Category Archives: U.S. Navy

Exploring the Wreck of USS Macon, The Navy's Last Flying Aircraft Carrier

Exploring the Wreck of USS Macon, The Navy’s Last Flying Aircraft Carrier

A screen grab of video from the Aug. 18, 2015 dive on the USS Macon. Ocean Exploration Trust Photo

A screen grab of video from the Aug. 18, 2015 dive on the USS Macon. Ocean Exploration Trust Photo

SILVER SPRING, Md. – Eighty years ago, the Navy’s last flying aircraft carrier crashed off the coast of California and sank to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

The sinking of USS Macon (ZRS-5), a lighter-than-air rigid airship, resulted in few deaths but its loss ended the Navy’s quest to use airships as long-range scouts for the fleet.

While the idea died, the wreck Macon lives on as an important archaeological site and this week Naval History and Heritage Command, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and several non-profits came together to explore the wreckage, mapping out pieces of the airship and its four biplanes and studying the change in its material condition over time. Read More

Former Coast Guard Commandant Papp: Cooperation with Russia Key to Arctic Development

Former Coast Guard Commandant Papp: Cooperation with Russia Key to Arctic Development

Russian icebreaker Yamal, Canadian icebreaker Louis S. St. Laurent and the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea rendezvous near the North Pole in 1994. US Coast Guard Photo

Russian icebreaker Yamal, Canadian icebreaker Louis S. St. Laurent and the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea rendezvous near the North Pole in 1994. US Coast Guard Photo

“It’s very important to have Russia on board” when looking at the Arctic from an environmental, economic and security standpoint, the former commandant of the Coast Guard said Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Read More

3 Virginia Attack Submarines Still Restricted as NAVSEA Investigates Questionable Welding, Rest of Fleet Cleared

3 Virginia Attack Submarines Still Restricted as NAVSEA Investigates Questionable Welding, Rest of Fleet Cleared

150801-EO381-162 NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 1, 2015) Sailors man the rails of USS John Warner (SSN-785) at Naval Station Norfolk on Aug. 1, 2015. US Navy Photo

150801-EO381-162 NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 1, 2015) Sailors man the rails of USS John Warner (SSN-785) at Naval Station Norfolk on Aug. 1, 2015. US Navy Photo

Naval Sea Systems Command has isolated a series of questionable welds to the Navy’s three newest Virginia-class attack boats and has cleared the rest of the fleet for normal operation, a NAVSEA spokeswoman told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

Panel: U.S. Must Rely on Leaders of Korea, Japan to Improve Relations

Panel: U.S. Must Rely on Leaders of Korea, Japan to Improve Relations

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye in 2014. Kyodo Photo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye in 2014. Kyodo Photo

The prime minister of Japan and the president of the Republic of Korea “are the only ones at the moment” who are capable of improving relations between these two important American allies in Asia, but the question remains “how does it get fixed,” according to a Tuesday panel on the state of relations between the two countries. Read More

Hospital Ship USNS Mercy, JHSV USNS Millinocket Visit Vietnam

Hospital Ship USNS Mercy, JHSV USNS Millinocket Visit Vietnam

Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits at anchor upon its arrival off the coast of Da Nang, Vietnam on Aug. 17, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits at anchor upon its arrival off the coast of Da Nang, Vietnam on Aug. 17, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

The San Diego-based hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) and the Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV-3) are in Da Nang, Vietnam this week as part of a humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR) exercises. Read More

CNO Greenert: Ohio Replacement Program First in a List of U.S. Nuclear Needs

CNO Greenert: Ohio Replacement Program First in a List of U.S. Nuclear Needs

150805-N-AT895-015 WASHINGTON (Aug. 5, 2015) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens hold an all-hands call with members of the N2/N6 directorate at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)

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WASHINGTON (Aug. 5, 2015) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens hold an all-hands call with members of the N2/N6 directorate at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)

While the Navy has spent much of the last few years strategizing on how it will come up with the money for the $100 billion replacement for the Ohio nuclear ballistic missile submarine without sacrificing its shipbuilding budget, the dozen planned boomers are the first of several 1970s and 1980s era nuclear strategic weapon systems that need to be recapitalized, outgoing Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said on Monday. Read More