Category Archives: Military Personnel

Major Changes Due for Officer Career Paths in Latest NDAA

Major Changes Due for Officer Career Paths in Latest NDAA

Capt. Jeff Heames, director of operations and training at Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), smiles as his sons affix captain’s shoulder boards to his uniform during his promotion ceremony on board Naval Base San Diego. US Navy photo

The most significant changes in nearly 40 years to Navy officer promotions and retention have cleared Congress and are awaiting President Donald Trump’s signature.

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Failure of Two Ships to Participate in RIMPAC Highlight Amphibious Readiness Gap

Failure of Two Ships to Participate in RIMPAC Highlight Amphibious Readiness Gap

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) arrives in San Diego on May 8, 2018. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to correct the amphibious ships that suffered mechanical problems preventing their full participation in RIMPAC. USS Boxer was sidelined with mechanical difficulties and could not participate in RIMPAC SOCAL. USS Portland (LPD-27) served as the 3rd Fleet command ship for the duration of the exercise. This post has also been updated to clarify the role of USS Bonhomme Richard during RIMPAC.

THE PENTAGON — The two U.S. amphibious warships that were planned to be central to the Rim of the Pacific 2018 exercises were unable to fully participate in the event due to mechanical failures that highlight continued readiness problems with the Navy’s amphibious fleet. Read More

New Surface Forces Instruction Restricts Who Can Earn a SWO Pin

New Surface Forces Instruction Restricts Who Can Earn a SWO Pin

Capt. John F. Meier, then commanding officer USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), and Susan Ford Bales, ship’s sponsor, pin on Lt. j.g. Nicole Oliver’s surface warfare officer device, held inside the ship’s in-port cabin in 2016. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to specify that there are no restrictions on who an individual ship commander could qualify as an officer of the deck.

The Navy is tightening up who can be qualified as a surface warfare officer and reserving time on the bridge for officers who are on a path to command warships, the commander of Naval Surface Force told USNI News this week. Read More

VIDEO: USS Harry S. Truman Returns Home After Brief Deployment

VIDEO: USS Harry S. Truman Returns Home After Brief Deployment

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) steams in the Atlantic Ocean on July 8, 2018. US Navy Photo

After spending a little more than three months at sea in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and three escorts assigned to Carrier Strike Group 8 returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Saturday.

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Votel: U.S. Urging Pakistan to Help Bring Taliban to Negotiating Table

Votel: U.S. Urging Pakistan to Help Bring Taliban to Negotiating Table

Gen. Joseph Votel, U. S. Central Command commander, speaks at a commander’s call at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 23, 2017. US Air Force Photo

Despite better cooperation between the Pakistani and Afghan military in taking on the Taliban and its allies, Islamabad needs to press the Taliban harder to come to the negotiating table, the commander of U.S. Central Command said on Thursday. Read More

UPDATED: USS Harry S. Truman Now Operating in Cold War Era Submarine Hot Spot

UPDATED: USS Harry S. Truman Now Operating in Cold War Era Submarine Hot Spot

USS Normandy (CG-60) steams alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Jul 8, 2018. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) is operating in the North Atlantic over the old stomping grounds of the Soviet submarine force, in the latest twist of a deployment that has broken with almost 20 years of U.S. carrier tradition, USNI News has learned. Read More

Essex Amphibious Ready Group Quietly Deployed on Tuesday with Marine F-35s

Essex Amphibious Ready Group Quietly Deployed on Tuesday with Marine F-35s

USS Essex departing Naval Station San Diego, Calif. on July 10, 2018. Photo via Facebook

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

THE PENTAGON — The three-ship Essex Amphibious Ready Group and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit left San Diego, Calif., on Tuesday with little fanfare for an expected Western Pacific and Middle East deployment, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

Former USS Fitzgerald CO Pleads Not Guilty to Negligence Charges

Former USS Fitzgerald CO Pleads Not Guilty to Negligence Charges

Cmdr. Bryce Benson. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include Cmdr. Benson’s redacted charge sheet.

WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – The former commander of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) has pleaded not guilty to charges he committed criminal acts leading up to the collision of the guided-missile destroyer, in a Tuesday arraignment. Read More