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Acting SecDef Shanahan’s First Message: “China, China, China.”

Posted by Paul McLeary on


PENTAGON: In his first day on the job, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan gathered civilian leaders of the military services to deliver a simple message: “China, China, China.”

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Navy To Begin Arming Subs With Ship-Killer Missile

Posted by Paul McLeary on


It’s a major shift after decades in which submarines focused on projecting power ashore, with their only anti-ship weapons being their rarely-used torpedoes. Driving the change: increasing anxiety about China.

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Three Attack Subs ‘Not Certified To Dive’; Navy F-35s at 15 Percent Readiness

Posted by Paul McLeary on


CAPITOL HILL: Navy readiness is “heading in the wrong direction,” the Government Accountability Office told the Senate this morning, with only 15 percent of Navy F-35Cs rated “fully mission capable.” At the same hearing, a four-star admiral acknowledged three nuclear-powered attack submarines were still stuck awaiting overhaul, with the USS Boise expected to be out of action… Keep reading →

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McCain Stands Against Trump’s OMB Pick

Posted by Colin Clark on


  UPDATED: Mulvaney Wins Confirmation Thursday By 2 Votes; McCain Only GOP to Vote No WASHINGTON: In a move that took some by surprise, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. John McCain, declared his opposition to President Trump’s pick to run the crucial Office of Management and Budget. McCain is the only… Keep reading →

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Rep. Forbes On The Shrinking Sub Fleet: HASC Hearing Preview

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[UPDATED]: WASHINGTON: Tomorrow is a big day for Navy submarines on Capitol Hill. A hearing of the House Armed Services seapower and projections forces subcommittee will focus on some of the knottiest issues in undersea warfare: – staying ahead of the Russians and Chinese. – getting extra funding for the Navy’s new ballistic missile submarine,… Keep reading →

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Navy: USS Miami, RIP – Congress, Please Keep Buying Virginia Class Subs

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[Updated 4:30 pm] WASHINGTON: The US Navy has decided to scrap the fire-ravaged USS Miami, whose repair bill from arson had soared to $700 million from $450 million. It’s the first time the Navy has written off a damaged sub since the USS Bonefish burned in 1988, and it brings the attack submarine force down to 54… Keep reading →

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Early Estimate Pegs USS Miami Sub Fire Damage Up To $500 Million

Posted by Colin Clark on


UPDATED: Includes Info About Sub Deployment Skeds; Past Major Sub Fixes WASHINGTON: The Navy is telling Congress that the nuclear-powered USS Miami suffered $400 million to $500 million in damages from the impressive fire that injured seven and left the ship a smoldering mass at drydock. The estimate is being provided at congressional request and… Keep reading →

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