Last week's frightening incident in the Baltic Sea, where Russian warplanes repeatedly buzzed the destroyer USS Donald Cook over a two-day period, left many Americans wondering why the U.S. Navy didn't simply splash the SU-24 attack aircraft. According to a report in Reuters, Russia accused the United States on Wednesday of intimidation by sailing a U.S. naval destroyer close to Russia's border in the Baltics and warned that the Russian military would respond with "all necessary measures" to any future incidents. Alexander Grushko, Moscow's ambassador, however, saw the issue differently. Speaking after a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council, the first such gathering in almost two years, Grushko said the incidents underscored that ties between both sides could not improve until NATO withdraws from Russia's borders. "This is about attempts to exercise military pressure on Russia," Grushko told reporters. "We will take all necessary measures, precautions, to compensate for these attempts to use military force." While the jets were unarmed, they certainly endangered the ship and the Polish helicopter crew that was practicing takeoff and landing procedures, by flying so close and so aggressively. Obviously, Navy commanders didn't wish to risk a reprisal that may well have been ordered by Russian forces if the Cook had fired on the jets.
The NATO buildup in the Black Sea is part of the alliance's strategy to expand its military presence along Russia's borders. The move would destabilize the situation in the region, says a report in Sputnik. Russian state media reported earlier this month that the USS Porter, a U.S. naval destroyer, had entered the Black Sea on a routine deployment, a move it said raised hackles in Moscow because it had recently been fitted with a new missile system.
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) completed and launched Korea’s first 7,600-ton class Aegis destroyer. The launching ceremony for the ship was held May 25, 2007. In attendance were President Roh Mu-hyun, First Lady Kwon Yang-sook, Minister of Defense Kim Jang-soo, Chief of Naval Operations Song Young-moo, Chairman of the Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff Kim Kwan-jin, commissioner of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration Lee Sun-hee, Mayor of Ulsan Park Maeng-woo, CEO of HHI Choi Kil-seon
Hatteland Display announce that our 20.1 inch NMD, full naval display, has been selected,for the C4 environment aboard the new Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers. The Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) project, also known as SEA 4000, will provide the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with three technologically advanced air warfare destroyers. The work is led by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance (AWD) which comprises the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), ASC and Raytheon Australia.
Today in U.S. Naval History - November 25 1775 - Continental Congress authorizes privateering. 1943 - In Battle of Cape St. George, five destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 23 (Captain Arleigh Burke) intercept five Japanese destroyers and sink three and damage one without suffering any damage. 1961 - Commissioning of USS Enterprise (CVN-65), the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, at Newport News, Va. For more information about naval history
Today in U.S. Naval Hostory - March 6 1822 - USS Enterprise captures four pirate ships in Gulf of Mexico 1862 - USS Monitor departed New York for Hampton Roads, Va. 1942 - U.S. Cruisers and destroyers bombard Vila and Munda, Solomon Islands, sinking two Japanese destroyers 1945 - First two Navy flight nurses land on an active battlefield (Iwo Jima): Nurse (with relative rank of Ensign) Jane Kendeigh, USNR, and Chief Nurse (with relative rank of Lieutenant j.g.) Emily G
The U.S. Navy today awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector a $42.3 million cost-plus contract option for services to the DDG 51 Class Aegis destroyer program. This represents the third option of a multiyear contract that was awarded to the company last year to build four destroyers. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will provide services including the design of Aegis destroyer upgrades, planning and technical support.
Today in U.S. Naval History - August 6 1862 - CSS Arkansas destroyed by her commanding officer to prevent capture by USS Essex. 1943 - Battle of Vella Gulf begins. U.S. destroyers sink three of four Japanese destroyers. 1945 - Atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima, Japan. Navy weaponeer, Captain W.S. Parsons, USN, armed the atomic bomb on the B-29 bomber, Enola Gay. 1990 - President George Bush orders Operation Desert Shield, largest overseas deployment since Vietnam
Today in U.S. Naval History - June 19 1864 - USS Kearsarge sinks Confederate raider Alabama off France 1944 - Battle of the Philippine Sea begins ("The Marianas Turkey Shoot") 1948 - Chief of Naval Operations assigns three destroyers to U.N. mediator for the Palestine truce. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
1813 - During the War of 1812, the frigate, President, commanded by John Rodgers, is en route between the Azores and England when it begins a series of captures of British vessels that include the brig Kitty, the packet brig Duke of Montrose, the brig Maria, and the schooner Falcon. 1869 - Secretary of the Navy Adolph E. Borie, orders the construction of the first torpedo station on Goat Island, Newport, R.I. Cmdr. Edmund O. Matthews is the first Commanding Officer
1747 - John Paul Jones is born in Arbigland, Scotland. Originally appointed to the Continental Navy in 1775, he is known for his quote, Ive not yet begun to fight! during the battle between Continental frigate, Bonhomme Richard, and HMS Serapis on Sept. 23, 1779.
1798 - President John Adams signs an act that reestablishes the Marine Corps under the Constitution. The following day, Maj. William W. Burrows is appointed Commandant of the Marine Corps. 1918 - Henry Ford launches the first of the 100 intended Eagle boats
1862 - While CSS Arkansas makes her way down the Yazoo River, she encounters the Union gunboats USS Carondelet, USS Tyler, and USS Queen of the West. In the ensuing battle, CSS Arkansas damages the first two vessels and makes her way into the Mississippi River
The U.S. Navy conducted a series of cooperative air defense test exercises with the Spanish navy that culminated in live missile firing events using the latest Aegis Weapon System baseline July 20-21. The event was not only the first interoperability test of the latest Aegis Baseline 9
1830 - The sloop of war USS Vincennes becomes the first US Navy warship to circle the globe when she returns to New York. She departs on Sept. 3, 1826, rounds Cape Horn and cruises the Pacific protecting American merchantmen and whalers until June 1829.
The Russian Foreign ministry said Moscow would respond to a U.S. naval ship's entry into the Black Sea with unspecified measures, saying it and other deployments were designed to ratchet up tensions ahead of a NATO summit, the RIA news agency reported.
1854 - The first formal graduation exercises are held at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Previous classes graduated without a ceremony. Rear Adm. Thomas O. Selfridge and Rear Adm. Joseph N. Miller are two of the six graduates that year.
The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the Mediterranean late on Monday, the U.S. Navy said, at a time when U.S. officials are raising alarm over Russia's maritime expansion. The Eisenhower, also known as the "Ike," will relieve the USS Harry S
1881 - The bark-rigged wooden steamship Jeannette sinks after she is crushed in an Arctic ice pack during the expedition to reach the North Pole through the Bering Strait. Only 13 of her crew survive out of 33. 1900 - During the Boxer Rebellion
During a ceremony to honor women who served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced an Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, DDG 123, will be named Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee. Higbee, the future ship's namesake, was a pioneering United States Navy chief nurse
The U.S. Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), was christened on Saturday, June 18 at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The second ship of the Zumwalt-class, DDG 1001 is named for Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor
1807 - Frigate USS Chesapeake, commanded by James Barron, is stopped by British frigate HMS Leopard after killing several of her crew and take Royal Navy deserters. Barron is court-martialed for not having his ship prepared to fight.
1801 - Commodore Richard Dale's squadron arrives at Gibraltar for the protection of American interests and to strike at the Barbary Pirates in the Mediterranean. Squadron ships were USS President, USS Philadelphia, USS Essex, and USS Enterprise.
China’s maritime safety administration announced China’s military's plans exercises in the disputed South China Sea this week, adding to tensions ahead of an international tribunal’s ruling that is expected to challenge Beijing’s maritime claims in the area.
The Great Lakes Naval Museum was officially renamed the National Museum of the American Sailor during a ceremony and sign unveiling at the museum July 4. The Navy's top enlisted Sailor, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens, was joined by retired Rear Adm