Category Archives: Military Personnel

97% of Active-Duty Sailors Fully Vaccinated With Four Days Until Deadline

97% of Active-Duty Sailors Fully Vaccinated With Four Days Until Deadline

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Emily Pierce, left, from Bremerton, Washington, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Information Systems Technician 1st Class Correy Bushman, from Rochester, Minnesota, assigned to the John C. Stennis, during a Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic led vaccination effort in conjunction with Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. US Navy Photo

The Navy has 97 percent of its active-duty sailors fully immunized with four days to go before the service’s deadline to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Read More

Marine Corps Aiming to Keep Marines in Longer With More Transparency, Attention to Physical and Mental Fitness

Marine Corps Aiming to Keep Marines in Longer With More Transparency, Attention to Physical and Mental Fitness

Rct. Riley Goodrichstocking, a recruit with Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, practices combat marksmanship during the companies’ Table II fire drills at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., Sept. 15. U.S. Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps is aiming to add more transparency and data into how it evaluates career trajectories to retain enlisted Marines and officers, as the service lays out how to meet the goals of its new talent management strategy. Read More

Former VCNO: China Ahead of U.S. in Applying Data to Military Use

Former VCNO: China Ahead of U.S. in Applying Data to Military Use

Operations Specialist Letroy Black, from Little Rock, Arkansas, monitors data units in the combat direction center aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). US Navy Photo

China’s push to harness “quality data” for military use has put Beijing “way ahead of us” in this area of high technology, but the Pentagon remains the leader in domain expertise like anti-submarine warfare and artificial intelligence, a former vice chief of naval operations said last week. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 22, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 22, 2021

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Nov. 22, 2021, 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

China Coast Guard Attacks Resupply Mission for Filipino Troops on BRP Sierra Madre

China Coast Guard Attacks Resupply Mission for Filipino Troops on BRP Sierra Madre

A Chinese Coast Guard Vessel in an image released by Philippine officials

MANILA, Philippines — Two Chinese Coast Guard vessels launched water cannons onto two Filipino boats during a resupply mission, a move that prompted the Philippine government to file a diplomatic protest against China, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin said on Thursday. Read More

USS Connecticut Underway off Guam After Undergoing Repairs

USS Connecticut Underway off Guam After Undergoing Repairs

USS Connecticut (SSN-22) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a scheduled port visit, July 31, 2021. US Navy Photo

The U.S. attack submarine that struck an underwater seamount last month is underway off the coast of Guam after more than a month of damage assessment repairs, two defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

Chief of Naval Personnel to Determine Status for Partially Vaccinated Sailors

Chief of Naval Personnel to Determine Status for Partially Vaccinated Sailors

Steady sticklers with Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton began a Shot Exercise to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to all unvaccinated active duty personnel assigned to commands in the nation’s third largest fleet concentration area of Puget Sound, Aug. 31, 2021. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John Nowell will decide the career outcomes of active-duty sailors who have started the vaccination process but will not meet the impending deadline to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Read More

UPDATED: U.K. F-35B from Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Crashes in Mediterranean, Pilot Recovered

UPDATED: U.K. F-35B from Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Crashes in Mediterranean, Pilot Recovered

An F35B Lightning II pilot prepared to take off from HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) on Aug. 14, 2021. UK Royal Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional information from the U.K. MoD and a statement from F-35 builder Lockheed Martin.

A U.K. F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter operating from Royal Navy carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) crashed in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, the U.K. Ministry of Defense announced. Read More