To compete with China, an internal Pentagon study looks to pour money into robot submarines

Defense News – An internal study from the Office of the Secretary of Defense is looking to pour money into large robot submarines that the U.S. Navy says will free up its larger manned submarines for more complex missions.

US Navy embraces robot ships, but some unresolved issues are holding them back

Defense News – The U.S. military is banking on unmanned surface and subsurface vessels to boost its capacity in the face of a tsunami of Chinese naval spending. But before it can field the systems, it must answer some basic questions.

At a budgetary crossroads, the US Navy’s aviation wing must choose between old and new

Defense News – In the coming years, the U.S. Navy will be faced with a decision that will radically shape the carrier air wing: Is the service willing to sacrifice dozens of new Super Hornet jets for the promise of a sixth-generation fighter in the 2030s?

All aboard the Sea Train!

C4ISRNet – “The goal of the Sea Train program is to be able to develop and demonstrate long-range deployment capabilities for a distributed fleet of medium-sized tactical unmanned vessels.”

In his fight to change the Corps, America’s top Marine takes friendly fire

Defense News – As the new commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps seeks to make radical changes to how the service operates, there are signs some of the old-guard Marines are dubious of aligning too closely with the Navy.

Let Me Get This Strait: The Turkish Straits Question Revisited

CIMSEC – Since 1936, the Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits, hereinafter referred to as the Montreux Convention, has allowed for the peaceful flow of commerce through the Turkish Straits. However, recent calls from Turkish and Russian policy circles for revisions to the Montreux Convention should be cause for concern, as these proposals threaten to either spur a naval arms race in the Black Sea region or look to exploit the Straits as a geostrategic chokepoint.

Why the U.S. Army (of the 1800s) Would Understand China’s South China Sea Strategy

National Interest – James Holmes writes that “Southeast Asians—and lovers of freedom of the sea everywhere—must come to terms with China’s bid for sovereignty. They must act, making common cause with likeminded partners and fashioning counterstrategies to meet Beijing’s high-plains offensive. Otherwise the region courts an American Indian fate.”

The International Commanders Respond

USNI Proceedings – This year, Proceedings asked the commanders of the world’s navies, “What is your Navy and/or Coast Guard doing to monitor and enforce international maritime law and a rules-based order?” Their answers reaffirm how important navies and coast guards are to ensuring free and fair global trade and environmental protection.

The Hawaii navy base fueling Trump’s quest for ‘super duper’ missiles

Guardian – Kauai has one of the Pentagon’s most valued testing sites. It’s an economic driver, but some residents say the military shouldn’t be on the islands at all

Taiwan Wants Land-Based Harpoon Anti-Ship Missiles To Counter Growing Chinese Naval Power

War Zone – Taiwanese authorities say that they are looking to buy ground-launched Harpoon anti-ship missiles and mobile launchers to augment the island’s coastal defenses.

Vice Admiral Brian Brown on the U.S. Naval Information Warfare Community

CIMSEC – CIMSEC had the opportunity to discuss the formation and future of the U.S. Navy’s Information Warfare (IW) community with Vice Admiral Brian B. Brown, commander of U.S. Naval Information forces (NAVIFOR).

Russian Navy Landing Ship ‘Petr Morgunov’ In Final Stage Of Sea Trials

Naval News – The ‘Petr Morginov’ big amphibious assault ship of project 11711 built by Yantar Shipyard began the final stage of running trials.

PLA drill in South China Sea about combat readiness, not seizing Taiwanese islands, experts say

South China Morning Post – Aircraft carriers from the PLA Navy are set to take part in combat readiness exercises this summer in the South China Sea, and while the drills are likely to raise concerns in Taipei, their aim is not to seize Taiwan-controlled territory, military observers say.

Taiwan to fire up missile programme as Tsai puts focus on asymmetric warfare against mainland China

South China Morning Post – Taiwan is expected to step up the development of missiles able to strike mainland China in the face of growing military threats by Beijing.

Australia, India, and the Islands of the Indo-Pacific

War on the Rocks – As India and Australia prepare for a virtual summit next month between prime ministers amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, a possible strategic initiative could involve the cooperative use of their respective island territories in the Indian Ocean for strategic purposes. India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands are well positioned to offer significant advantages for both countries.

A contract was signed for two universal landing ships for the Russian Navy

BMPD – the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation signed a contract with the Zaliv shipyard in Kerch for the construction of the first two Russian universal landing ships.

(Thanks to Alain)

Venezuela Sends SAMs, Rocket Artillery To Caribbean Outpost As Iranian Tankers Get Closer

War Zone – The Venezuelan military has pledged to protect the tankers, which are carrying gasoline, from any American attempts to seize them.

(Thanks to Alain)

Taiwan Launched A 600 Ton Coast Guard Cataraman That Can Fire 16 ASM

Naval News – Taiwanese shipyard Jong Shyn Shipbuilding launched a new 600 tons patrol vessel for the Coast Guard on 27 April 2020. Based on the ROC Navy catamaran corvette, the new patrol vessel can be fitted with up to 16x anti-ship missiles.

Beyond Mercy: Navy’s COVID-19 Hospital Ship Missions and the Future of Medicine at Sea

USNI News – For nearly two decades, the Navy has grappled with replacement concepts for the hospital ships. It’s eyeing retirements for the ships in 2035 and 2036 under its long-range shipbuilding plan, but those projections are far from certain.

Crafting the US Marine Corps Mystique: A Conversation With Heather Venable

CIMSEC – Professor Heather Venable discusses her new book, How the Few Became the Proud: Crafting the Marine Corps Mystique, 1874-1918. It is a fascinating look at how the U.S. Marine Corps, struggling to define its role as a small fighting force in the earlier days of the republic, crafted a reputation and truly — a mystique — to ensure the service’s survival.