Category Archives: Military Personnel

White House: Patrick Shanahan Will be Nominated to Become SECDEF

White House: Patrick Shanahan Will be Nominated to Become SECDEF

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan meets with Colombian Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on May 7, 2019. DoD Photo

This post was updated to include a Tweet from Patrick Shanahan about his nomination.

Former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan will be nominated by President Donald J. Trump on Thursday to become the permanent secretary of defense, a position he’s held on an acting basis since the start of the year. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 6, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 6, 2019

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of May 5, 2019, 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

Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, 11th MEU Leave on Scheduled Pacific, Middle East Deployment

Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, 11th MEU Leave on Scheduled Pacific, Middle East Deployment

USS Boxer (LHD-4) transits the Pacific Ocean. Boxer is underway conducting routine operations as a part of USS Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) in the eastern Pacific Ocean on March 20, 2019. US Navy Photo

About 4,500 sailors and Marines left San Diego, Calif., today for a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific and Central Command regions with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Read More

4th Fleet Commander Tapped to Lead U.S. Naval Academy

4th Fleet Commander Tapped to Lead U.S. Naval Academy

Rear Adm. Sean Buck, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and Commander of U.S. 4th Fleet, speaks to the UNITAS participants aboard expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Spearhead (T-EPF-1) in 2016. US Navy Photo

A previous version of this post incorrectly identified Vice Adm. Ted Carter as a pilot. He is, in fact, a naval flight officer with experience in F-4 Phantom IIs and the F-14 Tomcats. This post has also been updated to include a statement from the Naval Academy.

The current head of the U.S. naval arm in Central and South America has been nominated to be the next Superintendent of the U.S. Navy Academy, USNI News has learned. Read More

Next Chief of Naval Operations Will Lead a Navy Facing Readiness, Personnel, Technology Challenges

Next Chief of Naval Operations Will Lead a Navy Facing Readiness, Personnel, Technology Challenges

Adm. Bill Moran, the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, speaks with sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73). US Navy Photo

When Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson took charge of the Navy in 2015, the service was still largely a support element for the larger U.S. effort in the Middle East. When Richardson leaves this summer, his successor will be at the helm of a service that is being grown and reshaped into a key role for the U.S. military’s drive toward high-end warfare in a new era of great power competition. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 29, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 29, 2019

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 29, 2019, 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

Former USS Fitzgerald CO Outlines Defense in Rebuttal to SECNAV

Former USS Fitzgerald CO Outlines Defense in Rebuttal to SECNAV

Cmdr. Bryce Benson, then-executive officer, assists in bringing down the battle ensign aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) in 2016. US Navy Photo

The former commander of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) is pushing back against a rebuke from the Secretary of the Navy, disputing major facts in the service’s argument he was criminally negligent leading up a June 17, 2017, fatal collision, according to a copy of the April 26 rebuttal obtained by USNI News. Read More