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  • Navy Entomology Center of Excellence Change of Charge 

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cmdr. Ian Sutherland transferred responsibility as the officer in charge (OIC) of the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE) to Cmdr. Michael Kavanaugh in a change of charge ceremony, June 21, 2024, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.

    Cmdr. Ian Sutherland gives his remarks at the Change of Charge ceremony for the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence on June 21st, 2024, from within a cage filled with mosquitoes in Jacksonville, Florida. To commemorate the U.S. Navy’s 248th year of existence, Sutherland had 248 Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes released inside of a seven-foot cube to join him during his speech. To NECE’s knowledge, this is the first-time mosquitoes have been utilized in a change of charge ceremony. (Courtesy photo by Mass Communicator Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Riggs)
  • Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility Welcomes ASC Personnel 

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – Twenty-eight ASC Pty Ltd [formerly known as the Australian Submarine Corporation] personnel began training at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as part of the Australia, United Kingdom and United States (AUKUS) enhanced trilateral security partnership this week.

    wenty-eight ASC [formerly known as the Australian Submarine Corporation] personnel pose for a photo at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF), Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 16, 2024.
  • Protecting Warfighters: Navy Hosts Summit On Blast Overpressure Safety 

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- The Navy hosted a critical summit focused on blast overpressure (BOP) safety, aiming to highlight ongoing efforts to protect service members and civilians, at River’s Edge Community Center onboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads-Portsmouth Annex, July 15.

    ena Brunson, an industrial hygienist with the Navy and Marine Corps Force Health Protection Command (NMCFHPC) addresses the audience during a Blast Over Pressure (BOP) meeting on July 15, 2024, at the River’s Edge Community Center on Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia.
  • Navy, DOD Leaders Discuss Space Capabilities During Second Naval Space Summit at NPS 

    MONTEREY, Calif. — Recognizing the importance of a rapidly evolving space domain to U.S. national defense, key leaders from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Department of Defense gathered at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) for the second annual Naval Space Summit, July 9-11.

    240709-N-FA490-1149 MONTEREY, Calif. (July 9, 2024) Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (N2N6) and Director of Naval Intelligence, addresses the opening session for the second Naval Space Summit at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Sponsored by the Secretary of the Navy, the Naval Space Summit provides an essential venue for top Department of Defense and Department of the Navy officials to discuss the state of space operations and capabilities within the services, as well as the latest issues and opportunities in the space domain. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Langholf)
  • Chief of Naval Operations Hosts Futures Game at U.S. Naval War College 

    Newport, R.I. -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Lisa Franchetti hosted the CNO Futures Game at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, July 16-17.

    Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lisa Franchetti and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy James Honea pose for a photo with senior officers and civilians at the CNO Futures Game at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, July 16, 2024. The Navy uses events like the CNO Futures Game as part of an ongoing series of Joint and Navy-sponsored events to shape and inform naval strategy, analysis, operational concepts, and warfighting requirements. This photo has been desaturated. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Elliott Fabrizio/released)
  • Carderock Welcomes New CO 

    BETHESDA, Md. — Capt. Christopher K. Matassa relieved Capt. Matthew L. Tardy during a change of command ceremony at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in West Bethesda, Maryland, July 17, 2024.

    New Carderock Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Matassa speaks to the workforce after taking charge of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in West Bethesda, Md., on July 17, 2024.
  • DoDEA Americas Announces Full-Day Prekindergarten Rollout at 28 Schools this August 

    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — In a significant leap toward enriching early childhood education, DoDEA Americas is rolling out full-day Prekindergarten programs at 28 schools this August. This expansion marks a pivotal moment in DoDEA's commitment to providing top-tier education to military-connected families, aligning with the first phase of a comprehensive three-phase plan.

    This newly renovated interactive learning area at DoDEA Americas' Crossroads Elementary School onboard Marine Corps Base Quantico is ready to foster creativity and critical thinking among Prekindergarten students.
  • Successful Conclusion of Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief training at RIMPAC 2024 

    JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — The Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) portion of the multinational joint exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2024 has come to a successful close, July 15. HADR is a military cooperation that aims to save lives, reduce suffering, and resolve emergencies during natural disasters. This year, nine nations actively participated: Canada, Chile, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Republic of Korea (ROK), Singapore and the United States.

  • USS Gridley, Partner Nations Hold VBSS Drill During RIMPAC 2024 

    PACIFIC OCEAN — The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) participated in a multinational visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) drill while underway July 15 during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), a large-scale international maritime exercise.

    U.S Navy Quartermaster 1st Class Alexis Wighaman, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101), left, and Mexican navy Ensign Adrian Riveroll, assigned to the Mexican Reformador-class frigate ARM Belito Juárez (POLA-101), await further instructions during a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) drill aboard the Singaporean Formidable-class stealth frigate RSS Stalwart (72) as part of Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2024, July 15.
  • USS Bulkeley Aids in Rescue of Vessel in Distress 

    NAPLES, Italy — Sailors from USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM 79) provided life-saving assistance to an adrift vessel on July 16, during routine operations in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

    240105-N-JM579-1885 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Jan. 5, 2024) Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), participate in flight operations Jan. 5, 2024. Bulkeley is on a routine deployment conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joseph Macklin)

Naval Today Fri, 19 Jul 2024 06:11:28 +0000

USNI News Sat, 20 Jul 2024 21:09:09 +0000
  • Carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower Returns Home Following Seven-month Fight With Houthi Drones, Missiles ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER – “Home Sweet Home” by Motley Crue blasted through the ship’s speakers as Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher “Chowdah” Hill made his morning announcement. Up on the flight deck, Lee Greenwald’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine” played while sailors performed their best air guitar and the 95,000-ton carrier slowly carried 4,000 sailors home up the James River. For the last nine months, the ship’s company of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) has been almost entirely at sea. Now, the sailors could see the pier where their families
  • China’s Shandong Carrier Strike Group Wraps Up 10-Day Philippine Sea Deployment China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy Shandong Carrier Strike Group sailed back into the South China Sea on Thursday, ending a ten-day deployment to the Philippine Sea that began on July 9, Japan’s Joint Staff Office reported. On Friday, the JSO issued a news release that reported on the Shandong CSG’s activities and location on Wednesday and Thursday. The JSO had earlier issued a release covering the CSG up to Monday, but Friday’s release made no mention of why there was no observation or report for Tuesday. CNS Shandong’s (17) embarked fighter aircraft conducted a total of 20 sorties on Wednesday
  • Army Unit Deploys Hypersonic Weapon in Navy-led Exercise An Indo-Pacific-assigned U.S. Army unit designed to counter anti-access, area denial networks deployed its hypersonic missiles for the first time last month during a Navy-hosted exercise. Exercise Resolute Hunter is the U.S. Department of Defense’s only exercise dedicated to battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Since the drill’s inception in 2019, Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center has used it to train service members and participants from the Five Eyes nations to think about decision making and target selection in the kill chain. This year’s iteration included the Army’s 1st Multi-Domain Task Force. The Bravo Battery of the
  • Report to Congress on U.S. Navy Ship Names The following is the July 9, 2024, Congressional Research Service report, Navy Ship Names: Background for Congress.  From the report Summary Names for Navy ships traditionally have been chosen and announced by the Secretary of the Navy, under the direction of the President and in accordance with rules prescribed by Congress. Rules for giving certain types of names to certain types of Navy ships have evolved over time. There have been exceptions to the Navy’s ship-naming rules, particularly for the purpose of naming a ship for a person when the rule for that type of ship would have called for
  • Chinese PLAN and Russian Navy Finish South China Sea Exercise China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy and the Russian Navy wrapped up a joint exercise in the South China Sea and a separate joint naval patrol this week.  The two navies finished what the PLAN calls Joint Sea 2024, which is known as Maritime Interaction 2024 to the Russians. The drills began on Monday in the South China Sea, near the southern China city of Zhanjiang. The city is also the headquarters of the PLAN South Sea Fleet, from where the PLAN and Russian ships taking part in the exercise departed. The drills included Russian Navy corvettes RFS Gromkiy (335) and
  • Navy Exonerates 256 Black Defendants for Actions Following 1944 Port Chicago Explosion Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro announced the full exoneration of the remaining 256 Black defendants of the 1944 Port Chicago general and summary courts-martial that followed a disastrous explosion at the California ammunition-handling facility. Del Toro made the announcement Wednesday on the 80th anniversary of the disaster that claimed 320 lives, injured 400 others, destroyed a train and two cargo ships – SS Quinault Victory and SS E.A. Bryan – and caused damage to the nearby town of Port Chicago. After the latest review of the case and related materials, the General Counsel of the Navy concluded that there were
  • Report to Congress on Gerald R. Ford Aircraft Carrier Program The following is the July 12, 2024, Congressional Research Service report, Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress. From the report The aircraft carriers CVN-78, CVN-79, CVN-80, CVN-81, and CVN-82 are the first five ships in the Navy’s new Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs). The Navy’s proposed FY2025 budget requests $2,143.9 million (i.e., about $2.1 billion) in procurement funding for Ford-class ships, including $236.0 million for CVN-79, $1,186.9 million for CVN-80, and $721.0 million for CVN-81. The Navy’s FY2025 budget submission proposes deferring the procurement of the fifth ship in
  • USS Boxer Back on Deployment After Repairs Amphibious warship USS Boxer (LHD-4) is underway and has resumed its deployment after an emergency rudder repair, USNI News has learned. Boxer left San Diego, Calif., on Tuesday, according to ship spotters. Boxer was there after a brief port visit to fuel and crane off an MV-22B that was damaged in a deck-handling mishap, a Navy spokesperson told USNI News. “Following a successful operational test of its rudders, the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4) and embarked elements of the 15 Marine Expeditionary Unit departed San Diego, conducting pre-deployment training and operations in U.S. 3rd Fleet,” reads a July 14
  • Pentagon Announces End to Gaza Pier Operation The temporary U.S. military pier built to ferry aid to civilians in Gaza will shut down and the international community will now deliver aid to Israel’s Ashdod port, officials announced Wednesday. “Our assessment is that the temporary pier has achieved its intended effect: to surge a very high volume of aid into Gaza and ensure that aid reaches the civilians in Gaza in a quick manner,” Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, told reporters Wednesday. The aid delivered to Ashdod, an Israeli port north of Gaza, will need to move into Gaza through land crossings.
  • Gen. C.Q. Brown Visits Philippines, Tours EDCA Site Ahead of New Projects Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. C.Q. Brown touched down in the Philippines on Tuesday for the first stop of his second trip to the Indo-Pacific to discuss security cooperation with Washington’s oldest treaty ally in the region. Meetings with Philippine Chief of Staff Gen. Romeo Brawner, Secretary of National Defense Gilbert Teodoro and National Security Advisor Eduardo M. Año included talks facing regional security challenges and on strengthening the alliance through bilateral defense cooperation. These discussions also included “assessments of the regional security environment, including recent events in the vicinity of Second Thomas Shoal,” according to a
  • GAO Report on U.S. Army Modernization The following is the July 15, 2024, Government Accountability Office report, Army Modernization: Actions Needed to Support Fielding New Equipment. From the report What GAO Found The Army’s new approach to generate ready forces, the Regionally Aligned Readiness and Modernization Model (ReARMM), is key to the Army realizing its modernization investments. These investments have totaled $46.5 billion since fiscal year 2021. The Army has adopted new acquisition approaches to rapidly develop multiple types of modernized equipment, which it has categorized into six modernization priorities. Using ReARMM, the Army had fielded six new priority equipment efforts as of November 2023, with
  • China’s Aircraft Carrier Shandong Launches 240 Sorties in Philippine Sea China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy Shandong Carrier Strike Group conducted 240 fighter aircraft launches and recoveries and 140 helicopter take-offs and landings over the course of a week operating in the Philippine Sea, according to a Tuesday news release from Japan’s Joint Staff Office (JSO). The CSG is still deployed in the area. On Tuesday, the JSO issued a release covering the daily location and composition of the Shandong CSG from July 9 to Monday. Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers JS Akebono (DD-108) and JS Kirishima (DDG-174), and destroyer escort JS Jintsu (DE-230) shadowed the PLAN CSG, according to the
  • Canada Announces Plan to Buy 12 Under Ice Submarines With the high-profile backdrop of the NATO summit in Washington, D.C., Canada announced it will acquire 12 conventionally-powered submarines for the Royal Canadian Navy.  The announcement does not come as a surprise, as the government formally established the Canadian Patrol Submarine Project office in 2022 with the remit to investigate options for a follow-on submarine capability to replace the existing Victoria-class diesel-electric submarines, of which Canada operates four. These boats are former Upholder-class submarines of the U.K. Royal Navy. Canada purchased them in 1998, with the first arriving in 2000. The Victoria-class boats have experienced significant support and sustainability issues
  • Report to Congress on Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicles The following is the July 15, 2024, Congressional Research Service report, Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicles: Background and Issues for Congress. From the report Among the Navy’s programs for developing and acquiring unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) of various sizes are programs for developing two large USVs—the Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle (LUSV) and Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MUSV)—and a program for a large UUV called the Extra-Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV), also known as Orca. The Navy wants to develop and acquire LUSVs, MUSVs, and XLUUVs as part of an effort to shift the
  • HII Awarded $78M for Quality of Life Improvements at Newport News The Navy issued HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding a $ 78 million contract modification for quality-of-life improvements that includes building a facility for sailors who are working on aircraft carriers undergoing their mid-life refueling overhaul, according to Naval Sea Systems Command. The funds are for a “Carrier Refueling Overhaul Workcenter” that sailors and civilians working on the refueling and complex overhauls can use while in the yard at Newport News, NAVSEA wrote in a post to LinkedIn. “The building will provide approximately 80,000 square feet of dedicated space near the ship that will include office spaces for sailors and shipbuilders, as
  • Joint Chinese, Russian Naval Drills Start in South China Sea The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the Russian Navy launched a joint naval exercise on Sunday that will take place in the South China Sea. Also on Sunday, a separate joint naval patrol by the two navies also entered the South China Sea. Joint Sea 2024 has been an ongoing event since 2012, according to a Russian Ministry of Defense release on the exercise. The MoD added that the first joint naval exercise of the Russian Navy and the PLA Navy was held in the Yellow Sea in 2005. The exercise, launched from the southern Chinese city of Zhanjiang,
  • Navy Aegis Ashore Installation Will Play Key Role in NATO Missile Defense, Officials Say The Navy’s Aegis Ashore will play a central role in NATO’s commitment to an integrated air and missile defense, the secretary general announced at the alliance’s Washington summit. The integrated air and missile defense is part of NATO’s commitment to better meet the challenges, particularly on its eastern front posed by an aggressive Russia across all domains, Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference last week. The summit’s concluding declaration of intent called this a “360-degree approach” to deterrence and defense. The addition of Aegis Ashore in Poland will complement another land-based Aegis system in Romania, Aegis destroyers based in
  • USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 15, 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 July 15, 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 297 (USS 236, USNS 61) 103 (USS 71, USNS 32) 76 (49 Deployed, 28 Local) In the Philippine Sea USS America (LHA-6) left for an underway period last Monday, according to ship spotters and is conducting routine operations in the Philippine Sea. America will change homeports
  • USNI News Photo Gallery: USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is Back NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. – The following are photos from the return of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) from its almost nine-month deployment to the Middle East. The carrier and the embarked Carrier Air Wing 3 returned beginning with the first aircraft arriving at Naval Station Oceana, Va., on Friday. Eisenhower arrived on Sunday.    
  • Carrier Air Wing 3 Returns Back Home After High-Tempo Middle East Deployment NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA, Va. – After almost nine months of high-tempo combat against Houthi missiles and drones in the Red Sea, the nine squadrons attached to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) returned home on Friday. Flying low over this southeastern Virginia base 12 F/A-18E Super Hornets attached to the “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 touched down one by one and taxied to nearby hangars. For the families waiting close by, it was a couple more minutes in what was already a longer-than-expected wait. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin extended the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group twice,
  • Japanese Defense White Paper Warns Pacific at Greatest Risk Since WWII In its annual defense white paper released on Friday, Japan’s Ministry of Defense warned that the possibility of a situation similar to Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine occurring in the Indo-Pacific. Japan also again singling out China, North Korea and Russia as threats to Japan and the region. Meanwhile, the head of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force has resigned over misconduct by JMSDF personnel, namely routine mishandling of classified materials, fraudulent claims and having free meals at base mess halls that they were not entitled to. In the “Defense of Japan 2024” white paper, the MOD said the international community was facing
  • Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln Leaves on Deployment, USS Theodore Roosevelt Now in the Middle East With no fanfare, aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) left San Diego Bay Thursday to begin a planned Pacific deployment, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News. Ship spotters saw Lincoln depart its berth at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., on Thursday Now off the coast of California, Lincoln will embark aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 9 and serve as the flag ship for Carrier Strike Group 3. Guided missile destroyers from Destroyer Squadron 21 will join Lincoln. A Navy official confirmed USS Spruance (DDG-111) deployed with Lincoln but did not identify the guided-missile cruiser that would accompany the aircraft
  • Biden Announces More Military Aid to Ukraine, Zelensky Wants Less Restrictions on Russian Targets President Joe Biden announced on Thursday Washington is sending a second Patriot air defense system to Ukraine as part of the latest round of aid to Kyiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the $225 million aid package “strong news.” But again he asked the United States to “lift all limitations for Ukrainian soldiers” to drive the Russian forces from its territory. In the words of Zelensky’s chief political aide earlier Thursday, “Ukrainians will be happy when we win this war” by using the weapons it has to take the fight to airfields and depots deep inside Russia that support the
  • Vice Adm. Kelly Aeschbach Reflects on Leading Naval Information Forces Naval Information Forces Commander Vice Adm. Kelly Aeschbach is already preparing for her next role. Unlike her current role overseeing the Navy’s cyber type command, her next one does not require an alarm clock, time on a ship or sitting at a desk. Instead, Aeschbach plans to take some time off following her retirement from the Navy. She plans to travel with her husband around the country and to London, Aeschbach told reporters Wednesday ahead of her retirement. Aeschbach took over as commander of NAVIFOR in May 2021. Over her three years in the role, she oversaw the creation of
  • Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln’s Latest Upgrade Dials Up Crew Comfort NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND, Calif. – When the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) pulls away from its California berth for its upcoming deployment, the crew will embark with some homey creature comforts. Comforts like cushy club chairs by an electric fireplace, reliable WIFI, a gaming room, a stadium-seating movie theater. There are also phones, a pair of teal-blue rotary dial phones plain old telephone system lines, are tucked into two enclosed, sound-proofed booths. Those amenities are features of the new fully renovated library and lounge, courtesy of the USO, that have taken over three spaces of the Lincoln’s command religious
  • Navy Sets Up New Uncrewed Task Force in Europe, Africa For the past six months, the Navy has been studying the integration of uncrewed systems in a program out of Naval Forces Europe-Africa. Task Force 66, established in November, is similar to Task Force 59 in Central Command or Southern Command’s hybrid force, Rear Adm. Michael Mattis told USNI News last week. The task force is made up of 40 civilian and military personnel, according to a Navy release announcing the creation. What makes Task Force 66 different is the unique challenges of its area of responsibility, as well as its work with partners, Mattis said. Unlike the Indo-Pacific, the
  • China Sends Record Number of Military Aircraft to Drill Near Taiwan, Japan Releases Report on Helicopter Accident China surged 66 military aircraft near Taiwan over Wednesday and Thursday ­– the largest sortie for this year, according to the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense. Fifty-six aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and of those 36 People’s Liberation Army Navy’s drilled with the Shandong Carrier Strike Group, according to MND. The aircraft and seven Chinese warships were seen from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday by the MND. “Republic of Taiwan Armed Forces have monitored the situation and employed Combat Air Patrol aircraft, navy vessels and coastal missile systems in response to the detected activities,”
  • DIA Report on Iranian Weapons Smuggled to the Houthis The following is the July 10, 2024, Defense Intelligence Agency report, Seized at Sea: Iranian Weapons Smuggled to the Houthis. From the report This product provides a visual comparison of Iranian weapons and weapon components interdicted in transit to the Houthis in Yemen on 11 and 28 January 2024. Photographs of missiles displayed by the Iranians—as well as debris acquired from previous Houthi attacks, compared with those of the interdicted materiel—strongly indicate their Iranian origin. Between 2015 and 2024, the United States and its partners have interdicted at least 20 Iranian smuggling vessels, seizing ballistic, cruise, and surface-to-air missile (SAM)
  • Secretary of State Blinken Promises F-16s for Ukraine by Summer F-16 fighter aircraft will be flying over Ukraine this summer, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday as the 75th NATO’s summit got underway. The fighters will be coming from the Netherlands and Denmark, Blinken said. On the ground, new Patriot and tactical air defense systems will be in place to protect cities and critical infrastructure like power plants, he added. Air defense systems have been a priority since Russia has ramped up missile and aerial drone attacks on Ukrainian civilian targets, Blinken said while speaking at the NATO Public Forum. Several times during the discussion, Blinken mentioned this week’s
  • Marines Experiment with Next-Generation Logistics During ‘Valiant Shield’  How to meet the logistics needs of Marines and sailors in an Indo-Pacific conflict is a major question in how the U.S. could fight in the region and one that seasoned logistical leaders within I Marine Expeditionary Force began to tackle during last month’s Valiant Shield exercise. The joint, biennial exercise that ran June 7 to June 18 played out on the South Pacific island nation of Palau, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and at sea across the Navy’s Marianas Island Range Complex. This year marked its first time as a multinational exercise, and the exercise