In Dual Ceremony, Harris Takes Over PACOM, Swift Assumes Command of PACFLT

In Dual Ceremony, Harris Takes Over PACOM, Swift Assumes Command of PACFLT

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., left, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Ashton Carter, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, and Adm. Scott H. Swift, render honors during the joint U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on May 27, 2015. US Navy photo.

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., left, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, and Adm. Scott H. Swift, render honors during the joint U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on May 27, 2015. US Navy photo.

In a double change-of-command ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Adm. Harry Harris was promoted from U.S. Pacific Fleet commander to U.S. Pacific Command commander, and Adm. Scott Swift earned a fourth star and took over as the new PACFLT commander. Read More

Navy: Hospital Ship Collision Did Not Damage 'USS Arizona Vessel'

Navy: Hospital Ship Collision Did Not Damage ‘USS Arizona Vessel’

A photo of USNS Mercy near the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii shortly after a tug pushing the ship may have struck the iconic white pavilion. Photo courtesy Military.com.

A photo of USNS Mercy near the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii shortly the ship may have struck the iconic white pavilion. Photo courtesy Military.com.

The Tuesday accident that damaged the floating dock of the USS Arizona Memorial did not damage the sunken World War II battleship on which 1,177 sailors and Marines died in the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Navy said late Thursday. Read More

European Envoys Outline Risks of Not Reaching a Nuclear Deal with Iran

European Envoys Outline Risks of Not Reaching a Nuclear Deal with Iran

French ambassador to the U.S. Gerard Araud, German to the ambassador U.S. Peter Wittig and U.K. to the ambassador U.S Peter Westmacott at The Atlantic Council on May 26, 2015.

French ambassador to the U.S. Gerard Araud, German to the ambassador U.S. Peter Wittig and U.K. to the ambassador U.S Peter Westmacott at The Atlantic Council on May 26, 2015.

If talks with Iran fail to produce a solid agreement on ending its program to develop nuclear weapons, a “blame game” could develop that that might lead a number of countries to reconsider their support of continued sanctions, and also potentially set off a new arms race in the Middle East, the German ambassador to the U.S. said earlier this week. Read More

PEO Carriers: Advanced Arresting Gear Delays Won't Stop Ford From Delivering On Time

PEO Carriers: Advanced Arresting Gear Delays Won’t Stop Ford From Delivering On Time

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ship’s launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing in November 2013. US Navy photo.

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ship’s launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing in November 2013. US Navy photo.

The program executive officer for aircraft carriers told USNI News he is confident the carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will deliver on time despite delays in the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) program. Read More

Modernized Cruiser Chancellorsville Leaving for New Homeport in Japan

Modernized Cruiser Chancellorsville Leaving for New Homeport in Japan

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) pulls out of San Diego Harbor for a training exercise in March 2013. US Navy photo.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) pulls out of San Diego Harbor for a training exercise in March 2013. US Navy photo.

The guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) departed San Diego today for its new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, rejoining the Forward Deployed Naval Forces and bringing an improved anti-air warfare capability to the Asia-Pacific region. Read More

Navy's EA-6B Prowler Takes Last Active Duty Flight Before Sunset Ceremony

Navy’s EA-6B Prowler Takes Last Active Duty Flight Before Sunset Ceremony

An EA-6B Prowler, attached to the "Garudas" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134, left, and an F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the "Golden Warriors" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Oct. 25, 2014. US Navy photo.

An EA-6B Prowler, attached to the “Garudas” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134, left, and an F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the “Golden Warriors” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Oct. 25, 2014. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare jet flew its last active duty flight on Wednesday and officially decommissioned at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Read More

UPDATED: Tug Moving U.S. Navy Hospital Ship May Have Struck USS Arizona Memorial

UPDATED: Tug Moving U.S. Navy Hospital Ship May Have Struck USS Arizona Memorial

A photo of USNS Mercy near the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii shortly after a tug pushing the ship may have struck the iconic white pavilion. Photo courtesy Military.com.

A photo of USNS Mercy near the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii shortly after a tug pushing the ship may have struck the iconic white pavilion. Photo courtesy Military.com.

This post has been updated to include a statement from the National Park Service and local press reports that indicate the USNS Mercy may have struck the memorial.

A U.S. Navy hospital ship or a tug maneuvering it through a narrow channel may have struck the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii on Wednesday, according to the service and local press reports. Read More

Navy Assessment: LCS Fort Worth Needed 90 Percent Less Maintenance than Freedom in First 3 Months of Deployment

Navy Assessment: LCS Fort Worth Needed 90 Percent Less Maintenance than Freedom in First 3 Months of Deployment

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) conducts patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands as the People's Liberation Army-Navy [PLA(N)] guided-missile frigate Yancheng (FFG 546) transits close behind on May 11, 2015. US Navy photo.

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) conducts patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands as the People’s Liberation Army-Navy [PLA(N)] guided-missile frigate Yancheng (FFG 546) transits close behind on May 11, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) is six months into its 16-month deployment and requiring an order of magnitude fewer hours of corrective maintenance than its predecessor, USS Freedom (LCS-1). Read More

Document: GAO Report On 'Implementation and Effects' of Sequestration on the Pentagon

Document: GAO Report On ‘Implementation and Effects’ of Sequestration on the Pentagon

The following is the May 27, 2015 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Sequestration: Documenting and Assessing Lessons Learned Would Assist DOD in Planning for Future Budget Uncertainty. The report was called for in the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to review the “implementation and effects” of the FY 2013 sequestration cuts levied on the Department of Defense. Read More