US Navy christens towing and salvage ship Cherokee Nation

Christening ceremony of the US Navy Navajo-class towing, rescue and salvage ship USNS Cherokee Nation, June 8, 2024

The US Navy christened its newest Navajo-class towing, salvage, and rescue ship (T-ATS) in a ceremony in Houma, Louisiana, on Saturday, June 8. The future USNS Cherokee Nation is the second Navajo-class vessel. Construction is being undertaken by Bollinger Shipyards, which is also building another...

VESSEL REVIEW | XLE0 – US Navy’s new large autonomous submarine with multi-mission capability

XLE0, a new extra large unmanned underwater vehicle built by Boeing for the US Navy

The US Navy has taken delivery of a new large autonomous submarine for testing purposes in line with the service’s aim of expanding its undersea operational capabilities. Given the official designation XLE0, the prototype extra large unmanned undersea vehicle (XLUUV) was built by aerospace and defence technology company Boeing. It is configured to accommodate a […]

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COLUMN | A brave new world for aircraft carriers? [Naval Gazing]

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford steams the Atlantic Ocean during a simulated straits transit with the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (GRFCSG), October 9, 2022.

Many maritime pundits these days express the view that aircraft carriers are doomed. The ships are too large, too vulnerable, and increasingly irrelevant, they say. Others, however, opine that with their long range, sustainable high speed, endurance, hitting power, and surveillance and command and...

US Defense Department orders two additional Constellation-class frigates

Rendering of a US Navy Constellation-class guided-missile frigate

The US Department of Defense has awarded Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) a contract worth over US$1 billion for the construction of the US Navy’s fifth and sixth Constellation-class guided-missile frigates (FFGs). The contract for the lead frigate and nine optional ships, which was awarded to...

Wreck of US Navy submarine found on seabed off Luzon, Philippines

4D photogrammetry model of the wreck of the US Navy World War II submarine USS Harder

The US Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) has confirmed the wreck site of the World War II submarine USS Harder in the waters off Luzon island in the Philippines. Using data collected and provided by Tim Taylor, CEO of Tiburon Subsea and the Lost 52 Project, NHHC’s Underwater Archaeology...

Future US Navy ship to honour coast guard founder Alexander Hamilton

US Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro poses with New York City Mayor Eric Adam during Fleet Week New York's welcome breakfast, May 23, 2024. During the event, Secretary Del Toro announced the name of the US Navy's newest Constellation-class guided-missile frigate, the future USS Hamilton (FFG 66). The future USS Hamilton honors former Secretary of the Treasury and Founder of the US Coast Guard Alexander Hamilton and the crews of previous navy vessels to bear the name.

US Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro has confirmed that a future US Navy Constellation-class guided-missile frigate (FFG) will be named USS Hamilton. The ship will honour Alexander Hamilton, who served Secretary of the Treasury under President George Washington. He was also the founder of the...

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