Afghanistan Wants Partnership with US Military Even as Relationship, Conditions Evolve

Afghanistan Wants Partnership with US Military Even as Relationship, Conditions Evolve

Ambassador to the United States H.E. Roya Rahmani speaks at the Atlantic Council on Oct. 16, 2019.

Kabul’s ambassador to Washington said “passing statements” about U.S. withdrawal or peace talks with the Taliban made in American political campaigns are “not helpful” in setting Afghanistan on the pathway to a future as functioning democratic republic. Read More

Navy Completes Sea Trials on ESB-5 Miguel Keith, After 2018 Shipyard Accident Delayed Construction

Navy Completes Sea Trials on ESB-5 Miguel Keith, After 2018 Shipyard Accident Delayed Construction

The future USNS Miguel Keith (ESB 5) departs General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. shipyard in San Diego, Calif. During the weeklong acceptance trials, the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey conducted comprehensive tests to demonstrate and evaluate the performance of all of the ship’s major systems. NASSCO photo.

The Navy wrapped up sea trials on its newest Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB), the future Miguel Keith (ESB-5), after a 2018 shipyard accident and damage to the hull. Read More

Coast Guard Focused On Being Sea-Based In Arctic As Merits Of Deep-Water Port Debated

Coast Guard Focused On Being Sea-Based In Arctic As Merits Of Deep-Water Port Debated

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz meets with Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer and Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan in Nome and Port Clarence, Alaska to discuss the construction of deep-draft ports in western Alaska, Aug. 13, 2018. Coast Guard photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For now, the Coast Guard is focused on being sea-based in the high latitudes even as talk of building a deep-water Arctic port gains support in Washington.

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TRANSCOM Stress Test Practiced Cargo Delivery Through Mine- and Sub-Filled Waters

TRANSCOM Stress Test Practiced Cargo Delivery Through Mine- and Sub-Filled Waters

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NORFOLK (Sept. 21, 2019) Military Sealift Command large, medium-speed roll-on/roll-off (LMSR) vessel USNS Benavidez (T-AKR 306), departs Lambert’s Point Shipyard alongside USNS Mendonca (T-AKR 303) for Turbo Activation. Navy photo

Running dark and nearly silent, last month a convoy of Military Sealift Command ships practiced delivering people and gear to the fight as part of a large U.S. Transportation Command surge sealift capability stress test.

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Fleet Logistics Wing Established as Navy Preps for COD Transition, Second Osprey Squadron

Fleet Logistics Wing Established as Navy Preps for COD Transition, Second Osprey Squadron

A MV-22B Osprey assigned to the Blue Knights of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 365 (Reinforced), prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), Oct. 10, 2019. US Navy photo.

The Navy last week took another step foward in its transition to the next-generation fleet of logistics aircraft to support its carrier strike groups. Read More

CNO Gilday to Release First Planning Guidance Soon, After Visiting Sailors Around the Globe

CNO Gilday to Release First Planning Guidance Soon, After Visiting Sailors Around the Globe

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Sailors during a ship visit aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) on Sept. 26 in San Diego, Calif. Gilday and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith visited Sailors and engaged with leadership during their tour of the ship. US Navy photo.

The new chief of naval operations will soon release his first document outlining his vision for the Navy, after spending the last two months listening to admirals and deckplate sailors alike about readiness and manpower issues. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 15, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 15, 2019

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Oct. 15, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More