Defense News – The Navy fleet’s overall material condition declined slightly in fiscal 2022, “resuming a slight but steady negative trend” that has occurred since fiscal 2017, according to the Navy’s annual Board of Inspection and Survey, or INSURV, report released by the Navy on Friday.
Canada boosts Indo-Pacific naval deployments, military engagements
Defense News – Canada is pledging to step up its military posture in the Indo-Pacific, with its defense minister announcing the nation will annually commit to the region an additional warship.
The Royal Navy has ambitious plans for its Future Maritime Aviation Force
Navy Lookout – A long-term project is underway to develop a suite of maritime uncrewed air systems (MUAS) to dramatically enhance the carrier air group and RN air power. Here we look at the latest plans for the Future Maritime Aviation Force.
North to Hokkaido: The Case For a Permanent US Army Presence on Japan’s Northern Frontier
Modern War Institute – The commanding general of US Army Japan recently persuasively argued that as part of the joint force’s “contact layer” on the frontier of the Pacific in the first island chain, Japan is the ideal location to station a US Army multidomain task force.
These may be the world’s best warships. And they’re not American
CNN – It’s a growing problem that has United States naval commanders scratching their heads: How to keep up with China’s ever-expanding fleet of warships.
A potential solution is within reach, if the US is prepared to think outside the box.
Allies in South Korea and Japan are building some of the highest spec – and affordable – naval hardware on the oceans.
Buying ships from these countries, or even building US-designed vessels in their shipyards, could be a cost-effective way of closing the gap with China.
New US Marine unit prepares for major role in the Philippines
Defense News – The 3rd Marine Littoral Regiment that arrived in the Philippines this spring for the annual Balikatan exercise was nearly unrecognizable from last year, leaders say.
RNLN Looks At Low-Manned Platform To Augment Frigate Fire Power
Naval News – The Royal Netherlands Navy is exploring the case for acquiring low-cost, low-manned vessels that could quickly
UK Explores Cats And Traps Retrofit To QEC Aircraft Carriers
Naval News – The UK Royal Navy is studying the introduction of aircraft launch and recovery systems on board its two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers to ‘open up’ the flight deck to a broader range of crewed and uncrewed air systems.
Royal Navy Plans Carrier Trial For Mojave STOL UAS
Naval News – The UK Royal Navy is planning to flight test the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Mojave short takeoff/landing unmanned air system from the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales later this year.
But what came out of the sail of the submarine O’higgins?
El Snorkel – The greatest similarity was, as submarine experts well knew, those of the Walrus class of the Netherlands.
(Thanks to Alain)
UK Details Delivery Timeframes And Capabilities For MROSS Ships
Naval News – The UK Royal Navy has provided further details on the development, delivery timeframe, and operational capabilities of its Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ship programme, including plans for the second vessel in the two-ship class.
Israel’s Saar 6 flagships are ready for naval battle against Iran
i24 – The powerful missile-equipped corvette-class has a mission to ensure the safety of maritime routes and protect Israeli gas platforms.
(Thanks to Alain)
French Navy Chief Calls For European Navies To Increase Presence And Engagement In Key Waters
Naval News – European navies may need to provide greater-still at-sea presence in key European waters – and further afield, into the Indian Ocean and beyond – to add mass in these regions to deter security threats if US Navy forces are increasingly focused on operational deployments in the Pacific, the French Navy’s Chief of Naval Staff told a major UK Royal Navy (RN) conference in London.
Philippine president hints at plan to build a submarine fleet
Stars and Stripes – The Philippines is developing a plan to acquire submarines, the country’s president said Friday after the navy’s 125th anniversary celebration in Manila.
(Thanks to Alain)
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UK Plans New Commando Insertion Craft (CIC)
Naval News – The UK Royal Navy officer overseeing the Commando Force modernisation programme has set out plans for the acquisition of a new high-speed, low-signature Commando Insertion Craft (CIC) to replace the Royal Marines’ current Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) MK 5.
Marine Expeditionary Units Making Do Until Amphibious Combat Vehicles Join the Fleet
USNI News – Amid a delay in fielding the Marine Corps’ new Amphibious Combat Vehicle program, sailors and Marines are adjusting how they move Marines ashore.
Philippine Coast Guard Will Hold First-Ever Trilateral Exercise with U.S., Japan
USNI News – The Philippine Coast Guard will hold maritime exercises with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Japan Coast Guard near the Chinese-occupied Scarborough Shoal this week.
HMS Westminster refit suspended and her return to service in doubt
Navy Lookout – Unofficial naval sources say that the frigate HMS Westminster has been found to be in such a poor state that it would be difficult to justify the expense of repairs and her refit has been stopped, pending a decision on her future.
China’s war chest: Beijing seeks to remedy its vulnerability to food and energy embargoes
The Guardian – A dependence on food and energy imports could be China’s biggest weakness in a potential future conflict with Taiwan
Drone Boat Attack On Russian Ship In Black Sea Story Keeps Getting Weirder
War Zone – Conflicting imagery and accounts add to the mystery of what really happened to the Russian Navy’s Ivan Khurs intelligence ship.
Our Best Look Yet At The Marines’ New Loitering Munition Toting Drone Boat
War Zone – The Marine Corps plans to employ its Long Range Unmanned Surface Vessels loaded with various payloads as strike and reconnaissance platforms.
The Royal Navy’s ocean survey vessel HMS Scott life extended until 2033
Navy Lookout – HMS Scott will now serve in the Royal Navy for a decade longer than originally planned.
Stalking the Seabed: How Russia Targets Critical Undersea Infrastructure
RUSI – With attention increasingly focusing on Russian activity against Western critical infrastructure at sea, what is the nature of the threat and how can it be countered?
‘Logistics, Logistics, Logistics’ is Now Marines’ Top Focus, Says CMC Berger
USNI News – The Pentagon needs to make the most progress in logistics to counter China, Marine Corps commandant Gen. David Berger said Tuesday.
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