Category Archives: Surface Forces

Navy Growler Study Complete, Awaiting Pentagon Review

Navy Growler Study Complete, Awaiting Pentagon Review

An E/A-18G Growler is directed to the catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). US Navy Photo

An E/A-18G Growler is directed to the catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A study that would determine if the Navy should acquire more Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft for a wider joint high-end war fighting requirements has been completed, Navy officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

Carl Vinson Strike Group Returns Home After Nearly 10 Months in Middle East, Pacific

Carl Vinson Strike Group Returns Home After Nearly 10 Months in Middle East, Pacific

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during an air-power demonstration on May 31, 2015. US Navy photo.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during an air-power demonstration on May 31, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Carl Vinson Strike Group will return to the San Diego area today and tomorrow after a nearly 10-month deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet and 7th Fleet that included six months of strikes against the Islamic State. Read More

SECNAV Mabus Responds to Fleet Readiness Decline Found in GAO Study

SECNAV Mabus Responds to Fleet Readiness Decline Found in GAO Study

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) undergoing a scheduled docking planned incremental availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Aug. 26, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) undergoing a scheduled docking planned incremental availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Aug. 26, 2014. US Navy Photo

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said he’s confident the sea service is taking the right steps to get its ship maintenance back on track, after a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report noted declining material readiness of Navy ships and particularly those homeported overseas. Read More

VIDEO: U.S. Navy Denies Russian Fighters Chased Off Destroyer USS Ross in Black Sea

VIDEO: U.S. Navy Denies Russian Fighters Chased Off Destroyer USS Ross in Black Sea

USS Ross (DDG-71) transits the Mediterranean Sea on May 4, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Ross (DDG-71) transits the Mediterranean Sea on May 4, 2015. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include a June 1, 2015 U.S. 6th Fleet video of a Sukhoi SU-24 Fencer flyby near USS Ross.

The Pentagon is pushing back against anonymously sourced reports in state controlled Russian media that guided missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) was chased from Russian controlled waters in the Black Sea by Russian fighters over the weekend, U.S. officials told USNI News. Read More

Destroyer USS Sampson Returns to San Diego After 7 Month Deployment

Destroyer USS Sampson Returns to San Diego After 7 Month Deployment

USS Sampson (DDG-102), operates in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501. US Navy Photo

USS Sampson (DDG-102), operate together in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501. US Navy Photo

The guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) returned to Naval Station San Diego, Calif. after a seven month deployment that included search and rescue efforts for AirAsia Flight 8501 earlier this year, the service announced on Monday. Read More

Updated: Navy Researching Firing Mach 3 Guided Round from Standard Deck Guns

Updated: Navy Researching Firing Mach 3 Guided Round from Standard Deck Guns

USS Ross (DDG-71) test fires the MK45 5-inch lightweight gun on April 30, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Ross (DDG-71) test fires the MK45 5-inch lightweight gun on April 30, 2015. US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: This post has been updated to include a new statement from Naval Sea Systems Command that changes one previously given to USNI News revising the planned speed of hyper velocity projectile fired from a Mk 45 naval gun from Mach 5 to Mach 3.

The U.S. Navy’s deck guns could take on new relevance if ongoing tests to fire a guided round at three times the speed of sound from their muzzles are successful, USNI News has learned. Read More

Navy: Hospital Ship Collision Did Not Damage 'USS Arizona Vessel'

Navy: Hospital Ship Collision Did Not Damage ‘USS Arizona Vessel’

A photo of USNS Mercy near the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii shortly after a tug pushing the ship may have struck the iconic white pavilion. Photo courtesy Military.com.

A photo of USNS Mercy near the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii shortly the ship may have struck the iconic white pavilion. Photo courtesy Military.com.

The Tuesday accident that damaged the floating dock of the USS Arizona Memorial did not damage the sunken World War II battleship on which 1,177 sailors and Marines died in the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Navy said late Thursday. Read More