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Russian Planes Just Came Really, Really Close to Hitting US Navy Destroyer 

The United States Navy just reported “multiple, aggressive flight maneuvers by Russian aircraft” on two separate occasions while in international waters. While conducting deck landing drills yesterday “two Russian SU-24 jets made numerous close-range and low altitude passes” near the USS Donald Cook.

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Bryan Menegus

April 13th

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The New Zumwalt Stealth Destroyer Is Too Stealthy

The USS Zumwalt, a Navy destroyer years in the making , is a floating piece of technological wonder. But its neatest feature is tricking nearby radar into thinking its massive 610-foot hull is actually just a 50-foot fishing boat. In fact it’s so good at going undetected, it’s too stealthy.

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Darren Orf

April 12th

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The Navy Is Teaching Celestial Navigation Again as a Backup Plan Against Hackers 

The Naval Academy hasn’t taught midshipmen how to navigate by the stars in 20 years, but it’s reintroducing the old-school approach to maritime travel. Why use a sextant instead of computers and GPS? Worries about ships stranded by cyber-attacks, which have the Navy re-thinking its reliance on tech.

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Kate Knibbs

October 13th

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This Warship Looks Like a Scene From Tron

You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a scene from a Hollywood movie, but in fact it’s the the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely as it sails through the Atlantic Ocean on training operations.

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Jamie Condliffe

September 17th

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The Navy Built an Algorithm That Predicts Pirates’ Behavior Before an Attack

The Navy is a veritable patent machine—it regularly beats all other government bodies when it comes to sheer volume, with 364 filed last year alone. One recent filing: Patent #US8838515, a “Method for predicting pirate attack risk.”

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

August 14th

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The Navy Built an Algorithm That Predicts Pirates’ Behavior Before an Attack

The Navy is a veritable patent machine—it regularly beats all other government bodies when it comes to sheer volume, with 364 filed last year alone. One recent filing: Patent #US8838515, a “Method for predicting pirate attack risk.”

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

August 14th

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Watch a Bat-Inspired Sonar Prototype Flying on a Drone

Horseshoe bats’ unique noses and big, flexible ears make them nature’s most dynamic sonar arrays. Engineers built a mechanical version, and they’re testing it on a quadcopter drone.

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Kiona Smith-Strickland

May 21st

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US Navy Secretary Wants to Stop Using Fighter Pilots in Favor of Drones

Manned fighter jets may have a limited future. The secretary of the US Navy has announced that the new F-35 Lightning II “should be, and almost certainly will be, the last manned strike fighter aircraft the Department of the Navy will ever buy or fly.”

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Jamie Condliffe

April 17th

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The Navy’s New Diving Suit Is Straight Out of G.I. Joe

The United States Navy recently announced a futuristic new diving suit that's designed to use less helium. There's only one problem: They made it look just like Cobra Eel, the mortal enemy of Wet-Suit, a G.I. Joe Navy SEAL.

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Adam Clark Estes

March 23rd

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Say Hello to China’s New 11-Barrel Hypersonic Missile Killer

Say Hello to China's New 11-Barrel Hypersonic Missile Killer

The future of naval warfare will likely include lasers , auto-cannons , and hypersonic missiles launched from the other side of the horizon. But while it may not have a defense against frickin' lasers, China's newly unveiled Type 1130 close-in weapon system can make short work of inbound warheads travelling at four times the speed of sound.

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Andrew Tarantola

January 15th

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