Russia Wants to Put a 76-Millimeter Cannon on an Icebreaker
Russia has by far the largest icebreaker fleet in the world with a total of more than 40 publicly and privately owned, including six nuclear-powered icebreakers all capable of punching through Arctic sea ice. It’s also building new ones after a delay of more than four decades, launching the... Read more
Trump Said All Future U.S. Navy Carriers Will Use ‘Goddamned Steam’ Catapults
Pres. Donald Trump has weighed in on the future configuration of the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier fleet. Trump is insisting that the service return to installing steam catapults in place of the state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, that was developed for the Gerald R. Ford–class super carriers.... Read more
The Destroyer ‘Le Terrible’ Was Blazingly Fast
Destroyers in World War I rarely got close enough to battle an enemy fleet with their guns, so navies began building faster, most robust and heavily-armed destroyers packing bigger weapons and additional torpedo tubes. During the following interwar period, no country embraced this trend more than France, which built several large, fast... Read more
The Real Reason the World Should Pay Attention to China’s Aircraft Carrier Fleet
China’s first home-built aircraft carrier will soon be completed in the shipyards at Dalian. This vessel, which has yet to receive a name, will spend two years being fit with equipment before she is ready to join her sister carrier the Liaoning in operational service. Both vessels are derived from... Read more
Watchdog Tells Congress to Slow Down New ‘Frigate’ Program
A recently released Government Accountability Office report urges Congress to slow down acquisition of a new frigate based on the troubled Littoral Combat Ship design since Congress would otherwise have to “make significant program decisions and commitments in 2017 without key cost, design and capability knowledge.” Approval of a... Read more
Russia’s Banged-Up Aircraft Carrier Prepares for Her Upgrade
Russia’s rusty aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has been back at her home port near Murmansk since February following a 2016 combat deployment off the Syrian coast. Kuznetsov took a beating from heavy use and what’s next is a long-awaited refit, of which we now have a few details. First... Read more
North Korea’s Navy—More Nuisance Than Menace
In the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea’s naval forces might prove to be nuisance to allied forces if they are operating close to shore, but the threat is manageable. Nonetheless, U.S. and South Korean naval shores need to keep on their toes—otherwise, they could... Read more
U.S. Marines Want to Pack 20 Stealth Fighters on One Assault Ship
The U.S. Marine Corps plans to load up its nine big-deck amphibious assault ships with new F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters, swapping helicopters for jets and transforming the assault ships into light aircraft carriers. The plan, which the Corps laid out in the 2017 edition of its annual aviation... Read more
Why Are Russia and Turkey Holding Joint War Games in the Black Sea?
Russia and Turkey have held a series of joint naval exercises in the Black Sea. The Kremlin’s Black Sea Fleet deployed three ships while the Turks sent two vessels to the exercise, which is called PASSEX. The Russian side deployed the brand new frigate Admiral Grigorovich—armed with long-range Kalibr... Read more
Is China’s New Amphibious Assault Ship a Big Waste of Time?
China is set to complete its first large-deck amphibious assault ship—the Type 075—by 2020. The vessel, which is currently under construction at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyards in Shanghai, is roughly the same size as one of the U.S. Navy’s Wasp-class amphibious assault ships. “Construction of the Type 075 ships... Read more
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