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

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

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

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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Public comment sought for Navy’s parks proposal

The U.S. Navy’s proposal to expand its usage of state parks for training has produced some strong opinions on Whidbey Island and across Puget Sound.

The deadline for weighing in on the issue is Wednesday at 5 p.m., ahead of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s special meeting the following week.

The Navy has been doing clandestine training at state parks for decades, but it wants to expand its usage from five to 28 parks, including multiple sites on Whidbey Island.

The Navy’s previous agreement with the state ended in 2020. None of the state parks it used previously

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The U.S. Navy’s Distributed Lethality Strategy, Explained

The Navy’s now multi-year use of the word “Distributed” to explain its fast-evolving maritime warfare strategy is expanding and, in an interesting and significant way, building upon years of recent weapons development placing a not-so-surprising premium upon a need to massively expand its range and speed of attack weapons

“Ubiquitous and persistent sensors, advanced battle networks, and weapons of increasing range and speed have driven us to a more dispersed type of fight,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday writes in his new CNO NAVPLAN strategy paper. 

Arming the overall fleet with longer range weapons has indeed been

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Military technology experiments featured at Navy’s Trident Warrior 20

Jan. 8 (UPI) — An at-sea experiment with emerging technologies brought over 100 scientists and military personnel together in California, the U.S. Navy said Friday.

Sponsored by the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, Trident Warrior 2020 was a five-month execution of 24 technology experiments meant to “put emerging technologies into the hands of the warfighter for evaluation in an operational environment,” a NAVWAR statement said.

The biannual meeting was conducted aboard Navy ships and on-shore facilities in Southern California, with some experiments practiced in the Navy’s Hawaiian operating area. The project concluded in November but was announced by NAVWAR on

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