USNS Charles Drew Conducts FONOP on South Korea

On March 31 (local time) USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of the Kuk-To Island, consistent with international law. This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging the Republic of Korea’s excessive straight baseline claim. U.S. Forces operate in…

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Coast Guard commissions newest National Security Cutter

March 19, 2021 – USCGC Stone (WMSL 758) became the Coast Guard’s newest national security cutter during a commissioning ceremony Friday at Coast Guard Base Charleston. Adm. Karl Schultz, the commandant U.S. Coast Guard, presided over the ceremony. Ms. Laura Cavallo, the grandniece of the ship’s namesake and ship’s sponsor, was also in attendance. The cutter’s namesake comes from Cmdr.…

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Navy, Marine Corps Release Unmanned Campaign Plan

March 16, 2021 – The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps released the Unmanned Campaign framework today. The Unmanned Campaign Plan represents the Navy and Marine Corps’ strategy for making unmanned systems a trusted and integral part of warfighting. Through a capabilities-based approach we can build a future where unmanned systems are at the front lines of our competitive advantage. The…

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BMT to Conduct Industry Studies for Navy T-ARC(X) Cable Ship Program

March 8, 2021 – BMT has been awarded a prime contract to conduct industry studies for the U.S. Navy’s T-ARC(X) cable ship replacement program. The contract consists of capability and cost trade studies in key areas, investigation of options to maximize affordability and producibility, and development of a concept design. BMT’s partners on this project include Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG),…

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