Navy ship takes out Iranian drone after it came within 1,000 yards
Caitlin M. Kenney and Chad Garland Stars and Stripes A U.S. Navy ship destroyed a drone in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon announced Thursday. The USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, was in international waters traveling into the Strait of Hormuz when a drone approached the ship and... Read more
U.S. participates in ‘Sea Breeze’ naval exercise in Russia’s backyard
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes The United States and its allies are conducting a large naval exercise in the Black Sea and a separate anti-submarine drill in the North Atlantic Ocean, two regions where Russia has reportedly been holding war games of their own. A total of 32 ships,... Read more
Iran wants to start tolling ships sailing through Strait of Hormuz to counter U.S. sanctions
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes The Pentagon said it is committed to the “free flow of commerce” through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway critical to global oil shipments, where Iranian lawmakers have proposed imposing transit tolls on ships that Tehran deems unfriendly. “The Strait of Hormuz is... Read more
Royal Navy forced to target Iranian boats attempting to seize British oil tanker in Gulf
dpa, Hamburg, Germany Five armed Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats on Wednesday unsuccessfully attempted to seize a British oil tanker in the Gulf, according to US media reports. The tanker was entering the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow strategic shipping route for oil that passes between Iran and the Arabian... Read more
After 14 years at sea, USS Stethem returning home
Christian Lopez Stars and Stripes After 14 years in the Indo-Pacific region with the 7th Fleet, the USS Stethem is returning to San Diego to operate under 3rd Fleet once more. Once the guided-missile destroyer reaches its new homeport, it will undertake a “midlife modernization,” according to a Navy... Read more
Do submariners father more daughters than sons? Study debunks common myth
Nancy Montgomery Stars and Stripes A new study has contradicted a widespread belief in the submarine community that submariners father more girls than do other servicemembers. The analysis published in the military’s most recent Medical Surveillance Monthly Report “found no evidence to suggest the offspring sex ratio of male... Read more
Congress wants the Navy to prove it can fight off a swarm attack in new proposed bill
In the wake of a tense and ongoing maritime situation in the Persian Gulf, Congress is now asking how the U.S. Navy plans on dealing with potential swarms of small gunboats and drones- a favorite tactic of the Iranian Navy. Massachusetts Democrat and Marine veteran Rep. Seth Moulton has... Read more
U.S. Navy could convert Philippines shipyard into repair & maintenance facility
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes A bankrupt commercial shipyard in the Philippines may present an opportunity for the Navy to re-establish itself at a major port it vacated nearly 30 years ago. “The U.S. Navy is exploring the viability of Subic Bay Hanjin Shipyard for use as a potential... Read more
USS Boxer arrives in Middle East waters as tension with Iran continues to rise
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes Thousands of sailors and Marines sailed into 5th Fleet waters Monday as an amphibious assault group led by the USS Boxer deployed to the region, where tensions are flaring between the U.S. and Iran. The Boxer, which carries the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and... Read more
Iran attack was first successful takedown of a Global Hawk drone
Chad Garland Stars and Stripes Iran’s attack on a U.S. Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft Thursday marks the first known instance of an adversary shooting down the workhorse drone in its nearly 18-year operational history. The RQ-4A Global Hawk maritime surveillance drone was flying in international airspace over the... Read more
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