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WHAT TO DO WITH THE LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP

The Navy’s Flop Could Be The Coast Guard’s Godsend
By Harold Hutchison

The Littoral Combat Ship has been a lightning rod of controversy. While it has cutting-edge technology, it has been very expensive (at least $400 million per hull), and it has been lightly armed. The Navy is planning to halt construction after thirty-two hulls, evenly divided between the Freedom-class and the Independence-class designs. The vessels are also lightly armed, presently working with a Mk 110 57mm gun and a number of .50-caliber machine guns. The armament suite seems to be closer to that of the Bertholf-class cutters in Coast Guard service than to a real warship.

X-47B Flight Operations

FIRING THE M252 AT THE RANGE

"Happily they go about the day's work..."

SEE THE M1128 STRYKER MGS

CAUGHT IN A HURRICANE!

INDIA NOW OUR TOP ARMS BUYER

Gets More U.S. Weapons
By SOF

India has now become the top weapons buyer from the United States over the last three years. America has, in turn displaced Russia as India’s top source of arms.

According to a report by VOA News, the United States has made arms deals with India totaling $5.5 billion. This is $1.5 billion higher than similar deals that India has made with Russia, a long-time provider of weapons to the world’s largest democracy.

AIRSOFT BATTLE ROYALE

WHEN THE CHICOMS COME TO SAN DIEGO

Destroyer, Frigate, Headline Three-Ship Visit
By SOF

Three ChiCom naval vessels are visiting San Diego, having arrived yesterday.

THE BRADLEYS OF BRAVO COMPANY

KIOWAS KEEP WATCH OVER TROOPS

The OH-58’s Last Hurrah?
By SOF

At first glance, the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior doesn’t look like much. Yet this helicopter has proven themselves in combat in four major wars. In fact, it has managed to outlast three attempts to replace it.

NEW CAMO FOR THE TROOPS?

Army Gives Sneak Peek at New Pattern
By SOF

The Army is unveiling a new camouflage pattern for troops, to replace the current one used in the Army Combat Uniform. The pattern is replacing one currently in use, the Universal Combat Pattern (UCP).

MSGT Owens models the new Army Combat Uniform in the Operational Combat Pattern camouflage.
(U.S. Army photo)

JUST ANOTHER ACTION-PACKED DAY AT THE NTC

DEFENSE STRATEGY DANGEROUSLY UNDERFUNDED

Congressional Panel Sounds Warning
By SOF

The United States military faces “high risk” as a result of the failure to provide enough funding to execute the strategy to “pivot” towards Asia. This is among the findings of the National Defense Panel, led by William Perry, a former Secretary of Defense in the Clinton Administration, and former CENTCOM commander John Abiazad.

LIVE-FIRE LAW TRAINING!

Members of the 155th Infantry Regiment conduct live fire training with the AT-4at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. This training allows younger Soldiers the opportunity to fire an AT-4 and to see first hand how effective this weapon can be when used properly.