Category Archives: Surface Forces

WEST: Cutting Carriers Will Put More Stress on Sailors

WEST: Cutting Carriers Will Put More Stress on Sailors

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Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces in May, 2013. US Navy Photo

Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces in May, 2013. US Navy Photo

The Navy has to strike a tricky balance on the numbers of carriers it fields between providing forces for U.S. military and finding enough money to operate and maintain the high dollar ships, the commander of U.S. Fleet Forces said during a question and answer session following a Wednesday speech at the West 2014 conference in San Diego, Calif. Read More

WEST: Decision on New Carrier Supply Plane 'About a Year Away'

WEST: Decision on New Carrier Supply Plane ‘About a Year Away’

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A C-2A Greyhound, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). US Navy Photo

A C-2A Greyhound, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). US Navy Photo

The Navy is “about a year away” from selecting a replacement for the service’s supply aircraft for the carrier fleet, the head of the Navy’s air forces said during a panel discussion at West 2014 in San Diego Calif. on Wednesday. Read More

WEST: U.S. Intelligence Community Working With an 'Information Deficit''

WEST: U.S. Intelligence Community Working With an ‘Information Deficit”

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Sailors wearing the Navy's Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist pin. US Navy photo

Sailors wearing the Navy’s Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist pin. US Navy photo

The United States will be hampered in its dealings with a resurgent China unless it can effectively use information it collects through surveillance to understand the nation’s mindset and intent, the director of intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday during an `Information Dominance Roundtable’ at WEST 2014. Read More

Bush Carrier Strike Group to Deploy Saturday

Bush Carrier Strike Group to Deploy Saturday

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USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) during its final pre-deployment evaluations on Dec. 13, 2013. US Navy Photo

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) during its final pre-deployment evaluations on Dec. 13, 2013. US Navy Photo

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is scheduled to depart for a Middle East and Mediterranean deployment on Saturday as the centerpiece of Carrier Strike Group 2, U.S. Navy Fleet Forces command announced Wednesday. Read More

Opinion: Preserve the Carrier Force

Opinion: Preserve the Carrier Force

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Aircraft carriers in Norfolk, Va. on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carriers in Norfolk, Va. on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

The aircraft carrier, nuclear-powered for the last 50 years, and its embarked air wing remain arguably the most valuable and effective instrument for shaping the national military strategy, with proven applicability from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to high-end maritime strike warfare.

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U.S. Navy Shuffle Japan-based Minesweepers and Amphibious Ship

U.S. Navy Shuffle Japan-based Minesweepers and Amphibious Ship

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USS Denver (LPD-9) in August, 2013, US Navy Photo

USS Denver (LPD-9) in August, 2013, US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is in the process of switching out a number of warships forward deployed to Japan with newer vessels. The latest ships to be replaced are USS Denver (LPD-9), an Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship, and the mine countermeasure ships USS Avenger (MCM-1) and USS Defender (MCM-2), the Navy announced this week. Read More

America Completes Acceptance Trials

America Completes Acceptance Trials

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America (LHA-6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard Jan. 31, 2014 from acceptance trials. US Navy Photo

America (LHA-6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard Jan. 31, 2014 from acceptance trials. US Navy Photo

The first in a new class of amphibious warship has completed its acceptance trials, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced this week. Read More