Category Archives: Military Personnel

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

Navy Stopped Publicly Announcing Flag Officer Nominations, Citing Policy Review

Navy Stopped Publicly Announcing Flag Officer Nominations, Citing Policy Review

Navy Flag officers salute the color guard during the playing of the national anthem at the beginning of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) decommissioning ceremony in 2007. US Navy Photo

An earlier version of this story referred to 67 U.S. Army general officer nominations when in fact these were 67 general officer job announcements. The Army typically only announces general officer job assignments.

The Pentagon in Fiscal Year 2019 has announced the nomination or assignment of a combined 256 general officers for the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps – and one Navy admiral. 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

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 25, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 25, 2019

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Feb. 25, 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

WEST: Marines Expanding Sea Control Laboratory to Test Command and Control Concepts, Gear

WEST: Marines Expanding Sea Control Laboratory to Test Command and Control Concepts, Gear

The landing force operations center maintained by Marine Corps Tactical System Support Activity on Camp Pendleton, Calif., replicates sea-based systems normally seen on U. S. Navy ships, allowing Marines to improve their understanding command and control mediums by testing them in a simulated environment. US Marine Corps

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Marines are expanding its shore-based, sea control test lab to help ensure sea-going Marines’ command and control systems will work once they get aboard ship. Read More

Rear Adm. John Nowell Nominated to be Next Chief of Naval Personnel

Rear Adm. John Nowell Nominated to be Next Chief of Naval Personnel

Lance Cpl. Nathan Rhodes, a Marine assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48), shows Rear Adm. John B. Nowell, then commander Task Force (CTF) 76, how to open the hatch of an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV). US Marine Corps photo

The Navy’s director of military personnel plans and policy, Rear Adm. John Nowell, Jr., has been nominated to become the next chief of naval personnel (N1), USNI News has learned. Read More

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

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 11, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 11, 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 Feb. 11, 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