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  1. The Mistral-class assault warship Sevastopol docked on Nov. 21 at the western French port of Saint-Nazaire. Georges Gobet / AFP

    Shipbuilder: Russian Mistral Sailors To Leave France

    About 400 Russian sailors are returning home, French shipbuilder DCNS said Wednesday, as Paris weighs whether to deliver the Mistral-class warship to Russia amid the Ukraine crisis.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  2. Boat Options: Taiwan is considering basing its next submarine on the Dutch design used for the Hai Lung sub. Wendell Minnick

    Taiwan Pressing On With Local Sub Build

    Taiwan Navy officials are committed to their submarine build plans and will not wait for the US government to fulfill a 2001 pledge to sell Taiwan eight diesel submarines, a senior Navy official said.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  3. Royal Navy submarines are to be equipped with an upgraded version of the Spearfish heavyweight torpedo in a £270 million deal announced Monday by the British Ministry of Defence and BAE Systems Maritime Services. BAE Systems

    Royal Navy Subs To Get Upgraded Spearfish Torpedo

    Royal Navy submarines are to be equipped with an upgraded version of the Spearfish heavyweight torpedo in a £270 million deal announced Monday by the British Ministry of Defence and BAE Systems Maritime Services.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  4. Australia's air warfare destroyers are built in sections around Australia and in Spain, and assembled at the ASC Shipyard in Adelaide. The program is years behind schedule. Australia Department of Defence

    3 Firms Tapped To Fix Australia's Destroyer Program

    The Australian government announced new steps to fix its ailing Air Warfare Destroyer effort on Dec. 9, with the appointment of BAE Systems, Navantia SA and Raytheon Australia to take on increased roles in the program.

    • Dec. 14, 2014
  5. Both Lockheed Martin (top) and Austal USA gave the Navy proposed designs that included vertical missile launchers and a bigger gun, but the Navy chose ships more like current LCSs. Lockheed Martin/Austal USA

    Split Decision on New US Navy Ship

    The decision is in, and it's split right down the middle.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  6.  Office of Naval Research

    Navy's First Laser Gun Shines In Deployed Exercises

    The Office of Naval Research is confident that its new laser weapon would be quite operational if a threat targeted its test ship in the Persian Gulf.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  7. The Gerald R. Ford is the first of a new class of aircraft carriers under construction for the US Navy. Chris Oxley/Newport News Shipbuilding

    US Navy Engineer Indicted For Trying To Sell Secrets

    A naturalized American citizen working for the US Navy was arrested Friday for attempting to sell technical information about the nuclear aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford to an agent of the Egyptian government.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  8. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gives a press conference on the second day of an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) ministerial meeting on December 5 in Basel. Lavrov warned France its reputation was on the line over the delivery of a warship to Russia, which has been delayed due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Fabrice Coffrini / AFP via Getty Images

    Lavrov: France 'Must Fulfill Obligations' Over Warship Delivery

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday warned France its reputation was on the line over the delivery of a controversial warship to Russia, which has been delayed due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  9. Congress wants a plan from the Coast Guard on how the service intends to keep its medium endurance cutters operating until replacements come online starting in the late 2020s. Here, the cutter Escanaba undergoes an overhaul at Coast Guard Yard Curtis Bay, Md. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    House Passes US Coast Guard Bill

    The House voted overwhelmingly late Wednesday to approve a policy bill for the US Coast Guard, 413-3. The bill now moves to the Senate where, as of late Thursday, it has yet to be scheduled for floor action.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  10. A frigate from the Turkish naval Maritime Task Group is docked in Port Sudan on June 16. A Turkish shipyard will produce two logistical support ships for the Navy. Ebrahim Hamid/ / AFP

    Turkey Signs Logistical Ship Deal With Shipyard Selah

    Local shipyard Selah Makine ve Gemicilik Endustri Ticaret AS will produce two logistical support ships for the Turkish Navy, the Turkish procurement authority announced.

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  11. Strengthening Ties: French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, and his Polish counterpart Tomasz Siemoniak arrive for a press conference following their meeting in Warsaw on Nov. 25. Janek Skarzynski/ / AFP/Getty Images

    With Mistral Suspension, France Seeks to Boost Ties with Poland

    France placed a hold on the delivery of the first Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia, a move French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian personally conveyed to his Polish counterpart during a recent trip to boost relations with Warsaw.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  12. Brazil joins New Zealand as export customers for the Sea Ceptor. MBDA

    Brazil Orders Sea Ceptor Air Defense Missile

    Brazil has become the second export customer for MBDA's Sea Ceptor air defense missile the company announced Friday.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  13. A Rolls-Royce maintainer checks an engine on a V-22. The company reached a two-year agreement with the US Marines this week. Stephen M. Smith/Rolls Royce

    Rolls Signs Two-Year Deal on V-22 Engines

    Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce will continue to provide support for the Pentagon's fleets of V-22 Osprey aircraft under a two-year agreement, the company announced.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  14. Chinese fishing vessels were anchored at Fiery Cross Reef (Kagitingan) in 2012 at the disputed Spratly Islands. Philippine Western Command / AFP

    China Blasts US Comments on Spratlys Project as 'Irresponsible'

    Beijing on Monday dismissed as 'irresponsible' US criticism of its construction of an artificial island reportedly large enough for an airstrip in a disputed section of the South China Sea.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  15. Everything Shipshape: The Nils Juel, above, cruises Chesapeake Bay after taking part in exercises with the US Navy. The ship was handed over to the Danish Navy in August. The frigate's spacious bridge, left, spans almost the full width of the ship. Christopher P. Cavas/ / staff

    Aboard Danish Frigate, Clean Lines and Room To Grow

    It is striking how the now-familiar smooth, angled architecture of today's warships, intended to reduce visual, heat and other signatures, is also somehow inherently Danish-modern.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  16. Sailors aboard the USS San Diego (LPD 22) prepare to take on fuel from the USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) during a Nov. 14 replenishment-at-sea. MC3 Gerald Dudley Reynolds / US Navy

    US Navy Ships Collide in Gulf of Aden Without Injuries

    Two American naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden, off Yemen, Thursday but there were no injuries, the US Navy said.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  17. An unmanned Fire Scout deployed for the first time with an MH-60R Seahawk aboard the littoral combat ship Fort Worth. MC2 Tim D. Godbee/U.S. Navy

    Fire Scout and Seahawk deploy together for first time on an LCS

    An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and MQ-8B Fire Scout are deploying together on the same ship — a first for manned and unmanned integration aboard a littoral combat ship.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  18. Passing Grade: An interceptor of the Barak-8 air and missile defense system launches for its final development test in Israel. Israel Aerospace Industries

    Israel, India Start To Equip Sea Forces With Barak-8 Defenses

    Israeli and Indian navies are poised to equip their warships with advanced Barak-8 anti-missile and air defense systems following last week's long-awaited test, capping nearly eight years of cooperative development.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  19. The primary mission of destroyers and cruisers is to protect their aircraft carrier. Use of a layered approach to attack incoming missiles could use up all the ships' weapons in a short period, and one analyst suggests changing the strategy to set up a single defensive wall to conserve anti-missile weapons. MC1 David Mercil / US Navy

    Surface Ships Need More Offensive Punch, Outlook

    Commanders of Aegis-equipped cruisers and destroyers long have been confident in their ability to detect, engage and destroy incoming enemy missiles, often employing a layered strategy to hit threats at long, medium and short ranges.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  20. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, is seen March 5 in Saint-Nazaire, France. Frank Perry / AFP

    Ukraine Expects France To Wriggle Out of Russia Warship Delivery

    France must find a way to avoid the controversial delivery of two state-of-the-art warships to Russia, Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said Monday, adding that the sale would damage international security if it goes ahead.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  21. A small leak in the reactor plant sidelined the submarine Jefferson City's deployment in mid-summer, leaving it stuck in Guam. The submarine is seen here on an earlier cruise. US Navy

    'Small' Leak Sidelines US Submarine For 5 Months

    When the US nuclear submarine Jefferson City left its homeport of San Diego April 9, its 150-man crew expected to spend six months cruising the Western Pacific and beyond.

    • Nov. 14, 2014
  22. Jo Ann Rooney was nominated on on Sept. 11, 2013, for the Navy's number two position. Her name was withdrawn Wednesday. DoD

    White House Withdraws Navy Nominee

    After languishing more than a year in political purgatory, the name of Jo Ann Rooney has been quietly withdrawn to become undersecretary of the US Navy.

    • Nov. 13, 2014
  23. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, is seen Sept. 7 in Saint-Nazaire, France. Jean-Sebastien Evrard / AFP

    France: Still No Date For Warship Delivery To Russia

    France's Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday there was still no fixed date for the delivery of two Mistral-class warships to Russia.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  24. Capt. James Fanell has been removed as director of intelligence and information operations at U.S. Pacific Fleet by Adm. Harry Harris, the head of PACFLT. Navy

    Senior Navy Intel Officer Removed for Controversial Comments on China

    A senior Navy intelligence leader whose provocative comments this year about Chinese bellicosity stirred an international controversy has been shelved in the wake of an investigation into his conduct, Navy Times has learned.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  25. The CM-708UNA missile on display at China Airshow in Zhuhai. Wendell Minnick / Staff

    China Shows Off New Sub-Launched Missile at Zhuhai

    The new CM-708UNA submarine-launched cruise missile made its debut at Airshow China in Zhuhai, in the southern province of Guangdong near Hong Kong, on Tuesday.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  26. Turkey has issued new rules of engagement for its Navy in the Mediterranean, largely in response to drilling by Cyprus for hydrocarbons at platforms like this one in its claimed exclusive economic zone, and by Israel and Egypt. AFP

    Turkish Navy Enters Mediterranean, Armed With New Rules of Engagement

    In what looks like a provocative move that increases tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, the Turkish government authorized the country's Navy for full implementation of recently amended rules of engagement off the shores of littoral countries Cyprus, E

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  27. Experts say Vietnam might be interested in acquiring excess P-3 aircraft that the US Navy is looking to retire. MC2 Jillian/ / US Navy

    US State Dept. Issues Language To Allow Defense Exports to Vietnam

    On President Barack Obama's first day in Beijing at the start of a weeklong swing through Asia, the US State Department published new language in the Federal Register to reflect a change in its policy to allow exports of lethal defense items to Vietnam.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  28. The Iron Duke, a UK Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, docks in Cape Town, South Africa, on Aug. 20. The Navy plans to replace its Type 23s with Type 26 ships. Rodger Bosch / Getty Images

    Britain Struggles With Costs for New Frigates

    Britain's Defence Ministry will miss the deadline to award a contract to BAE Systems to build the Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigate, according to sources, who say it could take months before the two sides are in a position to agree to a deal.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  29. Troubled Waters: The Turkish submarines will be similar to Type 214s built for other navies, such as the Portuguese Tridente. US Navy

    Turkish-German Submarine Deal Faces Setbacks

    Turkey's largest ever single naval contract, a US $3.5 billion deal with a German shipyard for the co-production of six submarines, is facing major delays and disputes over modality, Turkish officials and industry sources said.

    • Nov. 8, 2014
  30. The Vladivostok, a Mistral-class warship, is one of two ordered by Russia. A group of US lawmakers are urging NATO to buy the ships instead. JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/ / AFP

    US Lawmakers Press NATO Secretary General To Buy Ships Meant for Russia

    Eight US lawmakers are pressing NATO's new secretary general to purchase French warships currently bound for Russia.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  31. The SSC could be similar to this Lockheed Martin concept for a small combat ship. Christopher P. Cavas/staff

    US Combat Ship Decision Coming in 'Very Near Future'

    Senior US Navy leaders have made their final presentations to the Pentagon's top leadership on their choice for a small surface combatant (SSC), and a decision by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on what sort of ship to build after the littoral combat ship (

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  32. Portuguese Defence Minister Jose Pedro Aguiar Branco. John Thys / AFP

    Portugal Escorts Russian Boat From Its Waters

    The Portugese Navy escorted a Russian oceanographic ship out of its waters Wednesday in response to the latest in a series of territorial incursions by a Russian vessel or plane.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  33. Taiwan's Defense Minister Yen Ming during an Aug. 27 ceremony to honor the dead soldiers of Taiwan killed in Myanmar during World War II. Sam Yeh / AFP

    Taiwan Defence Minister Visits Disputed Spratlys

    Taiwan's defence minister visited a disputed island in the South China Sea Wednesday, the first such trip by a Taiwanese military chief for more than five years, amid growing tensions in the region.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  34. US Navy Vice Adm. Ted Branch, deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance and director of naval intelligence, has been without a security clearance for a year, which severely limits his effectiveness in the position. MC2 Martin L. Carey / US Navy

    Sources: US Navy Intel Chief's Security Clearance Suspended, Can't View Classified Info

    The head of US naval intelligence has not been able to view classified information for an entire year.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  35. The Navy's variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C, lands for the first time on an aircraft carrier Nov. 3 off the California coast in this image made from a Navy video. Navy

    F-35C Makes First Arrested Landing on Aircraft Carrier

    An F-35C Lightning II, the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, made an arrested landing aboard a flattop today, an important milestone both in the development of the stealth fighter and in naval aviation history.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  36. Students look on alongside the USS Germantown on Oct. 14 in the northern Philippine port city of Olongapo. Jay Directo / Getty Images

    US Navy Cancels Port Calls Amid Philippine Anger Over Killing

    The US Navy has canceled visits to the Philippine port of Subic amid public anger over accusations that a US Marine killed a Filipino on the city's outskirts, officials said Monday.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  37. Alleged Islamic State group militants stand next to a flag atop a hill in the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, as seen from the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on Oct. 6. Aris Messinis / Getty Images

    Is Islamic State Group Getting Into the Piracy Business?

    An expert is downplaying concerns raised last week by the United Arab Emirates that Islamic State militants could unite with al-Shabab terrorists and expand to the seas, since no evidence has been established of links between terrorists and pirates.

    • Nov. 2, 2014
  38. Insitu has announced an upgraded ScanEagle 2. Insitu

    Insitu Launches New ScanEagle 2 UAS

    The ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has become one of the most widely used and recognized light reconnaissance vehicles around the world, and after 10 years in operation is used by at least 17 countries.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  39. After a successful final qualification firing of the MBDA naval cruise missile, additional tests will be conducted from a French FREMM frigate next year. MBDA/DGA

    MBDA Naval Cruise Missile Conducts Final Qualification Flight

    The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) conducted a successful final qualification flight of the MBDA naval cruise missile, with a launch from a ground-based site at the Biscarosse test center, the procurement office said in a statement.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  40. Dutch-based Damen shipyards wants to build relationships with smaller French yards. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    With Purchase of French Shipyards, Damen Finally Shows Its Wares at Euronaval

    Not every shipbuilder here at the Euronaval expo just outside Paris builds enormous ships, and there are quite a few shipyards specializing in smaller, more economical designs.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  41. French Finance Minister Michel Sapin addresses the French National Assembly during an Oct. 28 session in Paris. Lionel Bonaventure / AFP

    Paris: Conditions Not Yet Met For France To Hand Over Warship To Russia

    The conditions are not yet in place for France to deliver a controversial warship to Russia, the French finance minister said Thursday, after Moscow said the handover would take place next month.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  42. Ready: Gunilla Fransson, head of the Saab Kockums Security and Defense Solutions unit, said the firm is eager to compete for naval business worldwide. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    Saab Confident in Its Kockums Submarine Builders

    The return last summer of the Kockums shipbuilding firm to Swedish ownership and control marked a rare moment when the public, government and industry all joined in approval.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  43. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attends a military drill on Oct. 24. AFP

    US Think-Tank: North Korea Researching Sea-Based Missiles

    North Korea has built a test facility that may be intended to develop a marine-based ballistic missile using submarines or surface vessels, a US think-tank said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  44. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. Adek Berry / Getty Images

    Russia Says France Due To Hand Over First Warship Nov. 14

    Russia said Wednesday that France is still due to complete the controversial handover of a warship next month, despite pressure for the deal to be scrapped over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  45. 3D-printing model of the new F-110 frigate for the Spanish Navy. Christopher P. Cavas

    New Spanish Frigate Detailed, Deal for Taiwan Minesweepers Announced

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia Tuesday revealed details of the F-110, a new guided-missile project to replace the Spanish Navy's Santa Maria-class frigates in the 2020s.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  46. Adm. Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval staff of the Royal Navy. Alan Lessig / Staff

    Interview: Adm. Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord, UK Royal Navy

    Despite budget cuts, Britain's Royal Navy is modernizing with new cutting-edge destroyers, nuclear attack submarines, two new giant aircraft carriers, frigates and other systems on the way, like the short-takeoff and vertical-landing version of Lockheed M

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  47. French shipbuilder DCNS still awaits a government decision on whether the sale of a Mistral warship to Russia will proceed. Jean-Sebastien Evrard / AFP

    DCNS: No Backup Plan if Mistral Sale Is Canceled

    French shipbuilder DCNS is awaiting the government's decision on whether to deliver a Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia, but the company has not drawn up contingency plans for the warship, Chairman Hervé Guillou said Monday.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  48. Rafael Ltd. is developing ship-based versions of Iron Dome, the system credited with intercepting nearly 90 percent of the thousands of Gaza-launched rockets designated as direct threats to the Israeli home front in last summer's 50-day war. David Buimovitch / AFP

    Israeli Firm Adapts Iron Dome for Intercepts at Sea

    Rafael Ltd. is developing ship-based versions of Iron Dome, the system credited with intercepting nearly 90 percent of the thousands of Gaza-launched rockets designated as direct threats to the Israeli home front in last summer's 50-day war.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  49. Future French naval plans include possible redesigns on three FREMM ships. French Navy

    French Navy Plans To Dominate Above, On and Below the Seas

    Despite a fiscal downturn, France is seeking to continue sailing a blue water Navy able to project maritime power on the waves, silently below and by striking from the air.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  50. The Turkish Navy frigate Salihreis runs alongside the US destroyer Cole Oct. 16 in the Black Sea. The US and other navies have increased their presence in the inland sea. MC2 John Herman / US Navy

    Russians Have Other Nations Wary, But No Defense Increases — Yet

    Cold War memories were instantly rekindled Oct. 17 when reports emerged of suspected Russian submarine activity in Sweden's coastal waters.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
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