Category Archives: Military Personnel

Geurts: Navy Looking for 'Balance' in Developing Future USVs

Geurts: Navy Looking for ‘Balance’ in Developing Future USVs

A Ghost Fleet Overlord test vessel takes part in a capstone demonstration during the conclusion of Phase I of the program in September. Two existing commercial fast supply vessels were converted into unmanned surface vessels (USVs) for Overlord testing, which will play a vital role in informing the Navy’s new classes of USVs. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include additional information about the HASC’s position on unmanned surface vehicles.

Facing skepticism in Congress over its unmanned surface vehicle program, Navy acquisition chief James Geurts wants to assuage concerns from lawmakers that the service is moving too fast on untested technologies in its USV programs. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 20, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 20, 2020

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 July 20, 2020, 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

CNO Gilday Promises 'Thorough' Investigation After Seeing Fire Damaged USS Bonhomme Richard

CNO Gilday Promises ‘Thorough’ Investigation After Seeing Fire Damaged USS Bonhomme Richard

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday tours USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on July 17, 2020.
(From left to right) Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck, the commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3, Gilday, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition James Geurts, NAVSEA commander Vice Adm. Bill Galinis, Bonhomme Richard commander Capt. Gregory Scott Thoroman, Federal Fire Chief Mary Anderson. US Navy Photo

NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Navy’s top officer met with firefighters Friday morning and inspected the damaged decks and spaces inside USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), six days after a devastating fire spread through the warship. Read More

NATO Crafting All-Domain, Euro-Atlantic Strategy As Threats to Alliance Shift

NATO Crafting All-Domain, Euro-Atlantic Strategy As Threats to Alliance Shift

A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force – Europe 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, shouts orders to surrounding squad members during a squad fire and movement range at the Haltdalen Training Facility, Norway on June 20, 2020. US Navy Photo

NATO is drafting a comprehensive, all-domain strategy that will reset the focus of the alliance on high-end conflict with peer adversaries, a senior official said last week. Read More

Second America-Class Amphib USS Tripoli Commissions

Second America-Class Amphib USS Tripoli Commissions

Amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA-7) sails the Gulf of Mexico during builder’s trials held in July 2019. HII Photo

The second America-class amphibious warship entered the U.S. Navy fleet in an administrative action on Wednesday, without the pomp and circumstance of a commissioning ceremony. Read More

Navy Fighting 2 ‘Major’ Fires on USS Bonhomme Richard as Battle Enters Third Day

Navy Fighting 2 ‘Major’ Fires on USS Bonhomme Richard as Battle Enters Third Day

An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from the “Merlins” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, provides aerial firefighting support alongside sailors and civilian fire crews on the ground to fight the fire aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on July 13, 2020. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Sailors and firefighting crews are still battling two “major” fires aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), three days after a fire sparked and quickly spread throughout the amphibious assault ship, Navy officials said on Tuesday. Read More

State Dept. Official: U.S. Will Oppose Chinese ‘Gangster Tactics’ in South China Sea; U.S. Warship Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation

State Dept. Official: U.S. Will Oppose Chinese ‘Gangster Tactics’ in South China Sea; U.S. Warship Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation

Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Paul Vance, from Lilburn, Ga., assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114), scans the horizon using a telescopic alidade, July 14, 2020 near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. US Navy Photo

The U.S. will no longer remain on the sidelines when China uses “gangster tactics” to get its way in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday. Read More