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CNO Richardson Expects that New Acquisition Models Will Field Ships, Advanced Weapons 'ASAP'

CNO Richardson Expects that New Acquisition Models Will Field Ships, Advanced Weapons ‘ASAP’

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson talks with sailors stationed at Navy Support Facility Panama City during an all-hands call Dec. 12, 2018. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The timeline for fielding several major ship and weapons programs has been bumped up to “as soon as possible,” the chief of naval operations said, to counter Russian and Chinese military modernization. Read More

USS Freedom Gets Underway After Two Years of Repairs

USS Freedom Gets Underway After Two Years of Repairs

USS Freedom (LCS-1) departs a pier in San Diego under its own power on Dec. 10, 2018. US Navy Photo

Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom (LCS-1) left a pier in San Diego, Calif., for the first time in more than two years, after an extensive repair period to fix the ship’s propulsion system. Read More

CNO Richardson Wants Aggressive Timelines for New Weapons, Operational Concepts in Updated Navy 'Design'

CNO Richardson Wants Aggressive Timelines for New Weapons, Operational Concepts in Updated Navy ‘Design’

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visits Indonesia to meet with Indonesia navy leadership and to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to strengthen the strategic partnership between the U.S. and Indonesia on Oct. 20, 2018. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson lays out aggressive acquisition goals and overhauls in how the Navy develops new technologies and implements operating concepts in a sweeping 2.0 revision of his Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority. The push to field new kit and concepts is his effort to ready the Navy for not only high-end warfare but also gray-zone conflict and other challenges related to Russian and Chinese aggression that the service and joint force will have to confront, according to a copy of the document reviewed by USNI News on Monday. Read More

Kearsarge ARG, 22nd MEU Depart Norfolk For Deployment

Kearsarge ARG, 22nd MEU Depart Norfolk For Deployment

A Naval Aircrewman observes from an MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter as simulated fast attack craft approach the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) during a Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise in summer. US Navy Photo

More than 4,500 sailors and Marines with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Norfolk on Monday for a deployment that will likely include visits to Europe and the Middle East.

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Navy Establishes First CMV-22B Squadron

Navy Establishes First CMV-22B Squadron

Squadron plank owners reveal the new logo for Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron 30 “Titans” (VRM-30) at the establishment ceremony. Cmdr. Trevor F. Hermann, the commanding officer, VRM-30, looks on, with Capt. Marcello Caceres, the commander of Airborne Command & Control and Logistics Wing seated on the left, and Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller, the commander of Naval Air Forces seated on the right.

The Navy stood up its first squadron that will field the CMV-22B in a Friday ceremony. The Titans of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 will be the first unit to field the replacement for the Navy’s fleet of C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft.

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USS John C. Stennis, USS Essex Conduct Joint Operations In Arabian Sea

USS John C. Stennis, USS Essex Conduct Joint Operations In Arabian Sea

An F-35B Lightning II, attached to the “Avengers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, launches from the flight deck of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Navy photo.

The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) started integrated operations in the Arabian Sea on Wednesday, supporting operations in Afghanistan. Read More

Navy's Operational F-35C Squadron Declared 'Safe for Flight;' Can Prepare for Evaluations, IOC

Navy’s Operational F-35C Squadron Declared ‘Safe for Flight;’ Can Prepare for Evaluations, IOC

Sailors direct an F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on Dec. 8, 2018. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s first F-35C operational squadron completed its carrier qualifications and was deemed “safe for flight” – the final step in the squadron’s transition from the F/A-18E Super Hornet to the F35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, and an important step in the journey towards reaching initial operational capability. Read More