After a Kerch Strait confrontation, the US beefs up Ukraine’s maritime forces

Defense News – Following a December 2018 incident at the mouth of the Sea of Azov between Russia and Ukrainian forces, the United States has accelerated its assistance to Ukraine’s maritime forces.

Protecting undersea cables must be made a national security priority

Defense News – Data is arguably the most important strategic asset to emerge in the 21st century. Access to data and the ability to protect its integrity are vital to American security and prosperity. As 5G and artificial intelligence transform our societies into highly integrated networks, protecting data will become even more crucial.

Australian shipbuilder pushes back against reports of frigate design concerns

Defense News – The builder of the Royal Australian Navy’s new Hunter-class frigates has told Defense News that the ship’s design remains “within agreed weight and space envelopes,” despite a recent report in Australian media claiming recent changes have caused concern.

Was A VTOL UAV Spotted Aboard China’s Type 075 LHD ?

Naval News – A new type of vertical take off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was allegedly spotted last week aboard one of the two Type 075 LHD currently fitting out in China.

USS Montgomery Deployment Proves Out Changes Made in LCS Program Overhaul

USNI News – USS Montgomery (LCS-8) recently wrapped up its maiden deployment – and the ship class’s first since a restructure of the Littoral Combat Ship program – and the head of LCS operations said the ship leveraged lessons learned from earlier deployments to avoid readiness problems and make the most of its operational capabilities.

US Navy’s first 4 littoral combat ships to leave the fleet in 9 months

Defense News – The Navy’s first four littoral combat ships will be headed into mothballs next March, according to a June 20 message from the chief of naval operations.

Australia Issues 2020 Defense Strategic Update And 2020 Force Structure Plan

Naval News – Australia’s 2020 Defence Strategic Update and 2020 Force Structure Plan, released on 1 July 2020 by the Department of Defense (DoD), outline a new strategy for Defence and the capability investments to deliver it.

Libya crisis: France suspends Nato mission role amid Turkey row

BBC – The defence ministry said France had suspended its role in Operation Sea Guardian, accusing Turkey of violating an arms embargo against Libya.

Mapping Gray Maritime Networks for Hybrid Warfare

CIMSEC – In light of the current National Security Strategy and the 2018 National Defense Guidance, the impact of hybrid warfare and ‘gray-zone’ maritime activity in support of great power competition among nations has become an increasing area of concern.

China’s former navy chief Wu Shengli to face audit

South China Morning Post – Assessment comes as Communist Party anti-corruption watchdog introduces rules for mandatory audits of all serving and retired top brass.

Australia boosts defence spending by 40 per cent as China tensions rise

South China Morning Post – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced a significant increase in defence spending to boost the country’s military prowess in the Indo-Pacific, amid jitters about China’s growing power in the region.

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A Chinese OPV for the Algerian Navy

Mena Defense – The delivery of this Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), which will be larger and better armed than the Type 056 corvettes, will be made in 2022 according to Lloyd’s Register.

(Thanks to Alain)

The Cultural Differences Between Serving On America’s Three Types Of Nuclear Submarines

War Zone – A veteran submariner explains how the experience of serving aboard a U.S. Navy submarine varies greatly based on the sub’s mission set.

Airlifters Packed With Paratroopers Just Practiced A Sudden Long-Range Invasion Of Guam

War Zone – The operation saw Air Force C-17s laden with airborne troops fly thousands of miles across the Pacific to raid Andersen AFB.

Bring Back the Seaplane

War on the Rocks – As the National Defense Strategy demands, the Marine Corps is currently demonstrating, and the new Air Force chief of staff has discussed, the challenges posed by an increasingly capable Chinese military demand innovation and disruptive thinking in the Pentagon. Innovation requires strategists to consider all options on the table. Moreover, it requires all options to be placed on the table in the first place. One option noticeably absent from most debates on future operations in the Pacific Ocean is the seaplane.

NATO Anti-Submarine Exercise Dynamic Mongoose Kicks Off With U.S. Destroyer, SSN

USNI News – An advanced U.S. attack submarine and guided-missile destroyer are among the forces participating in the NATO anti-submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2020, which kicked off this week off Iceland.

China Threatens In Paracels; Three US Carrier Groups Sail The Philippine Sea

Breaking Defense – The Chinese government warned ships away from the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea today as the PLA Navy prepares to conduct four days of military exercises there, making the announcement one day after the US Navy sent two aircraft carriers into the Philippine Sea, and regional governments criticized Beijing’s island grab.

Mysterious Wave Glider Spotted Off Florida Keys Had Electronic Intel Gathering System

War Zone – The craft could be part of one of a number of programs aimed at providing persistent maritime surveillance coverage for the U.S. Navy.

Chinese Navy Submarines Could Become A Reality In Indian Ocean

Forbes – The Chinese Navy is rapidly pursuing global capabilities. A key area of future operations may be the Indian Ocean. Chinese submarines in particular could have a strategic impact if they were roaming those waters.

No Time for Victory

USNI Proceedings – For many senior Navy leaders, the crush of their daily routines leaves them struggling to find time for deliberate thought and strategic decision-making. This was not always the case.

Foggo: Changing Conditions Require New Arctic Strategy, International Code of Conduct

USNI News – The head of U.S. naval forces in Europe would like to see more coordination and more dialogue in the Arctic, where military and commercial traffic are increasing, and so is the risk of miscalculations.