SECNAV Del Toro Previews Major Amphibious Warship Buy
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by John Grady
7h ago
USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD-28) during sea trials on Oct. 21, 2021. HII Photo Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said he expects “a major announcement” in the next few weeks on a new multi-year procurement agreement to build three San Antonio-class amphibious warships and an America-class big deck amphibious warship at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi. The Navy has been negotiating “as low a price as possible” for the ships that the sea services view as essential to future expeditionary missions, Del Toro said at the Stimson Center on Tuesday. Two years ago the Navy and the Marine Corps agre ..read more
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North Korea Launches Ballistic Missiles in Nuclear Command and Control Test
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by Dzirhan Mahadzir
12h ago
North Korean short-range ballistic missile launch on April 22, 2024. KCNA Photo North Korea on Monday conducted a firing drill of short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs), with state media Korean Central News Agency reporting that it was a firing of “super-large multiple rocket units” simulating a nuclear counterattack and marking the first use of its Haekbangashoe nuclear weapon combined management system. The purpose of the North Korean drill, which was overseen by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was “to demonstrate the reliability, superiority, might and diverse means of the DPRK’s nuclear f ..read more
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Report to Congress on Taiwan Defense Issues
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by U.S. Naval Institute Staff
17h ago
The following is the April 19, 2024, Congressional Research Service report, Taiwan Defense Issues for Congress From the report U.S. policy toward Taiwan has long prioritized the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) claims Taiwan as its territory and has not renounced the use of force to annex it. The United States supports Taiwan’s efforts to deter the PRC from using force to gain control of the archipelago. The U.S. government has also sought to strengthen its own ability to deter PRC military aggression in the Indo-Pacific region ..read more
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Balikatan 2024 Drills Prioritize South China Sea, Luzon Strait
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by Aaron-Matthew Lariosa
1d ago
Philippine and U.S. military service members conduct the “crossing of hands” handhold at the opening ceremony to commence Balikatan 24 at Camp Aguinaldo, Manila, Philippines, April 22, 2024. US Marine Corps Photo American, Philippine, Australian, and French forces began Balikatan 2024 on Monday in a ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo, Manila. Translating to “shoulder-to-shoulder” in Tagalog, the Balikatan series of exercises has evolved from a small navy-to-navy drill during the Cold War to the premier annual military exercise held between the U.S. and the Philippines. In recent years, amid China’s in ..read more
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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 22, 2024
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by U.S. Naval Institute Staff
2d ago
USNI News Graphic These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 22, 2024, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Ships Underway Total Battle Force Deployed Underway 294 (USS 234, USNS 60) 93 (USS 63, USNS 30) 53 (33 Deployed, 20 Local) In Japan Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Robert Miller, from Palatka, Florida, assigned to USS America (LHA-6) guides an MV-22B ..read more
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Two Japanese Naval Helos Collide Over Philippine Sea; 1 Killed, 7 Missing
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by Dzirhan Mahadzir
2d ago
Two Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces SH-60K in flight. JMSDF Photo Two Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopters collided Saturday night in the Philippine Sea during nighttime anti-submarine warfare training, leaving one crew member dead and seven others missing. Japan’s Defense Minister Minoru Kihara said during a Sunday morning news conference that contact with the first helicopter was lost at 10:38 p.m. Saturday 150 nautical miles east of Torishima, an uninhabited volcanic island about 600 kilometers (373 miles) south of Tokyo. A signal from an emergency locator transmitter was rec ..read more
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Japan-Based Chief Petty Officer Found Guilty of Attempted Espionage
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by Gidget Fuentes
2d ago
Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG-76) arrive in Hawaii. US Navy Photo A sailor assigned to a Japan-based guided-missile destroyer who was accused of providing classified information to a foreign government official was found guilty Friday of attempted espionage and other related charges, the Navy said. Chief Petty Officer Fire Controlman Bryce S. Pedicini, who had been assigned to the USS Higgins (DDG-76) before his arrest on May 19, 2023, in Japan, will be sentenced by a military judge at a May 7 court hearing, the Naval Criminal Investigative Servic ..read more
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Japan Aircraft Scrambled Fewer Times in FY 2023 Compared to FY 2022
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by Dzirhan Mahadzir
4d ago
A Japanese Air Self Defense Force F-35A Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter in 2021. JSDF Photo Japan Air Self-Defense Force aircraft scrambled fewer times against foreign aircraft during Fiscal Year 2023 compared to FY 2022, according to Japan’s Joint Staff Office.  A Friday report showed a total of 669 scrambles for FY 2023, or from April 1 2023 through March 30, 2024. In FY 2022, the JASDF scrambled 778 times.  Chinese aircraft accounted for 479 of the FY 2023 scrambles, or 72 percent of the overall total, though this was a decrease of 96 from 575 in FY 2022. Scrambles against Russia ..read more
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GAO Report on Navy and Marine Corps Disciplinary Measures
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by U.S. Naval Institute Staff
5d ago
The following is the April 18, 2024, Military Justice: Quality Data Needed to Improve Oversight of Navy and Marine Corps Disciplinary Measures. From the report What GAO Found Nonjudicial punishment, such as forfeiture of pay or a reduction in grade, is a tool to deter misconduct, maintain discipline, and improve performance without going through the court-martial process. Service members onboard a vessel at sea cannot refuse nonjudicial punishment and demand a trial by court-martial when a commanding officer uses the vessel exception. The Navy and the Marine Corps are refining guidance on the ..read more
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Navy’s Single Sub Buy Plan Raises Concerns with Congress
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by Mallory Shelbourne and Sam LaGrone
5d ago
A Virginia-class under construction at General Dynamic Electric Boat. EB Photo Lawmakers raised concerns with Navy leaders this week over lags in U.S. naval shipbuilding after the service altered plans for attack boat procurement for the first time in more than a decade.Seeking to adhere to the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 that capped defense spending, the Navy released a Fiscal Year 2025 budget that wants to buy six battle force ships and decommission 19. In a break with more than a decade of procurement, the service elected to buy one Virginia-class submarine instead of two. Lawmakers h ..read more
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