Category Archives: Military Personnel

Fleet Forces CO Grady Nominated to be Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Fleet Forces CO Grady Nominated to be Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Adm. Christopher W. Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, speaks to assembled leaders on Oct. 26, 2021. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with the official nomination announcement from the Pentagon.

The White House has nominated the current commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command to serve in the number two position on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USNI News has learned. Read More

Investigation Concludes USS Connecticut Grounded on Uncharted Seamount in South China Sea

Investigation Concludes USS Connecticut Grounded on Uncharted Seamount in South China Sea

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

This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. 7th Fleet.

Investigators have determined USS Connecticut (SSN-22) hit an uncharted seamount that grounded the nuclear attack submarine on the underwater feature in the South China Sea Navy, USNI News has learned. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 1, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 1, 2021

USNI News Graphic

CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, the position of the Carl Vinson Carrier was incorrect in an earlier version of this post. A separate editing error misidentified USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) as USS Geroge Washington (CVN-73). This post has updated the map and headings.

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. 1, 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

Faller: Building Trust with Partners Key to Future of SOUTHCOM,

Faller: Building Trust with Partners Key to Future of SOUTHCOM,

Retiring Navy Adm. Craig S. Faller holds an American flag that was presented to him, at U.S. Southern Command headquarters, Doral, Fla., on Oct. 29, 2021. DoD Photo

Upholding human rights and the rule of law are key tenets in building professionalism in the armed forces across Southern Command, the outgoing commander said in his farewell speech on Friday. Read More

Stefany: Repairs to USS Connecticut Could Cause ‘Perturbations’ in Public Shipyards

Stefany: Repairs to USS Connecticut Could Cause ‘Perturbations’ in Public Shipyards

USS Connecticut (SSN-22) departs Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for sea trials following a maintenance availability on Dec. 14, 2016. US Navy Photo

Unplanned repairs to the damaged attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN-22) could disrupt the backlog of planned ship maintenance in the public naval yards, Jay Stefany, acting assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, told Congress on Thursday. Read More

Joint Chiefs Vice Chair Hyten Concerned About Potential Gap in Position When He Leaves Next Month

Joint Chiefs Vice Chair Hyten Concerned About Potential Gap in Position When He Leaves Next Month

U.S. Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, 11th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to Department of Defense staff members during a memorial observance in honor of those who were lost during 9/11 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on Sept. 10, 2021. US Army Photo

The outgoing vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is concerned ongoing work on electronic warfare could stall if there’s a gap between his November retirement and a successor assuming the number-two position in the Pentagon. Read More

Pentagon Report: Navy 2020 Suicide Rate Lowest in Four Years

Pentagon Report: Navy 2020 Suicide Rate Lowest in Four Years

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Alexis Vazquez places her handprint on the bulkhead of the vehicle stowage ramp aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) in recognition of Suicide Awareness Month. US Navy Photo

The Navy has seen its lowest rate of suicide in four years in active duty sailors, while the other services have seen a rise, according to the Department of Defense’s most recent suicide report. Read More

Marines Face Separation if Not Fully Vaccinated by End of November

Marines Face Separation if Not Fully Vaccinated by End of November

Marine Sgt Maj. James Robertson, the sergeant major of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point receives the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, on Dec. 23, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been updated to include comments from Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby.

All active-duty Marines will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 28 or face separation, according to new guidance from the Marine Corps. Read More