Category Archives: Surface Forces

SNA: Navy Surface Leaders Pitch More Lethal Ships, Surface Action Groups

SNA: Navy Surface Leaders Pitch More Lethal Ships, Surface Action Groups

USS Stethem (DDG-63) fires a Harpoon missile during a sinking exercise as part of Valiant Shield 2014 on Sept. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Stethem (DDG-63) fires a Harpoon missile during a sinking exercise as part of Valiant Shield 2014 on Sept. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

CRYSTAL CITY, VA. — The leaders of the U.S. Navy’s surface force are pitching a new philosophy to squeeze the offensive power out of its existing surface ships in a tactical shift that calls for using small surface action groups and increasing the number of anti-ship weapons on more platforms in a plan branded, “distributed lethality.” Read More

SNA: Surface Leaders Make the Case for the Modified Littoral Combat Ship

SNA: Surface Leaders Make the Case for the Modified Littoral Combat Ship

USS Freedom (LCS-1), left, and USS Independence (LCS-2) in 2012. US Navy Photo

USS Freedom (LCS-1), left, and USS Independence (LCS-2) in 2012. US Navy Photo

CRYSTAL CITY, VA. — The director of the Navy’s Surface Warfare Division said the Navy is making choices in three areas in planning: How to “hit the bad guys first,” how to “keep from getting hit,” and how to “make sure you can back-fit” as new technologies emerge or existing ones are modified to meet new threats. Read More

Updated: Navy and Marines Sign MOU for Bell-Boeing Osprey to be Next Carrier Delivery Aircraft

Updated: Navy and Marines Sign MOU for Bell-Boeing Osprey to be Next Carrier Delivery Aircraft

MV-22 Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in 2013. US Navy Photo

MV-22 Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in 2013. US Navy Photo

This post and its headline have been updated to reflect additional comments from the U.S. Navy.

The Navy will almost certainly select the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor to replace the Northrop Grumman C-2A Greyhound as its next carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft, according to a Jan. 5 memo signed by Department of the Navy leadership. Read More

Destroyer Williams Returns to Norfolk Following Troubled Deployment

Destroyer Williams Returns to Norfolk Following Troubled Deployment

USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) departs Naval Station Norfolk for an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility on May 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) departs Naval Station Norfolk for an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility on May 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

The guided missile destroyer USS James Williams (DDG-95) returned to homeport late last week following an eight-month deployment in which the senior leadership triad was removed at sea and later convicted of charges of dereliction of duty. Read More

U.S. Navy's Next Generation Nuclear Reactor Program Fully Funded

U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Nuclear Reactor Program Fully Funded

Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program Adm. John Richardson on Feb. 2, 2014. US Navy Photo

Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program Adm. John Richardson on Feb. 2, 2014. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON NAVY YARD — Development work for the reactor that will power the Navy’s next generation nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) was fully funded in the so-called Fiscal Year 2015 “cromnibus” that was signed into law last month, the head of the service’s Naval Reactors told USNI News on Friday. Read More