Category Archives: U.S. Navy

Compromise Defense Bill Restricts Navy UCLASS Funds

Compromise Defense Bill Restricts Navy UCLASS Funds

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X-47B tail number 501 flies over USS Theodore Roosevelt on Aug. 17, 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

X-47B tail number 501 flies over USS Theodore Roosevelt on Aug. 17, 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

The 2015 compromise defense bill, released on Wednesday, imposes restrictions on funding for the Navy’s planned production carrier-launched unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over concerns the platform would lack sufficient stealth, survivability and weapons payload, according to the bill’s language. Read More

A Brief List of Old, Obscure and Obsolete U.S. Navy Jobs

A Brief List of Old, Obscure and Obsolete U.S. Navy Jobs

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Due to an editing error, the terms “rate” and “rating” were confused in the introduction of an earlier version of this post. To be clear, a sailor’s rating is their occupational specialty in the service while rate indicates a sailor’s pay grade. USNI News regrets the error.

U.S. Navy enlisted personnel—unlike those in the other services—wear their jobs on their sleeves. A Marine machine-gunner wears similar collar rank as the rest of his fire team; unless you ask him, or see his military occupation in his file, one could never know his job specifics just by looking at his uniform.

Not so in the Navy. Read More

Defense Bill Punts on Navy Plan to Mothball Cruisers, Adds Money for 12th LPD, Growlers

Defense Bill Punts on Navy Plan to Mothball Cruisers, Adds Money for 12th LPD, Growlers

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USS Antietam (CG-54) is underway off the coast of Japan near Mt. Fuji. US Navy Photo

USS Antietam (CG-54) is underway off the coast of Japan near Mt. Fuji. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to amend the amount the compromise 2015 NDAA included for EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. House and Senate staffers yesterday said the amount was $350 million. The final number for the aircraft in the bill reported out Wednesday morning was $450 million.

The compromise 2015 defense bill between the House and the Senate will allow the Navy to move ahead with putting two Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers in mothballs but stops short of endorsing the service’s plan to layup half of the cruiser force, according to a Tuesday background briefing to reporters from House and Senate staffers. Read More

Interview: U.S. Navy Personnel Chief Worries Over Potential Service Retention Problems

Interview: U.S. Navy Personnel Chief Worries Over Potential Service Retention Problems

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Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. “Bill” Moran at Recruit Training Command (RTC) on Sept. 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. “Bill” Moran at Recruit Training Command (RTC) on Sept. 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

Employee retention is very much on the mind of the man whom a civilian organizational chart would label as the U.S. Navy’s head of human resources.

Vice Adm. Bill Moran— Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (N1)—in his 15 months on the job has seen signs of a looming sailor exodus that could be on par to retention woes following the Cold War and just before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Read More

Document: Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics

Document: Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics

Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, salute a battlefield cross during a memorial ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, July 2, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, salute a battlefield cross during a memorial ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, July 2, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

From the Nov. 20, 2014 Congressional Research Service report, A Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics: Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom:
This report presents statistics regarding U.S. military casualties in the active missions Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR, Iraq and Syria) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF, Afghanistan), as well as operations that have ended, Operation New Dawn (OND, Iraq) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF, Iraq). This report includes statistics on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), amputations, evacuations, and the demographics of casualties. Some of these statistics are publicly available at the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) website and others have been obtained through contact with experts at DoD. Read More

Graphic: U.S. Navy Thanksgiving at Sea

Graphic: U.S. Navy Thanksgiving at Sea

A mess management specialist helps prepare Thanksgiving dinner aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) in 1984.

A mess management specialist helps prepare Thanksgiving dinner aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) in 1984.

The following is a U.S. Navy infographic outlining the task of feeding the crew of USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) their 2014 Thanksgiving meal. Read More

Document: Report to Congress on U.S. Navy Ship Names

Document: Report to Congress on U.S. Navy Ship Names

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and ship's sponsor, Dr. Jill Biden, watch as Vice President Joe Biden puts on a USS Delaware ball cap at the Pentagon announcing the name the future Virginia-class attack submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791) on Nov. 19, 2012. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and ship’s sponsor, Dr. Jill Biden, watch as Vice President Joe Biden puts on a USS Delaware ball cap at the Pentagon announcing the name the future Virginia-class attack submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791) on Nov. 19, 2012. US Navy Photo

The following is the Oct. 22, 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Ship Names: Background for Congress. Read More

Hagel Will Still Make Final Call on LCS Follow On

Hagel Will Still Make Final Call on LCS Follow On

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addresses the crew of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS-1) in Singapore on June 2, 2013. US Navy Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addresses the crew of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS-1) in Singapore on June 2, 2013. US Navy Photo

Despite the announcement of his resignation, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will continue to, “keep his foot on the pedal and moving forward,” in his current role, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday.

That includes the selection of the way ahead on the follow-on to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) — the Small Surface Combatant (SSC), defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

Document: Hagel's Message to DoD Following Resignation Announcement

Document: Hagel’s Message to DoD Following Resignation Announcement

Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel is saluted by side boys as he visits the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) on June 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel is saluted by side boys as he visits the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) on June 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

The following is Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Nov. 24, 2014 message to Department of Defense employees following the announcement of his resignation on Monday. Read More