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Six Things to Know About USS Taylor (FFG 50)

MAYPORT, Fla. (May 8, 2015) Sailors disembark from the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) for the last time during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Mayport. Taylor was commissioned Dec. 1, 1984, in Bath, Maine and is being decommissioning after 30 years of service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Andrew Hays/Released)

USS Taylor concluded after 30 years of service to the Navy during a decommissioning ceremony led by Cmdr. Joel Rodriguez, commanding officer, held May 8 at Naval Station Mayport. USS Taylor is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate. The crew completed its final deployment Aug. 9, 2014, to the U.S. 6th and 4th …

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Want to Get Underway?

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) provides a sea-going platform for a UH-60A Black Hawk from Army 25th Combat Aviation Brigade to conduct deck landing qualifications off the coast of Hawaii, Nov. 25, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio P. Turretto Ramos/Released)

By Cmdr. Matt Kawas USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) Crew 103 Commanding Officer U.S. Navy Sailors have sailed the open seas, around the world, around the clock for the past 239 years. But have you ever wondered what it’s like to be on a warship in the middle of the …

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Distributed Lethality: The Beginning of the Beginning

ARLINGTON, Va. (Jan. 13, 2015) Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, commander of Naval Surface Forces, discusses up-and-coming warfighting technologies during the 27th annual Surface Navy Association (SNA) National Symposium.

By Vice Adm. Tom Rowden  Commander U.S. Naval Surface Forces Earlier this month in the U.S. Naval Institute’s “Proceedings Magazine,” Rear Admirals Pete Fanta and Pete Gumataotao and I introduced the idea of “Distributed Lethality,” and then we followed it up at last week’s Surface Navy Association (SNA) National Symposium with presentations designed to continue the discussion. After a couple days …

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DDG 1000: Future is here

The Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer DDG 1000 is floated out of dry dock at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard.

By Capt. David M. McFarland, USN Deputy Director, Surface Warfare, N96B As 2014 draws to a close, we begin to focus on some of the important strides forward the Surface Force will make in the coming year, specifically the commissioning and initial operational testing of the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), …

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