Category Archives: Surface Forces

Document: Navy's 30-Year Shipbuilding Plan for Fiscal Year 2015

Document: Navy’s 30-Year Shipbuilding Plan for Fiscal Year 2015

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The following is the U.S. Navy’s: Report to Congress on the Annual Long-Range Plan for Construction of Naval Vessels for FY 2015, or colloquially known as the 30-year shipbuilding plan. The report, usually due with the Navy’s budget submission, was given to Congress on July 1, 2014. Read More

China Invited Back for Future RIMPAC Exercises

China Invited Back for Future RIMPAC Exercises

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People's Liberation Army Navy officers with a U.S. officer on a Chinese warship in Hawaii, June 28, 2014. PLA Daily Photo

People’s Liberation Army Navy officers with a U.S. officer on a Chinese warship in Hawaii, June 28, 2014. PLA Daily Photo

This post has been amended to include an additional comment from U.S. 3rd Fleet.

Ships from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) have already been invited back for future Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises, Chinese state media reported on Tuesday. Read More

Northrop Grumman Awarded $3.64 billion E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Contract

Northrop Grumman Awarded $3.64 billion E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Contract

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E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft conduct a test flight in 2009. The Navy included one more E-2D in its unfunded priorities list submitted to Congress this week. US Navy Photo

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft conduct a test flight in 2009. The Navy included one more E-2D in its unfunded priorities list submitted to Congress this week. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $3.64 billion contract to build 25 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft. The five-year contract, which was awarded on Monday, will save the U.S. government about $369 million, according to the Navy. Read More

Michelle Howard Promoted to Admiral

Michelle Howard Promoted to Admiral

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Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, left, promotes Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to the rank of Admiral at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial in Arlington, Va. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, left, promotes Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to the rank of Admiral at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial in Arlington, Va. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s first female nominated to the rank of Admiral received her fourth star in a ceremony at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial in Arlington, Va. on Tuesday morning. Read More

A Hundred Years Dry: The U.S. Navy's End of Alcohol at Sea

A Hundred Years Dry: The U.S. Navy’s End of Alcohol at Sea

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Sailors on USS Normandy enjoy a rare beer. With limited exceptions, ships in the US Navy have had no alcohol for a hundred years. US Naval Institute Archives

Sailors on USS Normandy enjoy a rare beer. With limited exceptions, ships in the US Navy have had no alcohol for a hundred years. US Naval Institute Archives

As a flotilla of naval vessels from around the world participates in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) to sustain relationships in the maritime community, a century ago this week international navies converged for a remarkably different occasion—to drink the last of the U.S. Navy’s supply of alcohol. Read More

Document: Investigation into USS Chancellorsville Drone Strike

Document: Investigation into USS Chancellorsville Drone Strike

An image of guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) following a collision with a BGM-74 target drone on Saturday. The impact area is circled. NBC 7 San Diego Image/U.S. Naval Institute photo illustration

An image of guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) following a collision with a BGM-74 target drone on Saturday. The impact area is circled. NBC 7 San Diego Image/U.S. Naval Institute photo illustration

The following is the March 28, 2014 report from the commander’s investigation into the Nov. 16 strike of a Northrop Grumman BQM-74 target drone into the side USS Chancellorsville (CG-62). Read More