Category Archives: Military Personnel

Defense Chief: U.K. Needs to Develop 'Capability and Deterrence' in the High North

Defense Chief: U.K. Needs to Develop ‘Capability and Deterrence’ in the High North

HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) visits Western Scotland for the first time on March 20, 2021. Royal Navy Photo

Keeping the Atlantic open so European allies can remain in the loop with the United States and Canada during a crisis has “always been the case in NATO military strategy” and remains so today, the chief of the United Kingdom’s defense staff said Tuesday. Read More

10 Chinese, Russian Warships Sail Through Japanese Islands

10 Chinese, Russian Warships Sail Through Japanese Islands

Chinese and Russian Warships on Oct. 18, 2021. Japanese Self-Defense Force Photos

A combination of 10 Russian Navy and Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy ships sailed from the Sea of Japan to the Pacific Ocean through the Tsugaru Strait between Japanese home islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, Joint Staff of the Japan Self Defense Force said in a press statement. Read More

Long Chain of Failures Left Sailors Unprepared to Fight USS Bonhomme Richard Fire, Investigation Finds

Long Chain of Failures Left Sailors Unprepared to Fight USS Bonhomme Richard Fire, Investigation Finds

Sailors evacuated from USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on July 12, 2020. US Navy Photo

A cascade of failures – from a junior enlisted sailor not recognizing a fire at the end of their duty watch to fundamental problems with how the U.S. Navy trains sailors to fight fires in shipyards – are responsible for the five-day blaze that cost the service an amphibious warship, according to an investigation into the July 2020 USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) fire reviewed by USNI News. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 18, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 18, 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 Oct. 18, 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

New Navy Guidance Will Discharge Sailors Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination Without Exemption

New Navy Guidance Will Discharge Sailors Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination Without Exemption

Hospitalman Christopher Ramirez, right, from Kimberly, Idaho, assigned to PCU John F. Kennedy’s (CVN 79) medical department, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Lt. Cmdr. George Stegeman, Kennedy’s psychological officer, during USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) joint vaccination evolution with Kennedy in Ford’s aft weapons handing area, Sept. 30, 2021. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated with additional information about the Navy vaccine mandate.

All active-duty Navy personnel must be vaccinated by Nov. 28 or face separation, according to a Navy administrative message released Wednesday. Read More

Sale of Last Conventional Supercarriers Deals Final Blow To Museum Hopes

Sale of Last Conventional Supercarriers Deals Final Blow To Museum Hopes

The former USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) gets underway from its homeport at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan in 2004. US Navy Photo

When James Melka first approached USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), he had no idea the size of the aircraft carrier.

As the 17-year-old walked toward the pier in 1965, he could see the big gray ship, growing larger as he approached. It was “amazing” to walk onto the ship, then just four years into its service life, via its gangplank, Melka recalled. Read More