U.S. Navy resurrects 2nd Fleet to run BALTOPS exercise, Russia watching from afar
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes The recently revived 2nd Fleet is leading the 18-nation Baltic Operations with an eye toward Russia, a former participant in the long-running exercise whose military movements in recent years have put the Baltic region’s former Soviet states on edge. Military officials say the 47th... Read more
The battleship that wouldn’t sink: How the USS Nevada became a symbol of the American fighter during WWII
Two attributes often come to mind when attempting to describe the American mindset: stubbornness and perseverance. If ever there was a physical embodiment of those qualities it would be the USS Nevada.  A battleship that rose from her watery grave after the attack on Pearl Harbor to exact vengeance... Read more
U.S. sending another 1,000 troops to Middle East in response to oil tanker attack
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Pentagon on Monday announced it would deploy about 1,000 new troops to the Middle East “for defensive purposes” and released new imagery it says shows Iranian troops’ involvement in the attacks on two tankers June 13 in the Gulf of Oman. Acting Defense... Read more
Editorial: The U.S. can protect tankers from Iran, with help from allies
  It was known as the “tanker war.” In 1987, Iran wreaked havoc on global energy supplies moving through the Strait of Hormuz, using mines to attack Kuwaiti oil tankers and eventually triggering direct conflict between U.S. naval forces and Iranian vessels. The U.S. estimated that Iran had attacked... Read more
Naval War College announces first female President
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes The next president the U.S. Naval War College will be a woman, a first for the century-old institution, after the previous president was removed. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer announced Friday that Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield will be the next president of the Navy’s... Read more
U.S. blaming Iran for oil tanker attack, weighing all options in response
By Tracy Wilkinson, David S. Cloud and Nabih Bulos Los Angeles Times Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were damaged in suspected attacks on Thursday. The Navy and the ship’s owners offered no immediate explanation on what weapon caused the damage, though all believed the ships... Read more
Climate change forcing the Navy north to defend the Arctic ocean
As the landscape of the Arctic circle changes, the U.S. Navy is adapting its force projection capabilities to the cold North. While the Arctic has primarily been the turf of the U.S. Army and Air Force, the Navy is once again training for sea dominance in the frigid waters.... Read more
Two tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman, U.S. sending destroyer to assist
By Dpa Correspondents dpA Two tankers were damaged on Thursday in what their operating companies said were attacks targeting the vessels in the Gulf of Oman, forcing crew members to evacuate, in the latest incidents taking place amid increasing regional tensions with Iran. The owner companies have not confirmed... Read more
Navy getting six new ‘Marine One’ helicopters in $500 million contract
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes The White House will get its first new helicopters in decades. The Navy awarded Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. a $542 million contract to deliver six VH-92A helicopters by 2021 as the first phase in replacing the aging presidential fleet of 19 helicopters. Sikorsky, a Lockheed... Read more
GAO Report: Navy not doing enough missile testing in Poland
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes The Missile Defense Agency has reduced needed testing of the Navy’s land-based missile defense system in Poland even though an 18-month construction delay has provided more time to run them, a government watchdog said. The agency reduced by 80% tests that would more accurately... Read more
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