More than 60 UK sailors and marines have been training to develop carrier skills aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, which met up with the HMS Queen Elizabeth last week off the Scottish coast. The Royal Navy thanked the US Navy for access to the Bush strike group for exercises intended to prepare for the UK carrier's entry into service this year.
The USS John S. McCain carried out a routine operation near Mischief Reef in the South China Sea last Thursday, in the process skirting a Chinese artificial island in disputed waters. It was not clear whether the Chinese asked that the destroyer leave the area.
For the second time in a week, an Iranian drone buzzed the USS Nimitz while the carrier was in international waters in the Persian Gulf. The Navy labeled the incident potentially dangerous, and Lt. Ian M. McConnaughey said, "This type of behavior is not in accordance with international maritime customs, norms and laws."
Performance during 270 days on three strategic patrols last year earned the USS Alaska the Omaha Trophy for Best Ballistic Missile Submarine. The Alaska crew also experienced the longest continuous alert period of any unit originating from Kings Bay in the past four years.
The laser technology used in the Navy's new Laser Weapon System is a direct descendant of technology intended for old-fashioned telephones. Key advances that led from communications to powerful but compact laser weaponry lay in the development of fiber optics and inexpensive laser diodes, Robert Afzal of Lockheed Martin explains.
Two former nuclear missile submarines converted to land attack roles with cruise missiles are likely to be at the forefront in any potential confrontation with North Korea. The USS Ohio and USS Michigan are forward deployed to Guam for a year at a time but are based at Naval Base Kitsap.
The destroyer USS Fitzgerald could be on its way via heavy-lift ship to the US as early as September for extensive repairs after its June collision with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan. Work is expected to be carried out on the West Coast, with a Navy solicitation naming two shipyards that build this vessel class.
The Navy hasn't given up on its Littoral Combat Ships, even though the vessels are due to be succeeded by better-armed frigates. Far from falling into disuse, the LCS fleet is now being equipped with short- and long-range missiles and bigger guns to maintain relevance in a world of changing threats.
The 6,000-ton icebreaker CCGS Amundsen makes quite an impression as it plows through thick Arctic ice on its mission of research into changing weather patterns and their effect across the Northwest Passage. The project includes the gathering of ancient mud as well as water samples, although the massive vessel may be called to rescue duty at any moment.
Cmdr. Tobias Reid has succeeded Cmdr. Patrick Culver in command of the Astoria, Ore.-based US Coast Guard cutter Alert. Culver was in the post for two years; Reid comes to the job from his role as executive officer aboard the cutter Hamilton in South Carolina.
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