USS George H.W. Bush in rendezvous with new UK carrier | USS John S. McCain sails near Chinese artificial island | Iranian drone flies near US carrier
August 17, 2017
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At Sea
USS George H.W. Bush in rendezvous with new UK carrier
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 Maritime Executive online (8/9) 
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USS John S. McCain sails near Chinese artificial island
USS John S. McCain sails near Chinese artificial island
(Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images)
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.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (8/10) 
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Iranian drone flies near US carrier
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."
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/14) 
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Cybersecurity & Combat Systems
Omaha Trophy goes to USS Alaska
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 Arctic Sounder (Anchorage, Alaska) (8/10) 
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Futuristic laser weapon an offshoot of old phone tech
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.
International Business Times (8/10) 
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2 submarines with Guam forward deployment a factor amid N. Korea tensions
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.
KING-TV (Seattle) (8/14) 
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In-Service Engineering
USS Fitzgerald to head to US for repairs
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.
Stars and Stripes (tiered subscription model) (8/15),  USNI News (8/9) 
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The ASNE Design Sciences Series workshop on Set-Based Design is fast approaching September 26-27 at 20F St NW in Washington DC. Seating is limited in this venue, so register early to guarantee your seat.
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The Leading Edge
Navy's LCS will carry on, with modifications
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.
Breaking Defense (8/7) 
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Nothing stops Canadian icebreaker on Northwest Passage mission
Nothing stops Canadian icebreaker on Northwest Passage mission
(Clement Sabourin/AFP/Getty Images)
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.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/14) 
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People
New chief takes command of Coast Guard cutter Alert
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.
The Daily Astorian (Astoria, Ore.) (8/14) 
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ASNE News
Upcoming event calls for papers
Multiple upcoming ASNE events have open calls for papers. Arctic Day 2017 Call for Papers deadline is Sept. 15. Combat Systems Symposium 2017 Call for Papers deadline is also Sept. 15. Technology, Systems, and Ships Call for Papers deadline is Nov. 3. Learn more.
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FMMS 2018 save the date
ASNE just concluded one of the largest Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposia on record. Build your knowledge, your network, and your perspective by attending FMMS 2018. Save the date: Sept. 17-20 in Virginia Beach, Va., and keep an eye on our website for more information.
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