US Navy Commissions Destroyer USS Thomas Hudner

US Navy Commissions Destroyer USS Thomas Hudner

On December 1, the U.S. Navy commissioned its newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116). Its name honors Captain Thomas J. Hudner Jr., a naval aviator in…

Norwegian Aegis Frigate Struck by Oil Tanker Sinks

Norwegian Aegis Frigate Struck by Oil Tanker Sinks

On November 8, a Norwegian Aegis-equipped Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate collided with an oil tanker flagged from Malta after completing exercises as a part of the Trident Juncture wargames. The ship…

South Korea To Purchase SM-3 Interceptors

South Korea To Purchase SM-3 Interceptors

On October 12, South Korea‘s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) announced at a parliamentary audit their plan to purchase SM-3 interceptors to counter North Korea’s ballistic missiles. A decision “for…

Japan Launches Upgraded Aegis Missile Destroyer

Japan Launches Upgraded Aegis Missile Destroyer

On July 30, Japan launched JS Maya (DDG-179), an upgraded Atago-class Aegis destroyer which will serve the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. The ship will be equipped with Cooperative Engagement Capability, “a…

US Navy Chief Advocates for Land-based BMD

US Navy Chief Advocates for Land-based BMD

On June 12, speaking at the U.S. Naval War College, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson advocated for a transition from regular naval ballistic missile defense patrols to land-based…

US Arleigh Burke Destroyer Tests SM-2

US Arleigh Burke Destroyer Tests SM-2

On May 28, USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) tested a Standard Missile (SM-2), two days after the ship’s deployment with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG). According to a Navy news…