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US Navy Destroyer Donald Cook Buzzed Again by Russian Fighters in Baltic

The Russians do not appear to like the US Navy operating ships in the Baltic Sea.  On Aprill 11, two unarmed Russian SU24 fighter jets made low attitude passes at the US Navy destroyer USS Donald Cook.  Then, on April 12, two Russian … Continue reading

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What is a Riverine Command Boat?

Yesterday, two US Navy Riverine Command Boats (RCBs) with a combined crew of ten sailors were apprehended by Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats. One or both of the RCBs had suffered a mechanical failure and had drifted into Iranian waters. The Iranians released … Continue reading

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LCS Still “Little Crappy Ships”

Back in the early 200s, the US Navy began a program to build a new class of Littoral Combat Ships, LCS, which were intended to be fast, agile and, at least by US Navy standards, relatively inexpensive, which could operate … Continue reading

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The Threat of GPS Hacking — Brush off Those Sextants

In 1998, the United States Naval Academy dropped celestial navigation from its curriculum. If a naval officer wished to know where he or she was, the officer simply had to read the display on a GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver. … Continue reading

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Female Officers Secretly Videotaped in Shower on Submarine USS Wyoming

This feels like a bad joke, but sadly, it isn’t. In May of 2010, we posted about “Women Submariners – Pioneers Facing Many Challenges.” Of the various challenges we expected women on submarines would have to face, secret shower videos … Continue reading

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Update: US Navy Deploys Laser Weapon on USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf

Last February, we posted that the US Navy planned to deploy its first laser weapon on one of its oldest ships. The new laser weapon has now been deployed on the 43 year old USS Ponce, an Austin-class amphibious transport dock, for field … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday US Navy, Not to be Confused with Navy Day or the Founding of the Navy

Happy 239th birthday to the United States Navy! On Friday, October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress voted to fit out two armed sailing vessels to cruise to attempt to seize arms and stores from Royal Navy transports. The rebel forces were … Continue reading

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Tank Bennett, the Only American Sailor in the Royal Navy

One of the causes of the War of 1812, was the impressment of American sailors into the Royal Navy. But that was two centuries ago, and Yanks now, generally, do not serve in the British navy. As a result of love … Continue reading

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Women Serving on Submarines — US & Royal Navies & Soon the French

Like many milestones, once it is past, it doesn’t seem like quite as big a deal.  Last week, three women made history by becoming the first female submariners to serve in the Royal Navy. Female officers have served on US … Continue reading

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USS Freedom Limping Toward Singapore – The US Navy’s Sorry LCS Saga Continues

The USS Freedom, the first of the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), is on her way to Singapore. The press has reported that the ship is intended to show the US’s commitment to counter China in the region. Before … Continue reading

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Starbucks Returns to Sea on USS Boxer

There is virtually no place on earth beyond its reach. No, not the US Navy. Starbucks. The coffee seller is now even opening a store on a navy warship, the amphibious assault ship, USS Boxer. The “Starboxer” is the first … Continue reading

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Update: USS Guardian – Will Be Broken Up But Why Was it Near the Reef in the First Place?

The Navy has announced that the minesweeper, USS Guardian, which ran up on Tubbataha reef in the Philippines Sula Sea two weeks ago, will be cut up in place and hauled away.  The reason given is that the approach will “involve … Continue reading

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Navy’s Scary Anti-Bath Salts PSA – How Serious is the Navy’s Designer Drug Problem?

In February 2001, we posted about the problem that the US Navy has been having with the “synthetic marijuana” often referred to as “spice.”  Since then the Navy has discharged over 200 sailors for use of the “spice.”  Earlier this month, … Continue reading

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“Superstorm” Sandy Sending Ships out to Sea and to Harbors of Refuge

Tropical Storm Sandy returned to hurricane strength on Saturday morning as it heads toward the U.S. northeast coast.   The US Navy as ordered 24 of the larger ships in southeastern Virginia bases, including the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, out to sea to avoid the storm. … Continue reading

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The Navy’s MMOWGLI (Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet)

The US Navy’s newest strategic weapon may be a Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame.  If it works for HALO and gears of War, why not the Navy?  The project is a joint effort between the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and Institute … Continue reading

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Damn the Right Whales, Full Speed Ahead? Judge Hears Case on Navy & Right Whales

The US Navy wants to install a $100 million offshore training range, which would include an undersea array of cables and sensors for training warships, submarines and aircraft about 50 miles off the Atlantic coast of southern Georgia and northern Florida.  Environmentalists … Continue reading

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New Navy Litoral Combat Ship to be Named for Gabrielle Giffords

The Navy newest Littoral Combat Ship will be named the USS Gabrielle Giffords in honor of the former Arizona Congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt one year ago. The USS Gabrielle Giffords will be the 17th ship to be named … Continue reading

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Hawaii Superferries, Marad, Title XI and the US Navy – Taxpayers Still Foot the Bill

Pity the poor taxpayer.  The headline was short and simple – U.S. Navy Buys Hawaii Superferries.  For only $35 million dollars, the US Navy is buying two aluminum, high-speed, ro/ro ferries built for Hawaii Superferry for inter-island service in Hawaii.  The ferries were … Continue reading

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is No More – A Navy Marriage and New Places to Recruit

The US military’s previous policy toward gay service members; “don’t ask, don’t tell; officially came to an end yesterday.   Naval officer, Lt. Gary Ross, chose the day to marry his partner of eleven years, Dan Swezy, in Duxbury, Vt.   In Tulsa, … Continue reading

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Update: Captain Owen Honors Can Stay in Navy Despite Lewd Video Scandal

Last January we posted that Captain Owen Honors had been relieved of duty on USS Enterprise after it was revealed that he produced a series of lewd videos when he was XO (Executive Officer) on the nuclear powered aircraft carrier.  Today a Navy panel voted … Continue reading

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