HMS Ocean arrives in Caribbean to boost UK disaster relief effort

ReliefWeb – The Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Ocean has arrived in the British Virgin Islands to support those affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria.

Navy Racing to Test, Field Unmanned Maritime Vehicles for Future Ships

USNI News – With unmanned vehicles integral to the future of the Littoral Combat Ship, the Future Surface Combatant and the next-generation SSN(X) attack submarine, the Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office is testing as many unmanned vehicles – both programs of record and prototypes alike – as fast as it can to learn lessons and field systems to the fleet.

The Royal Navy’s oldest ship has a new mission as the UK looks to grow its fleet

Defense News – The Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate Argyll is heading back to the fleet after two years in overhaul, and it’s being used as a test and integration platform for new systems intended for the new Type 26 frigate under construction.

After Deadly Collisions Navy will Broadcast Warship Locations in High Traffic Areas

USNI News – Following this year’s pair of deadly collisions between U.S. guided missile destroyers and merchant ships, the Navy is now considering whether it’s surface fleet is often too stealthy.

High-speed production: Chinese navy built 83 ships in just eight years

The Print – Chinese navy produces designs which surpass the most modern ships of the US navy in size, volume, armament and quantity.

The Royal Navy may have to trim platforms to pay for tech surge

Defense News – The British Royal Navy is on a technology drive to rapidly increase capability, but may have to pay the price with the removal of platforms.

Navy Stands Up Naval Surface Group Western Pacific To Train, Certify Forward-Deployed Surface Ships After Recent Collisions

USNI News – The Navy is creating a new Naval Surface Group Western Pacific to train and certify forward-deployed surface ships operating out of Japan and has begun additional readiness assessments and certifications, after four surface ship collisions and groundings in the region that killed 17 sailors this year.

Navy Poised to Order Second Vessel for ACTUV Sea Hunter Test Program

USNI News – The U.S. Navy is preparing to take full control of the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program and procure a second craft. A third might also be built as the Office of Naval Research (ONR) starts to evaluate additional roles for the autonomous wave-piercing trimaran design.

U.S. Should See China as ‘Number One’ Adversary, Not Trading Partner

USNI News – The People’s Republic China needs to be seen by the United States as its principal potential adversary in the years ahead, not as a commercial partner that America cannot live without.

Powerful Navy flotilla sets out from Kola Bay as Russia starts Zapad-2017

The Independent Barents Observer – With battle cruiser Pyotr Veliky in the lead, a big group of Northern Fleet ships unfold a grand exercise near the border to Norway.

Carrier Lincoln Hands Over Hurricane Irma Relief Effort to Carrier Strike Group 10

USNI News – Aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), with embarked Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG-12) staff and the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG-56), has left the Florida coast, having turned over the Navy’s sea-based Hurricane Irma relief efforts to Carrier Strike Group 10. Thursday night, Carrier Strike Group 10 – amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD-21) and Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut (DDG-99) – arrived in position off the coast of the Florida Keys.

RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War

New York Times Magazine – How the Kremlin built one of the most powerful information weapons of the 21st century — and why it may be impossible to stop.

The Risk of Nuclear War With North Korea

New Yorker – On the ground in Pyongyang: Could Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump goad each other into a devastating confrontation?

McCain Collision Is Dry Run For Navy Cyber Investigators

Breaking Defense – The Navy is making cyber investigations automatic after any mishap, starting with the at-sea collision that killed 10 sailors aboard the USS McCain. They don’t expect to find any evidence of a cyber attack this time, admirals emphasize, but they’re using the McCain as a test case.

Why did one of the U.S. Navy’s most advanced subs return to port with a pirate flag?

Washington Post – An image posted to a Pentagon media site and tweeted by Scottish journalist Ian Keddie shows the USS Jimmy Carter, a Seawolf-class nuclear-powered submarine, returning to her home port in Washington Tuesday flying the American flag alongside the unmistakable pirate skull and crossed bones, known as the Jolly Roger.

Helos from USS Abraham Lincoln Now Delivering Food and Water to Hurricane Irma Victims

USNI News – Positioned off the coast of Florida, helicopters from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are now delivering food and water to Florida as part of the Hurricane Irma relief effort. USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS New York (LPD 21) are expected to join the relief effort Tuesday.

Navy Prepares Ships for Hurricane Irma Relief Operations

USNI News – The Navy sent the ships to sea ahead of the storm’s landfall last week, in order to be able to quickly assist with recovery efforts. The ships can provide medical support, security, logistic support, medium and heavy lift air support, and can assist state and federal agencies assessing damage. Before the Navy can provide assistance, a formal request must be made by state and federal officials.

Build All-UAV Carriers

US Naval Institute Proceedings – The Navy should develop a new class of carriers to exploit the combat power of unmanned aerial vehicles to fight and win the nation’s future battles.

Rebuilding the Ukrainian Navy

US Naval War College Review – This article examines the Ukrainian governments attempts to rebuild the Ukrainian navy and argues that, while Ukraine faces political, conceptual, and financial challenges in reviving its maritime power, it has made some modest progress toward building a “mosquito fleet.” This fleet has been bolstered by the addition of some small, new ships and the increasing professionalization of Ukraine’s naval personnel, in particular its marines. This progress suggests that Ukraine can go in a radically different direction as it redevelops its navy: toward coastal defense.

Interview with the “Air Boss”

US Naval Institute Proceedings – On 11 July, Naval Institute staff members Ward Carroll and Bill Hamblet interviewed the Navy’s “Air Boss”—Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker—in the Pentagon about the current state of naval aviation and some issues getting attention in the press.

Littoral Combat Ship Sailors to Take on Greater Maintenance Responsibilities, As Navy Looks to Reduce Overall Class Maintenance Needs

USNI News – The Littoral Combat Ship community is taking steps to both decrease the amount of overall maintenance work the ships require and increase the percentage conducted by sailors instead of contractors.

Congress, Navy Share Blame For Fatal Collisions At Sea

Breaking Defense – Congress’s repeated budget malpractice and the Navy’s flawed policies combined to cause the accidents that killed 17 sailors, the Navy and the GAO say.

Amphib USS Wasp Offers Hurricane Irma Recovery Assistance to U.S. Virgin Islands

USNI News – USS Wasp (LHD-1) arrived in the U.S. Virgin Islands Thursday to offer recovery assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Littoral Combat Ship, Mission Package Testing Activity At All-Time High

USNI News – A flurry of Littoral Combat Ship activity on the San Diego waterfront belies any thought the program is in a sleepy infancy phase.

Cyber Threats to Navies With Dr. Alison Russell

CIMSEC – A conversation with Dr. Alison Russell of Merrimack College about navies and their relationship with cyber. It’s about the distinct layers of cybersecurity, how navies use them to enhance their capabilities, and the challenges in securing and maintaining that domain.