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Not Enough Carriers

The aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) conduct a vertical replenishment. George H.W. Bush is undergoing its first underway replenishment with another aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. J.T. Schofield/Released)

In era of tight budgets, how many aircraft carriers are enough? With 11 carriers, the Navy can maintain an average of 3.5 carriers deployed, according to retired Vice Adm. Peter Daly, who commanded a carrier strike group. The average is higher than three because when one carrier is relieving another in an area of operations, […]

Add an ‘F’ to that Drone?

131109-N-SB233-218 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 9, 2013) The experimental X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) is secured by support staff in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is the third carrier to test the tailless, unmanned autonomous aircraft's ability to integrate with the carrier environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John M. Drew/Released)

Navy’s UCLASS Could Be Air to Air Fighter [US Navy director of air warfare Rear Adm. Mike] Manazir Manazir contemplated the possibility that that the UCLASS, which is primarily being designed for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike roles, could be used as a flying missile magazine which could supplement the firepower of […]

Night Osprey

ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 28, 2014) An MV-22 Osprey takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 28, 2014) An MV-22 Osprey takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation […]

More Double-V Hull Strykers

Dar Barker, a General Dynamics Land Systems retrofit chief from Puyallup, Wa., directs an armored combat vehicle outside the Stryker battle damage repair facility at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, Oct. 5. The Stryker infantry carrier vehicle had been restored after deterioration during enemy engagement in Iraq. It's the first vehicle to adopt a new desert tan color in Southwest Asia, in preparation for a planned phase out of the Stryker's current deep green color. Photo by Dustin Senger

US Plans Radical Upgrade of Stryker Brigades If the US Army can manage to keep its future budgets in line with current projections, the service will transform all nine of its Stryker brigades into the heavily armored “double V-hull” (DVH) configuration. The Army already fields two DVH brigades while a third is in the works […]

DDG 1000 USS Zumwalt

The DDG 1000 takes to the water in Bath, Maine. (General Dynamics Photo/US Navy)

Getting close: This isn’t making Murdoc feel better though: Looks more like an IT department at a naval supplier, not a nerve center on a front line warship. Maybe that’s just Murdoc being stodgy. More info from Raytheon on the DDG 1000 USS Zumwalt.

CIWS Opens Up

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 19, 2014) The guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) fires a close-in weapons system (CIWS) during a live-fire exercise. San Jacinto is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Preston Paglinawan/Released) Block 1B

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 19, 2014) The guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) fires a close-in weapons system (CIWS) during a live-fire exercise. San Jacinto is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. […]

Ranger Scan

A U.S. Army Ranger with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment scans his sector during a live-fire exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Jan. 23, 2014. The Rangers were conducting training to maintain their tactical skills and overall proficiency. (DoD photo by Pfc. Sean Carlos, U.S. Army/Released)

A U.S. Army Ranger with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment scans his sector during a live-fire exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Jan. 23, 2014. The Rangers were conducting training to maintain their tactical skills and overall proficiency. (DoD photo by Pfc. Sean Carlos, U.S. Army/Released)

Strykers arrive at Fort Carson

An eight-wheel Stryker vehicle from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment is used in a Joint Task Force-East training exercise Sept. 3, 2009, at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo/Released)

1st Armored BCT, 4th Infantry Division, is converting to Stryker: New Stryker vehicles arrive at Fort Carson “This is a great day for 1st Brigade 4th Infantry Division,” said Col. David Hodne as he surveyed a railyard packed with the new vehicles. Hodne’s brigade is trading M-1 tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles for the lighter […]

A Bit Chilly on the Flight Line

A U.S. Air Force snowplow with the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron clears the flight line at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Jan. 22, 2014, after a snowstorm brought 6 inches of snow to the area. The base continued normal operations during the storm. (DoD photo by Roland Balik, U.S. Air Force/Released)

A U.S. Air Force snowplow with the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron clears the flight line at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Jan. 22, 2014, after a snowstorm brought 6 inches of snow to the area. The base continued normal operations during the storm. (DoD photo by Roland Balik, U.S. Air Force/Released