Marines Considering Flying U.S. F-35Bs Off of Japan’s Largest Warships

USNI News – Officials in Tokyo have requested Marines deploy F-35B fighters aboard Japan’s largest warships.

Ship Visit: Sea Shepherd Shows the Future of Fisheries Protection

War on the Rocks – West African nations have more successfully cracked down on illegal fishing in recent years. Coastal nations have suffered from a lack of patrol ships, which prevents them from improving fisheries policing…Just a few offshore patrol vessels can make a significant difference in a nation’s ability to deter illegal fishing, which becomes evident when one compares gross tonnage of the fleets of various nation states. That’s where Sea Shepherd comes in.

China’s New Amphibious Assault Ship Is A Monster

War Zone – The vessels will give China a high-end amphibious assault capability that can be used both regionally and far from home.

Marines To Roll Out Major Modernization Plan, Heavy On Drones, Fires

Breaking Defense – The Marine Corps plans to roll out a new modernization plan late next month, putting meat on the bones of the ambitious guidance handed down by new Commandant Gen. David Berger in July that sought to light a fire under the Corps to reorient itself away from traditional ideas of amphibious warfare and COIN.

Maritime Security in Sabah: ESSCOMM on the Rise

CIMSEC – No Malaysian security official that the author interviewed saw any significant improvements in the security situation in the Southern Philippines, and especially throughout Sulu and Tawi Tawi. Despite bilateral pledges of cooperation in counterterrorism, they expect incursions, maritime kidnappings and ship-jackings to continue. And since they have little confidence in Philippine authorities, they know that the onus was on them to enhance security and deter incursions.

Behold The Navy’s New Radar For Nimitz Class Carriers And Amphibious Assault Ships

War Zone – A new generation of advanced and highly capable modular radar systems is going to be deployed across the Navy’s fleet in many configurations.

As CNO Richardson departs, U.S. submarine builders face pressures on all fronts

Defense News – Adm. John Richardson, who was plucked from Naval Reactors to lead the service as it geared up for its number one shipbuilding priority the replacement for the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines, is leaving his post with the cracks beginning to show in the U.S. submarine industrial base.

Red Star Over the Pacific: A Conversation with James Holmes on China’s Maritime Rise

CIMSEC – CIMSEC had the opportunity to discuss the second edition of Red Star Over the Pacific with James Holmes, current J. C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College. In this conversation Holmes lays out how the theories of Alfred Thayer Mahan helped inform China’s maritime rise, how China built a formidable naval warfighting capability, and how the U.S. and its allies can more effectively deter China militarily.

Submarine “Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky” at sea

BMPD – The first in the series large diesel-electric submarine B-274 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (serial number 01614) of project 06363, built by Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg Petersburg for the Pacific Fleet, went to factory sea trials in the Baltic Sea from St. Petersburg.

(Thanks to Alain)

Arab Allies Must Step Up to Defend Freedom of Navigation in the Gulf

CIMSEC – While the Iranian Armed Forces have greatly improved in recent decades and can be a serious threat to commercial and military assets transiting the Strait of Hormuz, there are many ways to counter these forces and maintain freedom of navigation. Since Iran has developed many asymmetric tactics to counter the U.S. and its allies, the best way to respond is to develop opposing asymmetric tactics and unconventional means, both military and political, to throw Iran off balance.

A Guide to Becoming an Admiral in the Russian Navy

War on the Rocks – American national security analysts and practitioners would be well advised to follow who is rising to the senior ranks of the Russian military.

CNO Richardson Reflects on Massive Technology, Readiness Changes as Tenure Ends

USNI News – The U.S. Navy and the world it operates in are a far cry from what they were four years ago.

How ‘Adaptable Deck Launchers’ Could Turn Almost Any Ship into a Missile-Firing Warship

National Interest – And China, Russia or Iran won’t like it one bit.

Will the Sentinel Program Work? Understanding Iranian Aggression and U.S. Mixed Signals

CIMSEC – In the wake of growing tensions with Iran in the Gulf and around the Strait of Hormuz, the United States announced a push for an international coalition that would monitor activity in the area and guard against maritime security breaches. The coalition would be known as “Sentinel.” Although it is unclear as of yet which countries will make up this alliance, over 20 states are in consideration.

Despite record budgets, the US Navy is short hundreds of millions for maintenance

Defense News – The U.S. Navy is short hundreds of millions of dollars for ship depot maintenance this year and is already looking at just shy of $1 billion in unfunded maintenance in 2020, shortfalls that threaten to upend progress toward improved readiness and clearing its maintenance backlog.

Why Unmanned Systems are the Go-to Option For Gray Zone Ops in the Gulf

CIMSEC – Current incidents in the Arabian Sea should be seized as an opportunity to advance naval conceptual thinking about unmanned maritime systems in gray zone operations.

U.S. Coast Guard Eyes Expanded Operations in Western Pacific

USNI News – U.S Coast Guard is mulling its future in the Asia-Pacific region once the National Security Cutter USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752) completes its current deployment at the end of November.

Philippines Pushing Back Against Chinese Militia South China Sea Presence

USNI News – The Philippines have begun to push back against the strong and sustained presence of Beijing’s paramilitary ships in the South China Sea, calling the deployment of Chinese militia ships in huge numbers a threat.

Navy Issues Draft Request for Proposal for Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle

USNI News – The US Navy has put a call out to industry to send in ideas for its planned fleet of corvette-sized unmanned surface vehicles.

Navy Prefers Fielding ‘Revolutionary’ Combat Capability Through New Weapons Rather than New Hull Designs

USNI News – The Navy is striving to field “revolutionary combat capability” in new ships and through mid-life modernizations, but it can do so while keeping risk low by focusing on new weapons and systems rather than radical new hull designs.

Navy Considering More Advanced Burke Destroyers as Large Surface Combatant Timeline Slips

USNI News – The Navy is looking at “something beyond even a Flight III” combat capability for its new-build destroyers, as its plans for transitioning from building the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to the future Large Surface Combatant continue to evolve and the LSC procurement date continues to slide.

NTSB: Lack of Navy Oversight, Training Were Primary Causes of Fatal McCain Collision

USNI News – Almost two years after the collision between a U.S. destroyer and a merchant ship off Singapore, the first in-depth independent investigation has determined the most probable cause for the incident that killed 10 sailors was lack of adequate Navy oversight and training.

With mounting questions about cost and survivability, a shifting political landscape for US aircraft carriers

Defense News – The new chief of naval operations, Adm. Michael Gilday, was confirmed quickly by the Senate last week, but lawmakers made clear that the cost and growing vulnerability of aircraft carriers to ever-faster and evasive missiles will be among the issues he’s expected to tackle when he officially takes the reins.

Six New Icebreakers To Be Built For Canadian Coast Guard

USNI News – The Canadian Coast Guard will be procuring six new program icebreakers to replace its current aging fleet of icebreakers.

How Much Sealift Does US Have For Crisis? It’s Not Sure

Breaking Defense – It’s “not clear” the Navy’s sealift fleet would be able to quickly move US forces overseas in a crisis, according to a new study commissioned by the Navy. The concerns raised in the report reflect issues brought up recently in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill over the health and readiness of the aging 61-ship Merchant Marine fleet, a strategic asset critical in moving troops and heavy equipment across the globe.