Ships

US to pay $9.5b for two N-subs

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The U.S. Navy is poised to ink almost $10.4 billion in contracts with General Dynamics Electric Boat to procure the first two Columbia-class ballistic...

French sub burns in fierce fire

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One of France’s six Rubis-class nuclear-powered submarines, the Perle, burned for more than 14 hours “in an unbelievably fierce fire” June 12 in dry...

HMS Queen Elizabeth set for strike operations

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Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has been declared “trained and safe” to conduct carrier strike operations, the UK Defence Journal reports. Cdre Steve Moorhouse, Commander...

US Navy calls up reservists to shipyards

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The Navy is activating 1,629 reservists to help reduce a carrier and submarine maintenance backlog at its public shipyards that is exacerbated by COVID-19,...

Disaster relief and drugs mission to Caribbean

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HMS Medway and RFA Argus have come together for the first time on demanding disaster relief exercises in the Caribbean, the Royal Navy reports....

Repaired USS Fitzgerald heads to new home

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Nearly three years to the day after the warship Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel off Japan, drowning seven U.S. sailors, the guided-missile destroyer...

USS Nimitz heads to sea after quarantine

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The aircraft carrier Nimitz and portions of its strike group left San Diego Monday for a deployment, the Navy Times reports. Navy officials declined to say where...

N-subs and strategic stability in Indo-Pacific

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By Stephan Frühling* No other weapon system embodies the menacing, but also out-of-sight, presence of nuclear weapons better than the stealthy nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines...

The South Pacific strategic alliance

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By Richard Kouyoumdjian Inglis* Recently the Chilean Navy took control of the former HMAS “Melbourne” and HMAS “Newcastle” and renamed them “Capitán Prat” and “Almirante...

Italian carriers with little to carry

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She squeezed through the narrow channel at the Maritime Military Arsenal in Taranto, Italy, all 27,000 tons of her. It was May 6,...