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Keel Laid for Future USNS Cherokee Nation (T-ATS 7)

A keel laying ceremony was held Feb. 12 for the future USNS Cherokee Nation (T-ATS 7), the second ship of the Navy’s Navajo class of Towing, Salvage, and Rescue vessels. The ceremony was held...

Update: Newer F-35As cracking due to gun use

Key Points Lot 9 and newer F-35As have developed cracks after gun use The aircraft variant’s gun inaccuracy has stumped the programme for years The Pentagon has restricted gun use on Lot 9 and...

Mexican Navy commissions first POLA long-range OPV

The Mexican Navy’s first POLA (Patrulla Oceánica de Largo Alcance) long-range ocean patrol vessel, ARM Reformador (101), was commissioned on 6 February, the service has announced. Reformador is based on the Damen Shipyards SIGMA...

German government updates national defence industry strategy

Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier announced on 12 February an update to the country’s defence and security industry strategy, which introduces the classification of naval surface shipbuilding and the...

Analysis: More suspected SAMs found in Iranian weapons shipment

Analysis US sailors have interdicted another dhow carrying Iranian weapons, including suspected surface-to-air missiles that have only previously been documented in a similar weapons cache seized last year. The US Navy (USN) announced on...

USS Normandy Seizes Illegal Weapons in Arabian Sea

On Feb. 9, USS Normandy (CG 60), while conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, boarded a dhow in accordance with international law and discovered a large cache of...

Navy Request Outlines SSN(X) Next Sub Development

The Navy’s FY 2021 budget request outlined its plans to develop and start funding work for the next attack submarine, SSN(X) The service is requesting $1 million in FY ’21 and plans another $1...

Planned W93 Warhead Will Contribute to new U.K. Nuke, DOD Officials Say

The proposed W93 sea-launched warhead, the nuclear tip of planned next-generation U.S. submarine-launched ballistic missiles, will share technology with United Kingdom’s next nuclear weapon, Pentagon officials said Thursday. W93 will “support a parallel Replacement...

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