Category Archives: Military Personnel

Navy Launching Mission in Attempt to Recover Crashed MH-60 Helo, Lost Sailors

Navy Launching Mission in Attempt to Recover Crashed MH-60 Helo, Lost Sailors

An MH-60S Knighthawk, assigned to the ‘Eightballers’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on May 20, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Navy is organizing a deep-water salvage operation for what is believed to be the wreckage of the helicopter that crashed three weeks ago and sank in the eastern Pacific from the deck of an aircraft carrier, USNI News has learned. Read More

Panel: Russia Conflicted by America’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

Panel: Russia Conflicted by America’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

U.S. Army soldiers board a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft prior to departure for Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Allies Refuge at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, on Aug. 13, 2021. US Air Force Photo

Russia’s Afghanistan failures in the 1980s are driving the Kremlin’s thinking of how to deal with the Taliban and the possible rise of religious extremism near its borders, two scholars on Central Asia said Wednesday. Read More

Pentagon, Navy Conducting Parallel Fleet Studies Ahead of Next National Defense Strategy

Pentagon, Navy Conducting Parallel Fleet Studies Ahead of Next National Defense Strategy

Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125) launching at Ingalls Shipbuilding on June 5, 2021. HII Photo

The Navy and the Pentagon are crunching numbers on two separate sets of studies that will map out the size of the service’s future fleet as defense budgets are set to stay static for the foreseeable future, officials familiar with the studies told USNI News. Read More

13th Sailor Dies From COVID-19 Complications

13th Sailor Dies From COVID-19 Complications

Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 1st Class Ryan Crosby, 39. US Navy Photo

A Virginia Beach, Va., sailor assigned to Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Atlantic died on Sunday after complications from a COVID-19 infection, the Navy announced today. Read More

Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group Now in Med After 109 Days in Middle East

Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group Now in Med After 109 Days in Middle East

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) prepares to pass under the Al Salam Bridge during a strait transit of the Suez Canal on June 1, 2021. US Navy Photo

The three-ship Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is now in the Mediterranean Sea after operating for 109 days in the Middle East supporting the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Navy officials told USNI News on Monday. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 20, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 20, 2021

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Sept. 20, 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

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Leaves Middle East After Almost 3 Months; Essex ARG, 11th MEU Enters the Persian Gulf

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Leaves Middle East After Almost 3 Months; Essex ARG, 11th MEU Enters the Persian Gulf

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) steams in the Arabian Sea on Sept. 6, 2021. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to show the Reagan Carrier Strike Group has left U.S. Central Command.

The Japan-based Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group has left the Middle East after operating in the region since June, a Navy official confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More