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Zombie Zumwalt: the ship program that never dies

WASHINGTON – In 2006, Congress started funding construction of the first of three Navy destroyers named after the late famed Navy chief Adm. Elmo Zumwalt. But nearly a dozen years later, none of the...

NATO’s SNMG2 concludes Black Sea tour

Ships from NATO’s Standing Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) met with Turkish Navy units in the Aegean Sea as they wrapped up 20 days of operations in the Black Sea. Led by the Royal Navy’s...

How China acquires the crown jewels of U.S. technology

WASHINGTON – The U.S. government was well aware of China’s aggressive strategy of leveraging private investors to buy up the latest American technology when, early last year, a company called Avatar Integrated Systems showed...

Philippines commits to naval modernisation

The Philippine government is looking to set aside PHP77 billion (USD1.47 billion) for the modernisation of the Philippine Navy (PN) during its second phase of modernisation, President Rodrigo Duterte said on 22 May. In...

Saab Providing Sea Giraffe Radar In FMS To Philippines

Sweden’s Saab said it will supply the Sea Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (ABM) naval radar system in a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) agreement between the U.S. and the Philippines. The AN/SPS-77 Sea Giraffe is planned...

Australia assumes intellectual property of AWD destroyers

Spain’s Navantia S.A. transferred the intellectual property for the Hobart-class family of warships to Navantia Australia, giving Australia sovereign control over its air warfare destroyer… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my...

Italian FFG(X) contender arrives in Norfolk

The Italian Navy’s FREMM frigate ITS Alpino (F594) has arrived in Norfolk, Virginia, for the first stop of her North American tour. The tour will help Fincantieri, and the Italian industry,… [[ This is...

USS Ronald Reagan completes post-refit trials

The US Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returned to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 17, after completing sea trials. The seven-day evolution… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

Saudi spokesman confirms Turkish ship attacked off Yemen

The Iranian-backed Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) was responsible for an attack on the Turkish-flagged bulk carrier Ince Inebolu , Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, announced on 21 May....

New Marine Corps Information Warfare Leader Nominated

The Pentagon nominated Maj. Gen. Loretta Reynolds on May 18 to be the Marine Corps’ next deputy commander of information warfare. Pending Senate confirmation, Reynolds, the current commander of Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command,...

Raytheon Awarded $77 Million ESSM Block 2 Transition Contract

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $77 million firm-fixed-price contract to transition the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) phase into low-rate manufacturing and production...

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