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UK Royal Navy to operate both new aircraft carriers

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the UK plans to bring both of its new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers into operational service to ensure that one ship is available at high readiness...

Navy Christens Submarine John Warner

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785), the first of the Virginia-class attack submarines to be homported in Naval Station Norfolk, was christened at Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va., Sept. 6. “The christening...

Angola lines up seven new patrol boats with Brazil

Angola’s Naval Power Development Programme (PRONAVAL) took a significant step forward on 5 September, when Minister of Defence João Manuel Lourenço and his Brazilian counterpart, Celso Amorim, signed a technical memorandum of understanding (MoU)...

French Mistral Sale Strategy: Buy Time To Maneuver

France’s surprise suspension of the sale of a Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia is seen as a delaying yet diplomatic move to buy time on a troubled arms deal and ease pressure on French...

China reveals 2 aircraft carrier test pilots killed

Two pilots in a squadron conducting fighter jet take-off and landing tests for China’s lone aircraft carrier were killed during trials, state media reported, offering a rare glimpse into the secretive project. …read more...

Cameron: UK Will Operate 2 Aircraft Carriers

The UK Royal Navy is to get a second operational aircraft carrier, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday as the two-day NATO summit came to an end. …read more Source:: Defense News (Naval)

Russia dispatches naval force to reopen Arctic base

Russia on Saturday sent six ships carrying personnel and equipment to a Soviet-era military base in the Arctic that it is reopening to bolster its presence in the region, Russian news agencies reported. Moscow...

Fourth LCS Tested Against Small Boats

The fourth of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships, the USS Coronado (LCS-4), has for the first time engaged in firing exercises against fast attack boats as part of testing to ensure its combat systems...

CANES Work On Hold After Protests Filed

The US Navy’s effort to develop and install a new shipboard tactical electronic network is on hold after two losing bidders protested the Aug. 20 award of contracts worth up to $2.53 billion. …read...

USS Mitscher Participates in Missile Exercise

Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), in company with USS Vicksburg (CG 69) and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) participated in a live-fire missile exercise (MISSILEX), Sept. 3. During the...

USS Germantown Completes VBSS Certification

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) completed a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) certification, Sept. 3. The bi-annual certification, conducted by Afloat Training Group (ATG) Western Pacific, evaluated the VBSS...

France suspends delivery of warship to Russia over Ukraine

France suspended Wednesday the delivery of the first of two Mistral-class warships to Russia “until November” after fierce criticism from its allies given the crisis in Ukraine. Paris agreed in 2011 to build and...

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