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  • Fighter pilot shortage puts US Navy in a quandary

    Wanted: US Navy pilots. About 100, actually. Job description: Flying an F-18 and landing it on a rocking aircraft carrier, at night, in a storm, required … and, looking cool while doing it. Payment: Not bad, but it’s government, so you’ll never be rich. It…
  • Navy won’t back down on Columbia sub program

    No way, no how … not a chance. This time, the US Navy is not backing down. It may face budgetary constraints and other Covid-related shipbuilding challenges, but the service will do whatever it takes to keep its Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine program on track,…
  • Navy to hold ‘Drone Wars 2021’ in the Pacific

    Drones in the air, drones underwater and drones on the surface. That’s right — they’re coming, and it will be the biggest unmanned fleet exercise to ever happen in Pacific waters. According to Rear Admiral Robert Gaucher, director of maritime headquarters with the US Pacific…
  • New China, Russia sub project puzzles analysts

    Submarine technology is often shrouded in mystery, with details on rivals difficult, if not impossible to obtain. Like submarine warfare itself, finding information on new submarines is often a waiting game. According to RIA Novosti, a state-controlled Russian news agency, Russia and China are collaborating…
  • China fires ‘carrier killer’ missiles into South China Sea

    China has boldly launched its infamous “carrier killer” missiles into the South China Sea on Wednesday, an action likely construed as a veiled warning over recent US incursions into the region, as well as a disturbing new escalation in the growing strategic conflict between the…
  • Officials suspect arson in USS Bonhomme Richard fire

    The massive July 12 fire which damaged the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego harbour was one of the Navy’s worst warship fires outside of combat in recent memory. The amphibious assault ship was left with extensive structural, electrical and mechanical damage and its future…
  • PLA Army tests commercial ships as wartime flight decks

    Where there’s a will, there’s a way. The Chinese fleet is hurriedly building purpose-designed Type 75 assault ships that can support helicopters and landing craft. But it has also come up with a novel way to boost that capability to support amphibious landing operations in…