Category Archives: Surface Forces

Fleet Forces Swap Truman and Eisenhower Carrier Deployments

Fleet Forces Swap Truman and Eisenhower Carrier Deployments

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Tugboats guide the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) from her dry dock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard to a nearby pier in August. US Navy Photo

Tugboats guide the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) from her dry dock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard to a nearby pier in August. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is swapping the order of planned deployments for carriers USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), U.S. Fleet Forces officials told USNI News on Monday. Read More

Search Concludes For Marine Following Persian Gulf Osprey Bail Out, Marine Presumed Dead

Search Concludes For Marine Following Persian Gulf Osprey Bail Out, Marine Presumed Dead

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 An MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron (VMM) 163 lands aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego in 2013. US Navy Photo

An MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron (VMM) 163 lands aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego in 2013. US Navy Photo

The Navy and Marines have suspended the search for a Marine who bailed out of a MV-22 tilt-rotor Osprey during a Wednesday takeoff from USS Makin Island (LHD-8) operating in the Persian Gulf, the service said in a Thursday statement. Read More

USMC's Paxton: Potential Marine Deployments On LCS And JHSV Carry Risks

USMC’s Paxton: Potential Marine Deployments On LCS And JHSV Carry Risks

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Gen. John M. Paxton Jr, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, on Oct. 2, 2014 at CSIS. CSIS Photo

Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, on Oct. 2, 2014 at CSIS. CSIS Photo

In looking at alternative platforms — like the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) — as substitutes to be used in a wide range of amphibious operations, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps warned the risks could far outweigh any perceived advantages. Read More

Randy Forbes to CNO Greenert: ‘The Navy Desperately Needs A Strategy’

Randy Forbes to CNO Greenert: ‘The Navy Desperately Needs A Strategy’

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Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.). Naval Institute Photo

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.). Naval Institute Photo

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) is “concerned at the deficit of strategic thinking” in the Navy and how long time institutional restrictions inside the Pentagon produce, “flag officers who are focused on managerial concerns such as budgeting and engineering rather than executive concerns such as strategy,” according to a July letter sent to Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and recently obtained by USNI News. Read More

Work: Sixty Percent of U.S. Navy and Air Force Will Be Based in Pacific by 2020

Work: Sixty Percent of U.S. Navy and Air Force Will Be Based in Pacific by 2020

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Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work on Sept. 30, 2014 at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. CFR Photo

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work on Sept. 30, 2014 at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. CFR Photo

More than half of U.S. Air Force and Navy forces will be based in the Asia Pacific by 2020 as part of the Pentagon’s rebalance to the Pacific, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work said during a Tuesday address at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. Read More

Former Coast Guard Commandant: U.S. and Russia Working Together In Arctic

Former Coast Guard Commandant: U.S. and Russia Working Together In Arctic

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Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Robert Papp, in front of a map of Barrow, Alaska during a recent trip. US Coast Guard Photo

Former Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Robert Papp, in front of a map of Barrow, Alaska. US Coast Guard Photo

The former commandant of the Coast Guard said that while “we work with Russia now” on fisheries agreements and more, “we really need them for the [Arctic Council] to be effective” in ensuring safe economic development, mitigating climate change, and assisting those living in the region. Read More

Navy Lights Off Zumwalt Generators

Navy Lights Off Zumwalt Generators

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Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Zumwalt (DDG-1000) pierside at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine on April 12, 2013. US Naval Institute Photo

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Zumwalt (DDG-1000) pierside at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine on April 12, 2013. US Naval Institute Photo

The Navy has started the massive gas turbines in its latest class of guided missile destroyer ahead of the ship’s commissioning next year, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced on Thursday. Read More