The Navy's big ship-hunting drone, the MQ-4C Triton, has completed it's ninth test flight, meaning that future test flights can focus on installation and testing of its sensors.
In this last flight, the Triton reached an altitude of around 50,000 ft and stayed aloft for 9.4 hours. When outfitted, the surveillance sensors aboard the Triton will allow it to search a 2,000 mile radius, 360-degree circle for ships and subs.
About 50 Naval Exchanges are getting free Wi-fi to help customers save both time and money.
The Navy is providing larger NEX locations with wireless internet to help customers compare prices and research products, at an annual cost of about $400,000. Although this is not a final list of locations that will receive Wi-fi, although smaller exchanges (which have less selection and fewer customers) are less likely to receive the service.
The legendary Los Angeles-class nuclear powered attack submarine the USS Dallas, star of Tom Clancy's hit book and movie The Hunt for the Red October has returned from its last overseas deployment.
This past Saturday a BQM-74E targeting drone collided with the US Navy cruiser USS Chancellorsville, punching a hole in the side and giving two sailors minor burns.
As a result of this accident, the Navy has suspended all drone exercises until a cause for the accident can be found. These targeting drones are used to practice targeting and engaging aircraft and missiles with the ships radar, gun, and missile systems.
The US Navy is beginning full-scale relief operations in the Philippines, after the devastating typhoon Haiyan caused enormous death and destruction on Nov. 8.
The Blue Angels, which haven't flown since April, will take flight again before the Navy-Notre Dame game today in South Bend, Indiana (Nov. 2).
The flyover will be shown on NBC before the network's coverage begins at 3:30 pm. The kickoff is scheduled for 3:42 pm.
The plot has recently thickened in the bribery and fraud scandal that has caught three Navy personnel and two high-ranking officials from the contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia(GDMA).
So far two Naval personnel, Navy Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz and NCIS supervisory agent John Bertrand Beliveau II have been arrested, and a third, Capt. Daniel Dusek has been relieved of his command. Although Capt. Dusek has not been charged with a crime, the entire investigation is ongoing.
After the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard facility by a former Navy Reservist, Navy officials are trying to close some of the gaps in the security screening process.
According to the article over at NavyTimes.com:
Although there may be a peaceful resolution through the UN in the works, the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, was not backing down in a speech he gave to the National Defense University in Washington.
As reported in the NavyTimes.com article: