US, Indian and Japanese naval forces have wound up their latest Malabar joint exercise in the Bay of Bengal. This year's exercise -- involving 95 aircraft, two submarines and 16 ships including the USS Nimitz -- took on added significance amid new assertiveness by China.
After decades of sometimes frustrating research, the Navy has deployed its first effective laser weapon. The Laser Weapons System, or LaWS, aboard the Austin-class amphibious transport ship USS Ponce has demonstrated it can precisely target and disable the engines on hostile vessels or shoot down small aircraft.
The crew of the USS Gerald R. Ford is literally writing the book of operations for the aircraft carrier. It's a project as massive as the ship, with the need to figure out many new systems that have yet to be tested in combat.
Rear Adm. Jesse A. Wilson Jr. has assumed command of Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, succeeding Rear Adm. Patrick A. Piercey. Wilson previously led the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group during the first few months of a 2016 deployment, leaving that for work in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Three Chinese naval vessels staged live-fire exercises in the Mediterranean on their way to a joint exercise with the Russian navy. The exercise served as a geographic illustration of China's extended military capability.
Small surface combatants, somewhat neglected in the recent past, are likely to form the heart of the Navy's drive for its Future Surface Combatant family of ships. The smaller vessels conform to a variety of assessments that anticipate future operating environments saturated with sophisticated surveillance and detection in which survival will depend on small, dispersed combat units with advantages of speed and stealth.
A report commissioned by Congress recommends four new heavy icebreakers for the Coast Guard, with three to provide a continuous presence in the Arctic and one to serve the Antarctic. The report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine notes that contracting for four of the ships will also reduce operational and maintenance costs.
Pearl Harbor was the site as the Navy commissioned the USS John Finn, its first new Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in five years. The ship is the 63rd of its type, capable of carrying out air, surface and subsurface battles at the same time.
A $3 billion project spanning 19 years is underway in Cleveland; it will divert nearly all the stormwater and raw sewage that currently reaches Lake Erie and its tributaries. The project comprises 21 miles of tunnels under the city and inner suburbs and is designed to make the lake safe enough to swim in.
Since 2010, sediment basins and more than a dozen ponds have been built to mitigate erosion and slow sediment from reaching Iowa's 174-acre Lake Geode. Engineers now plan to drain the lake through a 24-inch pipe and reconstruct the lake bottom to create a healthier body of water.
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