Japanese Warships Return Home Following First Phase of Indo-Pacific Deployment

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Oyashio-class submarine with JMSDF destroyer JS Takanami (DD-110), U.S. Navy destroyer USS Higgins (DDG-76), Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH338) and JMSDF destroyer helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH-183) sail in formation in the South China Sea during exercise Noble Raven 22-2. Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Photo

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) first surface unit of its Indo-Pacific Deployment 2022 (IPD22) — helicopter carrier JS Izu...


Warships from U.S., Japan, South Korea Ballistic Missile Defense Drills After North Korean Missile Shots

Republic of Korea Navy guided-missile destroyer ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG 991) and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force guided-missile destroyer JS Chokai (DDG 176) on Oct 6, 2022 . US Navy Photo

Five warships from the U.S., Japan and South Korea held a ballistic missile defense exercise in the Sea of Japan as part of the ongoing military response to this week’s North Korean intermediate-range ballistic missile test over the Japanese home islands, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said on Thursday.



Report to Congress on Hypersonic Missile Defense

The following is the Oct. 3, 2022, Congressional Research Service report, Hypersonic Missile Defense

From the report

Hypersonic weapons, like ballistic missiles, fly at speeds of at least Mach 5, or roughly 1 mile per second. Unlike ballistic missiles, hypersonic weapons do not follow a ballistic trajectory and can maneuver en route to their target. Russia reportedly fielded its first hypersonic weapons in December 2019, while some experts believe that China fielded hypersonic weapons as early as...


Red Hill Defueling Could Take from Four Months to 30 Days Says New Plan

Matt Cornman, a Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command contractor, performs a routine visual inspection on a Red Hill Well water pipe. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon says it could take between 30 days and four months to empty Hawaii’s Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, according to the latest version of the defueling plan.

The Department said it is continually reevaluating the timeline for the defueling, with the current thinking projecting four months to remove all fuel from Red Hill. The...


Navy Boosts New Sailor Goal by 3,400 to Meet Demand in Tough Recruiting Environment

Recruits hold on to their covers before marching into Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes on March 18, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Navy is boosting its recruiting goal by 3,400 sailors to meet its Fiscal Year 2023 end strength requirement despite an increasingly difficult recruiting environment, service officials told USNI News on Tuesday.

The sea service needs to recruit 37,700 active-duty enlisted sailors in FY 2023, according to a Navy press release issued last...


U.S. Marine F-35Bs, Japanese Fighters Fly Show of Force Mission Following North Korean Missile Test

Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II fighters conducted a bilateral exercise with Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 and F-2 fighters over the Sea of Japan. US INDO-PACOM Photo

Eleven U.S. and Japanese fighters flew a show of force mission over the Sea of Japan following a North Korean missile test over the Japanese home islands, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday.

A combined force of seven Japanese Air Self-Defense Force Mitsubishi F-15J and F-2 Fighters flew with four U.S. Marine F-35B Lightning II...


U.K. Frigate Joins Norwegian Navy Guarding North Sea Pipelines Following Nord Stream Ruptures

HMS Somerset (F82)

A United Kingdom Royal Navy frigate is joining Norwegian forces operating in the North Sea protecting gas pipelines following last week’s rupture of two Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic, the U.K. Ministry of Defence announced on Monday.

“A Royal Navy frigate is in the North Sea, working with the Norwegian Navy to reassure those working near the gas pipelines,” reads the Monday statement.

The MoD did not specify the frigate, but The Telegraph reported that it would likely be...


USS Nimitz Back Underway After Two Weeks of Flushing Jet Fuel Out of Fresh Water System

USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) passes aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) as it transits through the San Diego Harbor on Sept. 23, 2022. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is back at sea preparing for an upcoming deployment after being kept pierside due to jet fuel contamination in its potable water system, USNI News has learned.

The carrier left the pier at Naval Station North Island, Calif., on Sunday to meet the other ships in its Carrier Strike Group for the Composite Unit Training...


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