Category Archives: Military Personnel

VADM Black Takes Command at U.S. 6th Fleet; Franchetti Headed to OPNAV N7

VADM Black Takes Command at U.S. 6th Fleet; Franchetti Headed to OPNAV N7

Outgoing commander of U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti speaks during the 6th Fleet change of command ceremony in the hanger at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, July 1, 2020. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to correct that Vice Adm. Franchetti is the first woman to command 6th Fleet, not any numbered fleet.

In a ceremony in Naples, Italy, that had guests and side boys spaced six feet apart in their dress whites, Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti today turned over command of U.S. 6th Fleet, ending a historic posting as the first woman to lead that numbered fleet. Read More

Navy Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes Eyeing National Guard Base for COVID Quarantine

Navy Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes Eyeing National Guard Base for COVID Quarantine

Hospitalman Recruit Yavir Berrios-Santiago, assigned to Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, collects a nasal swab from a Naval Station Great Lakes Recruit Training Command employee during drive-through COVID-19 screening at Lovell FHCC in North Chicago, Ill., on June 5, 2020. Recruit division commanders (RDCs) and other RTC staff are tested regularly to help control the spread of COVID-19 in the recruit population. FHCC offers drive-through testing to make the process as easy as possible for its RTC patient population. US Navy photo.

The Navy is in talks with the National Guard to rent space to quarantine recruits before they attend basic training, according to service officials. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 29, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 29, 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 June 22, 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

Navy Sets Rules for Sailor Moves During Pandemic

Navy Sets Rules for Sailor Moves During Pandemic

Sailors render honors as the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) transits past the USS Arizona Memorial while pulling into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled port visit on Jan. 8, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy is working through a backlog of about 42,000 sailors and their families who have been in stuck in place after the end of a stop-movement order that froze the permanent change of station process for sailors, Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John Nowell told reporters on Thursday. Read More

On Korean War Anniversary, Military Tensions Between North and South On the Rise

On Korean War Anniversary, Military Tensions Between North and South On the Rise

Republic of Korea Army soldiers stand resolute at the iconic Joint Security Area where South and North Korean soldiers stand face to face across the Korean Demilitarized Zone, Panmunjom, South Korea, June 19, 2018. US Army Photo

Tensions on the Korean peninsula are on the rise as North Korea is reasserting an aggressive military posture — cutting hotline communications, blowing up a liaison office and issuing threats to send armed soldiers into guard posts along the Demilitarized Zone. Read More

Carrier Eisenhower, Cruiser Break At-Sea Record, While Navy Opens ‘Safe Haven’ Liberty Ports

Carrier Eisenhower, Cruiser Break At-Sea Record, While Navy Opens ‘Safe Haven’ Liberty Ports

An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron 131 prepares to launch from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on June 20, 2020. US Navy Photo

The crew of carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) has spent 161 days at sea while on station in the Middle East – breaking a record set during the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, according to the Navy. Read More

Bath Iron Works on Striking Union: ‘Ball is in Their Court’

Bath Iron Works on Striking Union: ‘Ball is in Their Court’

Streamers mix with falling snow during the christening of guided-missile destroyer Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) at the Bath Iron Works shipyard on April 1, 2017 in Bath, Maine. US Navy Photo

Management of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works told a local on-strike machinists union they are unwilling to budge on the latest contract that would allow temporary workers to help with the backlog of work to keep up with Navy shipbuilding schedules, according to letters sent to the union on Wednesday. Read More

Pentagon Leaders Have Taken Lead in Crafting Future Fleet from Navy

Pentagon Leaders Have Taken Lead in Crafting Future Fleet from Navy

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper meets with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) staff members during a visit to FEMA. DoD Photo

The Navy has lost much of its power on deciding what its future fleet will look like, with a Pentagon-led effort set to produce secretary of defense directives to the service by the end of the summer on what the fleet’s future plans should include. Read More