Category Archives: Military Personnel

Navy Announces Slew of Promotions, Including New Head of Submarine Force Pacific

Navy Announces Slew of Promotions, Including New Head of Submarine Force Pacific

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), center, discusses submarine maintenance with Rear Adm. Jeffrey Jablon, commander of Submarine Group 10, left, and Capt. Paul Dinius, commanding officer of the Trident Refit Facility, at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. US Navy photo.

The Navy this week announced a series of promotions and new assignments for flag officers, including a new head of submarine forces in the Pacific. Read More

Navy Addressing COVID-19 Cases on Two Ships Deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet

Navy Addressing COVID-19 Cases on Two Ships Deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet

Visit, board, search and seizure Sailors assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet and operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), prepare to board a dhow suspected of carrying narcotics in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Jan. 30. CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors on the high seas, promoting security, stability and prosperity in the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include additional information from U.S. 5th Fleet.

The Navy is trying to stem the spread of COVID-19 on two ships deployed to the Middle East. Read More

Pentagon Conducting ‘Relook’ of FY-22 Budget; Directive Targets Shipbuilding

Pentagon Conducting ‘Relook’ of FY-22 Budget; Directive Targets Shipbuilding

In this aerial photograph, the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) sits at Pier 3 at Newport News Shipbuilding division. The ship is approximately 76 percent complete and is progressing through final outfitting and testing. Huntington Ingalls Industries photo.

This story has been updated to include a statement from a Pentagon spokesperson.

The Pentagon is performing a “budget relook” of the Trump administration’s Fiscal Year 2022 proposal, with Navy shipbuilding topping the list of items for reassessment, USNI News has learned. Read More

Fifth Active-Duty Sailor Dies From COVID-19 Complications

Fifth Active-Duty Sailor Dies From COVID-19 Complications

Master-at-Arms Justin Wilson plays ‘Taps” during a burial at sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson’s (CVN-70). US Navy Photo

This story has been updated to correct that the most recent Navy COVID-19 update is from Feb. 17, not Feb. 18.

A Navy sailor in Virginia died this week from complications connected to COVID-19, the service announced on Tuesday. Read More

SECDEF Austin, CNO to Meet Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Ahead of its California Return

SECDEF Austin, CNO to Meet Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Ahead of its California Return

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) steams in the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 15, 2021. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include that the crew of USS Nimitz (CVN-68) had been in COVID-19 isolation since April 1, 2020.

The first official trip for Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will include a visit with sailors and Marines with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group later this week, Pentagon officials announced on Monday. Read More

East Coast Navy Divers Take on a Minnesota Lake, As Service Eyes Greater Arctic Presence

East Coast Navy Divers Take on a Minnesota Lake, As Service Eyes Greater Arctic Presence

A Navy diver assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2s prepares to enter the water during ice dive training at Camp Ripley in Little Falls, Minn., on Feb. 18, 2021. US Navy Photo

Sailors from the Navy’s Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 are currently in Minnesota for ice diving training, cutting through about two feet of ice to reach the water and donning their thickest drysuits while they rehearse operations in air temperatures of -22 degrees and 36-degree water temperatures. Read More