Report slams Norwegian Navy for training, safety shortfalls in the run-up to frigate sinking

Defense News – The bridge watch team on the stricken Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad was distracted, inadequately trained and failed to take adequate precautions while transiting close to land, according to an accident report released Friday by the Norwegian government.

Marines Tested Commandant’s New Vision In Largest Marine Exercise Since Cold War

Breaking Defense – The ambitious USMC Commandant says the exercises are shock testing “what we will expect to see in a realistic fight where large forces are spread out over great distances.”

Incorporating Uncertainty Into the Integrated Force Structure Assessment

CIMSEC – The U.S. Navy has perhaps the toughest problem among the U.S. armed services for planning long-term force structure. Navy ships and submarines are much more expensive and require far longer times to procure compared to the military equipment of the other services. As a result, Navy force planners must consider long-term time horizons to create the force structure the nation needs given the projected threat environment and operational conditions.

New strategic submarine tests torpedoes in northern waters

Barents Observer – Knyaz Vladimir is Russia’s new Borei-class sub, a nuclear-powered ballistic vessel that can carry up to 16 Bulava missiles. Over the last weeks, it has been undergoing testing in northern waters and in late October test-fired its first Bulava. The submarine has now also tested its torpedoes.

Connectivity Maketh the Cutter

USNI Proceedings – The Coast Guard envisioned a networked fleet sharing information and coordinating efforts, but underway connectivity—even for the new national security cutters—remains its Achilles heel.

Mysterious Laser Turret Appears On US Navy Destroyer USS Dewey

War Zone – The system is likely the service’s new “ODIN” laser dazzler that is meant to blind enemy optics on ships, boats, aircraft, and missiles.

Navy Undersea Warfare Priorities: Strategic Deterrence, Lethality and Networked Systems

USNI News – With the Columbia ballistic missile submarine program set to take up a large portion of Navy shipbuilding funds in the next two decades and flat budgets expected in the near-term, the Navy’s undersea warfare community has clearly prioritized where any available funds should go to support the National Defense Strategy.

Five European navies rally around Cold War-era ‘Channel Committee’

Defense News – Senior navy leaders from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands signed a pact on Thursday placing a renewed focus on the English Channel as a key strategic region for NATO.

The Navy’s Secretive And Revolutionary Program To Project False Fleets From Drone Swarms

War Zone – The advanced electronic warfare program uses swarms in the air and sea to cooperatively fool a wide variety of sensors dispersed over a large area.

Veteran Navy Pilot Shares 10 Interesting Things About Flying Seahawk Helicopters

War Zone – With thousands of hours flying naval H-60 variants, we get the bottom line on some of the unique aspects of flying the hugely popular helicopter.

This Mini Documentary Shows What A Sailor’s Life Is Like Aboard A U.S. Navy Destroyer

War Zone – The Navy runs on youth and it is downright amazing how hard young sailors work to make the Navy’s mission possible every single day around the globe.

ExMCM Companies, LCS Mission Package Will Both Contribute to New Mine Countermeasures Triad

USNI News – The Navy had previously meant to replace its legacy mine countermeasures triad of helicopters, wooden-hull ships and divers with a Littoral Combat Ship mission package that could mostly do it all with unmanned systems – but unexpected success with a separate family of systems is leading to a new triad of capabilities for fleet commanders to employ.

Sub Force Drafting New Vision Document to Succeed in High-End Environment

USNI News – The U.S. submarine community wants to preserve its ability to operate as a silent service under the seas while also contributing to the wider fleet and joint fight.

China’s Communist Party promotes man who shaped the fighting future of PLA Navy’s aircraft carriers

South China Morning Post – Rear Admiral Ma Weiming is seen as pioneer of electromagnetic aircraft launch system. Experts say Ma’s full membership of Central Committee shows how important sea power is to China’s strategic planning.

Being There Counts: Forward Naval Presence and a Theory of Influence

CIMSEC – This paper is intended to begin to build a theoretical understanding of influence, particularly how forward present naval forces influence events and actors ashore.

NATO North? Building a Role for NATO in the Arctic

War on the Rocks – A growing chorus is calling for NATO to take on a greater role in the Arctic to counter Russian aggression.

U.S. Naval Offensive Mining Updates Will Focus on Sub Community Tactics, Smart Mines

USNI News – The U.S. Navy is taking offensive mining more seriously under the National Defense Strategy and is working to bring new technologies and tactics to the fleet to modernize mine warfare for a high-end fight.

Ford Aircraft Carriers Not Ready For F-35s, So Aging Vinson Gets The Call

Breaking Defense – The long road the F-35 took to finally being ready to deploy has forced the Navy’s new $13 billion carrier class to leave the plane behind — for now at least.

Reorienting the Coast Guard: A Case For Patrol Forces Indo-Pacific

War on the Rocks – If the U.S. Department of Defense is serious about emerging from a period of strategic atrophy, the U.S. Coast Guard’s international posture should also change to reflect America’s emphasis on great power competition.

Improve F/A-18 Super Hornet Training and Readiness With More Missiles and Fewer Missions

War on the Rocks – The Navy should increase missile-firing allowances for strike-fighter squadrons and explore ways to specialize squadrons for either fighter (air-to-air) or attack (air-to-ground) roles.

US Navy to slash the number of Virginia-class attack subs in long-delayed Block V contract

Defense News – The U.S. Navy is preparing to sign a contract for nine Virginia-class attack submarines, eight of which will include a 84-foot section that boosts the boat’s strike missile capacity, which is down from 11 boats planned for in this year’s budget submission.

In A Remote Arctic Outpost, Norway Keeps Watch On Russia’s Military Buildup

NPR – There are precisely 525 stairs from the icy waters of the Barents Sea to the top of the observation post in the far northeast corner of Norway, along the Russian border. It’s a steep climb, but once you reach the apex, there’s a good chance one of the young Norwegian conscripts manning the outpost will have a platter of waffles — topped with strawberry jam and sour cream, a Norwegian favorite — waiting.

Is China’s DF-100 Missile a Threat to the U.S. Navy?

National Interest – Anti-ship ballistic and cruise missiles—latter-day counterparts to cannon fired from land—replicate this dynamic from the age of close-range gunnery. James Holmes asks what should the Navy do about it?

Guard the African Coast

USNI Proceedings – Africa could be the right place for the U.S. Coast Guard to maneuver against Chinese global efforts.

Exploring the Role Nuclear Weapons Could Play in Deterring Russian Threats to the Baltic States

RAND – The insights derived from the research highlight the reality that, even if NATO makes significant efforts to modernize its nonstrategic nuclear weapons, it would have much stronger military incentives to end a future war than Russia would. That is, Russia would still enjoy escalation dominance.