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Early this morning, an Iranian patrol vessel fired warning shots and eventually boarded a cargo vessel flagged to the Marshall Islands in the Strait of Hormuz.

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The Navy's X-47B unmanned fighter has hit yet another milestone, successfully refueling in mid-air over the waters off Maryland and Virginia.

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The Big Stick is headed for Yemen, as the US Navy is repositioning the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Gulf of Aden to intercept Iranian aid to Yemeni rebels.

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The Navy could be planning to transition to a sci-fi future, after the Secretary of the Navy said the F-35's replacement could be a drone.

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As the USS Ranger is towed to its final resting place, where it will be scrapped, drone footage of the carrier's journey has emerged. It's eerie.

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A nuclear-powered Oscar II sub caught fire at its dock while undergoing a refit in a northern Russian shipyard.

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The British Royal Navy has confirmed that one of its subs was damaged after hitting ice while on patrol, although that may not be the whole story.

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The external drop tanks that are so integral to an aircraft carrier's power projection might not be an option for aircraft on the Navy's newest flattop.

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The Department of Defense has trimmed its estimates for the cost of acquiring, as well as operating/servicing 2,500 F-35s, by $7.5B and $57.8B, respectively.

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Ever wonder what it's like to be a part of the Blue Angels? This article will at least give you something of an idea about life in the blue-and-yellow uniform.

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As the next-generation of fighter aircraft enters their earliest planning phases, the importance of stealth technology is taking center stage.

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After a troubled first tour of its Freedom-class ship, the Navy's third LCS is using its lead ship's experiences as it sails the waters of SE Asia.

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The Department of Defense has signed off on an upgrade program for both variants of its oft-maligned littoral combat ship, addressing some of the foremost criticisms of the compact ship. Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel also upped the Navy's commitment to the LCS, ordering 20 additional ships for a total of 52, Defense One reports.

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The US military has tried some ridiculous things before, but this is arguably one of the most outlandish. Silent Nemo – no, seriously, that's its name – is a project being conducted at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia by the Chief of Naval Operation's Rapid Innovation Cell. It takes the drone technology we know so well, and converts it into a submersible designed to look and swim like a Bluefin tuna.

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Freaking laser beams. The US military has been fiddling about with beam weapons for years, but with this latest test, the Navy claims it has an operational weapon on its hands.

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The French government has officially suspended the sale of two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to Russia. How, might you ask, is this different than the country's stance all along? And what happened to French President Francois Hollande making a final decision in November?

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Sea trials for the US Navy's F-35C carrier variant continue, with the latest tests ditching sunny skies for the dark of night. Operating off a carrier at night, as any naval aviator will tell you, is an entirely different and far more dangerous ball game, making this an important stage in the new fighter's testing regime.

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After a week off, we're back with our roundup of the week's best military photos. It's a smaller gallery this week, with only eight photos, but there are still some exciting shots, starting with the image above.

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Just a few days ago, we showed you a video of the F-35C's first carrier landing, aboard the USS Nimitz. The naval variant of the F-35 is aboard Nimitz as part of its first round of at-sea testing.

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The US Navy's variant of the F-35 Lightning II has completed its first successful landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier. The test was conducted yesterday, as an F-35C snagged one of the four arresting wires on the deck of the USS Nimitz.

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Happy Halloween! While we don't have any seasonally spooky shots in this week's crop of military photos, we do have more than a few cool shots. Up top, a member of the US Army's 82nd Airborne has some fun "testing" the new Lightweight Tactical All Terrain Vehicle. And yes, that's the military version of the Polaris MRZR ATV.

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