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US Navy submarine tender USS Emory S. Land anchored at Ulithi Atoll, December 7, 2019.

The US Navy’s recent visit to a vital WWII hub is another sign it’s thinking about how to fight in the Pacific

With a return to "great power competition," the Pentagon is again practicing how it could sustain a fight over the vast expanse of the Pacific.
Eelpout fish and bone-eating worms devour the remains of a baleen whale in Monterey Bay, California, October 16, 2019.

Deep in California’s Monterey Bay, scientists captured an underwater ‘bonanza’ as octopuses, fish, and worms feasted on a dead whale...

During an unmanned dive in Monterey Bay, California, marine researchers filmed fish and worms munching on a whale carcass.
The USS Boxer (LHD-4) Wasp-class amphibious assault ship sits docked in the port of San Diego, California, April 12, 2015.

Here’s how the Navy picks names for its ships — and how it breaks its own rules to do it

The Navy has rules for naming its ships, but the Secretary of the Navy makes the final decision — so sometimes, it breaks its own rules.
A US sailor loads sonobuoys into an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham in the Mediterranean Sea, June 16, 2018.

The US just awarded a billion-dollar contract for a critical anti-submarine tool that may soon be in short supply

The Pentagon awarded $1.041 billion defense contract on July 18 for air-launched, expendable sonobuoys — a vital tool for detecting submarines.
The AS-12 Losharik pictured in 2010.

The Russian submarine that caught fire and killed 14 may have been designed to cut undersea internet cables

Two independent Russian outlets said it was an AS-12 Losharik, a nuclear-powered vessel that may be designed to cut undersea cables. Moscow has kept mum.
Russian nuclear submarine Dmitry Donskoy sails under the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark on its way to Saint Petersburg, July 21, 2017.

14 Russian submariners dead after fire on Navy research vessel, Russian media reports

The unnamed vessel had been studying the ocean floor near the naval base of Severomorsk when it caught fire on Monday, Interfax reported.

An explorer who dove to the deepest point in the ocean found a plastic bag and candy wrappers at the bottom

Explorer Victor Vescovo found trash at the bottom of the Challenger Deep, the deepest known point on Earth.
Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier

China is building a powerful navy to take on the US in the Pacific — here’s what its arsenal looks like

China's naval forces are changing rapidly and growing at breakneck pace. Here's what the country is putting in its arsenal.
Russian President Putin watches the launch of a missile during naval exercises in Russia’s Arctic North on board the nuclear missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great), Aug. 17, 2005

Russia says it’s going to arm a submarine with 6 nuclear ‘doomsday’ devices

Russia has repeatedly threatened the US and Europe with the weapon, which it said it could park off a coast and detonate at a time of its choosing.