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A Return to Sea Control

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 19, 2016) USS Coronado (LCS 4), an Independence-variant littoral combat ship, launches the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Bryce Hadley/Released)

By Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden Commander, Naval Surface Forces Speaking from the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) in 1963, President John F. Kennedy addressed the crew of the carrier and stated, “Any country which wishes to protect its security and the security of those allied with it …

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U.S. Naval Academy’s 2016 Ship Selection Night

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Jan. 29, 2015) U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 1st Class Michael Lemonick chooses the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) for his first assignment during Ship Selection Night in Mahan Hall. Ship Selection is the culmination of the service assignment process for Naval Academy midshipmen assigned to serve as Navy Surface Warfare Officers. Upon reporting to their first ship after graduation and commissioning, they will be in charge of any number of shipboard operations and activities while at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Wilkes/Released)

It’s a big night for approximately 250 U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen in the Class of 2016 who will serve as surface warfare officers (SWOs) upon graduation and commissioning. They’ll pick their first ship and homeport during the academy’s annual Ship Selection Night, which you can watch below. It’s scheduled to start tonight (Jan. 28) …

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Building and Programming the Navy’s Surface Vision

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 17, 2015) Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) steams through the Atlantic after conducting a photo exercise with aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). UNITAS 2015, the U.S. Navy's longest running annual multinational maritime exercise, is part of the Southern Seas deployment planned by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. This iteration of UNITAS is conducted in two phases: UNITAS PACIFIC, hosted by Chile in October 2015 and UNITAS Atlantic hosted by Brazil in Nov.. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Nelson/Released)

By Lt. j.g. Kara Yingling U.S. Navy Office of Information Yesterday, the Surface Navy Association kicked off their 28th annual symposium. This year’s theme is “The Surface Warfare Strategy: A View Beyond the Horizon.” Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, commander, Surface Warfare Division, OPNAV N96, and Maj. Gen. Christopher Owens, director, …

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