How the Granddaddy of US Recon Planes is Helping Search for Flight 370

The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 off the coast of Vietnam has prompted a massive multinational maritime search for hints of the plane's fate. Among the growing armada of surface and aerial search vessels is the US Navy's venerable P-3C Orion, a long-range surveillance platform still just as effective today as it was in the early Cold War. Read More >>

The Future of War is Here: US Navy is Getting Giant Lasers on a Ship

The US Navy is saying a prototype of the solid state Laser Weapons System (LaWS) is ready for deployment. This summer in the Persian Sea, the USS Ponce will be outfitted with lasers that can shoot down aerial drones, speedboats and swarm boats that are miles away. It's going to be Star Wars in the open sea. Read More >>

The World's First Nuclear Submarine is 60 Years Old

The USS Nautilus (SSN-571) (which this week celebrated its 60th birthday) was the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. Its atomic fuel source gave for the U.S Navy a dramatic increase in both range and operational flexibility. A few years later, the USS Nautilus achieved another historical first: she was the first vessel to complete a submerged transit to the North Pole, on 3 August 1958. Read More >>

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The US Navy's Newest "Pickup Truck of the Sea" Just Launched

The USNS Fall River, the fourth vessel in the US Navy's new Spearhead-class of high-speed, shallow-draft transport catamarans launched for the first time over the weekend. This multi-function catamaran will transport cargo up to troops between ports. Read More >>

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This Cold War "Mining" Barge Was Really Built to Steal Soviet Subs

When an advanced Soviet submarine sank in the Pacific in 1968, the CIA decided to risk World War III on a daring covert mission, using this massive barge to raise the sunken vessel and pry out its secrets. Read More >>

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America's Largest Carbon Fiber Ship is a Seafaring Speed Demon

The answer to designing ships that are both fast and stable has traditionally been to make the vessels as narrow as possible (to reduce drag) and sit them lower in the water (to reduce the buffeting effects of plowing through waves). But US Navy's M80 Stiletto is not your typical ship. Combining cutting edge construction and a unique hull design, this fast attack boat can cut through rough seas like a hot knife through drawn butter. Read More >>

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What the US Navy Shoots for Target Practice

The US Navy has long relied on radio controlled drones, like the MW-36A aerial drone or pilotless firefish, for bombing and gunnery exercises and, before that, used older ships no longer fit for combat for target practice. Today, the Pacific Targets and Marine Operations Division (PTMO) handles the operations of all airborne and seaborne targets used by the Navy. The division operates out of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) at Point Mugu and Port Hueneme in Southern California and runs the targeting logistics at Point Mugu Sea Test Range and Southern California Offshore Range near San Clemente, as well as a number of open ocean events. From modified jet skis to remote controlled cargo ships, if the US armada needs to shoot it, the PTMO will supply it. Read More >>

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Naval Aircraft Carriers Could Become Floating 3D Printing Factories

These days, the mention of 3D-printed weapons conjures up visions of libertarians printing AK-47s in their garages (ok, that might just be me). But a recent story in the Armed Forces Journal brings word of a more systematic implementation of 3D-printed warfare. Read More >>

The US Navy is Testing a Centralised Drone-Control System (A.K.A. Skynet)

'A centralised control computer for robots on land, air or sea' sounds suspiciously like the Terminator-wiki description of Skynet. But actually, it's just the SparkNotes version of the US Navy's latest test project, the Common Control System, which is going to kill us all. Read More >>

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The Biggest Aircraft Carrier in the World Looks Here Like a Tiny Model

I love this photo of the USS John C. Stennis, a nuclear supercarrier. It looks like a tiny model thanks to the F-18's exhaust fumes, which distort the air above part of the deck and turns the image into a bit of a tilt-shift photo. Read More >>

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The USS Zumwalt Deck Looks Like a Part of an Imperial Star Destroyer

This image is so unreal that it feels like a sci-fi illustration more than a photo. It looks like part of a spaceship—perhaps some structure from an Imperial Star Destroyer—instead of the 1,000-ton deckhouse of the United States' new destroyer USS Zumwalt. Read More >>

What Would You Do With a Fleet of Mine-Hunting Dolphins?

For decades, the US Navy has had a crack team of highly intelligent (and very cute) dolphins swimming around, trained to find naval mines before they blow up something big and expensive. Now, though, their time has come: like a naval Batman at the end of a fishy version of The Dark Knight, they're no longer needed. Read More >>

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This Video Filmed By an Aircraft Carrier Crew Looks Better Than Top Gun

Beautiful timelapses and awesome angles shot with GoPros inside F-18 cockpits. That's what you will find in this video filmed by the men and women of the US Navy. I'm amazed at the skill of these people. It starts slow, but keep watching and it soon gets awesome. Worth of a Top Gun reboot. Read More >>

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Stunning Image of US Navy Nuclear Supercarrier Skidding Like Crazy Over the Atlantic

This photo of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman is incredible—and it looks like a lot of fun too. I imagine the helmsman pushing the rudder and whispering "wowwheeeee!" Read More >>

This Is the US Navy's New Spy Plane

The US Navy just got a new spy plane. Its name is MQ-4C Triton, and it has been created by Northrop Grumman for "Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance data collection and dissemination capability to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force." Read More >>

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The US Navy Had a Hoverboard Waaaay Before Marty McFly

If you think Back To the Future 2 was the first time the world was introduced to the concept of hoverboards, think again. As far back as 1955, the US Navy was demonstrating its own hoverboard concept, but unfortunately it wasn't as slick as Hollywood had envisioned them to be. Read More >>


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