Video: Russian Destroyer ‘Aggressively Approached’ U.S. Navy Ship in Arabian Sea – Fifth Fleet

A Russian Navy ship made an aggressive approach on a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the Arabian Sea on Thursday, the Navy’s Fifth Fleet said in a statement. Russia has denied the incident, according to news reports. The USS Farragut (DDG 99) was conducting routine operations in the northern Arabian Sea when it was “aggressively approached” by a Russian Navy … [Read more...]

Fincantieri Marinette Marine Awarded U.S. Navy Contract to Build Four Warships for Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Navy has officially awarded a Lockheed Martin-led team a multi-billion dollar contract to construct four warships for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships will be constructed at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin, where the Navy’s Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships are constructed. The 118-meter … [Read more...]

Navy Proposal Throws Wrench in Trump’s Pledge for a 355-Ship Fleet

By Tony Capaccio (Bloomberg) --The White House budget office is pressing the Navy to stick to a campaign pledge by Donald Trump to work toward fielding a fleet of more than 350 ships after its initial proposal for the next fiscal year fell short. The Navy proposal called for a 287-ship fleet by fiscal year 2025 -- the last year of a potential second Trump administration, … [Read more...]

Flawed Bridge Technology Set The USS McCain Up For Disaster

By T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose, Robert Faturechi and Agnes Chang (ProPublica) Dakota Bordeaux had rarely traveled outside his home state of Oklahoma before he joined the Navy in February 2017. He’d certainly never seen the ocean. But only four months later, Bordeaux was standing at the helm of the USS John S. McCain, steering the 8,300-ton destroyer through the western … [Read more...]