The island lights aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) are energized for the first time in more than two years during an island lighting ceremony on the ship’s flight deck in 2020. US Navy Photo
This story has been updated to correct the Navy’s suicide rate for 2021 and Master-at-Arms Seaman Recruit Xavier Mitchell-Sandor’s gun status.
An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three USS George Washington (CVN-73) sailors who died by suicide in April found that the cases were largely unrelated but revealed an overworked mental health system aboard the carrier that had trouble keeping up with the demands of the crew. Read More
Moon over U.S. Capitol on Nov. 13, 2016. NASA Photo
Congressional appropriators early Tuesday announced a deal for a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package for Fiscal Year 2023 that allots funding for the Navy to buy 11 battle force ships. Read More
Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125) underway in the Gulf of Mexico underway during builders trials. HII Photo
The first Flight III Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer was underway for the first-time last week for builder’s trials in the Gulf of Mexico, Naval Sea Systems Command announced on Monday. Read More
People’s Liberation Army Navy carrier Liaoning and its strike group are underway near the Philippine Sea. JSDF Photo
The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Liaoning Carrier Strike Group is now operating in the Philippine Sea, according to Japan’s Ministry of Defense. Read More
Thai corvette HTMS Sukhothai listing starboard after taking on water on Dec. 18, 2022. Royal Thai Navy Photo
This post has been updated with a statement from the Royal Thai Navy correcting the status of sailors from HMS Sukhothai (FS-442).
The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) corvette HTMS Sukhothai (FS-442) sank in the Gulf of Thailand at 11:30 p.m. local time on Sunday following a loss of power and subsequent flooding of the ship, according to the service. Read More
Sailors man the rails as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), returns to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, following its deployment to the western Pacific ocean, Dec. 16, 2022. US Navy Photo
The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is now operating in U.S. 7th Fleet as the Japan-based aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-77) returned to its homeport late Thursday, the Navy announced. Read More
Marine One lands on the White House lawn in 2021. White House Photo
President Joe Biden on Friday signed a stopgap bill that will keep the government funded for another week while lawmakers work on a final spending framework. Read More
Rendering of Block V Virginia-class submarine with Virginia Payload Module. General Dynamics Electric Boat Image
This post has been updated to reflect the passage of the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act by the Senate on Thursday evening.
THE PENTAGON — Advanced procurement contracts for two of the Navy’s Block V Virginia-class attack submarines have been stalled for 10 months due to an impasse between the service and its lead submarine builder over insurance related to Tomahawk missiles and future hypersonic weapons, USNI News has learned. Read More
F-35 following crash. Image via NBC5
An F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter crashed on the runaway at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, Lockheed Martin said in a statement Thursday. Read More
Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Bryce Batiancela, assigned to the “Chargers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 Detachment 3 attached to hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), monitors the helicopter’s distance from the ship during flight operations off the coast of Jeremie, Haiti, Dec. 12, 2022. US Navy Photo
Personnel from USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) resumed medical services at Wharf de Jeremie, Haiti, on Wednesday following a short pause after 19 people went overboard during a transfer between the wharf and the medical ship. Read More