Sleek, modern and built on a budget – Denmark’s latest frigate

Danes have a well-deserved reputation for designing and building efficient, effective ships on tight budgets. In line with the government’s desire to provide meaningful contributions to coalition and expeditionary forces, their newest ships have been designed to deploy well beyond Europe. In recent years the Danish Navy has commissioned five impressive, modern warships fitted with…

Dropping The Top – Destroyer MICHAEL MONSOOR Gets A Deckhouse

It was a dark and stormy night – – really — on the evening of November 13-14 in Bath, Maine, home of shipbuilders Bath Iron Works. Rain turned to snow as the shipyard prepared to execute one of the trickiest maneuvers in the construction of DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers – placing the prefabricated deckhouse onto the…

This just in – Iran’s reverse-engineered RQ-170 drone flies

Iran has released video of what it claims to be a reverse-engineered version of a captured RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aircraft. The jet — pretty loud jet at that — is seen flying overhead multiple times. The two-minute thirteen second video then shows numerous air-to-air views of the aircraft, apparently from a helicopter chase plane. The…

F-35C Carrier Variant Is At Sea – Finally!

With US Navy test pilot Commander Tony Wilson at the controls, an F-35C Lightning II of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) lined up on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off the California coast early Monday afternoon and swooped in to make the first arrested carrier landing of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) carrier variant. It…

Another Joint High Speed Vessel launched

Another Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) was launched from Austal USA’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard at the end of September, marking a half-way point in the construction of ten all-aluminum JHSVs for the US Navy. The Trenton (JHSV 5) was floated over a two-day period in a process involving several contractors. On Sept. 29, Berard Transportation…

US Navy’s Triton UAV: 3,300 Miles Cross-Country – Unmanned

US Navy’s new Triton UAV makes first cross-country flight The US Navy’s new MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft completed its first cross-country flight on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2014, taking about 11 hours to fly 3,290 nautical miles from Palmdale, California, to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Flying in restricted conditions through US…

New US Ship News – Subs delivered and christened; big amphib on shakedown, new patrol boat handed over and more

USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN 784) prepares to get underway for sea trials in the predawn hours of an August morning. (General Dynamics Electric Boat/US Navy) It’s been a busy summer for US shipbuilders, with ships delivered or launched for the US Navy, Coast Guard and Military Sealift Command, and new research ships launched for academic…