This post was updated from its original version to include a reaction from Rep Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee.
USNS Comfort (T-AH-20), one of the Navy’s two hospital ships that will be counted in the service’s ‘battle force’ as part of a new plan that reclassifies existing ships by assets in high demand by combatant commanders. US Navy Photo
The Navy is changing the way it counts its ships that will increase the hulls it has on the books by almost ten by including small patrol craft and hospital ships as part of its “battle force,” according to a March 7 congressional notification obtained by USNI News. Read More
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, left, speaks with Spanish Chief of Naval Staff Adm. Jaime MuÒoz-Delgado y Diaz del Rio following the arrival of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) at Naval Station Rota, Spain on Feb. 11, 2014. US Navy Photo
The following is a March 7, 2014 notification to Congress from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on the Navy’s new methodology for counting the number of ships in its battle force inventory. Read More
Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder. US Navy Photo
The Navy recovered the missing pilot from last week’s MH-53E Sea Dragon crash off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va., the service announced late Tuesday. Read More
MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 conducts practice MK-105 mine countermeasure operations in the Chesapeake Bay in 2011. US Navy Photo
The Navy has identified the missing pilot from the Wednesday crash of a MH-53E Sea Dragon crash off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. Read More
MH-53E from Mine Countermeasure Squadron 14 “Vanguard” (HM-14) in 2006. US Navy Photo
The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended a search for the missing crewmember from a MH-53E Sea Dragon that crashed off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. at 3:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, Navy officials told USNI News. Read More
MH-53E Seadragon Assigned to HM-14 Vanguard in 2009. US Navy Photo
Two sailors are dead, one is missing and two are hospitalized following the crash of a MH-53E Sea Dragon off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. on Wednesday morning.
“Two crew members remain hospitalized at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. One is listed in serious condition and the other has been upgraded to fair condition,” Naval Air Force Atlantic said in a statement provided to USNI News.
“The search for the fifth crew member is continuing.”
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USS Freedom (LCS-1) and USS Independence (LCS-2) US Navy Photo
The beating heart of both variants of the littoral combat ship (LCS) is the series of three mission packages the Navy is developing to handle some of the service’s most dire needs in the littorals.
The modular ship is a marked departure from the past in the way the Navy develops capability for its surface fleet. Sailors often liken the LCS to a video game system—with the mission packages being the actual games. But instead of “Halo” or “Call of Duty,” sailors will try their hands at mine countermeasures (MCM), surface warfare (SuW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW).
The Huon class minehunter HMAS Gascoyne, anchored in Sydney Harbour following a ceremonial fleet entry
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has found four pieces of ordnance dropped by two U.S. AV-8B Harrier, according to a Friday statement from the Australian Defense Ministry. Read More
An AV-8B Harrier. US Navy Photo
The Navy’s 7th Fleet is taking the lead in the recovery of four bombs U.S. Marine fighters dropped near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Navy officials told USNI on Friday. Read More