US Navy – Two U.S. Ships in Black Sea, French Surveillance Ship Due Friday

- USNI News – The U.S. command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) entered the Black Sea on Saturday — a day after guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67) — bringing the total of American naval ships in the region to two, according on a release from U.S. 6th Fleet. The French signals intelligence ship — Dupuy de Lôme (A759) — is also due in the Black Sea by Friday.

Indonesian Navy – Dear US Navy: The Futuristic X3K Is What Littoral Combat Ships Should Be

- Foxtrot Alpha – The X3K was built by Indonesian-based Swedish boat builder North Sea Boats, and designed in part by renowned exotic boat builder LOMOcean Design LTD. The goal was to build a very stealthy, high-speed, multi-role missile boat that could dominate the complex littorals around Indonesia while still being affordable to procure and operate.

US Navy – 3 Major Decisions Loom for US Navy

- Defense News – Congress again is hung up on a budget, but lawmakers have left town to fight the midterm elections, leaving the Pentagon to wait and see what happens in one budget year before it can nail down the next. Meanwhile, there’s work to do, and the US Navy has several major decision points coming up — questions that need to be decided regardless what Congress ultimately comes up with.

US Marines – Back to the Beach: US Marines Upgrading, Replacing Amphibs Under New Strategy

- Defense News – In line with the US Marine Corps’ new strategy document, “Expeditionary Force 21,” future amphibious assaults could be launched 65 to 100 miles from shore, with small landing teams exploiting gaps in enemy defenses. Gone are the days of deploying a large contingent across a beach, moving them from ship to shore in a major assault.