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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 9, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 9, 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 Sept. 9, 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

The State of LCS: Navy Moving to Add Firepower, Capability to Both Classes

The State of LCS: Navy Moving to Add Firepower, Capability to Both Classes

USS Detroit (LCS-7) receives regularly scheduled maintenance and upkeep during a scheduled dry-dock maintenance availability phase at BAE Systems shipyard in Jacksonville, Fla., March 29, 2019. US Navy Photo

This is the second of a two-part series on the current state of the Littoral Combat Ship program.

This post has been updated to note that the Mk 48 Mod II Gun Weapon Control System will upgrade the current 57mm gun on the LCS. 

WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – With both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship in serial production at two yards and those ships now kicking off an enduring multi-ship overseas presence, the Navy is turning its focus to increasing the lethality and survivability of the hulls. Read More

The State of LCS: Navy Pushing More Ships to Sea This Fall as Class Matures

The State of LCS: Navy Pushing More Ships to Sea This Fall as Class Matures

Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Kerri Corcoran, assigned to the Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8), prepares to throw out a line while a tug boat comes alongside Montgomery to escort it into Davao City, Philippines on June 29, 2019. US Navy Photo

This is the first of a two-part series on the current state of the Littoral Combat Ship program.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Five years from now, there may be as many Littoral Combat Ships deployed as there are destroyers. Read More

Navy Wants to Make Surface Fleet Training Harder with More Live, Virtual Opposing Forces and Ranges

Navy Wants to Make Surface Fleet Training Harder with More Live, Virtual Opposing Forces and Ranges

USS Farragut (DDG-99) launches a Standard Missile (SM-2) during a missile exercise (MISSILEX) on April 13, 2018. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – As the Navy continues to inject more live, virtual and constructive events to prepare ships’ crews to defeat potential threats, surface warfare training officials are looking to add more realistic adversaries and tougher scenarios via virtual training. Read More

Pentagon Shifts Focus on Directed Energy Weapons Technology

Pentagon Shifts Focus on Directed Energy Weapons Technology

Artist’s concept of a HELIOS laser system aboard a U.S. destroyer. Lockheed Martin Image

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Department of Defense is focusing its directed energy weapons research on technologies ready to field now, placing on the backburner plans to create more complex space-based technology, the Pentagon’s head of research said on Wednesday.

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Funds for Navy Repair Facilities, European Defense Initiative Shifted to Border Wall

Funds for Navy Repair Facilities, European Defense Initiative Shifted to Border Wall

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is dry-docked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia, on April 23, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a Pentagon statement.

Navy repair facilities in Virginia and Washington State, planned port improvements for U.S. ships in Spain and a new treatment center for working dogs in Guantanamo Bay are among the military construction projects that will have their funds rerouted to build $3.6 billion in barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. Read More

NavalX Innovation Support Office Opening 5 Regional 'Tech Bridge' Hubs

NavalX Innovation Support Office Opening 5 Regional ‘Tech Bridge’ Hubs

James F. Geurts (left), assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition (ASN RDA), and Capt. Jon Margolick (right), U.S. Marine Corps Naval Expeditions (NavalX) liaison, announce the DoN’s plan to rapidly expand its collaboration capabilities through the creation of Tech Bridges on Sept. 3, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to clarify that the PEO Carriers interaction with NavalX is ongoing and has not yet concluded.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Navy is expanding its NavalX innovation support office, setting up five regional hubs across the country that will bring military, industry and academia together to help solve nagging problems for the service. Read More

Inaugural AUMX Exercise Seeks to Deepen U.S.-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation

Inaugural AUMX Exercise Seeks to Deepen U.S.-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation

Sailors and maritime forces of ASEAN member states salute while standing in formation together during the opening ceremony for the ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise (AUMX) at Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand. US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR — The U.S. has kicked off a new exercise in the Western Pacific with participation of the maritime assets of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The ASEAN Maritime Exercise (AUMX) began on Sunday at the Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand. Read More