Category Archives: Military Personnel

Annapolis Couple Charged with Selling Submarine Secrets Appear in Court, Detention Hearings Scheduled for Friday

Annapolis Couple Charged with Selling Submarine Secrets Appear in Court, Detention Hearings Scheduled for Friday

Submarine construction continues apace in the latest US Navy budget request, which asks for two more Virginia-class submarines and another installment for the missile sub Columbia. Here, the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Montana (SSN-794) is seen just after launch in March 2021 at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding. HII Photo

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

The initial hearings for an Annapolis, Md., couple charged with violating the Atomic Energy Act each lasted four minutes, with the couple released into the custody of U.S. Marshals until a detention hearing later this week. Read More

Assessment of Damaged Attack Boat USS Connecticut Begins in Guam

Assessment of Damaged Attack Boat USS Connecticut Begins in Guam

Seawolf-class attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN-22) in 2009. US Navy Photo

The U.S. nuclear attack boat that hit an underwater object in the South China Sea on Oct. 2 is now in Guam undergoing an assessment and preliminary repairs in the midst of two investigations into the incident, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News on Sunday. Read More

FBI Arrests Navy Nuclear Engineer, Wife Accused of Selling Submarine Secrets

FBI Arrests Navy Nuclear Engineer, Wife Accused of Selling Submarine Secrets

USS Vermont (SSN 792) makes her way up the Thames River and past the City of New London as she returns home after conducting routine operations to Submarine Base New London on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, while a brief snow squall passes through the Groton New London area. The nineteenth and newest Virginia-class submarine she is the third U.S. Navy ship to be named for the Green Mountain State. (U.S. Navy Photo by John Narewski/Released)

An Annapolis, Md., couple with U.S. Navy ties were arrested Saturday and charged with espionage-related charges after passing classified documents to FBI agents posing as members of an unspecified country, according to unsealed court documents. Read More

Interview: U.K. Royal Navy’s First Sea Lord Talks AUKUS, British Carriers in the Pacific

Interview: U.K. Royal Navy’s First Sea Lord Talks AUKUS, British Carriers in the Pacific

Chief of Maritime Staff Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura, left, First Sea Lord Adm. Tony Radakin, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday sign a Trilateral Head of Navy Joint Statement aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), near Annapolis, Md., on Nov. 20, 2019. US Navy Photo

The U.K. Royal Navy has been at the forefront of London’s push to the Pacific and a key component of a growing network of navies operating together in Asia. First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff Adm. Tony Radakin took charge of the RN in 2019 as the service was at the early stages of preparing for its carrier deployment as the U.K. moved out on its intentions to be more active on the seas and around the world. Read More

Navy Probe Finds No Direct Link Between Actions of USS Somerset Crew and Fatal AAV Accident

Navy Probe Finds No Direct Link Between Actions of USS Somerset Crew and Fatal AAV Accident

Marine Corps AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicle driver with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, drives an AAV-P7/A1 up the well deck ramp of the amphibious landing dock USS Somerset (LPD-25) during training to increase Navy-Marine Corps interoperability in the eastern Pacific on July 27, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been updated with additional information on the administrative action taken by the Navy and Marine Corps.

A Navy-ordered investigation into the service’s role in the 2020 fatal sinking of a Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicle that killed nine found faulty assumptions, confused command roles and communications, conflicting policies, gaps in amphibious warfare training and certification, deficient doctrine, and poorly maintained vehicles. Read More

Navy loses 14th Sailor to COVID-19

Navy loses 14th Sailor to COVID-19

Aviation Electrician’s Mates (AE) (Mechanical) 1st Class Cory Weber died of COVID-19 complications Oct. 3. US Navy Photo

A sailor assigned to Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Command died of complications from COVID-19 Sunday, the service announced on Wednesday. Read More

Navy Decommissions First Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom, Strikes Tug USNS Sioux

Navy Decommissions First Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom, Strikes Tug USNS Sioux

The former Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) departs Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on Sept. 30 in preparations to be towed to Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility Bremerton. Freedom was decommissioned after more than 10 years of service. US Navy Photo

The Navy decommissioned the first Littoral Combat Ship with more than a decade of naval service last week. Read More