Great Power Competition Requires Theater Deterrence

USNI Proceedings – The United States and its allies must have sufficient combat power in key theaters such that the enemy will hesitate to undertake hostile operations.

Naval Special Warfare in a ‘Race for Relevancy’ as Mission Shifts to High-end Conflict

USNI News – The integration of Navy SEALs and special boat teams into carrier strike group and amphibious ready group training exercises reflects naval special warfare’s renewed commitment to support the fleet and joint force and reinforce its own roots as naval commandos.

U.S. Navy Ballistic Missile Submarine’s Gibraltar Visit Is First In Over Two Decades

War Zone – The Navy has shared some additional details about USS Alaska’s very rare stopover, which comes amid a flurry of naval activity in the region.

(Thanks to Alain)

Gradually and Then Suddenly: Explaining the Navy’s Strategic Bankruptcy

War on the Rocks – The U.S. Navy is on the verge of strategic bankruptcy. Its fleet isn’t large enough to meet global day-to-day demands for naval forces. Due to repeated deployments and maintenance backlogs, the fleet also isn’t ready enough to meet these demands safely, nor can it quickly surge in an emergency. Finally, the fleet isn’t capable enough to meet the challenges posed by China’s increasingly modern and aggressive People’s Liberation Army Navy. How did this happen to a force that, as recently as two decades ago, dominated the world’s oceans to a degree perhaps unequalled in human history? The answer is gradually and then suddenly.

Six Littoral Combat Ships to Deploy by Year’s End as Navy Continues to Refine Operations

USNI News – The Navy will have six Littoral Combat Ships deployed by the end of the year – a record for the program

Navy Offers Glimpse Of Its Submarine-Launched Mine Capabilities In The Mediterranean

War Zone – The USS Montpelier’s publicized mine-loading exercise in Greece’s Souda Bay comes as naval tensions grow in the eastern Mediterranean.

US Navy sees better LCS maintenance from sailors in ongoing Tulsa, Charleston deployments

Defense News – The U.S. Navy is seeing improved maintenance on deployed littoral combat ships amid efforts to boost readiness and operational endurance, now that is has switched from contractor-based work to sailor-performed maintenance.

Japan-based USS Ronald Reagan Now in the Middle East to Cover Afghanistan Withdrawal

USNI News – The Navy’s Japan-based carrier strike group is now operating in the North Arabian Sea to support the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

US Navy facing early challenges in modernizing dry docks for submarine maintenance

Defense News – One of the U.S. Navy’s first major projects under a 20-year shipyard modernization effort is facing cost-overruns and schedule slips, an unexpected circumstance which the Navy is hoping to learn from as it continues through the $20-billion Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program.

Navy Struggling to Retain Surface Warfare Officers; SWOs Want More Training, Specialization

USNI News – Surface warfare officers are leaving the Navy at a higher rate than other unrestricted line officers despite reforms in training the service has instituted since two fatal collisions in 2017.

Does Biden Have The Right Naval Strategy To Take On Russia And China? History Has An Answer.

1945 – Having endured setbacks during the War of American Independence, Great Britain found wise political leadership—leadership that prepared the empire for tests to come during decades of war with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France. Congress and the Biden administration should take note. If the United States genuinely means to keep its commitments to allies across the globe while acting as custodian of freedom of the sea, it must field maritime forces adequate to those purposes. Otherwise, its interests and world standing will suffer—perhaps grievously so. 

Navy releases long-range shipbuilding plan that drops emphasis on 355 ships, lays out fleet design priorities

Defense News – The Navy submitted an update to Congress to its annual long-range shipbuilding plans, one that takes a step back from the much-talked-about standard of a 355-ship fleet and instead lays out priorities for a future distributed naval force.

Navy Weighing How to Include More Capabilities on MQ-25A Beyond Tanking

USNI News – Lawmakers are asking the Navy to start adding capabilities to the emerging MQ-25A Stingray unmanned carrier tankers that are set to join the fleet in the next few years, service officials said.

The Navy Is Developing “Bio-Inspired” Drones That Transition Between Air And Water

War Zone – The Navy wants to build drones that are inspired by the ways animals move and behave in the natural world and can even transition between sea and air.

U.S. Aircraft Carriers Now at Risk from Hypersonic Missiles

USNI News – U.S. aircraft carriers are already facing risks from hypersonic weapons that are now entering the inventory of American adversaries and the Navy has developed early defenses for the threat.

The Navy Concluded Transmedium Flying Submersibles Were Possible A Decade Ago

War Zone – A vehicle that can travel under the sea and in the air may seem like a fantasy, but the Navy says it is possible and relevant for special operations.

Will Swarms Of Underwater ‘Drones’ Make Submarines Obsolete?

1945 – James Holmes writes that every now and again the idea that ultramodern technology will someday render the oceans and seas transparent—and expose submarine fleets to detection, tracking, and targeting—comes into vogue.

Memo reveals US Navy must pick between future destroyer, fighter or sub for FY23 plan

Defense News – The U.S. Navy may have to pick just one of three major modernization programs on the horizon to fund — pursuing a new destroyer, a new attack submarine or a new fighter jet, the acting Navy secretary warns in a recent memo. The other two due would be postponed to budget limitations, he wrote.

US Navy zeroed in on LCS flawed parts, maintenance slow-downs to improve operational days

Defense News – The U.S. Navy hopes to boost the number of days the littoral combat ship is operational by targeting the drivers of down time: design flaws in 32 parts that need to be replaced and a sluggish contractor-based maintenance model that needs to be made more responsive.

The Navy’s Tanker Drone Makes History By Refueling A Manned Aircraft For The First Time

War Zone – The Boeing demonstrator for the MQ-25 Stingray program successfully passed fuel to an F/A-18 Super Hornet jet.

Long In Development Hypervelocity Rounds For Navy Railguns And Deck Guns Killed Off In Budget

USNI News – The Navy and other services had hoped to be able to fire hypervelocity projectiles from various guns at a range of surface and aerial threats.

PACAF CO: U.S. Working to Dampen Chinese Missile Advantage in the Pacific

USNI News – U.S. Pacific Air Forces is crafting a dual strategy of defensive capabilities and dispersal of forces in order to negate the threat posed to its forces and bases by China’s increasing military capabilities, the PACAF commander said.