Iranian Warship Could Be Bringing Millions of Gallons of Fuel to Venezuela

USNI News – The former oil-tanker the Iranian Navy converted into a warship could be carrying millions of gallons of fuel to Venezuela in a ploy to get around U.S. sanctions, according to photos that emerged on Persian social media.

MADEX 2021: HHI Unveils New CVX Aircraft Carrier Design

Naval News – A new design for CVX, South Korea’s light aircraft carrier program, was revealed by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) at MADEX 2021. The new design is significantly different from both HHI’s own previous design and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME)’s current design.

Lebanon’s Navy chief talks fleet expansion, new security missions

Defense News – Lebanon’s sole coastline along the Mediterranean Sea is about 150 miles, and its Navy is largely tasked with protecting the country’s exclusive economic zone. But with the government becoming more interested in oil exploration, the maritime service may have to bolster its security capabilities.

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.

20 warships sail out for new Barents Sea exercise

Barents Observer – Coastal flotilla, submarines, and aircraft will over the coming days conduct a tactical exercise to protect Russia’s Arctic borders.

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.

First Sighting Of New Stealth Fighter For Chinese Navy Aircraft Carrier

Naval News – The Chinese Navy is massively expanding its fleet, with at least three aircraft carriers at its vanguard. Yet these lack low-observable fighters. But that is expected to change. A new image offers the first look at the new stealthy fighter.

Canceled in Combat: Get Ready for Smear War

USNI Proceedings – To understand future information warfare threats, it is helpful to identify specific tactics that can be used and how they have been employed recently.

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.

Two Iranian Navy Ships Are About To Sail Into The Atlantic And That’s A Big Deal

War Zone – The two Iranian Navy ships appear headed for Venezuela, which, while a token gesture, could still have significant geopolitical ramifications.

US Navy creates DDG(X) program office after years of delays for large combatant replacement

Defense News – The U.S. Navy has created a new program office to usher the next class of destroyer into the fleet, after the service has struggled to find a replacement for its aging cruisers and destroyers over the past decade.

Close-Up Photo Shows China’s New Aircraft Carrier Rapidly Taking Shape

War Zone – Work is well underway on the next aircraft carrier due to join China’s fast-expanding navy. A leaked photo now brings us our closest view yet of the vessel, which is set to provide the People’s Liberation Army Navy, or PLAN, with a significant leap in capabilities, including catapults for launching aircraft, a major advantage over the service’s previous two, smaller aircraft carriers with their “ski jump” takeoff ramps.

Analysis: Hammerhead, Orca, SSGN

Strikepod Systems – With great power competition driving shifts in weapons priorities, offensive mine warfare, long neglected since World War II, is on the cusp of dramatic change both within the United States Navy, and within the navies of U.S. adversaries as well.

Pat Roll on Tactics of the Maritime Strategy and Cover and Deception Operations

CIMSEC – CIMSEC discussed the 1980s Maritime Strategy with Captain Pat Roll (ret.), who served as a staff tactician for Admirals Ace Lyons, Joe Metcalf, and Hank Mustin. In this conversation, Capt. Roll discusses how tactical development fleshed out the execution of the Maritime Strategy at sea, the Navy’s use of cover and deception operations to move battle groups undetected, and the core relationship between strategy and tactics.

Loss of Iranian Navy Ship Mutes Tehran’s Global Ambitions, 3rd Warship Lost Since 2018

USNI News – The loss of Kharg, Iran’s only replenishment ship, created new challenges for the under-resourced Iranian Navy. The fleet oiler was an essential unit in Iranian ambitions to operate beyond the Middle East.

MEDUSA Is U.S. Navy’s Secret Minelaying Submarine

Forbes – The U.S. Navy wants offensive mine warfare capability, and it wants it fast. That’s the message from a new project called MEDUSA contained in the Navy’s latest budget release.

US, UK, French navies agree to bolster joint operations, tech collaboration

Defense News – The chiefs of the U.S., U.K. and French navies met in France on Thursday to affirm their commitment to deeper collaboration and interoperability between their fleets to address some of the most vexing maritime security issues around the globe.

Navy Not Ready to Repair Battle Damaged Ships

USNI News – The Navy is poorly positioned to fully repair its fighting fleet of warships damaged in future high-end battles, the Government Accountability Office found in a report released this week.

Close the Gaps! Airborne ASW Yesterday and Tomorrow

CIMSEC – A call  to establish unmanned sea control squadron (VUS) squadrons. These squadrons would provide Sea Combat Commanders with a dedicated medium-range ASW aircraft that would allow commanders to detect, classify, track, target, and engage submarines outside their weapons engagement zone.