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Senate Panel Pushes Navy, Marine Corps to Fix Base Housing Problems

Senate Panel Pushes Navy, Marine Corps to Fix Base Housing Problems

Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert P. Burke testifies with his service counterparts about Military Personnel Policies and Military Family Readiness during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel on Feb 27, 2019. US Navy Photo

The chairman of a Senate panel overseeing military personnel pushed the Navy and Marines to fix ongoing military housing problems that include black mold and sewage backing up into base housing. Read More

Fleet Forces: Navy Short 6,200 At-Sea Sailors Now to Meet New Manning Requirements

Fleet Forces: Navy Short 6,200 At-Sea Sailors Now to Meet New Manning Requirements

Sailors attend an all-hands call aboard USS Porter (DDG-78) in celebration of Independence Day July 4, 2016. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – The Navy is short about 6,200 sailors to meet its at-sea requirements for its current force, and that gap could grow as the service adds new ships to the fleet, the head of U.S. Fleet Forces Command told a House panel on Tuesday. Read More

Fleet Commanders Holding Firm on Readiness Standards for Surface Ships

Fleet Commanders Holding Firm on Readiness Standards for Surface Ships

Sailors heave in line aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG-111) during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO-200) on Nov. 16, 2018. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include an additional statement from U.S. Pacific Fleet.

CAPITOL HILL – The Navy’s Pacific and Atlantic fleet commanders have increased their ability to understand surface ship readiness at the individual ship level and have shown their willingness to cancel or delay deployments if a ship has not proven it can safely conduct that mission, the two fleet commanders told lawmakers today. Read More

Davidson Defends Surface Navy Readiness in Letter to Angus King

Davidson Defends Surface Navy Readiness in Letter to Angus King

Adm. Phil Davidson participates in an honors ceremony at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in New Zealand in August 2018. US Navy Photo

The head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is defending the Navy’s effort to reform its surface fleet after a tense exchange with a senator in a posture hearing earlier this month. Read More

Neller: Marines Need $3.5 Billion for Camp Lejeune Repairs, Despite MILCON Cuts for Border Spending

Neller: Marines Need $3.5 Billion for Camp Lejeune Repairs, Despite MILCON Cuts for Border Spending

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller speaks with a Marine during a visit to Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 13, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The commandant of the Marine Corps hopes the Pentagon and Congress can find money for hurricane damage repairs at Camp Lejeune, N.C., despite military construction funding being diverted for the Trump Administration’s border security plan.

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Navy Proposing Bold Changes in How it Teaches Sailors in New Education Plan

Navy Proposing Bold Changes in How it Teaches Sailors in New Education Plan

Utilitiesman 1st Class Joshua Poirier, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, and Sailors assigned to Commander, Fleet Activities Okinawa tenant commands, take the Navy-wide chief petty officer advancement exam. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy is pushing a series of education reforms to better train enlisted sailors and officers to face the increasing military capability posed by near-peer competitors and to fight complex, high-end wars. Read More

Amphibious Community Pushes for Continued Spending Amid Worries About 2020 Shipbuilding Plan

Amphibious Community Pushes for Continued Spending Amid Worries About 2020 Shipbuilding Plan

The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) steam in formation while participating in a photo exercise in the Arabian Gulf on Nov. 28, 2017. US Navy photo.

CAPITOL HILL – The amphibious warship community and supporters on Thursday pushed for continued momentum for shipbuilding, amid growing concerns that the upcoming Fiscal Year 2020 ship construction plan may not be as generous as the 2019 plan was. Read More