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U.S. Navy News Feed  Wed, 19 Jun 2024 10:35:17 GMT
  • It's Been the Privilege of a Lifetime: Leadership of Tactical Training Group Atlantic Changes Hands 

    NAVAL STATION NORFOLK – Capt. James A. Quaresimo relieved Capt. Sean R. Anderson as commanding officer of Tactical Training Group Atlantic (TTGL) during a ceremony at Carrier Strike Group 4’s historic headquarters building here, June 7. The ceremony also celebrated Anderson’s remarkable 30-year career in the Navy.

  • Mass Casualty Exercise Increases Medical Readiness, BALTOPS 24 

    BALTIC SEA  – American, Dutch, and Spanish Sailors and Marines conducted simultaneous medical drills between time zones and geographic boundaries aboard their vessels across the Baltic Region, during exercise Baltic Operations 2024 (BALTOPS 24), June 14, 2024.

  • Corpsmen, The Cutting Edge of Navy Medicine, Celebrates 126 Years 

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Today, the 126th birthday of the Hospital Corps was celebrated with great pride and tradition at the Defense Health Headquarters. The ceremony, attended by distinguished guests and personnel, honored hospital corpsman's rich legacy and invaluable contributions to the United States Navy and beyond.

    Rear Adm. Rick Freedman, Navy Deputy Surgeon General, and Force Master Chief PatrickPaul Mangaran, director of the Hospital Corps, pose with Sailors assigned to U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery headquarters before a commemorative command run for the 126th Hospital Corps birthday at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, June 14.
  • Navy Announces Plans to Construct Parking Garage for Sailors & Shipyard Workers 

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Improving the work environment for local Sailors and shipyard workers took another step forward as representatives from the US Navy, Commonwealth of Virginia, City of Newport News, and Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) announced plans to construct a new parking structure in Newport News, June 17.

  • FRCE teammates receive Navy Financial Management Awards 

    Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) recently received numerous accolades from the Department of the Navy for its financial management achievements during the 2023 Navy Financial Management Awards ceremony, held May 29 at the American Society of Military Comptrollers Professional Development Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

  • Valiant Shield 2024 Participants Conduct Sinking Exercise  

    PEARL HARBOR — Valiant Shield (VS) 2024 conducted a sinking exercise (SINKEX) with the environmentally clean decommissioned hulk of the Austin-class amphibious transport dock, ex-USS Cleveland (LPD-7) more than 40 nautical miles from land in the North Pacific Ocean.

  • U.S., Canada, Japan and the Philippines Conduct Multilateral Operations 

    U.S. Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and Armed Forces of the Philippines conducted a Maritime Cooperative Activity (MCA) in the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone, upholding freedom of navigation and overflight, reaffirming the four nations’ commitment to bolstering regional security and stability, June 16-17.

    The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Gregorio del Pilar-class patrol ship BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS 17), front, sails in formation with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship JS Kirisame (DD 104), and the Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Montreal (FFH 336) in the Philippine Sea during a multilateral Maritime Cooperative Activity (MCA) between Canada, Japan, the Philippines, and the United States, June 16, 2024. Participating units include the Montreal (FFH 336), the Kirisame, the Andres Bonifacio, and the Ralph Johnson. MCAs demonstrate a collective commitment to promote and strengthen regional and international cooperation in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Ralph Johnson is forward deployed and assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest DESRON and the U.S. 7th fleet’s principal surface force. U.S. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (Courtesy Photo)
  • U.S. Navy Rescues Crew from Vessel Struck by Houthis 

    RED SEA — Sailors assigned to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKECSG) airlifted the crew of a merchant vessel attacked by Iranian-backed Houthis in the Red Sea, June 15.

  • CPRG Holds Change of Command Ceremony 

    NORFOLK, Va.  — Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group (CPRG/CPRG Pacific) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk's Vista Point, June 14.

    240614-N-YM590-108 NORFOLK, Va. - (middle) Rear Adm. Brett Mietus asks for permission to assume command of Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group/Patrol and Reconnaissance Pacific from Vice Adm. Daniel Cheever, Commander, Naval Air Forces, during a change of command ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk’s Vista Point, June 14. Mietus assumed command from Rear Adm. Adam Kijek during the ceremony.
  • U.S. 7th Fleet, Blue Ridge Team Conduct Maneuvering Exercise with French Navy 

    PHILIPPINE SEA — Sailors assigned to both U.S. 7th Fleet and the 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) conducted a maneuvering exercise with the French Navy Aquitaine-class frigate FS Bretagne (D 655), during Valiant Shield 2024, June 14.

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 14, 2024) - U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), left, conducts a maneuvering exercise with the French Navy Aquitaine-class frigate FS Bretagne (D 655) in the Philippine Sea during Valiant Shield 2024, June 14, 2024. Exercises such as Valiant Shield allow the Indo-Pacific Command Joint Forces the opportunity to integrate forces from all branches of services and with our allies to conduct precise, overwhelming multi-axis, multi-domain effects that demonstrate the strength and versatility of the Joint Force and our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. U.S. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with allies and partners to preserve a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan M. Breeden)

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  • China Deploys Amphibious Warship Near the Philippines  A Chinese amphibious warship is operating near a disputed South China Sea feature that has been the site of a standoff between Chinese and Philippine Coast Guards, USNI News has learned. An unidentified People’s Liberation Army Navy Type 075-class landing helicopter dock was first seen by a ship spotter in satellite photos in the South China Sea on June 12. On Friday, the 36,000-ton warship stopped near Subi Reef, a reclaimed feature that now hosts a Chinese military base. By Sunday, the amphib was spotted near Sabina Shoal. China’s Type 075 LHD rushed to Sabina Shoal. — Duan Dang
  • Carrier USS John C. Stennis Overhaul Delayed, Work Will Take More than 5 Years to Complete NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The midlife overhaul and refueling for aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) will now take about five and a half years to complete – an extension of almost 14 months, according to Navy Fiscal Year 2025 budget documents. Stennis began the refueling and complex overhaul in 2021 and was due to finish the massive, multi-billion overhaul by August 2025. However, that date was pushed to the right by more than a year to October 2026, according to the Fiscal Year 2025 budget documents released earlier this year. Speaking to USNI News on Monday, program executive officer carriers
  • GAO Annual Assessment of Weapon Systems The following is the June 17, 2024, Government Accountability Office Report to Congressional Committees: Weapon Systems Annual Assessment. From the report What GAO Found While the Department of Defense (DOD) plans to invest more than $2 trillion to develop and acquire its costliest weapon programs, it continues to struggle with delivering innovative technologies quickly. Weapon systems are more complex and driven by software than ever before. Recent reforms were intended to lead to faster results, but slow, linear development approaches persist. In July 2023, GAO found that leading commercial companies deliver complex, innovative products with speed through iterative cycles of
  • U.S. Sinks Ship in Valiant Shield Live Fire Exercise U.S forces held a sinking exercise as part of exercise Valiant Shield 2024, while 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) conducted drills with a French warship in the Philippine Sea. Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), Philippines Navy and Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) conducted drills in the South China Sea from Sunday to Monday as part of ongoing efforts to demonstrate resolve and willingness to uphold freedom of navigation and overflight in the area. In other developments, Australia’s first of four MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) arrived on Sunday. The Pacific Fleet on Monday issued
  • Philippine Sailor Severely Injured, Vessels Damaged as Chinese Block South China Sea Mission A Philippine sailor suffered severe injuries when Chinese forces blocked an Armed Forces of the Philippines resupply mission in the South China Sea, Pentagon officials confirmed to USNI News. The AFP mission to resupply the BRP Sierra Madre (LT-57) outpost at Second Thomas Shoal also resulted in damage to an unknown number of Philippine vessels. The Philippine sailor was injured as a result of the “PRC vessels’ dangerous and deliberate use of water cannons, ramming, and blocking maneuvers,” reads a Monday statement from Office of the Secretary of Defense spokesperson U.S. Army Maj Pete Nguyen to USNI News. This is
  • USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 17, 2024 These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of June 17, 2024, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Ships Underway Total Battle Force Deployed Underway 296 (USS 235, USNS 61) 113 (USS 71, USNS 32) 82 (56 Deployed, 26 Local) In Japan USS America (LHA-6) arrived in Sasebo on Thursday, according to ship spotters. America will change homeports later this year, USNI News has learned. In the
  • Report to Congress on Hamas and U.S. Policy The following is the June 14, 2024, Congressional Research Service report, Hamas: Background, Current Status, and U.S. Policy.  From the report Hamas (or the Islamic Resistance Movement) is a Palestinian Sunni Islamist military and sociopolitical movement, and a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization (FTO). Hamas’s primary base of action and support is in the Gaza Strip, which it has controlled since 2007. It also operates in the West Bank and Lebanon, and some Hamas leaders and personnel live and/or work in various Arab countries and Turkey. Hamas reportedly receives material assistance and training from Iran and some of its allies, including
  • Russian Surveillance Ship Operating off Northern Japan A Russian intelligence ship transited through a Japanese Strait on Friday according to a Joint Staff Office release. Meanwhile, Japan plans to begin in July a deep-sea search for the wreckage of two Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force SH-60K helicopters that collided with each other in April during a training exercise. In other developments, the U.S. military has conducted a number of engagements with big deck ships of partner nations. In a Friday release, the JSO reported that at 7 p.m. Thursday, Russian intelligence ship Pribaltica (80) was sighted sailing northeast in an area 31 miles west of Rebun Island, which
  • SASC Defense Bill Calls for 2 Virginia Attack Subs, 3 Destroyers; Sets Restrictions on Frigate, Landing Ship Medium The Senate Armed Services Committee joined with its House counterpart to authorize spending for a pair of Virginia-class nuclear-powered submarine as part of the Fiscal Year 2025 defense policy bill, the panel announced today. Adding the second boat is a break from the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2025 budget, which called for a single Virginia-class submarine and a boost to the submarine industrial base to meet the goal of delivering two attack submarines per year and meet the delivery schedule for the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. “I’m glad that the committee came together this year to pass a bill that makes
  • CENTCOM: Houthis Hit Merchant Ship with Multiple Missiles in Gulf of Aden Houthi forces hit a bulk cargo ship with two anti-ship cruise missiles in the Gulf of Aden, U.S. Central Command announced on Thursday. “Both missiles struck MV Verbena, a Palauan-flagged, Ukrainian-owned, Polish-operated bulk cargo carrier. MV Verbena most recently docked in Malaysia and was enroute to Italy carrying wood construction material,” reads a statement from CENTCOM. “Verbena reported damage and subsequent fires on board. The crew continues to fight the fire. One civilian mariner was severely injured during the attack. Aircraft from USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) medically evacuated the injured mariner to a partner force ship nearby for medical attention.”
  • Battles in the Black Sea Changing the Character of Naval Warfare, Experts Say ARLINGTON, Va.– A frenzy of Ukrainian-designed and –built high-speed, bomb-laden Magura V5 unmanned surface drones added an explosive exclamation point to the widespread frustrations in and with Russia’s Black Sea Fleet when they sank Caesar Kunikov, a landing ship most likely carrying needed ammunition to the southern fight earlier this year. As many as 10 Magura V5s participated in the night-time 20-minute sea-fight off the southern tip of the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula. During the March attack, two drones carrying at least 400 pounds of explosives each were maneuvered to hit and sink the landing ship transport, which usually carries a
  • DIA Report on Houthi Attacks and Pressure on International Trade The following is the June 13, 2024, Defense Intelligence Agency report, Yemen: Houthi Attacks Placing Pressure on International Trade. From the report Since November 2023, the Houthis have conducted dozens of attacks on commercial ships transiting the Red Sea, endangering civilian crews and threatening freedom of navigation through a critical global transportation route. The Houthis are non-state actors in Yemen who have used Iran’s support to gradually expand their military capabilities since at least 2015. In early December 2023, the Houthis threatened to attack any ships that they believed were heading to Israeli ports, though many of their attacks both
  • Marines Update Plan for Major Training Overhaul The Marine Corps on Wednesday released an update about its ambitious plans to modernize how it trains and educates into warfighters who are equipped for the multi-domain fight against peer adversaries. The Training and Education Annual Report, or TEAR, is the annual review of the modernization strategy as part of its ongoing Force Design and modernization efforts. “We continue to deliver on our promise to Congress, the Joint Force, our allies and partners, and our Marines to ensure we are postured, manned, trained and equipped for a peer fight while ensuring we remain ready for any crisis,” commandant, Gen. Eric
  • Russian Naval Group Arrives in Cuba, U.S. Increasing Atlantic Naval Presence The four-ship Russian Navy action group arrived in Havana on Wednesday for a five-day port visit, local media reported. Guided-missile submarine Kazan, guided-missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov, salvage tug Nikolai Chiker and fleet oiler Âkademik Pashin pulled in on Wednesday as part of the Russian Ministry of Defense’s planned series of exercises in the western Atlantic and the Caribbean. Gorshkov and Kazan are among the most advanced ships in the Russian Navy and can be armed with a variety of anti-ship and land attack missiles, USNI News reported earlier this week. Following the port visit, the ships plan to hold joint
  • White House Memo on HASC FY 2025 Defense Bill The following is the June 11, 2024 White House Statement of Administration Policy on the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2025. From the memorandum The Administration strongly supports enactment of a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for a 64th consecutive year and is grateful for the strong, bipartisan work of the House Committee on Armed Services on behalf of America’s national defense. For the third year in a row, the President’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request for the Department of Defense (DoD) was informed by the 2022 National Defense Strategy (NDS), which calls on DoD to advance four key
  • Russian Nuclear Sub, Frigate with Long Range Land Attack Missiles Operating Off East Coast THE PENTAGON – A nuclear Russian submarine carrying guided missiles with a range of 1,000 nautical miles is operating off the East Coast as part of Russian missile drills in the Atlantic. Kazan, a Yasen-M-class guided missile submarine, is part of a naval action group the Russian Ministry of Defense deployed to the Atlantic. The group is bound for the Caribbean as part of military drills ordered by the Kremlin against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, according to the MoD. On Tuesday, Kazan and the advanced guided-missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov tested anti-ship missiles virtually in the Atlantic at
  • Two U.S. Navy MQ-4C Tritons Now Operating in Okinawa, Chinese Warships Operate Near Japan The second of two U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles temporarily deployed to Okinawa arrived on Sunday, reported Japanese newspaper Okinawa Times, with the two UAVs expected to soon commence intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions around Japan’s southwest islands. Meanwhile, People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships transited through the waters of Japan’ southwest islands on Sunday, while China’s Ministry of National Defense on Tuesday pushed back against the Netherland’s claim that on Friday, Chinese military aircraft and a helicopter approached closely to a Royal Netherlands Navy frigate in the East China Sea. The two Triton UAVs, the first
  • Report to Congress on U.S. Policy and the War in Ukraine The following is the Congressional Research Service report, Russia’s War on Ukraine: U.S. Policy and the Role of Congress. From the report On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, a country Russia first invaded in 2014 and has partially occupied for a decade. The war has led to hundreds of thousands of killed or wounded, according to U.S. and other estimates, and the displacement of more than nine million people as of May 2024, according to international humanitarian organizations. In 2024, Russia has conducted multiple offensives, seizing some additional Ukrainian towns and settlements. Ukraine continues to
  • Giving Ukrainians Weapons to Strike Inside Russia is the ‘Right Thing to Do’, Says NATO Official Ukraine striking airfields and logistics hubs inside Russia “is the right thing to do,” the head of NATO’s Military Committee officer said on Friday. Adm. Rob Bauer from the Netherlands said Kyiv’s choice comes down to “kill the arrows or kill the archer.” He added, that it is possible within the laws of war to use donated weapons across borders because Moscow was the aggressor with its February 2022 invasion. “What we’re seeing is Russia has to bring back [from the Ukrainian border] its logistics” from 10 kilometers to 50 or 60. That shift is slowing the advances the Kremlin
  • U.S. Carriers Reagan and Roosevelt Join Pacific Valiant Shield 2024 Drills The Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups conducted separate group sails on Friday in the South China Sea and Philippine Sea with partner nations to kick off the Valiant Shield 2024 exercise. Meanwhile, also on Friday, the Netherlands Defence Ministry accused Chinese attack aircraft and an attack helicopter of harassing a Royal Netherlands Navy helicopter operating from a frigate in the East China Sea monitoring North Korea for UN maritime sanctions violations. In the Philippine Sea on Friday, carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), together with U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), cruiser USS Robert Smalls (CG-62),
  • USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 10, 2024 These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of June 10, 2024, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Ships Underway Total Battle Force Deployed Underway 296 (USS 235, USNS 61) 101 (USS 69, USNS 32) 80 (52 Deployed, 28 Local) In Japan USS America (LHA-6) is in port in Sasebo. America will also change homeports later this year, USNI News has learned. In the Philippine Sea   USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is
  • Chinese Small Boats Attempted to Block Philippine Medical Evacuation, Scientific Mission in the South China Sea Six China Coast Guard vessels attempted to stop the medical evacuation of a Philippine military serviceman from Second Thomas Shoal last month, official said this week According to Philippine Coast Guard Commodore Jay Tarriela, the agency deployed a high-speed response boat to BRP Sierra Madre (LT-57) on May 19 to evacuate a sick service member from Second Thomas Shoal. A Philippine Navy rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) with the ill sailor set out from the beached outpost to meet the other boat. Videos of the incident released by the Philippine Coast Guard show Chinese small boats swarming the vessels. Despite calls
  • U.S., Allies Kick Off Exercise Valiant Shield 2024 The U.S military, along with allied and partner forces, began exercise Valiant Shield 2024 on Friday on Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and at sea around the Mariana Island Range Complex. The exercise will end on June 18th. Meanwhile, Marine Rotational Force-Darwin is conducting joint amphibious training with the Australian Defence Force, while Chinese ships and a drone have been operating around Japan’s southwest islands. ?VS24 is a multinational, biennial field training exercise focused on interoperability in a multidomain environment, with this year’s iteration being the tenth since it began in 2006. “Exercises such as VS24
  • Navy Relieves Commander of Amphibious Warship USS Somerset The Navy has relieved the commanding officer of amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD-25), the service announced Friday. “Rear Adm. Christopher Stone, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7 (ESG 7), relieved Capt. Michel Brandt as commanding officer of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25), June 6, 2024, due to loss of confidence in her ability to lead the crew,” reads a Navy news release. Brandt will now head to Naval Surface Force following the relief. “Capt. Tate Robinson will replace Capt. Brandt as commanding officer until a permanent relief arrives,” the release continues. Somerset has been operating
  • Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, 24th MEU Deploy to Europe, Gaza Pier Reassembled The Navy’s oldest big-deck amphibious warship is in Europe for its first deployment since returning from Japan in 2019, the Marines announced on Friday. USS Wasp (LHD-1) and its Amphibious Ready Group deployed on June 1 after completing a composite training unit exercise with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit off the East Coast. The COMPTUEX wrapped on May 12, according to a statement from the Navy. “The ARG consists of three Hampton Roads-based ships: amphibious assault ship [Wasp], amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD-21), and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51), totaling more than 4,500 Sailors and
  • GAO Report on Drones in U.S. National Air Space The following is the Government Accountability Office report, DRONES: Actions Needed to Better Support Remote Identification in the National Airspace. From the report Why GAO Did This Study Drones are the fastest-growing segment of aviation in the U.S., according to FAA. Remote ID is intended to help FAA, law enforcement, and others locate drone operators flying in an unsafe manner or where prohibited. FAA is responsible for safely integrating drones into the national airspace and notes that Remote ID could help enable advanced drone operations. GAO was asked to review issues related to Remote ID. This report assesses (1) potential
  • Navy Introduces Latest Billet-Based Advancement Policy The Navy began its latest billet-based advancement policy Saturday, this time opening it fleet-wide. The Command to Advancement Policy is a new option for sailors and commands to allow a sailor to advance to the next rank while taking on a billet that fits the new rank. Under the Meritorious Advancement Policy, a sailor can be promoted to the next rank, such as going from E-4 to E-5, but due to the way the policy works, they will remain in the billet, meaning they are doing a job below their rank while a billet meant for their rank might be
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Busiest U.S. Carrier Over Last 5 Years, Deployment Data Shows Over the last five years, no other U.S. carrier has deployed more than USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). Last week’s extension of Eisenhower cemented the Navy’s second oldest aircraft carrier as the busiest one based in the United States for the last five years when measured in days deployed, USNI News has learned. From when the carrier left for deployment on Jan. 17, 2020 to today, the Naval Station Norfolk, Va.,-based Eisenhower has been deployed three times for a combined total of 556 days. This does not count training underway nor does it include sea trials. Out of the eight
  • Report to Congress on Nuclear-Armed Sea-Launched Cruise Missile The following is the May 31, 2024, Congressional Research Service In Focus report, Nuclear-Armed Sea-Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM-N). From the report Congress and the executive branch have debated the merits of a new nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM-N) since the weapon was first proposed by the Trump Administration in 2018. The Biden Administration proposed cancelling the SLCM-N program following its 2022 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), a periodic assessment of U.S. nuclear policy. Congress has provided continued funding for the SLCM-N and its warhead; the FY2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires the executive branch to ensure SLCM-N initial operational capability
  • NATO to Kick Off Largest Baltic Operations Exercise to Date The 53rd iteration of NATO’s Baltic Operations series of exercises is set to be the alliance’s largest amid the inclusion of new members and security concerns with Russia. Thirty warships from 20 nations have assembled over the past week at Klaipeda in Lithuania in preparation for NATO’s premier annual naval exercise in the Baltic Sea. Between June 7-20, four amphibious task groups and multinational task units composed of more than 50 vessels, 25 aircraft and 9,000 personnel from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Türkiye, the United Kingdom