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Iran Mine Threat Scares Navy; CNO Scrambles To Fix Decades Of Neglect

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WASHINGTON: Iran’s threat to strangle oil tanker traffic through the Straits of Hormuz has the Navy scrambling to redress its decades-old neglect of mine warfare. Admirals from the Chief of Naval Operations on down have publicly admitted the service is not where it needs to be. “What I find amazing is the amount of interest… Keep reading →

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Sequester Will Slam Shipbuilding Hardest; Navy League Rallies Resistance

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Everyone’s scared of sequestration. But the US Navy and its shipbuilders are particularly upset by the prospect, because both the large-scale nature of naval construction and a historic quirk of the appropriations process leave warships particularly vulnerable. That’s why the Navy League of the United States, one of the nation’s oldest and most influential advocacy… Keep reading →

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Soaring Costs Kill UK Carrier Retrofit; Switch Back To F-35B Likely

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD: Britain is the land of “the Lobby,” a setup that grants an official group of reporters access to senior government officials — including the Prime Minister — but does not allow them to attribute the information to anyone. It is also the land that gave us the Chatham House Rule, that, when… Keep reading →

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Navy Didn’t Fudge Ship Numbers, UnderSec Work Says

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD [updated 7:30 am Thursday 19 April with Congressional comment and Raymond Pritchett’s retraction] : The smartest man in the Department of the Navy, Under Secretary Robert O. Work, erupted today in a passionate defense of the service’s integrity in how it counts its ships and of the controversial Littoral Combat Ship‘s place… Keep reading →

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Modular ‘Trucks’ Will Rule The Waves: CNO

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD: Trucks, not sports cars – that’s the Chief of Naval Operations’ vision for an affordable and upgradeable future fleet. And that’s good news for an array of programs, from the controversial Littoral Combat Ship, to the LPD-17 amphibious ship, to a Marine Corps initiative called Harvest Hawk that straps missiles to a… Keep reading →

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This Is Going To Hurt, Acquisition Brass Warn At Sea-Air-Space

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This is going to hurt. That’s the grim message to defense contractors and federal workers alike from top acquisitions brass in the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard who convened at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space conference this morning to discuss the new “era of austerity.” Pressure to cut costs coming from the highest levels, as… Keep reading →

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LCS Is Too A Real Warship, Insists SecNav

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD: “The LCS is a warship and it is fully capable of going into combat situations,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus insisted to skeptical reporters yesterday. Mabus was attempting to take the edge off last week’s frank acknowledgment by the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, that the Littoral Combat Ship is significantly… Keep reading →

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Shrinking Coast Guard Must Cut Drug War To Boost Cyber, Arctic

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD: The Coast Guard is shrinking and may have to cut back on traditional missions like fisheries protection and drug interdiction to free up resources for new issues like cybersecurity and the thawing of the Arctic, warned the service’s commandant, Admiral Robert J. Papp, this morning at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space convention.… Keep reading →

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V-22 Ospreys Heading To UK, Okinawa; Will Carry White House Press

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NATIONAL HARBOR: UPDATED: Israeli Air Force Flew In CV-22 When In US; UAE May Be First Foreign Sale Last week’s crash in Morocco won’t slow down the V-22 Osprey program, which in 2013 can be expected to win its first foreign sale and is poised for visible growth over the next two years, the Marine… Keep reading →

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