Yearly Archives: 2019

Navy Still Mulling Post-F-35C Aviation Combatant; Could be Mix of Manned, Unmanned Aircraft

Navy Still Mulling Post-F-35C Aviation Combatant; Could be Mix of Manned, Unmanned Aircraft

A U.S. Navy F-35C Lightning II, attached to Commander, Joint Strike Fighter Wing, the ‘Argonauts’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, completes a flight over Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Feb. 1, 2019. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Navy is unclear how it will proceed with its next generation of aviation combatants following the introduction of the F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter into the carrier air wing, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said on Thursday. Read More

Navy Claims Successes In Improving On-Time Ship Maintenance, But Backlogs Persist

Navy Claims Successes In Improving On-Time Ship Maintenance, But Backlogs Persist

Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Lashavya Barber welds aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in 2018. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – The Navy is still working to reduce its ship maintenance backlog, but a number of small improvements at its four public shipyards and innovative applications of new technologies and processes are moving the needle in the right direction, top leaders say. Read More

U.S. Indo-Pacific Diplomacy Efforts Hinge On FONOPS, Humanitarian Missions

U.S. Indo-Pacific Diplomacy Efforts Hinge On FONOPS, Humanitarian Missions

Ships from Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group sail in formation while conducting security and stability operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in October. Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy’s stepped-up freedom of navigation transits in the South China Sea sends an unmistakable message to China and other nations in the region, a State Department official said this week.

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CNO Gilday Releases New, Simplified Command Guidance to Fleet

CNO Gilday Releases New, Simplified Command Guidance to Fleet

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Sailors during a ship visit aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59). US Navy Photo

With a focus on three core themes, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday released a streamlined effort chopping up last year’s “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority 2.0” into a more digestible document. Read More

Sub Builders Confident Young Workforce Can Keep Virginia Attack Boats On Track

Sub Builders Confident Young Workforce Can Keep Virginia Attack Boats On Track

Virginia-class submarine Washington (SSN-787) under construction in 2016 at Newport News Shipbuilding, Va. HII Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy’s ability to keep on track its top acquisition program, the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine, rests heavily on its ability to keep the Virginia-class attack boat program on track – something the two submarine builders have struggled with in recent years amid challenges with their workforce and supplier base as the Virginia program increased to a two-a-year production cadence. Read More

U.S. Navy Has Been Shut Out of Hong Kong Since July

U.S. Navy Has Been Shut Out of Hong Kong Since July

Two aviators assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 look out onto the Hong Kong skyline as the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) in 2013. US Navy Photo

This post was updated with additional information about USS McCampbell (DDG-85), which in August was denied permission to visit the Chinese port of Qingdao. 

Shortly after protests began rocking Hong Kong over a controversial extradition bill, the Chinese government quietly started denying U.S. Navy ships permission to visit the port city. Read More