After Russian and American warships nearly collided in the East China Sea on Friday, both countries were quick to accuse the other of "dangerous and unprofessional" behavior, according to a June 7 report by Reuters.

One detail that hasn't come up, but totally should, is why a bunch of Russian sailors were chilling on the deck of the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov when the vessel came within 50 to 165 feet of the USS Chancellorsville, a Navy guided-missile cruiser. (The exact distance between the two vessels is unclear, as both the U.S. and Russian navies are citing different figures.)

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Facing a shortfall of roughly 6,200 sailors at sea, top Navy commanders promised lawmakers that they won't force undermanned and undertrained crews to deploy.

In 2017, the destroyers USS FItzgerald and USS John S. McCain were involved in separate collisions in the Pacific that claimed the lives of 17 sailors. Since then, the Navy has tackled the underlying causes of the deadly collisions by increasing the size of destroyers' crews and adding training for surface warfare officers. But the Navy still does not have enough sailors at sea.

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U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Ignacio D. Perez

I just caught up with an article with that title in the May issue of Proceedings. It is written from the perspective of the United States having lost a war in 2025—which is just seven years from now.

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The U.S. Navy broke with its tradition of hyping up F-35 deployments by sending of the USS Essex jump-jet carrier into the Western Pacific with a deck full of the revolutionary fighter jets — and it could signal a big change in how the U.S. deals with its toughest adversaries.

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U.S. Navy Adm. Harry Harris, the head of U.S. Pacific Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that the U.S. isn't planning a one-off "bloody nose" strike on North Korea, but is planning for either all out in war or not at all.

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U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay

For almost six months, there was nothing. It was just Jennifer Appel, Tasha Fuiava, their dogs Zeus and Valentine, a busted marine engine, and the Pacific.

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