It’s Time for a Massive U.S. Navy Base in Australia

National Interest – James Holmes writes that today the time has come to expand and deepen the transpacific relationship beyond periodic U.S. Marine deployments and air-force exercises.

Will hypersonic DF-17 missile transform Beijing’s Taiwan strategy?

South China Morning Post – China’s DF-17 hypersonic boost-glide missile may be powerful enough to penetrate US missile shields in the region, transforming Beijing’s previously defensive strategy of containing independence-leaning forces in the Taiwan Strait.

Continuing Resolution Forcing Navy to Delay Ship Maintenance, Curtail Training

USNI News – The Navy is already making hard decisions – curtailing training for air wings not imminently deploying, canceling planned ship maintenance availabilities – as the specter of a full-year continuing resolution looms.

Don’t get too hyper about hypersonics

Defense News – David Lartner with a dose of reality on hypersonic weapons.

Russia Is Eying More Armed Icebreakers After Launching Missile-Toting Arctic Patrol Ship

War Zone – The Ivan Papanin, the first of the Project 23550 icebreaking warships, is our first look at Russia’s specialized Arctic naval force.

Should China Police the Strait of Hormuz?

National Interest – The Chinese are too clever to get stuck in the Middle East quicksand.

The Next Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: Building a Stand-In Naval Force

CIMSEC – The Naval Services must develop and train a naval expeditionary force that is tailored to support stand-in forces within the adversary’s weapons engagement zone…new force packages that are better aligned with future missions and force structure will make for a more preferable interim solution. One solution is a set of stand-in force constructs that are complementary to current formations and fleet tactics – the Littoral Combat Team (LCT), the Littoral Combat Group (LCG), and Littoral Strike Squadron (LSS).

Forget the Movie: China Is Studying the Battle of Midway

National Interest – China hopes to get right what Imperial Japan got wrong.

Sacred Cows For What? Consider Force Structure Cuts to Marine Infantry

CIMSEC – Because of its size and relative lack of contribution to Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations, the Ground Combat Element and Marine infantry are the right places to start divesting to make room for the future.

Navy EOD Modernizing Tactics, Training Models to Adjust to the New Maritime Fight

USNI News – The Navy’s explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) community is modernizing the way it mans, trains and equips its force to leverage new technology and lessons learned in nearly two decades of ground wars in the Middle East.

Kawasaki Launched The 12th & Final Sōryū-Class SSK JS Tōryū とうりゅう – 2nd Li-Ion Submarine For JMSDF

Naval News – Japan’s shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) launched the 12th and final Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). JS Tōryū (とうりゅう) SS-512 is the second submarine of the class to feature Li-Ion batteries.

(Thanks to Alain!)

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.