Navy bringing back torpedoman rating after sinking it 24 years ago
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes The Navy has reinstated its torpedoman’s mate rating nearly a quarter of a century after it was consigned to Davy Jones’ locker, the service said in a message Tuesday. The change is a direct response to fleet feedback and supports “rating modernization initiatives to... Read more
After several breaches, Navy picks new CIO of cybersecurity
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Aaron Weis on Thursday was named the Navy’s new chief information officer as the service looks to clamp down on leaks in its cybersecurity following several breaches that resulted in the loss of classified and sensitive information. The breaches forced Navy Secretary Richard... Read more
Osprey-styled drones may be protecting fleets in the near future
A drone-based on the MV-22B Osprey design may be the new guardian of the fleet, providing vital data to carrier groups and supporting counter-attacks. Known as the Bell V-247 Vigilant, the drone is a dual-tiltrotor UAV that is about the size of a UH-1 helicopter. According to, the... Read more
Sealift Command performs massive readiness test, largest mobilization in more than 15 years
The U.S. Military Sealift Command is mobilizing on a scale unseen for over a decade, as it rapidly activates crews and an alarming number of ships for an unknown future conflict. The U.S. Transportation Command has ordered 28 ships to have the mothballs shaken out and the skeleton crews... Read more
Russia to start test firing hypersonic missiles from submarines by next year
The Russian Navy may be the first nation to use hypersonic cruise missiles on submarines, though their effectiveness may be questionable. The faster-moving missiles have the potential to outfly modern air defenses, and the first test launch in 2020 will involve a Zircon-type missile fired from a K-651 Kazan... Read more
New firepower headed to the Pacific, USS Gabrielle Giffords sets sail for Thailand
A U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship has been equipped with a new strike missile deployed to the Pacific Ocean last week. The USS Gabrielle Giffords departed from San Diego yesterday, hauling the Naval Strike Missile and the MQ-8C Fire Scout drone. Utilizing the drones, the Giffords can destroy over-the-horizon... Read more
1,200 troops being set to help Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian destroys the Caribbean islands
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Pentagon has mobilized about 1,200 active-duty troops to assist the Hurricane Dorian-stricken Bahamas, where the death toll rose to at least 44 on Monday about one week after the Category 5 storm devastated the islands. The troops — some of whom arrived in... Read more
Navy using social media influences to recruit new cadets
By Brock Vergakis The Virginian-Pilot William Osman appears thrilled that he’s about to perform an egg-drop experiment. The challenge is the same one that generations of students have done before: Engineer a way to stop an egg that’s dropped from a high elevation from obliterating on impact. But Osman... Read more
Report: Cyber war raging between U.S. & Iran as countries jostle for control of Persian Gulf
While there may not be a formal shooting match between the U.S. and Iran, a very real -and very destructive- cyber war is raging between the two nations. A recent report indicates that an Iranian paramilitary database was wiped out in June by U.S. cyberwarfare teams, effectively disrupting plans... Read more
Navy in the process of developing an unmanned “Ghost Fleet”
The U.S. Navy is hoping shipbuilders can give it ideas for a fleet of large unmanned surface vessels to create a “Ghost Fleet.” Known as the Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle program, the ships will have to be modular and able to run for some time with limited maintenance in... Read more
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