Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford Enters Year-Long Post-Shakedown Maintenance and Upgrade Period

Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford Enters Year-Long Post-Shakedown Maintenance and Upgrade Period

Sailors assigned to the deck department of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) off-load Mark 8 life rafts from the ship’s flight deck on July 8, 2018. US Navy Photo

After spending 81 days at sea spread out during eight steaming events, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is back at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding for a year-long maintenance and upgrade period.

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UPDATED: USS Harry S. Truman Now Operating in Cold War Era Submarine Hot Spot

UPDATED: USS Harry S. Truman Now Operating in Cold War Era Submarine Hot Spot

USS Normandy (CG-60) steams alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Jul 8, 2018. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) is operating in the North Atlantic over the old stomping grounds of the Soviet submarine force, in the latest twist of a deployment that has broken with almost 20 years of U.S. carrier tradition, USNI News has learned. Read More

Austal USA Considering the Future of the EPF Design

Austal USA Considering the Future of the EPF Design

 

Austal USA rendering of proposed EPF hospital ship. Austal USA

As Austal USA prepares to negotiate the contract for the final planned expeditionary fast transport (EPF) vessel, the shipbuilder is actively exploring how to keep the production line hot by pitching the hull as a solution for other Navy needs, such as providing medical services in austere coastal environments.

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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 16, 2018

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 16, 2018

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The USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker is sponsored by CNA. These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of July 16, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

All-Navy Crew Flies MV-22 Osprey for the First Time

All-Navy Crew Flies MV-22 Osprey for the First Time

Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, shakes hands with Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) 1st Class Timothy Saye, an MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft crew chief assigned to Airborne Command and Control and Logistics Wing (ACCLOGWING) Medium Tilt Rotor Training Squadron Detachment (VMTT Det.) 204, as he departs the first all-Navy Osprey flight from Naval Station Norfolk to Marine Corps Air Station New River. Navy Photo

For the first time ever, an all-Navy crew flew a MV-22B Osprey on Thursday, traveling from Naval Station Norfolk, Va. to Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, N.C.

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Navy: Chinese Spy Ship Monitoring RIMPAC Exercise, Again

Navy: Chinese Spy Ship Monitoring RIMPAC Exercise, Again

An undated photo of Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence (AGI) Tianwangxing (853).

A previous version of this post incorrectly stated a Chinese AGI monitored the RIMPAC exercise in 2016. In fact, the AGI in 2016 belonged to the Russian Navy.

A Chinese surveillance ship is operating off the coast of Hawaii to keep tabs on the U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, a Navy official confirmed to USNI News on Friday. Read More

USNI News Video: Avengers Assemble

USNI News Video: Avengers Assemble

The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM-14) pulls into Jeju Island in the Republic of Korea (ROK) as part of a routine port visit on Sept. 26, 2017. US Navy Photo

For nearly three decades, the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ships have sought to identify and kill moored and bottom mines.

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