Category Archives: Surface Forces

Marines: Next Generation LX(R) Capacity Key to Operating America-class Amphibious Ready Groups

Marines: Next Generation LX(R) Capacity Key to Operating America-class Amphibious Ready Groups

150427-N-MZ309-124 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 27,2015) U.S. Air Force F-16s fly over the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during a training exercise on April 27, 2015. US Navy Photo

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 27,2015) U.S. Air Force F-16s fly over the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during a training exercise on April 27, 2015. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The capacity the planned LX(R) amphibious warship will bring to the Navy and Marine Corps Amphibious Ready Groups (ARG) will be key to operating the first two aviation-centric America-class big deck amphibs, the Marines’ aviation head said this week. Read More

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