40 Years Ago Today The Enterprise Headed Home After Evacuating Saigon

This shot was taken exactly 40 years ago, capturing the USS Enterprise sailing back to the states after a Pacific cruise that included the evacuation of Saigon. The green CH-53s sitting on the “Big E’s” bow were hitching a ride back to the states. Those little dots in front of them?Sunbathers enjoying the breeze, seas… » 5/20/15 7:25pm 5/20/15 7:25pm

The 218-Year-Old Constitution Is Getting A Refit In Its Ancient Dry Dock

After standing guard on Boston Harbor for nearly twenty years, the centuries old USS Constitution, the U.S. Navy’s symbolic flagship and floating museum will be put into her almost equally as vintage dry dock for inspections and repairs to her wooden hull and complex rigging. » 5/18/15 6:03pm 5/18/15 6:03pm

U.S. Confronts China Over S. China Sea But No Bombers Based In Australia

There was a an internet frenzy on Thursday when some outlets reported that B-1 bombers would be forward deployed to Australia to counterbalance China’s ‘destabilizing’ effect on the region. This sounded inaccurate, and it was, but the US confronting China over its plans in the South China Sea isn’t. » 5/15/15 4:12pm 5/15/15 4:12pm

Navy Hornets Mock-Dogfight With Malaysian Flankers In South China Sea

With Malaysia operating Russian and U.S. made designs alongside one another, including the thrust vectoring Su-30MKM Flanker, U.S. fighter crews love to get a chance to spar with their increasingly close Asian ally. This is exactly what the Carl Vinson Strike Group did Sunday while churning through the strategic South… » 5/12/15 2:39pm 5/12/15 2:39pm

The USS Stennis Is A Fortress At Sea: By The Numbers

This shot of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) exemplifies the idea that nuclear super carriers are really fortresses at sea. Not to mention that they are some of mankind’s largest and definitely most complex inventions. Here are some “by the numbers” eye opening facts about the USS John C. Stennis:
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Seafaring "Salty Goat" Sinks Navy Cruiser Captain's Career

It is a story about a ‘colorful’ Skipper of a Ticonderoga-Class Guided Missile Cruiser and a little Pygmy Goat that got the ride of its life across the Pacific Ocean. It has brought controversy and instability to a crew, heavy media attention to a goat, and the end of said Skipper’s career, and we have an inside… » 5/03/15 2:06pm 5/03/15 2:06pm

US Navy Will Escort US Commerical Ships Through The Straits Of Hormuz

Although the government seems quick to downplay the seizure of the Marshall Islands flagged container ship Maersk Tigris by Iranian gunboats on Tuesday, U.S. Navy ships in the region have now been ordered to escort American affiliated cargo ships through the volatile Straits of Hormuz. » 5/01/15 10:00am 5/01/15 10:00am

This Shot Makes A Nimitz Class Super Carrier Look Like A Star Destroyer 

This unique angle of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as it pulls alongside a Replenishment Oiler looks like something right out of Star Wars. All the vents, hangar bay openings, crew stations, antennas, emergency rafts, conduits and other details underline just how massive and complex of a machine a Super Carrier… » 4/29/15 4:54pm 4/29/15 4:54pm

Iran Fires On And Boards Maersk Cargo Ship Transiting Straits Of Hormuz

The container ship Maersk Tigris was ordered to stop its transit through the Straits of Hormuz by Iranian gunboats. When it didn’t, the Iranian ships fired shots in front of its bow, which promptly brought the ship to a halt. It was subsequently bordered and seized, and now the US Destroyer Farragut is speeding to the… » 4/28/15 7:15pm 4/28/15 7:15pm

Someone Trapped This Destroyer Inside A Rainbow

The USS Porter is encased in a rainbow during exercise Joint Warrior taking place off the coast of Scotland. Joint Warrior is biannual training event led by the UK and is considered Europe’s largest military exercise, bringing 55 ships and 70 aircraft together for elaborate NATO-centric combined arms operations.
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This Drone Footage Of The USS Ranger On The Way To Its Death Is Haunting

After failed attempts to save the USS Ranger for use as a museum ship, the storied Forestal Class carrier, the same one from the opening shots of Top Gun, is on its way around to Brownsville, Texas where it will be recycled. During a stop off of Balboa, CA, someone with a hobby drone shot this incredible footage. » 4/14/15 10:20am 4/14/15 10:20am

Navy Builds Ship For F-35, Ship Needs Months Of Upgrades To Handle F-35 

The Navy’s USS America, the first of her class, was controversially optimized to handle the F-35, leaving out the multi-purpose well deck traditionally found on ‘Gator Navy’ flattops. Now, just months after her commissioning, she already needs 40 weeks of upgrades just to handle the very aircraft she was designed for. » 4/13/15 7:31pm 4/13/15 7:31pm

How Washington State Could Turn Aircraft Carriers Into Bridges

Washington State just received federal funds to study a totally unique toll bridge concept, one made out of decommissioned US Navy Super Carriers. The bridge would consist of two or three carriers and would link Bremerton and Port Orchard, Washington, spanning the Sinclair Inlet. » 4/10/15 11:33am 4/10/15 11:33am

DARPA's Unmanned Submarine Stalker Could Change Naval Warfare Forever

In 2010, DARPA announced that it wanted to create a surface dwelling unmanned sub hunter stalker, otherwise known as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, or ACTUV for short. Fast forward five years and the prototype is about to set sail. What comes next could be a revolution in naval warfare. » 4/04/15 2:20pm 4/04/15 2:20pm

USS Fitzgerald Races Through The Water During Underway Replenishment

This amazing photograph, posted by the US Mission to NATO, shows the Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) pulling alongside the oiler USNS Pecos during an underway replenishment operation. A good tripod, some awesome timing, and a long shutter lag, and we are transported right into the high-seas… » 3/29/15 11:42am 3/29/15 11:42am