Navy Air Defense Mission in the Red Sea Makes Case for Directed Energy Weapons, Says VCJCS Grady

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Christopher Grady. DoD Photo

Downing Iranian-supplied missiles and drones with multi-million dollar SM-2 missiles to protect shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden is a bad exchange that must change, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday.

“It has been an air-defense fight” in which the Navy and Air Force, along with allies and partners in Operation Prosperity Guardian, have largely prevailed in demonstrating “how we bring defense in...

White House ‘Confident’ In AUKUS Plan for Australian Nuclear-powered Submarine Fleet

President Joe Biden greets British Prime Minister Rishi Surnak and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese the AUKUS bilateral meeting in San Diego, Calif, March 13, 2023. DoD Photo

The White House’s senior coordinator for the Indo-Pacific is “confident” that Australia, the United Kingdom and United States can meet the challenge of Canberra fielding its own nuclear-powered submarine force.

Speaking Monday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Kurt Campbell said that after 18...

Coast Guard: Illegal Fishing Has Surpassed Piracy as a Global Threat

Japanese fishing enforcement interdicts an illegal Chinese fishing boat in 2013.

Illegal fishing has surpassed piracy as a Coast Guard global concern in the maritime domain, the service’s top officer overseeing response policy said Wednesday.

“The Coast Guard has been in the [fishing] enforcement game for a long time,” said Rear Adm. Jo-Ann Burdian. Most recently it started with enforcing the ban on using high seas drift nets, roughly the size of a football field, that were rapidly depleting...

NATO ‘Applying Maximum Pressure on Moscow’ as War in Ukraine Continues, Says U.S. Ambassador

2005 satellite image Ukraine. The Dnieper River in the center almost bisects the country. NASA Photo

NATO has bolstered forces along its eastern front, rushed military and economic aid to Ukraine and sustained support despite some challenges, the U.S. ambassador to NATO said on Tuesday.

“Collectively we’re applying maximum pressure on Moscow” through the movement of additional troops, aircraft and equipment to members from the Baltic to the Black Sea and applying stiff economic sanctions on...

Heightened Western Pacific Tensions Will Push Japan to Spend More on Defense, Says Panel

Soldiers from the 1st Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) conduct individual and small-unit maneuver exercises during Iron Fist at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, February 6, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

Japan needs to commit to increasing its defense spending for the long-term due to its proximity to an aggressive Russia, an ambitious China and an unpredictable North Korea armed with nuclear missiles, a senior observer of Tokyo’s security...

Polish Foreign Minister: Ukraine Needs More Money, Military Equipment from Allies

A Ukrainian artilleryman trains on an M109 self-propelled howitzer at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, May 11, 2022. Soldiers from the U.S. and Norway trained Armed Forces of Ukraine artillerymen on the howitzers as part of security assistance packages from their respective countries. (U.S. Army Photo)

Ukraine needs more heavy military equipment and financial aid from Western allies and partners to stave off Russia invasion, Poland’s foreign minister said Tuesday.

Zbigniew Rau said Ukraine...

Austal USA Inks Deal with Saildrone to Build Wind-powered Drones as USV Work Expands

Saildrone Photo

By the end of the year, Austal USA’s yard will start producing sail-powered, unmanned surface vessels for the Navy and other customers, the company announced this week.

Starting in October, the Mobile, Ala., shipyard will start building the 65-foot aluminum Saildrone Surveyor drones in its modular manufacturing facility for use by the U.S. Navy.

“The Saildrone Surveyor … is designed specifically for deep ocean mapping and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications,...

Top Stories 2021: Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz speaks to the attendees at the commissioning of the USCGC Emlen Tunnell (WPC-1145) in Philadelphia on Oct. 15, 2021. Coast Guard Photo

This post is part of a series looking back at the top naval stories from 2021.

The past year saw a shift in the Coast Guard, as the maritime service focused on retention, its global presence and new partnerships with the Marines and the Navy.

In his third “State of the Coast Guard,” Adm. Karl Schultz spoke about the...

SECNAV Del Toro Sounds Alarm Over Chinese Illegal Fishing

Chinese fishing boats heading out to sea from Zhoushan in Zhejiang province

Illegal and unreported fishing “is happening on an industrial scale” around the globe and the culprit often is China’s subsidized fishing fleet, Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said today.

Speaking Thursday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he added, “one in five fish” sold on international markets is illegally caught. Declining fish populations due to climate change and overfishing are having a...

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