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Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier got a long-missing piece of gear in December, helping to solve a problem the Navy secretary has bet his job o...

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer once said he'd bet his job on finally outfitting the USS Gerald R. Ford with its weapons elevators.
The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima sails past the Statue of Liberty as it enters New York Harbor, November 10, 2016.

The US Navy’s newest fleet is bulking up for ‘leaner, agile’ operations to counter Russia in the Atlantic and the Arctic

Second Fleet, originally set up to deter the Soviet Union, was deactivated in 2011. Now it's back and is focused on being more flexible and effective.

China warned the US to steer clear of Taiwan, but the US Navy says it could send an aircraft carrier through the strait if it wanted

The US has sent warships through the Taiwan Strait, but it has been more than a decade since a carrier transited the tense waterway.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (top), the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (middle), and the Royal Navy Type 23 ‘Duke’ Class guided-missile frigate HMS Argyll (bottom) transit during a replenishment-at-sea.

The US and British navies have joined forces for the first time in the South China Sea, risking Beijing’s fury

The US and British navies, both of which have run afoul of Beijing in the South China Sea, have held their first joint military exercises in the disputed waterway.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits Puget Sound.

US aircraft carriers are the world’s most powerful ships and are nearly impossible to kill — here’s why

US carriers are symbols of American might for good reason — they are incredibly difficult to sink. China would struggle to send one to the depths.
Sailors from amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown conduct landing craft utility operations in the ship's well deck at Subic Bay, October 5, 2016.

Chinese companies have their eyes on what used to be the US Navy’s biggest base in the Pacific

Chinese companies are interested in taking control of a struggling shipyard in Subic Bay, a strategic harbor on the disputed South China Sea.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released

It looks like China will beat the US Navy in the railgun race — here’s why it doesn’t actually matter

China claims it's winning the race to develop working railguns, but experts say that even if these weapons work they won't make a difference in war.
F/A-18 Hornets demonstrate air power over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

China sets the stage for a ‘bloody nose’ attack on US aircraft carriers, but it would backfire horribly

China could strike the US Navy's carriers in waters near its shores, but that would start a war that Beijing wouldn't win, experts say.
Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

The Navy secretary made Trump a high-stakes promise: A major problem with the Navy’s new carrier will be fixed ‘or you can fire me’

As the first in its class, the USS Gerald R. Ford was expected to have problems, but the $13 billion aircraft carrier has attracted special attention.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) fires its M45 5-inch gun as part of a live-fire exercise, Nov. 2, 2018.

The US Navy reportedly fired new hypervelocity railgun rounds out of 40-year-old deck guns — here’s why

USS Dewey fired 20 hypervelocity projectiles from the ship's deck gun, demonstrating that this new technology may be quickly adapted to the fleet.