U.S. Navy

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The United States is ‘looking north’ too

The US Navy published a detailed report in October 2009 entitled The US Navy Arctic Roadmap.  This document is sponsored by an organization know as Task Force Climate Change which is headed by the Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, Rear-Admiral David Titley. You can read the report here. The […]

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Countering Somali Piracy – All International Eggs in one Basket?*

* Moderator’s Note: Reprinted with permission from Seaways, Journal of the Nautical Institute, September 2009, pp. 30-31. The focused intervention of foreign naval forces off the coast of Somalia raises as many questions as it answers.  Why Somalia and not Nigeria or Indonesia?  Why so much emphasis on treating it […]

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Chinese Aircraft Carriers? – Let Them Have Them*

*Moderator’s Note:  This article is reprinted with the permission of the author.  It appeared first on CSIS’s The Pacific Forum on 4 May as “PacNet Number 32.”  The original website can be found at this URL: http://www.csis.org/media/csis/pubs/pac0932.pdf. Tetsuo Kotani (tetsuo.kotani@gmail.com) is a Research Fellow at the Ocean Policy Research Foundation. […]

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Cost increases for the Littoral Combat Ship Program

Recent concerns over escalating costs with the LCS project were addressed by the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Donald C. Winter. Recent press reports (See: Geoff Fein, “First Four LCS Could Be Facing 72 Percent Cost Increase,” Defense Daily, 17 March 2007) indicate the USN will seek $519M US […]

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Secretary of the Navy recommends way ahead for Littoral Combat Ship Program

Based on a comprehensive review of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) acquisition program, Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter announced today that he is prepared to lift a previously issued stop work order for construction of LCS 3. The ship is currently under contract to Lockheed Martin Corp. Maritime […]

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Backgrounder – Piracy and the United States Navy

The backgrounder “Piracy and the United States Navy” by Peter M. Swartz and Christine Fox can be found here. The document presents the argument that the most effective means of countering piracy throughout history has been direct attacks against their bases of operation.  While escort of shipping and patrolling have […]

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Ballistic missile proliferation raises the importance of large surface combatants

 Buoyed by the successful shooting down of a satellite by USS Lake Erie in February, supported by a well-informed congress, and concerned with the proliferation of ballistic missile technology, the USN is pressing ahead with plans to expand the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) capabilities of their surface fleet.  Speaking on […]

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US Navy may get shipbuilding boost from Congress (II)

The Congressional Research Service has published a report entitled “Navy Attack Submarine Force-Level Goal and Procurement Rate”, which was updated on 09 April 2007 (Order Code RL32418). The report shows that, for a planned USN fleet of 313 ships, the current procurement rate in the 30-year fleet plan is insufficient […]

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International flotilla awaits Burma go-ahead

It now appears that a combined American, French and British naval force comprised of amphibious ships, helicopters, landing craft and frigates is likely the West’s only option to deliver relief supplies into Burma. The plan may involve the naval forces delivering the aid close inshore and on the beaches where […]

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