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Timing The Opening Of A New Maritime Crossroad: The Arctic

Ship's Serviceman Seaman Recruit Jamal Powell, left, and Seaman Recruit Stephen Harmon stand forward lookout watch aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) as the ship navigates an ice field north of Iceland.

By Rear Adm. Jon White Oceanographer & Navigator of the Navy, Director Task Force Climate Change   The loss of seasonal sea ice in the Arctic will have ramifications for the U.S. Navy in terms of future missions, force structure, training and investments. To get a better handle on planning …

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New U.S. Navy Ocean Model Supports CNO’s Undersea Domain Initiative

Lt. j.g. Jeffrey Grabon launches a global drifter buoy into the Pacific Ocean from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) while underway for Pacific Partnership 2013. The buoy, belonging to the UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is used to measure ocean currents up to 15 meters in depth, sea surface temperatures, and atmospheric pressure.

By William H. Burnett, Ph.D. Deputy/Technical Director, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), recently made the argument that the U.S. must be diligent in maintaining its tactical and strategic advantages under the sea (“How the U.S. Can Maintain the Undersea Advantage,” Defense One, Oct. 2013). …

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Navy SEAL Astronaut on Space Station Interview

Navy SEAL Cmdr. Christopher J. Cassidy, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, is interviewed on the Navy Live blog by U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 2nd Class Lucas Papadakis from a studio at Defense Media Activity in Fort Meade, Md., Aug. 2, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jennifer Lebron/Released)

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the interview with U.S. Navy SEAL Cmdr. Chris Cassidy on the International Space Station. We discussed the Navy’s unmanned and manned role in space as well as Cmdr. Cassidy’s own experiences during a live interview Friday. Join the Navy conversation on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, and Flickr. …

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MUOS Satellite Improves Communications for U.S. Forces on the Move

An artist rendering of a U.S. Navy Mobile User Objective System satellite in space. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

By Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers Commander,U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/ U.S. TENTH Fleet  The Navy’s second Mobile User Objective System satellite is scheduled to be launched July 19 from Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida.     MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical communications system designed to improve communications for U.S. forces …

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Unmanned X-47B Completes First Carrier-Based Arrested Landing

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), July 10, 2013. The landing marks the first time any unmanned aircraft has completed an arrested landing at sea. George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin J. Steinberg/Released)

Below is a photo for the history books. It shows a tailless, unmanned autonomous aircraft landing on an aircraft carrier. It’s a first for the Navy.  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Wednesday’s milestone on Twitter. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed the arrested landing on the flight …

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