set the ship adrift in the Pacific this year. Canada's Navy is seeking options for fleet replenishment after retiring its only two supply ships. MC3 Johans Chavarro / US Navy

    Canada To Seek NATO, US Support For Naval Air Defense, Resupply

    Canada's Navy, facing several years of being unable to resupply its ships at sea or provide area air defense, will turn to its US and NATO counterparts to fill what officers say are significant gaps in those capabilities.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  27. While the US Navy is anxious to develop an operational unmanned carrier jet to follow the X-47B demonstrator, it has yet to decide what the primary mission should be. US Navy

    3 Major Decisions Loom for US Navy

    Congress again is hung up on a budget, but lawmakers have left town to fight the midterm elections, leaving the Pentagon to wait and see what happens in one budget year before it can nail down the next.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  28. The Next Fleet: Taiwan ships on parade during annual Han Kuang exercises off the east coast of Taiwan. Wendell Minnick

    Taiwan Previews Major Naval Acquisition Plan

    Taiwan's Navy plans to build new destroyers, frigates, corvettes and submarines in a 20-year force modernization program that will replace all the US and French-built warships in the fleet.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  29. The fast combat support ship USNS Bridge has been inactivated as a budget-cutting measure. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    Big Navy Supply Ship Inactivated

    Weeks of disagreement over the future of the Navy's biggest supply ships has ended with a decision to inactivate one of the four vessels.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  30. MV Cape Ray returned to Portsmouth, Va., after destroying Syrian chemical weapons on a 7-month deployment to 6th Fleet. Mark D. Faram / Staff

    US Ship That Destroyed Syrian Chemical Weapons Returns Home

    The MV Cape Ray, which successfully disposed of hundreds of tons of Syrian chemical weapons this summer in the Mediterranean Sea, returned to homeport of Portsmouth, Va. Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  31. Sailors of the Russian Black Sea Fleet march on July 25 as they prepare for Navy Day celebrations in the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Max Vetrov / Getty Images

    Defense Minister: Russia To Deploy Reinforcements To Crimea Area

    Russia is to reinforce its troop deployments in annexed Crimea and southern Russia because of the worsening crisis in Ukraine and the buildup of foreign forces nearby, the country's defense minister said on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  32. Australian Competition: The Collins-class Royal Australian HMAS Sheean enters Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, this summer. Japan and Germany are competing for the submarine's replacement, and now Saab is showing interest. US Navy

    Saab Makes Late Pitch For Australian Sub Project

    With the clock ticking, Saab has pitched a late-hour proposal to the Australian government that could alter the outcome of that country's submarine acquisition program, which had up to now been concentrated on bids by German and Japanese firms.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  33. Lockheed Martin's concept for a Small Surface Combatant. Lockheed Martin

    New Combat Ship Briefing Delayed

    One of the most eagerly-anticipated stories in naval circles this fall is what findings and recommendations a special US Navy task force has come up with for a new small surface combatant (SSC) warship.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  34. Fishing boats are moored Sept. 9 near a naval dockyard in Pakistan's port city of Karachi. The Pakistan Navy confirmed it fended off a terrorist attack from the sea on Sept. 6 but said no group has yet claimed responsibility. ASIF HASSAN / AFP

    Pakistan Navy Foils Terrorist Attack on Naval Base

    The Pakistan Navy last night revealed it had foiled a waterborne terrorist attack on a naval facility in Karachi on Sept. 6, killing two of the attackers and apprehending four more.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  35. The Tanin, Israel's fourth German-built nuclear-capable Dolphin sub — here sailing on the Baltic for sea trials — has left HDW's Kiel, Germany, shipyard for its new home in Haifa, Israel. Courtesy of Leo Van Ginderen

    Israel's 4th Nuclear-capable Sub En Route to Home Base

    The INS Tanin, Israel's fourth of six planned Dolphin-class submarines, has departed Howaldtswerke-Deutche Werft (HDW) shipyard in Kiel, Germany, for the 4,000-mile trip to its home port in Haifa.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  36. Air Wing: Chinese media have released details on which aircraft will be featured aboard the carrier Liaoning, seen here docked at Dalian on July 6. STR/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Chinese Carrier's Purported Air Wing Deemed Plausible but Limited

    New details have emerged on the aircraft lineup for the new carrier Liaoning, which analysts say is a 'plausible' mix of foreign-designed fighter jets and various helicopters, yet limited due to its lack of other necessary aircraft.

    • Sep. 7, 2014
  37. On Hold: The Vladivostok, a Mistral-class helicopter carrier ordered by Russia, leaves a shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, western France. The French have suspended the ship's sale to Russia. FRANK PERRY/ / AFP

    French Mistral Sale Strategy: Buy Time To Maneuver

    France's surprise suspension of the sale of a Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia is seen as a delaying yet diplomatic move to buy time on a troubled arms deal and ease pressure on French President Franηois Hollande with other leaders.

    • Sep. 6, 2014
  38. This photo taken on July 6, 2014, shows the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning docked at the seaport city of Dalian in northeast China's Liaoning province. AFP/Getty Images

    China reveals 2 aircraft carrier test pilots killed

    Two pilots in a squadron conducting fighter jet take-off and landing tests for China's lone aircraft carrier were killed during trials, state media reported, offering a rare glimpse into the secretive project.

    • Sep. 6, 2014
  39. The British carrier Queen Elizabeth was named on July 4. The U.K. has announced that both of its carriers will be operational. Chris Watt / Getty Images

    Cameron: UK Will Operate 2 Aircraft Carriers

    The UK Royal Navy is to get a second operational aircraft carrier, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday as the two-day NATO summit came to an end.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  40. The US Navy's new CANES system — which will consolidate multiple computer systems on board ships, like this one aboard the amphibious assault ship Bataan — is on hold because of protests filed by two losing bidders. MC3 Chase Hawley/ / US Navy

    CANES Work On Hold After Protests Filed

    The US Navy's effort to develop and install a new shipboard tactical electronic network is on hold after two losing bidders protested the Aug. 20 award of contracts worth up to $2.53 billion.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  41. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia from the STX France shipyard, leaves the Saint-Nazaire harbor March 5 for her first trial. Frank Perry / AFP

    France Says Russia Warship Depends On Peace In Ukraine

    President Francois Hollande on Thursday said that France will only complete delivery to Russia of a sophisticated naval ship if peace is established in Ukraine.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  42. President Francois Hollande's office says France is suspending the delivery of the Sevastopol ship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel, to Russia amid security concerns about Moscow's actions in neighboring Ukraine. Jean-Sebastien Evrard / AFP via Getty Images

    France: 'Conditions' Not in Place to Deliver Ship to Russia

    France said Wednesday 'conditions' were not in place to deliver the first of two Mistral-class warships to Russia, a move planned later this year that has sparked controversy given the crisis in Ukraine.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  43. '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
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