SECDEF Esper Tells Naval Academy Grads Next Generation Fleet on the Way

SECDEF Esper Tells Naval Academy Grads Next Generation Fleet on the Way

May 20, 2020) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, fly over Bancroft Hall as midshipmen toss their covers concluding the fifth swearing-in event for the United States Naval Academy Class of 2020. Navy photo

The future Navy and Marine Corps will use technologically advanced weapons platforms that place a premium on adaptability, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Friday to the newest generation of Navy and Marine Corps officers during a pre-recorded virtual U.S. Naval Academy commencement.

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Release of USS Thresher Documents Delayed by COVID-19 Office Closures

Release of USS Thresher Documents Delayed by COVID-19 Office Closures

A bow view of the nuclear submarine Thresher (SSN-593), 24 July 1961. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo

The Navy is sitting on roughly 600 pages of documents related to the USS Thresher (SSN-593) sinking that a federal judge ordered released, unable to comply because the office charged with processing their release is shuttered due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Navy Releases RFP for Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

Navy Releases RFP for Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

A Mk 18 Mod 2 Kingfish sits on a rigid-hull inflatable boat operated by an unmanned systems platoon under EOD Mobile Unit 1 out of Naval Station Point Loma, Calif., on Feb. 11, 2019. USNI News photo.

The Navy this week released a request for proposals for a Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (MUUV) that is meant to streamline two existing unmanned systems into a single open architecture UUV. Read More

Navy Issues Iran Warning to Keep Away From Warships

Navy Issues Iran Warning to Keep Away From Warships

Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) vessels conducted unsafe and unprofessional actions against U.S. Military ships by crossing the ships’ bows and sterns at close range while operating in international waters of the North Arabian Gulf. The guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) is conducting joint interoperability operations in support of maritime security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. US Navy photo.

The U.S. Navy’s stay-away warning to marine traffic in the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman was intended for Iran, Pentagon officials confirmed on Thursday. Read More

Senate Confirms Kenneth Braithwaite to Serve as Next Navy Secretary

Senate Confirms Kenneth Braithwaite to Serve as Next Navy Secretary

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OSLO, Norway (Nov. 15, 2018) Kenneth J. Braithwaite, the U.S. ambassador to Norway, arrives aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Nov. 15, 2018. Iwo Jima is currently in port in Oslo, Norway after participating in Trident Juncture 2018 which was a NATO-led exercise designed to certify NATO response forces and develop interoperability among participating NATO Allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Travis Baley/Released)

The Senate confirmed Kenneth Braithwaite to serve as the next secretary of the Navy, following the November departure of the last confirmed secretary of the sea services. Read More

CNO, Commandant: Naval Forces Can Meet Today's Obligations, But 2021 Readiness At Risk With Pandemic

CNO, Commandant: Naval Forces Can Meet Today’s Obligations, But 2021 Readiness At Risk With Pandemic

Sailors assigned to the command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) salute while manning the rails as the ship gets underway from Gaeta, Italy, on May 18, 2020. US Navy Photo

Naval operations are proceeding unimpeded by the COVID-19 pandemic, top leaders say, but there could be readiness challenges next year if the virus continues to affect the output at maintenance depots and at the suppliers who make spare parts. Read More

CNO Gilday: Hundreds of Theodore Roosevelt Sailors Still Recovering in Guam, But Carrier Could Deploy if Needed

CNO Gilday: Hundreds of Theodore Roosevelt Sailors Still Recovering in Guam, But Carrier Could Deploy if Needed

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) departs Apra Harbor for carrier qualifications during a deployment to the Indo-Pacific on May, 21, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

The Navy has made good progress learning how to prevent or contain a COVID-19 outbreak on ships at sea, the head of the service told reporters today, but there are still a lot of unknowns the Navy is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to figure out. Read More

UPDATED: FBI Says NAS Corpus Christi Gun Battle is 'Terrorism-Related', 2nd Person of Interest at Large

UPDATED: FBI Says NAS Corpus Christi Gun Battle is ‘Terrorism-Related’, 2nd Person of Interest at Large

Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Leah Greeves briefing reporters on Thursday. Image via KPRC2

This post was updated with a map and statement from the FBI.

The FBI is investigating an early morning shooting at a Texas naval air station as an act of terrorism and searching for a second “person of interest” related to the incident, the agency announced on Thursday. Read More