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Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships Will Be on the Front Lines in the Pacific, SWO Boss Says

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After years of setbacks, the Navy’s littoral combat ships are going to see a surge in missions in the Pacific, where leaders say they’ll be out front as the U.S. seeks to counter China’s growing influence in the region.

The Navy has identified the missions the LCS will fulfill in U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, commander of​ Naval Surface Forces, said this week.

“If you look at the things we want to do and the 7th Fleet … that’s what [Vice Adm. William Merz] wants to use them for,” Kitchener said Tuesday during the annual Surface Navy Association

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Pentagon receives FEMA request for military to support Covid-19 vaccinations

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The Pentagon has received a request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist with President Joe Biden’s plan to boost Covid-19 vaccinations across the country in his first 100 days in office, two defense officials told CNN on Thursday.



a close up of a woman: UC Berkeley University Health Services pharmacy director Efren Bose prepares a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before administering it to fellow University Health Services staff at Tang Center near UC Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif. Thursday, January 14, 2021. University of Berkeley received their first shipment of vaccine at University Health Services this week and has began the process of administering vaccinations at clinics on Thursdays and Fridays. (Jessica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)


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UC Berkeley University Health Services pharmacy director Efren Bose prepares a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before administering it to fellow University Health Services staff at Tang Center near UC Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif. Thursday, January 14, 2021. University of Berkeley received their first shipment of vaccine at University Health Services this

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Navy Unveils Updated Plan to Help Ship Watchstanders Get Better Sleep

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The Navy has a new plan to get sailors in the surface fleet more uninterrupted sleep before they stand the watch.

Under the updated Comprehensive Fatigue and Endurance Management Program (CFEMP) issued Dec. 11, commanders are instructed to arrange shipboard schedules as best they can to allow sailors to work, eat and sleep at the same time each day.

The new instructions are aimed at changing a cultural mindset in the fleet that treats work and watch as separate entities, according to a Dec. 21 Navy release.

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Iran Leaders Keep Focus on Biden As Israel Threatens Military Strike Over Nuclear Deal

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Iranian leaders are trying to keep the pressure on President Joe Biden in the hope he will quickly lift American sanctions and rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, even as the head of the Israel Defense Forces threatens military action if the accord is revived.



Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus pandemic in the State Dining Room of the White House on January 26, 2021 in Washington, D.C.


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President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus pandemic in the State Dining Room of the White House on January 26, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday made more of what have become near-daily comments on Biden’s plan to rejoin the JCPOA, from which former

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After Capitol Siege, Navy’s Top Officer Tells Commanders to Stay Focused on the Mission

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The chief of naval operations said military leaders are striving to be “a stable element” for the country, which was briefly thrown into chaos last week when a mob of the president’s supporters carried out an attack on the U.S. Capitol, leaving veterans on both sides of the violent takeover dead.

Adm. Mike Gilday said the military remains focused on its longstanding tradition of staying apolitical and carrying out its mission. Right now, he said, the mission is preparing for a new commander in chief to take over next week.

“That’s where my guidance to our commanders has been —

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Iran Threatens to Take Out Tel Aviv if Israel Follows Through With New Military Plans

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The Iranian armed forces have threatened to take out two Mediterranean cities should Israel follow through with new military plans announced the day prior by the country’s top general.



a stack of pancakes on a track with smoke coming out of it: The Iranian military conducts ballistic missile exercises as part of the Great Prophet 15 exercises in central Iran, January 15. The Islamic Republic has the largest and most advanced missile arsenal in the Middle East.


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The Iranian military conducts ballistic missile exercises as part of the Great Prophet 15 exercises in central Iran, January 15. The Islamic Republic has the largest and most advanced missile arsenal in the Middle East.

Israeli Lieutenant-General Aviv Kochavi, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, announced during a Tuesday address to Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies that he felt a return

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If the Navy Gets the Next Decade Wrong, It Might Not Recover This Century: CNO

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The next 10 years will be a critical time of transition for the U.S. Navy, the service’s top officer said — one that leaders must get right to stop China and Russia from controlling the conditions at sea.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday on Monday released his vision for the Navy’s decade ahead. Citing a long-term competition that “threatens our security and way of life,” he said the Navy must ditch platforms it no longer needs to invest in new tools that will be required to deter aggression and preserve freedom of the seas.

“I don’t mean to

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Israel’s top general says its military is refreshing operational plans against Iran

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s top general said on Tuesday that its military was refreshing its operational plans against Iran and that any U.S. return to a 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran would be “wrong.”

FILE PHOTO: Incoming Israeli Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi reviews an honour guard during a handover ceremony where he replaces Lieutenant-General Gadi Eizenkot, at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo

The remarks are an apparent signal to U.S. President Joe Biden to tread cautiously in any diplomatic engagement with Iran. Such comments by Israel’s military chief of staff on

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The Navy’s $13 billion supercarrier still can’t reliably launch aircraft

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It’s been more than three years since the Navy took delivery of the USS Gerald R. Ford, and the $13 billion aircraft carrier still can’t reliably generate sorties due to technical problems with its next-generation takeoff and landing systems, according to a new report.

The latest assessment of the Ford from the Defense Department’s operational testing and evaluation (OT&E) chief Robert Behler — obtained by Bloomberg News ahead of its formal distribution later this month — indicates that “poor or unknown reliability of new technology systems” like the aircraft carrier’s much-maligned electromagnetic launch system (EMALS) and advanced arresting gear (AAG)

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Military flashpoints in Taiwan, Japan and South China Sea that could shape Biden’s entire China strategy

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Any suggestion that the departure of former US President Donald Trump from Washington would provide a temporary pause in US-China tensions has been swiftly dispelled.



a man riding a wave on a surfboard in the water: SOUTH CHINA SEA (Jan. 15, 2021) Sailors conduct "horseshoe maneuvers" in a rigid-hull inflatable boat prior to boarding the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) during a visit, board, search and seizure drill. John S. McCain is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy's largest forward-deployed destroyer squadron and the U.S. 7th Fleet's principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda) 210115-N-WI365-2117


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SOUTH CHINA SEA (Jan. 15, 2021) Sailors conduct “horseshoe maneuvers” in a rigid-hull inflatable boat prior to boarding the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) during a visit, board, search and seizure drill. John S. McCain is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed destroyer squadron and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo

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