Top US Navy Admiral Says “None Of The Promised Reforms Are Complete”

by Robert Faturechi and T. Christian Miller (ProPublica) Sen. Angus King wanted some straight answers. At a Feb. 12 hearing of a panel of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he expressed alarm over recent revelations concerning two deadly collisions of Navy ships in the Pacific in 2017. King, a Maine independent, declared the accidents avoidable and questioned the Navy’s … [Read more...]

USS Fitzgerald: A Warship Doomed By Its Own Navy

By T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose and Robert Faturechi (ProPublica) A little after 1:30 a.m. on June 17, 2017, Alexander Vaughan tumbled from his bunk onto the floor of his sleeping quarters on board the Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald. The shock of cold, salty water snapped him awake. He struggled to his feet and felt a torrent rushing past his thighs. Around him, sailors … [Read more...]

World Court Says U.K. Should Cede Control Of Islands Surrounding Diego Garcia

by Kamlesh Bhuckory (Bloomberg) The International Court of Justice said the U.K. should hand back to Mauritius control of an Indian Ocean archipelago where a key U.S. naval base is located. “The U.K.’s continued administration of the Chagos archipelago “is an unlawful act of a continuing character,” court President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf said in The Hague. “Accordingly … [Read more...]

Iran Fires Missile From Submarine In Gulf War Games

by Raissa Kasolowsky (Reuters) - Iran successfully tested a cruise missile on Sunday during naval exercises near the Strait of Hormuz, Iran’s state media reported, at a time of heightened tensions with the United States. Tehran has in the past threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route at the mouth of the Gulf, in retaliation for any hostile U.S. … [Read more...]

Why Will All US Navy Ships Start Flying The Union Jack?

A US Navy order released on Thursday directs all ships of the fleet to start flying the union jack. Not to be confused with the national flag of the United Kingdom the Union Jack of the United States is a maritime flag representing United States nationality flown on the jackstaff in the bow of American vessels that are moored or anchored. The U.S. Navy is a prime user of … [Read more...]