US Navy

US Navy prepares to deploy laser systems and electromagnetic guns

A test laser weapon sits on a US Navy destroyer. Photo: AP

Some of the US Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of Star Wars, with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds

Tuesday, 18 February, 2014, 10:01pm

Mystery of fate of the submarine Hunley closer to being resolved

Mystery of fate of the submarine Hunley closer to being resolved

The rebel Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship, is raised from a barge by a crane at the former Charleston Naval Base in North Charleston, South Carolina back in August 2000.

18 Feb 2014 - 10:03pm

US Naval Academy investigates rape allegation

US President Barack Obama spoke at the United States Naval Academy. Photo: EPA

Several football players at the United States Naval Academy are under investigation on allegations they raped a female midshipman at a party last year.

Naval criminal investigators were examining the allegations lodged against three football players at the academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

2 Jun 2013 - 7:58am

US carrier Nimitz docks in S. Korea for 'manoeuvres'

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz docks in Busan yesterday ahead of joint exercises with South Korea. Photo: EPA

The Nimitz Strike Group includes 64 aircraft as well as cruisers and destroyers, said the group's commander, Rear Admiral Mike White, after the aircraft carrier anchored off the southern port of Busan.

12 May 2013 - 6:57am

Talking points

The public gets a chance to listen in on the latest discussions on the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District

The public gets a chance to listen in on the latest discussions on the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District.

18 Apr 2013 - 3:18am

US Navy ship removed from Philippines reef

The midsection of USS Guardian is lifted from the reef. Photo: EPA

The stern of the USS Guardian was lifted off the Tubbataha Reef after the 68-metre vessel was sliced into portions for easier removal, Philippine Coast Guard spokeswoman Lieutenant Greanata Jude said.

31 Mar 2013 - 7:25am

US combat ships try to stay afloat amid billions in budget cuts

The US Navy's flagship USS Blue Ridge is in Hong Kong this weekend. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong this weekend plays host to the USS Blue Ridge, flagship of the US Seventh Fleet and one of the navy's oldest vessels. Steaming to Singapore, meanwhile, is its newest - the USS Freedom, the first of the new so-called littoral combat ships to be based there, designed for speed, stealth and shallow water.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:42am

US Navy's Guardian minesweeper runs aground in Philippine sanctuary

The USS Guardian on a visit to Hong Kong. Photo: Ricky Chung

A US Navy minesweeper has run aground in a marine sanctuary in the Philippines, the American embassy said yesterday.

The USS Guardian ran aground on the Tubattaha Reef on Wednesday night "during normal transit", it said. The extent of the damage to the ship and the cause of the accident were still not known.

18 Jan 2013 - 2:32am

Defence chief Liang Guanglie in talks with US Navy boss

US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus talks with General Liang Guanglie. Photo: Reuters

Defence Minister General Liang Guanglie said yesterday that China's military build-up poses no threat to the world and called for closer military co-operation with Washington as he had talks with US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

28 Nov 2012 - 3:46am

US Navy Seals in trouble for revealing secrets to video-game company

A screen capture from Medal of Honour: Warfighter. Photo: AP

Seven members of an elite US Navy Seal team, including one who participated in the raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, have been reprimanded for disclosing classified material while helping produce a video game, American officials said.

10 Nov 2012 - 3:00am

US frigate commander sacked after drunken Vladivostok port call

The commander and top officers of a San Diego-based navy frigate have been relieved of duty after a rowdy, booze-fuelled port visit to Vladivostok, Russia.

5 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

US navy retires 'super carrier' USS Enterprise

The USS Enterprise in Hong Kong waters. Photo: David Wong

After half a century on the high seas, the oldest warship in the American fleet, the USS Enterprise, is returning to port for the last time.

5 Nov 2012 - 4:14am