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Russian Attack Jets Aggressively Fly Over U.S. Destroyer In The Baltic Sea

American sailors aboard the USS Donald Cook got one intimidating air show over the Baltic Sea yesterday. Russian swing-wing Su-24 Fencers made multiple simulated attack runs on their ship. The maneuvers were said to have been “extremely aggressive” and so low that wakes were kicked up in the water below the jets, Navy…

Russia's Kirov-Class Battlecruiser Fleet Is Expanding And Becoming Far More Capable

There is no doubt that Russia’s Kirov class super-sized nuclear cruisers are charismatic fighting machines. Bristling with sensors and weaponry, and seemingly alien in design when compared to anything in the west, they are intimidating. But the truth is that they are also very dated and only one has remained in…

This Is What A Full Broadside From A Ticonderoga-Class Cruiser Looks And Sounds Like

It’s easy to think that the era of naval gunfire is long past, but that isn’t the case. With new shells, larger guns, and the soon-to-be-operational electromagnetic rail gun, a renaissance in naval gunfire is underway. Even without these advancements, existing U.S. surface combatants still pack a decent…

Exclusive: This Is The First Known Image Of DARPA's Submarine-Hunting Drone Ship

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s initiative to build a long-endurance unmanned ship that will hunt and track the quietest submarines on Earth has come to fruition. The image above is the first glimpse ever of the potentially revolutionary Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel or…

Battleships Pulled Off The Biggest Ruse Of Operation Desert Storm 25 Years Ago

During Operation Desert Storm, a creative war plan was put into action that aimed at making Saddam’s forces think that a massive beach landing on the Kuwaiti coastline was imminent. A pivotal component of this ruse was extremely heavy shelling that only the USS Missouri and USS Wisconsin’s 16 inch guns could provide.

Watch This Supercarrier Launch Jets While Passing Under The Golden Gate Bridge

Fleet Week is always a big deal in San Francisco, but just like other military showcases these days it seems somewhat tame compared to years past. Case in point, this awesome video of the USS Constellation triumphantly rippling off jets from her deck catapults just as she passes under the iconic Golden Gate bridge in…

Watch a 80-Foot Tall Boat Somehow Clear a Bridge That's Way Too Low

It’s the classic dilemma of being on a sailboat that has a 80-foot tall mast but needing to get under a bridge that only has a 65-foot clearance. The answer is obvious, right? Just strap some heavy bags to the mast so you bend the boat diagonal so it shortens the height of the ship. Instead of sailing straight, you’re…

SOLD! The Experimental Littoral Combat Ship Sea Slice Gets A New Owner And Mission

One of the stories I received the most emails about last year was my profile on Sea Slice and its liquidation. Dozens of people wanted to know how they could literally buy the ship, many of which were credible. Now, it turns out that Sea Slice is getting a second chance at life after all—and a cool new eco-friendly…

This Telling Graphic Compares Russia's Navy At The End Of The Cold War To Today 

When it comes to news, anything related to the Russian military is hot right now—there are even many headlines claiming how the U.S. should fear the Russian Navy. These pieces often take “brochure” capabilities as fact without looking at the bigger picture. This infographic gives us an idea of just how tiny the…

Navy's New Zumwalt-Class Stealth Destroyer Helps Save Fishing Boat Skipper On First Outing

The Navy’s new stealthy super-destroyer, the soon to be named USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000), already has something to be proud of, even though it just left port on its first set of sea trials last week. Early Saturday morning the intimidating-looking surface combatant assisted in a rescue operation of a nearby fishing boat…

These Stunning Photos Capture Night Ops Aboard The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 

America’s second oldest operational aircraft carrier, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is hard at work in the Atlantic training with its escorts and air wing for its next deployment. Part of this training includes executing night operations, just as they would in combat. These photos capture this colorful but…

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Shoulder-Fired Surface-To-Air Missiles Spotted Aboard Russian Navy Ship In Turkish Strait

Turkish-Russian relations are in the gutter since the downing of that attack jet, yet it is not exactly a relationship in which one party can just ignore the other. Both economies are intertwined and Russia has to pass through Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait in order to access the Mediterranean from the Black Sea. Turkey…

Check Out The Crowded Hangar Bay Aboard The Carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 

Carrier Air Wing Three deployed aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is made up of about 70 aircraft, which require many hours of maintenance per flight hour flown. When the fixes or scheduled inspection are not superficial, the aircraft is brought down to the carrier’s hangar deck. Even though this is a cavernous…

This Map Answers The Question: 'Where Are The Aircraft Carriers?'

During a time of crisis, it is often said that the first question asked by the President and other key decision makers in Washington is “where are the carriers?” This map posted over on Reddit answers that question, with the USS Harry S. Truman leaving port today for the Middle East via the Mediterranean.

NATO's biggest military exercise since the Cold War is scary impressive

Wow. This totally looks like the beginning of World War III but thankfully it’s just Operation Trident Juncture, a military exercise by NATO. But not just any old exercise, it’s the biggest military exercise NATO has done in decades and one that required 36,000 troops and more than 140 aircraft and 60 ships from over…

America's "Carrier Gap" Crisis Highlights A Need For Smaller Aircraft Carriers

The Navy is experiencing serious operational shortfalls due to running its fleet of ten aircraft carriers hard in recent years, which is one short of the mandated 11. As such, it is time for the U.S. to build smaller aircraft carriers in greater numbers than what today’s one-size-fits-all super carrier strategy…