Russia’s Growing Secret Submarine Fleet Key to Moscow’s Undersea Future

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Tensions between Washington and Moscow are rising with a marked increase in competition in the undersea domain, as Russia continues to invest in a fleet of specialized submarines.

Russia is the only country with a fleet of special mission subs for seabed warfare and espionage and is expanding the capability. Other countries, like the U.S., also work well in this arena and have specialist capabilities, but these capabilities reside on multi-mission platforms.


USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 29, 2021

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Nov. 29, 2021, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

Total U.S. Navy Battle Force:295Ships Underway

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In Yokosuka, Japan

Rear Adm. Michael...

U.S. Begins Exercise Off Japan with Canadian, German and Australian Navies

Fifteen ships from the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, German Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy sail in formation during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX), Nov. 21. U.S. Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan and the United States are conducting naval drills in the Philippine Sea off the southern coast of Japan for the next week.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force exercise, known as ANNUALEX 2021, began on Sunday and will continue through...

Next Generation SSN(X) Attack Sub ‘Is Going to Carry a Lot of Torpedoes,’ Says Admiral

USS Missouri (SSN-780) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility on Sept. 1, 2021. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The next U.S. nuclear attack submarine must require less maintenance, be fast, quiet and packed with torpedoes, the service’s director of undersea warfare said on Thursday.

The SSN(X) nuclear attack boat will be more focused on the war in blue water than the multi-mission Virginia-class submarines, which are designed to...

Australia Signs Nuclear Propulsion Sharing Agreement with U.K., U.S.

(l-r) Minister for Defence the Hon Peter Dutton MP, United States Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman and British High Commissioner Victoria Treadell CMG, MVO, prior to the signing of the Exchange of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information Agreement at Parliament House in Canberra. Australian MoD Image

KUALA LUMPUR – Australia signed the agreement to share nuclear propulsion information with the United States and the United Kingdom on Monday, marking the initial steps towards the construction of a...

U.S. and Japanese Fleets Hold Anti-Submarine Warfare Drills in the South China Sea

USS Milius (DDG-69) and an unidentifed Japan Maritime Self Defense Force submarine on Nov. 16, 2021. JMSDF Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – Japanese and U.S. fleets met this week for a first-ever anti-submarine warfare exercise in the South China Sea, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force said today.

Helicopter destroyer JS Kaga (DDH-184) and destroyer JS Murasame (DD101) with their embarked SH-60J helicopters, an unnamed Oyashio-class submarine and a P-1 Maritime Patrol aircraft conducted an anti-submarine...

Overview of Department of Defense Budget Process

The following is the Nov. 12, 2021, Congressional Research Service report, The Department of Defense (DOD) Budget: An Orientation.

From the report

This report presents a concise but comprehensive description of the Department of Defense (DOD) budget, outlining the agency’s major activities as identified in its annual funding request.

Because of DOD’s size and the scope and scale of its activities, a baseline of information about the agency may be of use to Members of Congress whose focus is on...

Attack Boat New Jersey Christened as Sub Construction Continues Pandemic Recovery

Ship’s sponsor Susan DiMarco christens attack submarine New Jersey (SSN-796) on Nov. 13, 2021 at Newport News Shipbuilding. Also pictured (left to right) are Cmdr. Carlos Otero ship’s commanding officer; retired Adm. Michael Mullen and Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding. HII Photo

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Nuclear attack boat New Jersey (SSN-796) was christened on Saturday as shipbuilder Newport News continues to recover from the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on submarine...

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