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Navy Responds to Debate Over the Size of the SSBN Force

The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay after three months at sea, March 20, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Kimber/Released)

By Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge Director, Undersea Warfare, OPNAV N97 There has been a good deal of conversation recently debating the size of the Navy’s ballistic missile submarine force and need for a nuclear deterrent. Some of the information used in this reporting references SSBN patrol data available to the …

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Old, but Not Outdated: Mine Countermeasures

Mineman 3rd Class Joseph Gibson, left, classifies contracts on the AN/SQQ-32 variable depth mine hunting detection and classification sonar from the combat information center aboard the mine countermeasures ship USS Warrior (MCM 10), Sept. 22, 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lewis Hunsaker/Released)

Representatives from 41 nations have gathered in the Arabian Gulf for International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2013, a training exercise on how to keep the seas free of mines. By United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander Staff In a world of high-tech missiles, radars, stealth design and navigation systems, the simple mine is often seen …

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Unmanned X-47B Completes First Carrier-Based Launch

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), May 14. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman by Alan Radecki/Released)

U.S. Navy aviation achieved a historic milestone today. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia, May 14.   The unmanned aircraft launched from the deck of George H.W. Bush at …

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Mine Warfare and the Global Mine Threat

Mineman 3rd Class Joseph Gibson, left, classifies contracts as Mineman 1st Class Yancy Forbes detects contacts on the AN/SQQ-32 variable depth mine hunting detection and classification sonar from the combat information center aboard the mine countermeasures ship USS Warrior (MCM 10), Sept. 22, 2012 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lewis Hunsaker/Released)

Representatives from 41 nations have gathered in the Arabian Gulf for International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 13. Participants will exercise a wide spectrum of defensive operations designed to protect international commerce and trade; mine countermeasures, maritime security operations and maritime infrastructure protection. In this blog, Capt. Andrew Elvin, UK MCM (Bahrain), and deputy commander, CTF52, …

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