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  1. Pakistan acquired the Perry-class frigate Alamgir in 2011, but hopes to obtain additional ships have been unrealized. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    US Congress Stymies Pakistani Naval Modernization Efforts

    Despite close defense ties with China, Pakistan still relies on the US to help it upgrade key defense areas. However, hostility from US lawmakers has effectively halted progress in some areas with Pakistan's Navy particularly hard hit.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  2. The HTMS Krabi is launched in 2011. Thailand may build a second boat of the class and is exploring exports. BAE Systems

    Thai Navy May Build Second Patrol Boat Under BAE License

    Thailand may build a second offshore patrol vessel under a license granted by BAE Systems and is also starting to think about exporting the ship to other navies in the region, according to a senior executive at the British-based defense contractor.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  3. Completion of the submarine North Dakota, seen Nov. 2 just before its christening ceremony, is being delayed to address design and construction issues. US Navy

    New US Navy Submarine's Delivery Delayed

    Problems with a parts supplier and the need to modify certain design features led the US Navy to announce Wednesday that the commissioning of the new nuclear-powered attack submarine North Dakota won't take place at the end of May as scheduled.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  4. Italy's AgustaWestland is offering a variant of its AW109 to serve as a US Navy training helicopter. AgustaWestland

    AgustaWestland Pitches AW119 for US Navy Helicopter Trainer

    Helicopter maker AgustaWestland is touting the capabilities of its American-built AW119Kx as a candidate to replace the US Navy's current fleet of training choppers.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  5. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks Tuesday at the Ecole Militaire in Paris after receiving a report on harassment and sexual violence in the French military. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/Agence France-Presse

    French Women To Crew Ballistic Missile Sub Fleet

    The French Navy plans to send three women officers to sail in the ballistic missile submarine fleet, a first for the French service, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said April 15.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  6. The Vladivostok, a Mistral-class helicopter carrier ordered by Russia, leaves for its first sea trial on March 5. Russia ordered two carriers with an option for two more. Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

    NATO Treads Carefully on French Deal With Russia

    France has the right to decide whether to deliver a controversial helicopter carrier to Russia, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. But the opinions of allies also count.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  7. The destroyer USS Donald Cook is seen April 14 at the Constanta shipyard in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta. A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S. Navy destroyer while it was steaming in the Black Sea. Petrut Calinescu / Getty Images

    Pentagon Condemns 'Provocative' Russian Military Action Against US Navy Ship

    A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the US Navy destroyer Donald Cook while it was steaming in the Black Sea, heightening Cold War-style tensions that have continued to escalate for weeks, a defense official said.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  8. Saab may take over ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems operations in Sweden. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems

    Saab Moves Closer To Takeover of ThyssenKrupp Sub Building Operations in Sweden

    The Swedish government has welcomed Saab's push to take over ThyssenKrupp's submarine building operations in Sweden, which form part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS).

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  9. Savings Questioned: The US Navy plans to cancel the purchase of 29 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters in 2016, but the cancellation fees could total as much, or more, as the purchase itself. MC3 Chris Cavagnaro/US Navy

    Industry: Bad Precedent Set if DoD Cancels Multiyear Helo Buy

    The US Navy, in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal, said it wants to cancel a planned buy of 29 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters in 2016.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  10. ThyssenKrupp said on Monday it is in talks with Saab of Sweden over the sale of its Swedish shipywards business. AFP

    Thyssenkrupp Says In Talks With Saab Over Shipyards Deal

    German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp said on Monday it is in talks with Saab of Sweden over the sale of its Swedish shipywards business.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  11. An Army AH-64D Apache attack helicopter lands aboard the afloat forward staging base Ponce in 5th Fleet in 2012. The Army is considering expanding operations off Navy ships. MC1 Jon Rasmussen / Navy

    US Army Explores Sea-Basing Helos

    The US Army is considering certifying some of its attack helicopters to operate from ships — a mission historically conducted by the Marine Corps — as the service looks to broaden the role it would play in an Asia-Pacific battle.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  12. A Pakistan Navy frigate docks at Port Sudan, in the Red Sea, in 2012. Pakistan and Iranian ships have conducted joint naval exercises this week. Ashraf Shazly/Agence France-Presse

    Pakistani, Iranian Navies Conduct Joint Exercises

    The Pakistani and Iranian navies have engaged in a four-day joint naval exercise east of the Straits of Hormuz this week in an effort to improve security cooperation between the two neighbors.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  13. A number of foreign navies are eager to acquire ex-US Navy frigates, but politics is preventing some allies, like Turkey, from receiving any more. Here, the Turkish frigate Gelibolu, ex-USS Reid, approaches Doha, Qatar, on March 24. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    US Frigate Transfer Bill Moves Out of House

    The US Navy's frigate force is rapidly shrinking as the 1980s-era ships are taken out of service. The Navy wants to transfer the ships to friendly nations for further service, and several nations are eager to have them.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  14. Bell Helicopter is pitching its 407GX to replace the US Navy's TH-57 training helicopter. Bell Helicopter

    Bell Pitches 407GX for Navy Trainer Helicopter Program

    Bell Helicopter is pitching its single-engine 407GX for the US Navy training helicopter replacement program, a company official said.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  15. Kongsberg Naval Strike Missiles are seen in six-pack launchers in a notional arrangement on a model of the US Navy's Independence-class littoral combat ship displayed at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    Norway's Naval Strike Missile Aims for the Pacific

    When navies gather this summer in the warm waters near Hawaii for the biannual Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises, among them will be at least one warship more at home in the cold waters of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  16. The Navy is rolling out more robust hearing protection for flight deck sailors. MCSN Nicolas C. Lopez / Navy

    F-35 Forcing Navy To Develop New Hearing Protection For Flight Deck Crews

    The Navy is developing new hearing protection for flight deck crews to block out the roar of new and noisy jets.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  17. A B-52 Stratofortress launches July 2, 2013, from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The Air Force will convert 30 B-52 bombers to a conventional-only role under the New START treaty. US Air Force

    DoD To Shrink Nuclear-Capable Bombers, Modify Subs to meet New START Obligations

    The Pentagon will shrink the number of its nuclear weapon-carrying bomber aircraft and reduce the number of submarine ballistic missile launch tubes as it modifies its force posture to meet the limits of the New START treaty with Russia, the US Defense De

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  18. At its shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., Huntington Ingalls builds National Security Cutters for the US Coast Guard, including the James (pictured). Huntington Ingalls

    Shipbuilder HII Still Riding High – for Now

    With approximately 12,000 employees along the Gulf coast, Huntington Ingalls shipbuilding’s Ingalls operations are the largest employer in Mississippi and one of the largest employers in Alabama, shipyard President Brian Cuccias said April 8 during a press briefing at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition outside Washington.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  19. The Coast Guard could buy new Sikorsky H-60 helicopters to replace its fleet of MH-60 Jayhawks. Coast Guard

    Air Force Helo Purchase Could Help Coast Guard

    The Coast Guard could buy new Sikorsky H-60 helicopters or upgrade divested military aircraft to eventually replace its existing fleet of Jayhawk aircraft, the service's commandant said on Tuesday.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  20. Adm. William E. Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, addresses the Surface Navy Association Symposium on Jan. 15 in Arlington, Va. Mike Morones / Staff

    Navy Fleet Boss: 9-Month Deployments Unsustainable

    A new deployment plan billed as a way to make US Navy life easier on sailors and their families will provide more time in port than the six-month deployment model, the fleet's top boss said Tuesday.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  21. Raytheon's air missile defense radar is meant to increase detection range, according to the company. Raytheon illustration

    Raytheon Moving Out On Air Missile Defense Radar

    With a temporary work stoppage lifted, Raytheon is working to develop its air missile defense radar (AMDR) for the US Navy's future Aegis destroyers.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  22. Energy Focus' LED rack lamp comes with a USB drive, as seen at this week's Sea-Air-Space Exposition. David Larter / staff

    Rack Lamp 2.0

    Anyone who has spent time in an enlisted berth knows it's kind of a dive, despite the executive officer's best efforts. And for sailors, it's the little things that matter.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  23. A sailor aboard the dock landing ship Ashland signals to an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (Reinforced) as it takes off Nov. 22 to deliver supplies to the Philippines during Operation Damayan. U.S. relief efforts were hampered by the lack of available amphibious ships, according to the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps. Gunnery Sgt. Ismael Pena / Marine Corps

    Paxton: Lack of Ships Hurt Typhoon Relief Mission in Philippines

    After a super typhoon swept through the Philippines last year, US Marines and sailors arrived to bring aid, evacuate survivors and work to limit the death toll, which had climbed into the thousands.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  24. Italy's AgustaWestland is offering a variant of its AW109 to serve as a US Navy training helicopter. AgustaWestland

    AgustaWestland Pitches AW119 for US Navy Helicopter Trainer

    Helicopter maker AgustaWestland is touting the capabilities of its American-built AW119Kx as a candidate to replace the US Navy's current fleet of training choppers.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  25. The amphibious assault ship Peleliu, front, sails the with amphibious transport dock ship Green Bay, middle, and amphibious dock landing ship Rushmore last year in the Pacific Ocean. CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert said April 7 the Navy's goal was to grow to 308 ships over the next five years, but sequestration spending cuts would limit the fleet's size. Navy

    CNO: Cutbacks Reducing US Navy's Surge Readiness

    The US Navy's top officer warned Monday that deep budget cuts have hampered the Navy's ability to surge in a crisis, saying that the service could only surge deploy one carrier strike group and one amphibious ready group under current levels.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  26. The Italian Navy's Cavour aircraft carrier traveled to the the Middle East and Africa. Agence France-Presse

    Industry Gives High Grades to Italian Navy Defense Trade Tour

    An unusual defense trade show held on the Italian aircraft carrier Cavour, which toured 20 countries in the Arabian Gulf and Africa over five months, has drawn glowing reviews from exhibitors who hope the Italian Navy will organize a follow-up trip aimed

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  27. Adm. D.K. Joshi, left, Indian Navy chief, briefs Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony about work being done on the stricken submarine INS Sindhurakshak in 2013. Joshi resigned in February after another submarine fire. Agence France-Presse

    Another Indian Navy Vessel Catches Fire

    Yet another Indian Navy vessel met with an accident, as the tugboat INS Matanga caught fire April 6 while undergoing repairs at the Mumbai naval dockyard.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  28. US Navy: Converting Seawater Into Fuel a 'Game-Changer'

    The US Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  29. The USS Donald Cook lays at dock in the southern port of Rota on Feb. 11 from where it will operate as an anti-missile platform and take part in other tasks such as maritime security and NATO deployments. Getty Images

    US Sends Warship To Black Sea Amid Ukraine Crisis

    The United States is sending a guided missile destroyer to the Black Sea in order to reassure European allies in the region following Russia's annexation of Crimea, sources confirmed on Monday.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  30. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, is welcomed by Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army, upon his April 7 arrival at Beijing International Airport. Alex Wong / AFP

    China Gives US Defense Chief a Tour of Its Aircraft Carrier

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a first-hand look at China's new aircraft carrier on Monday as Beijing offered an unprecedented glimpse into its growing military clout.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  31. Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 use a heavy roller to finish up the ground work in March at Deveselu Air Base, Romania, home of the first of two European Aegis Ashore locations. US Navy

    Navy's European Missile Sites Move Forward

    The military could speed up deployment of a land-based missile defense shield in Europe to hem in a resurgent Russia, the Navy 3-star in charge of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said in early April.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  32. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, right, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera participate in an April 6 news conference at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters in Tokyo . The US plans to send two more missile defense warships to Japan to counter the threat posed by North Korea's 'provocative' actions, Hagel said. Alex Wong / AFP

    Report: Japan To Strike Incoming North Korean Missiles

    Japan's defense chief has ordered the armed forces to shoot down any North Korean ballistic missiles that threaten to hit the country, according to media reports.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  33. The aircraft carriers Harry S. Truman, rear, and George H.W. Bush pass in the Gulf of Aden on March 22. Truman's next deployment will be the first under the Navy's new Optimized Fleet Response Plan. US Navy

    Fleet's New Deployment Plan To Lock In 8-Month Cruises

    The fleet is set to go full steam ahead with its latest fleet response plan, in hopes of locking in deployment lengths after years of long cruises and shifting schedules that have strained the fleet.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  34. Vice Adm. John Miller is commander, US Naval Forces Central Command Commander and US 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces. Christopher P. Cavas/staff

    Interview: Vice Adm. John Miller

    After nearly two years at the helm of the US Navy's efforts in the Middle East, Vice Adm. John Miller has experienced the push and pull of international relations around the gulf region.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  35. An air-cushioned landing craft loaded with gear from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit is set to launch from the well deck of the US Navy's amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde. The US Marine Corps is vigorously refocusing on seaborne operations after years of land-based combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. US Navy

    New US Marine Concept Re-establishes Maritime Roots

    The US Marine Corps is in a period of transition, working to reconstitute itself as a sea-based fighting force after more than a decade of fighting land wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  36. An amphibious assault vehicle maneuvers during an amphibious assault exercise off the coast of Del Mar Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. US Marine Corps

    US Army, Marines Struggle With Infantry Vehicle Replacements

    Lessons learned. Tradeoffs. Taking advantage of previous investments. The need for further study.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  37. Chile has launched the third of five offshore patrol vessels for the Chilean Navy Coast Guard. Chilean Navy

    Chile Launches Third Locally Built OPV

    Astilleros y Maestranzas de la Armada (ASMAR), a state-owned shipyard under administration of the Chilean Navy, has launched its third 1,800-ton offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the Piloto Pardo Class, built in the shipbuilder's main facilities at Talcahua

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  38. The US Navy's unfunded list for 2015 included 22 EA-18G Growler aircraft. US Navy

    US Navy Unfunded List Requests Growlers, Poseidon Aircraft

    Although titled an 'unfunded priority list,' the US Navy's document giving Congress options to add to the 2015 budget is neither prioritized, nor a list of unfunded programs.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  39. Wish List: The US Air Force requested 12 General Atomics Reaper unmanned aircraft in the unfunded list. Getty Images

    DoD Sends Congress $36B Wish List, But Passage Unlikely

    The US military services have sent Congress wish lists that include $36 billion in priority items that were not included in the Pentagon's 2015 budget proposal.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  40. A bid by DCNS on a leasing tender from Uruguay would include an offshore patrol vessel such as the Adroit.. DCNS

    DCNS May Join OPV Lease Bid for Uruguay

    French naval company DCNS is exploring a leasing deal for offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) as a tender held by Uruguay calls for procurement under a lease, a French bank executive said April 2.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  41. Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Chief of Staff Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano inspects the guard on Feb 25, 2013, in New Delhi. AFP

    China Snubs Japan Over International Warship Gathering

    Japan's navy has not been invited to join an international flotilla of warships taking part in a ceremonial event in China, an official said Monday, the latest snub in a row between Asia's two largest economies.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  42. Canada will upgrade four more CP-140 Aurora aircraft but has dropped plans to buy large, long-range maritime patrol aircraft. Royal Canadian Air Force

    Canada To Seek Less Expensive Maritime Patrol Plane, Upgrade More Auroras

    Budget problems have scuttled Canada's quest for a large, long-range maritime surveillance aircraft, with the focus now shifting to the acquisition of a smaller, more affordable plane, military and industry officials said.

    • Mar. 30, 2014
  43. The Gelibolu is one of eight former US Navy frigates operated by the Turkish Navy. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    Upgrading the Classic FFG for Modern Combat

    The Oliver Hazard Perry guided missile frigates are one of the most numerous warships classes built since World War II. The first ships entered service in the 1980s, but many still serve under the flags of other nations, all of whom are intensely interested in keeping these vintage ships as effective as possible.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  44. A man watches a television broadcast reporting the North Korean missile launch on March 26 at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

    South Korea Fires Warning Shots, Seizes N. Korea Fishing Boat

    A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots Thursday and seized a North Korean fishing boat intruding across the disputed Yellow Sea border, military officials said.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  45. Morocco's Sultan Moulay Ismail, Oman's Al Shamikh and Greece's Psara lined up at Doha on March 27. In the background is the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Cardigan Bay. Christopher P.Cavas / Staff

    Visiting Warships a Mix of Old and New

    The ships tied up alongside at the port here for the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition (DIMDEX) are an eclectic mix, representing new and recent designs like Spain's high-end Aegis frigate Cristobal Colon and Oman's impressive British-built c

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  46. A tied arch bridge, known as the flyover bridge, is moved into place over the Khalifa Bin Salman Causeway connecting Naval Support Activity Bahrain to the US Navy port facility. US Navy

    Expansion of 5th Fleet Base Underscores Long-Term Gulf Presence

    The 5th Fleet's $580 million base expansion in Bahrain will extend the US' operational tenure in the gulf well into the middle of the century, according to Vice Adm. John Miller.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  47. A Qatari Coasts and Border Security Department boat performs during a local marine exhibition in 2010. Qatar announced this week during DIMDEX it is buying 17 high-speed coast guard boats from Turkey´s Ares Shipyard. Qatari Interior Ministry

    Qatar Continues To Expand Naval Capabilities

    Qatar is three years away from completing a new high-tech naval base as the Arabian Gulf state continues the rapid expansion of its naval capabilities.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  48. Ships traveling the gulf region must be aware of and compensate for a variety of weather and environmental conditions. Christopher P. Cavas

    Understanding the Weather Is Key Factor in Military Operations

    High salinity levels and thick humidity. Dense ocean thermal layers. Shifting currents and winds. Sandstorms, rainstorms, and, of course, severely high temperatures.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  49. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding for the first time displayed a scale model of its Mission Flex Combatant vessel at the DIMDEX show. Christopher P. Cavas

    Dutch Shipbuilder Aims To Expand in Gulf Region

    Showcasing a wealth of new designs and featuring a major tie-in with a local shipyard, Dutch shipbuilder and design firm Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding is continuing its aggressive moves to become a major supplier of small warships and auxiliaries to bu

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  50. The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tucson, foreground, passes the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Hawaii, in 2013. Under current US Navy shipbuilding plans, the American attack submarine fleet is slated to dip to 42 by 2029. US Navy

    Locklear: US Attack Submarine Needs Going Unmet in Pacific

    The admiral in charge of all US military forces in the Pacific says some of his needs for attack submarines are going unmet.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
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