Naval destroyers could be equipped with missile eliminating laser system by 2021
The U.S. Navy may soon be arming their workhorse destroyer fleet with a laser defense system as early as 2021. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyers have been selected as the platform for the High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance systems, according to a new report. The laser would... Read more
No more sit-ups, Navy switching out exercise on the physical readiness test
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes The Navy is doing away with situps and adding a planking exercise to the physical readiness test, the service’s top officer said during an early morning announcement Thursday. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell... Read more
Report: White House wanted USS John S. McCain moved out of sight during Trump visit to Japan
Theresa Braine New York Daily News White House and U.S. Navy officials confirmed late Wednesday that they had tried to keep the name of the USS John S. McCain hidden during President Trump’s visit to Japan so that it would not appear in any pictures. Much has been made... Read more
Four nations partner with Navy in first of it’s kind Pacific Vanguard exercise
Caitlin Doornbos Stars and Stripes Ships from four partner nations maneuvered around each other in waters near Guam Friday morning, working together on a common goal: Find the submarine. Helicopters flew ahead of the ships, which kept their distance from the imagined submarine, just as they would in actual... Read more
USS Ronald Reagan heads out to sea for its first deployment of 2019
Caitlin Doornbos Stars and Stripes Sailors’ families gathered on the pier Wednesday morning as the USS Ronald Reagan left its homeport to patrol the Indo-Pacific region, its first deployment of 2019. Sailors in their dress whites lined the flight deck of the aircraft carrier as it sailed from Yokosuka.... Read more
North Korea says U.S. violated its sovereignty when it seized cargo ship
Kim Gamel Stars and Stripes North Korea on Tuesday stepped up pressure on the U.S. to return a seized cargo ship accused of violating sanctions targeting the communist state’s nuclear weapons program. The North’s ambassador to the United Nations condemned the seizure of the ship dubbed the Wise Honest... Read more
Defense Secretary defends decision to send ships & bombers to Middle East
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday defended the Pentagon’s decision to deploy more ships and bombers to the Middle East in response to threats from Iran, saying those actions might have convinced the Iranians to ‘put on hold’ potential attacks on Americans.... Read more
Navy has four ships patrolling South China Sea
William Cole The Honolulu Star-Advertiser The Pearl Harbor destroyer USS Preble on Monday conducted its third “freedom of navigation” operation in the South China Sea since February in what so far has been four such Navy challenges to China’s claims this year. The pace is far ahead of last... Read more
U.S. warship sailed through South China Sea near reef claimed by China
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo The U.S. Navy has sailed a warship near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, a strategic flash point in the South China Sea claimed by China, in a move expected to stoke anger in Beijing as the world’s two biggest economies remain embroiled in a trade... Read more
North Korea says the US stole it’s cargo ship, demands its return
Kim Gamel Stars and Stripes North Korea on Tuesday accused the United States of “robbery” for seizing a cargo ship and demanded the vessel’s return in the latest sign of rising tensions that threaten to scuttle nuclear talks. The Wise Honest — detained in April 2018 while en route... Read more
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