Category Archives: Education Legislation

Admiral, Captain Removed in Ongoing Investigations into USS John S. McCain, USS Fitzgerald Collisions; Head of Surface Forces Puts in Early Retirement Request

Admiral, Captain Removed in Ongoing Investigations into USS John S. McCain, USS Fitzgerald Collisions; Head of Surface Forces Puts in Early Retirement Request

CTF 70 commander Rear Adm. Charles Williams, DESRON 15 commander Capt. Jeffrey Bennett. USNI News image

This post has been updated to include replacements for CTF-70 and DESRON 15.

The commander of the Navy’s largest operational battle force and his subordinate in charge of the attached destroyer squadron have been removed from their positions as a result of ongoing investigations into a string of incidents this year that resulted in the death of 17 sailors and hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, USNI News has learned. Read More

DSEI: Navy Poised to Order Second Vessel for ACTUV Sea Hunter Test Program

DSEI: Navy Poised to Order Second Vessel for ACTUV Sea Hunter Test Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency tests its Sea Hunter unmanned vehicle — the technology demonstration vessel it designed, developed and built through its anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel program, or ACTUV — in Portland, Ore., prior to an April 7 commissioning ceremony. DARPA photo.

LONDON — The U.S. Navy is preparing to take full control of the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program and procure a second craft. Read More

Training Mishap: AAV Fire Injures 14 Marines, Sailor; Some in ‘Critical’ Condition

Training Mishap: AAV Fire Injures 14 Marines, Sailor; Some in ‘Critical’ Condition

An Assault Amphibious Vehicles, with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, departs Red Beach during the Marine Air- Ground Task Force demonstration for the 75th Anniversary on Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 14, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

An amphibious assault vehicle caught fire during a training exercise Wednesday morning at Camp Pendleton, Calif., injuring 14 Marines and a sailor as Marine Corps officials began to investigate just what happened. Read More

Readiness of U.S. Ships in Japan Focus of USS John S. McCain, USS Fitzgerald Collision Hearing

Readiness of U.S. Ships in Japan Focus of USS John S. McCain, USS Fitzgerald Collision Hearing

VCNO Adm. Bill Moran testifying before the HASC on Sept. 7, 2017. CSPAN Image

CAPITOL HILL – The Navy’s second in command told Congress that he had always assumed the service’s forces in Japan were among the services best due to their constant operational tempo. That changed after a quartet of surface ships suffered a chain of incidents that resulted in the death of 17 sailors and hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Read More

Littoral Combat Ship, Mission Package Testing Activity At All-Time High

Littoral Combat Ship, Mission Package Testing Activity At All-Time High

The littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS-6) sits pierside in San Diego, Calif. US Navy Photo

This article is the second in a three-part series on the changes occurring in the Littoral Combat Ship community as the fleet rapidly grows, moves to a new crewing and organizational construct and prepares for multi-ship forward operations. 

SAN DIEGO — A flurry of Littoral Combat Ship activity on the San Diego waterfront belies any thought the program is in a sleepy infancy phase.

There is more LCS activity taking place now than in the history of the program. Both Austal USA and Lockheed Martin continue to churn out new ships. All three mission packages – surface warfare, mine countermeasures and anti-submarine warfare – are in development. Several ships are in maintenance, and new crews are forming and training ahead of at least three upcoming deployments. One ship, USS Coronado (LCS-4) is operating out of Singapore today. And the crews and LCS squadrons are reorganizing themselves to maximize operational readiness. Read More

Navy to Use Heavy Lift Ship to Bring Stricken USS John S. McCain to Japan

Navy to Use Heavy Lift Ship to Bring Stricken USS John S. McCain to Japan

Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) at it steers towards Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC on Aug 21, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Navy will use a heavy lift ship to transport the damaged guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) to Japan for further assessment, Naval Sea Systems Command announced on Wednesday. Read More