Carrier Lincoln Hands Over Hurricane Irma Relief Effort to Carrier Strike Group 10

USNI News – Aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), with embarked Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG-12) staff and the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG-56), has left the Florida coast, having turned over the Navy’s sea-based Hurricane Irma relief efforts to Carrier Strike Group 10. Thursday night, Carrier Strike Group 10 – amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD-21) and Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut (DDG-99) – arrived in position off the coast of the Florida Keys.

RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War

New York Times Magazine – How the Kremlin built one of the most powerful information weapons of the 21st century — and why it may be impossible to stop.

The Risk of Nuclear War With North Korea

New Yorker – On the ground in Pyongyang: Could Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump goad each other into a devastating confrontation?

McCain Collision Is Dry Run For Navy Cyber Investigators

Breaking Defense – The Navy is making cyber investigations automatic after any mishap, starting with the at-sea collision that killed 10 sailors aboard the USS McCain. They don’t expect to find any evidence of a cyber attack this time, admirals emphasize, but they’re using the McCain as a test case.

Why did one of the U.S. Navy’s most advanced subs return to port with a pirate flag?

Washington Post – An image posted to a Pentagon media site and tweeted by Scottish journalist Ian Keddie shows the USS Jimmy Carter, a Seawolf-class nuclear-powered submarine, returning to her home port in Washington Tuesday flying the American flag alongside the unmistakable pirate skull and crossed bones, known as the Jolly Roger.

Helos from USS Abraham Lincoln Now Delivering Food and Water to Hurricane Irma Victims

USNI News – Positioned off the coast of Florida, helicopters from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are now delivering food and water to Florida as part of the Hurricane Irma relief effort. USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS New York (LPD 21) are expected to join the relief effort Tuesday.

Navy Prepares Ships for Hurricane Irma Relief Operations

USNI News – The Navy sent the ships to sea ahead of the storm’s landfall last week, in order to be able to quickly assist with recovery efforts. The ships can provide medical support, security, logistic support, medium and heavy lift air support, and can assist state and federal agencies assessing damage. Before the Navy can provide assistance, a formal request must be made by state and federal officials.

Build All-UAV Carriers

US Naval Institute Proceedings – The Navy should develop a new class of carriers to exploit the combat power of unmanned aerial vehicles to fight and win the nation’s future battles.

Rebuilding the Ukrainian Navy

US Naval War College Review – This article examines the Ukrainian governments attempts to rebuild the Ukrainian navy and argues that, while Ukraine faces political, conceptual, and financial challenges in reviving its maritime power, it has made some modest progress toward building a “mosquito fleet.” This fleet has been bolstered by the addition of some small, new ships and the increasing professionalization of Ukraine’s naval personnel, in particular its marines. This progress suggests that Ukraine can go in a radically different direction as it redevelops its navy: toward coastal defense.

Interview with the “Air Boss”

US Naval Institute Proceedings – On 11 July, Naval Institute staff members Ward Carroll and Bill Hamblet interviewed the Navy’s “Air Boss”—Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker—in the Pentagon about the current state of naval aviation and some issues getting attention in the press.

Littoral Combat Ship Sailors to Take on Greater Maintenance Responsibilities, As Navy Looks to Reduce Overall Class Maintenance Needs

USNI News – The Littoral Combat Ship community is taking steps to both decrease the amount of overall maintenance work the ships require and increase the percentage conducted by sailors instead of contractors.

Congress, Navy Share Blame For Fatal Collisions At Sea

Breaking Defense – Congress’s repeated budget malpractice and the Navy’s flawed policies combined to cause the accidents that killed 17 sailors, the Navy and the GAO say.

Amphib USS Wasp Offers Hurricane Irma Recovery Assistance to U.S. Virgin Islands

USNI News – USS Wasp (LHD-1) arrived in the U.S. Virgin Islands Thursday to offer recovery assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Littoral Combat Ship, Mission Package Testing Activity At All-Time High

USNI News – A flurry of Littoral Combat Ship activity on the San Diego waterfront belies any thought the program is in a sleepy infancy phase.

Cyber Threats to Navies With Dr. Alison Russell

CIMSEC – A conversation with Dr. Alison Russell of Merrimack College about navies and their relationship with cyber. It’s about the distinct layers of cybersecurity, how navies use them to enhance their capabilities, and the challenges in securing and maintaining that domain.

Littoral Combat Ship Program Vastly Different a Year Into Major Organizational, Operational Overhaul

USNI News – The Littoral Combat Ship fleet has spent the last year in the midst of a reorganization and preparing for a new way of doing business following recommendations from a 2016 LCS Review that pointed the Navy towards injecting simplicity, stability and ownership into the unusual program. A year into implementing those recommendations, the LCS fleet looks vastly different than originally envisioned.

Can war games help us avoid real-world conflict?

BBC – A look at Dire Straits, a megagame of East/Southeast Asian crisis stability.

USS Kearsarge, USS Oak Hill Positioned to Respond to Both Hurricane Irma and Harvey Relief Operations

USNI News – Amphibious warships USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) are positioned to support hurricane relief efforts, if civilian authorities make a request for assistance.

Building an Asymmetric Ukrainian Naval Force to Defend the Sea of Azov Part 1

CIMSEC – The following two-part series will analyze the maritime dimension of competition between Ukraine and Russia in the Sea of Azov. Part 1 analyzes strategic interests, developments, and geography in the Sea of Azov along with probably Russian avenues of aggression.

Sri Lanka is an Open Door to the Indian Ocean

US Naval Institute Proceedings – Engaging with the Sri Lanka Navy offers the U.S. Navy both Indian Ocean access and training opportunities.

Sweden’s Navy Asks: Please Don’t Live Stream Our Submarines

National Interest – Back in 2009, the Swedish town of Karlskrona had a brilliant idea to boost tourist traffic: install Web cameras overlooking the picturesque Swedish coast. But there was just one problem with this marketing gimmick: as a local writer pointed out this summer, the Karlskrona cameras were live streaming the nearby naval base—Sweden’s largest and home to the country’s fleet of five advanced non-nuclear submarines.

Argentina is on the brink of buying a £40m warship from America ideal for invading the Falklands – as Royal Navy withdraws similar vessel from service

Daily Mail – The United States is on the brink of selling Argentina a £40 million ship ideal for invading the Falklands – just as the cash-stretched Royal Navy is withdrawing a similar class of vessel from active service.

Coast Guard Is More Than Cutters

Proceedings of the US Naval Institute – Escalating demands require a balanced Coast Guard committed to innovative leaders and capabilities—like its Deployable Specialized Forces—to complement its cutter force.

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