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  1. Everything Shipshape: The Nils Juel, above, cruises Chesapeake Bay after taking part in exercises with the US Navy. The ship was handed over to the Danish Navy in August. The frigate's spacious bridge, left, spans almost the full width of the ship. Christopher P. Cavas/ / staff

    Aboard Danish Frigate, Clean Lines and Room To Grow

    It is striking how the now-familiar smooth, angled architecture of today's warships, intended to reduce visual, heat and other signatures, is also somehow inherently Danish-modern.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  2. Sailors aboard the USS San Diego (LPD 22) prepare to take on fuel from the USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) during a Nov. 14 replenishment-at-sea. MC3 Gerald Dudley Reynolds / US Navy

    US Navy Ships Collide in Gulf of Aden Without Injuries

    Two American naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden, off Yemen, Thursday but there were no injuries, the US Navy said.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  3. An unmanned Fire Scout deployed for the first time with an MH-60R Seahawk aboard the littoral combat ship Fort Worth. MC2 Tim D. Godbee/U.S. Navy

    Fire Scout and Seahawk deploy together for first time on an LCS

    An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and MQ-8B Fire Scout are deploying together on the same ship — a first for manned and unmanned integration aboard a littoral combat ship.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  4. Passing Grade: An interceptor of the Barak-8 air and missile defense system launches for its final development test in Israel. Israel Aerospace Industries

    Israel, India Start To Equip Sea Forces With Barak-8 Defenses

    Israeli and Indian navies are poised to equip their warships with advanced Barak-8 anti-missile and air defense systems following last week's long-awaited test, capping nearly eight years of cooperative development.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  5. The primary mission of destroyers and cruisers is to protect their aircraft carrier. Use of a layered approach to attack incoming missiles could use up all the ships' weapons in a short period, and one analyst suggests changing the strategy to set up a single defensive wall to conserve anti-missile weapons. MC1 David Mercil / US Navy

    Surface Ships Need More Offensive Punch, Outlook

    Commanders of Aegis-equipped cruisers and destroyers long have been confident in their ability to detect, engage and destroy incoming enemy missiles, often employing a layered strategy to hit threats at long, medium and short ranges.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  6. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, is seen March 5 in Saint-Nazaire, France. Frank Perry / AFP

    Ukraine Expects France To Wriggle Out of Russia Warship Delivery

    France must find a way to avoid the controversial delivery of two state-of-the-art warships to Russia, Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said Monday, adding that the sale would damage international security if it goes ahead.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  7. A small leak in the reactor plant sidelined the submarine Jefferson City's deployment in mid-summer, leaving it stuck in Guam. The submarine is seen here on an earlier cruise. US Navy

    'Small' Leak Sidelines US Submarine For 5 Months

    When the US nuclear submarine Jefferson City left its homeport of San Diego April 9, its 150-man crew expected to spend six months cruising the Western Pacific and beyond.

    • Nov. 14, 2014
  8. Jo Ann Rooney was nominated on on Sept. 11, 2013, for the Navy's number two position. Her name was withdrawn Wednesday. DoD

    White House Withdraws Navy Nominee

    After languishing more than a year in political purgatory, the name of Jo Ann Rooney has been quietly withdrawn to become undersecretary of the US Navy.

    • Nov. 13, 2014
  9. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, is seen Sept. 7 in Saint-Nazaire, France. Jean-Sebastien Evrard / AFP

    France: Still No Date For Warship Delivery To Russia

    France's Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday there was still no fixed date for the delivery of two Mistral-class warships to Russia.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  10. Capt. James Fanell has been removed as director of intelligence and information operations at U.S. Pacific Fleet by Adm. Harry Harris, the head of PACFLT. Navy

    Senior Navy Intel Officer Removed for Controversial Comments on China

    A senior Navy intelligence leader whose provocative comments this year about Chinese bellicosity stirred an international controversy has been shelved in the wake of an investigation into his conduct, Navy Times has learned.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  11. The CM-708UNA missile on display at China Airshow in Zhuhai. Wendell Minnick / Staff

    China Shows Off New Sub-Launched Missile at Zhuhai

    The new CM-708UNA submarine-launched cruise missile made its debut at Airshow China in Zhuhai, in the southern province of Guangdong near Hong Kong, on Tuesday.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  12. Turkey has issued new rules of engagement for its Navy in the Mediterranean, largely in response to drilling by Cyprus for hydrocarbons at platforms like this one in its claimed exclusive economic zone, and by Israel and Egypt. AFP

    Turkish Navy Enters Mediterranean, Armed With New Rules of Engagement

    In what looks like a provocative move that increases tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, the Turkish government authorized the country's Navy for full implementation of recently amended rules of engagement off the shores of littoral countries Cyprus, E

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  13. Experts say Vietnam might be interested in acquiring excess P-3 aircraft that the US Navy is looking to retire. MC2 Jillian/ / US Navy

    US State Dept. Issues Language To Allow Defense Exports to Vietnam

    On President Barack Obama's first day in Beijing at the start of a weeklong swing through Asia, the US State Department published new language in the Federal Register to reflect a change in its policy to allow exports of lethal defense items to Vietnam.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  14. The Iron Duke, a UK Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, docks in Cape Town, South Africa, on Aug. 20. The Navy plans to replace its Type 23s with Type 26 ships. Rodger Bosch / Getty Images

    Britain Struggles With Costs for New Frigates

    Britain's Defence Ministry will miss the deadline to award a contract to BAE Systems to build the Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigate, according to sources, who say it could take months before the two sides are in a position to agree to a deal.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  15. Troubled Waters: The Turkish submarines will be similar to Type 214s built for other navies, such as the Portuguese Tridente. US Navy

    Turkish-German Submarine Deal Faces Setbacks

    Turkey's largest ever single naval contract, a US $3.5 billion deal with a German shipyard for the co-production of six submarines, is facing major delays and disputes over modality, Turkish officials and industry sources said.

    • Nov. 8, 2014
  16. The Vladivostok, a Mistral-class warship, is one of two ordered by Russia. A group of US lawmakers are urging NATO to buy the ships instead. JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/ / AFP

    US Lawmakers Press NATO Secretary General To Buy Ships Meant for Russia

    Eight US lawmakers are pressing NATO's new secretary general to purchase French warships currently bound for Russia.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  17. The SSC could be similar to this Lockheed Martin concept for a small combat ship. Christopher P. Cavas/staff

    US Combat Ship Decision Coming in 'Very Near Future'

    Senior US Navy leaders have made their final presentations to the Pentagon's top leadership on their choice for a small surface combatant (SSC), and a decision by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on what sort of ship to build after the littoral combat ship (

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  18. Portuguese Defence Minister Jose Pedro Aguiar Branco. John Thys / AFP

    Portugal Escorts Russian Boat From Its Waters

    The Portugese Navy escorted a Russian oceanographic ship out of its waters Wednesday in response to the latest in a series of territorial incursions by a Russian vessel or plane.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  19. Taiwan's Defense Minister Yen Ming during an Aug. 27 ceremony to honor the dead soldiers of Taiwan killed in Myanmar during World War II. Sam Yeh / AFP

    Taiwan Defence Minister Visits Disputed Spratlys

    Taiwan's defence minister visited a disputed island in the South China Sea Wednesday, the first such trip by a Taiwanese military chief for more than five years, amid growing tensions in the region.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  20. US Navy Vice Adm. Ted Branch, deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance and director of naval intelligence, has been without a security clearance for a year, which severely limits his effectiveness in the position. MC2 Martin L. Carey / US Navy

    Sources: US Navy Intel Chief's Security Clearance Suspended, Can't View Classified Info

    The head of US naval intelligence has not been able to view classified information for an entire year.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  21. The Navy's variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C, lands for the first time on an aircraft carrier Nov. 3 off the California coast in this image made from a Navy video. Navy

    F-35C Makes First Arrested Landing on Aircraft Carrier

    An F-35C Lightning II, the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, made an arrested landing aboard a flattop today, an important milestone both in the development of the stealth fighter and in naval aviation history.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  22. Students look on alongside the USS Germantown on Oct. 14 in the northern Philippine port city of Olongapo. Jay Directo / Getty Images

    US Navy Cancels Port Calls Amid Philippine Anger Over Killing

    The US Navy has canceled visits to the Philippine port of Subic amid public anger over accusations that a US Marine killed a Filipino on the city's outskirts, officials said Monday.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  23. Alleged Islamic State group militants stand next to a flag atop a hill in the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, as seen from the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on Oct. 6. Aris Messinis / Getty Images

    Is Islamic State Group Getting Into the Piracy Business?

    An expert is downplaying concerns raised last week by the United Arab Emirates that Islamic State militants could unite with al-Shabab terrorists and expand to the seas, since no evidence has been established of links between terrorists and pirates.

    • Nov. 2, 2014
  24. Insitu has announced an upgraded ScanEagle 2. Insitu

    Insitu Launches New ScanEagle 2 UAS

    The ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has become one of the most widely used and recognized light reconnaissance vehicles around the world, and after 10 years in operation is used by at least 17 countries.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  25. After a successful final qualification firing of the MBDA naval cruise missile, additional tests will be conducted from a French FREMM frigate next year. MBDA/DGA

    MBDA Naval Cruise Missile Conducts Final Qualification Flight

    The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) conducted a successful final qualification flight of the MBDA naval cruise missile, with a launch from a ground-based site at the Biscarosse test center, the procurement office said in a statement.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  26. Dutch-based Damen shipyards wants to build relationships with smaller French yards. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    With Purchase of French Shipyards, Damen Finally Shows Its Wares at Euronaval

    Not every shipbuilder here at the Euronaval expo just outside Paris builds enormous ships, and there are quite a few shipyards specializing in smaller, more economical designs.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  27. French Finance Minister Michel Sapin addresses the French National Assembly during an Oct. 28 session in Paris. Lionel Bonaventure / AFP

    Paris: Conditions Not Yet Met For France To Hand Over Warship To Russia

    The conditions are not yet in place for France to deliver a controversial warship to Russia, the French finance minister said Thursday, after Moscow said the handover would take place next month.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  28. Ready: Gunilla Fransson, head of the Saab Kockums Security and Defense Solutions unit, said the firm is eager to compete for naval business worldwide. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    Saab Confident in Its Kockums Submarine Builders

    The return last summer of the Kockums shipbuilding firm to Swedish ownership and control marked a rare moment when the public, government and industry all joined in approval.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  29. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attends a military drill on Oct. 24. AFP

    US Think-Tank: North Korea Researching Sea-Based Missiles

    North Korea has built a test facility that may be intended to develop a marine-based ballistic missile using submarines or surface vessels, a US think-tank said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  30. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. Adek Berry / Getty Images

    Russia Says France Due To Hand Over First Warship Nov. 14

    Russia said Wednesday that France is still due to complete the controversial handover of a warship next month, despite pressure for the deal to be scrapped over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  31. 3D-printing model of the new F-110 frigate for the Spanish Navy. Christopher P. Cavas

    New Spanish Frigate Detailed, Deal for Taiwan Minesweepers Announced

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia Tuesday revealed details of the F-110, a new guided-missile project to replace the Spanish Navy's Santa Maria-class frigates in the 2020s.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  32. Adm. Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval staff of the Royal Navy. Alan Lessig / Staff

    Interview: Adm. Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord, UK Royal Navy

    Despite budget cuts, Britain's Royal Navy is modernizing with new cutting-edge destroyers, nuclear attack submarines, two new giant aircraft carriers, frigates and other systems on the way, like the short-takeoff and vertical-landing version of Lockheed M

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  33. French shipbuilder DCNS still awaits a government decision on whether the sale of a Mistral warship to Russia will proceed. Jean-Sebastien Evrard / AFP

    DCNS: No Backup Plan if Mistral Sale Is Canceled

    French shipbuilder DCNS is awaiting the government's decision on whether to deliver a Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia, but the company has not drawn up contingency plans for the warship, Chairman Hervé Guillou said Monday.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  34. Rafael Ltd. is developing ship-based versions of Iron Dome, the system credited with intercepting nearly 90 percent of the thousands of Gaza-launched rockets designated as direct threats to the Israeli home front in last summer's 50-day war. David Buimovitch / AFP

    Israeli Firm Adapts Iron Dome for Intercepts at Sea

    Rafael Ltd. is developing ship-based versions of Iron Dome, the system credited with intercepting nearly 90 percent of the thousands of Gaza-launched rockets designated as direct threats to the Israeli home front in last summer's 50-day war.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  35. Future French naval plans include possible redesigns on three FREMM ships. French Navy

    French Navy Plans To Dominate Above, On and Below the Seas

    Despite a fiscal downturn, France is seeking to continue sailing a blue water Navy able to project maritime power on the waves, silently below and by striking from the air.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  36. The Turkish Navy frigate Salihreis runs alongside the US destroyer Cole Oct. 16 in the Black Sea. The US and other navies have increased their presence in the inland sea. MC2 John Herman / US Navy

    Russians Have Other Nations Wary, But No Defense Increases — Yet

    Cold War memories were instantly rekindled Oct. 17 when reports emerged of suspected Russian submarine activity in Sweden's coastal waters.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  37. The first of two planned Izumo-class ships was launched in 2013 during a ceremony in Yokohama. It will be able to carry 15 helicopters. Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP

    Japan Builds Response to Chinese Area-Denial Strategy

    Japan's response to Chinese anti-access/area-denial threats rest on three planks: increasingly large helicopter carriers, next-generation 3,300-ton Soryu-class submarines and new Aegis destroyers.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  38. Yu Seong-Ryong, third ship of South Korea's Sejong Daewang KDX-III class, sails at the RIMPAC exercise in July off Hawaii. South Korea will launch three more of the destroyers between 2023 and 2027, expanding the fleet to six. MC1 Shannon E. Renfroe / US Navy

    Pacific Powers Build Capability, Warily Eye Neighbor Countries

    Ninety percent of the world's trade flows by sea and the majority of that through narrow, vulnerable straits such as Malacca, Singapore and Taiwan.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  39. The planned new Pattugliatore Polivalente D'Altura vessels will replace a number of Italian Navy ships, including the Minerva-class corvettes such as the Urania, here. Javier Bueno Iturbe / via Wikimedia Commons

    Italy Closing in on Major Patrol Vessel Deal

    The Italian Navy has nearly finalized its design for a new fleet of offshore multipurpose patrol vessels, one step in a massive 20-year, €5.8 billion (US $7.3 billion) funding package.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  40. A dispute between French and Italian companies over the F21 torpedo project highlights the difficult path of European naval cooperation. DCNS

    Europe Struggles With Naval Sector Cooperation

    DCNS was awarded a relatively light €6 million (US $7.6 million) when the French warship builder this year won a little-noticed claim against Italian underwater specialist WASS over the F21 heavy torpedo.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  41. Sagem Promotes 'Complete System' of Protection

    Pirates on the high seas and fast small boats are seen as today's threats to commercial shipping and naval vessels, opening potential markets for naval technology to detect and track such targets, a Sagem senior executive said.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  42. The Vladivostok, a Mistral class amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, is docked at the STX France shipyard. Jean-sebastien Evrard / AFP

    French Mistral Ships Operate While Russian Sale Decision Awaits

    The French Navy deployed two of its three Mistral class helicopter carriers in this month's two-week Catamaran exercise, reflecting the warships' key role in a joint amphibious assault and landing operation.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  43. Raytheon and Selex are competing to supply a new identification friend-or-foe system for British military aircraft, warships and battlefield vehicles. Above is the Royal Navy's HMS Ocean. BAE Systems

    Selex, Raytheon Compete To Supply IFF System to UK

    Raytheon UK and Selex ES are going head-to-head to supply a new identification friend-or-foe (IFF) system for the British military, the Ministry of Defence announced.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  44. Cypriot President Anastasiades. Yiannis Kourtoglou / AFP

    Draft: EU Leaders Seriously Concerned at Cyprus, Turkey Tensions

    European Union leaders will call on Turkey to respect Cyprus's sovereign rights, expressing 'serious concern' at fresh tensions between the two countries over oil and gas exploration, a draft summit document showed Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  45. The Orient Shield exercise will include E-model Apaches certified to make deck landings during the RIMPAC exercise, such as this Apache launching from the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu. MC3 Dustin Knight/ / Navy

    US Army Helos Set for Joint Exercise in Japan

    The US Army Stryker brigade set to begin exercises in Japan next week as part of its third stop in the Army's Pacific Pathways rotation brought its own aviation assets to the venerable exercise for the first time.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  46. HMS Visby and two minesweepers lie moored at the jetty at Berga marine base outside Stockholm on Wednesday. Fredrik Sandberg / AFP/Getty Images

    Sweden Pulls Back Ships As 'Foreign Sub' Hunt Draws Blank

    Sweden said Wednesday it was pulling back part of its navy that has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week with no vessel found.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  47. Swedish Commander-in-Chief Sverker Goransson talks to media after a nearly two-hour long meeting with the Swedish Parliament defense committee in Stockholm on Oct. 21. Swedish authorities continued searching for an alleged foreign submarine off the coast of Stockholm, as Russia denied reports that one of its vessels had sent radio calls from Swedish waters. Pontus Lundahl / AFP via Getty Images

    Sweden Ready To Use Force Against Suspected Submarine

    Sweden's armed forces chief warned Tuesday it could use force to bring to the surface a suspected Russian mini-submarine its navy has been hunting for days.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  48. Maritime Tension: Two Taiwan missile boats patrol the Taiwan Strait during a military drill on May 15, 2013, aimed at defending its fishermen in disputed waters. SAM YEH/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Taiwan Calls for Calm Over Territorial Disputes

    Taiwan serves as a 'pivot point' from a geostrategic perspective and a cornerstone for Asia-Pacific regional stability, Taiwan's Navy chief warned last week.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  49. 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
  50. 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
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