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Acting SECDEF Shanahan Defends Truman Carrier Cut to Senate Panel

Acting SECDEF Shanahan Defends Truman Carrier Cut to Senate Panel

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan meets with the Qatar Minister of State for Defence Affairs Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., March 12, 2019. DoD Photo 

The acting secretary of defense defended the Pentagon’s decision to retire a Nimitz-class carrier 25 years early during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Read More

LPD Flight II Amphib Delayed in Favor of 3rd Attack Sub in FY 2020

LPD Flight II Amphib Delayed in Favor of 3rd Attack Sub in FY 2020

The amphibious dock landing ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) transit in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Murtha and Momsen are underway conducting routine operations as a part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group in the eastern Pacific Ocean. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy’s third Virginia-class attack submarine in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget request comes at the expense of beginning the LPD Flight II amphibious warship program on time, top leadership said. Read More

Large Surface Combatant Program Delayed Amid Pivot Towards Unmanned, Other Emerging Tech

Large Surface Combatant Program Delayed Amid Pivot Towards Unmanned, Other Emerging Tech

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) transits the Strait of Gibraltar on March 31, 2015, as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy’s new focus on distributed maritime operations and the incorporation of high-end weapons is prompting a re-look at the future Large Surface Combatant program and an apparent delay in the planned start of the new ship class. Read More

CNO: Navy Concerned Flag Officers Are At Risk for Cyber Attack

CNO: Navy Concerned Flag Officers Are At Risk for Cyber Attack

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John M. Richardson at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division on Feb. 14, 2019. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Navy has not released flag officer assignments publicly since October because the service is concerned its senior leaders are targets for cyber attack, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told reporters on Wednesday. Read More

Navy Wants 10-Ship Unmanned ‘Ghost Fleet’ to Supplement Manned Force

Navy Wants 10-Ship Unmanned ‘Ghost Fleet’ to Supplement Manned Force

A Naval Sea Systems Command-developed Iraqi 60-meter Offshore Support Vessel. US Navy briefing material indicate that early versions of the service’s large unmanned surface vessels could be based on OSV designs. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – As the Navy faces more complex threats to its manned ships from Russia and China, the service is moving quickly to field an unmanned “Ghost Fleet” — a new breed of armed unmanned surface combatants will add more sensors and weapons to the current fleet. Read More

HASC Leaders Want Navy to Explain Carrier Early Retirement, Pentagon OCO Request

HASC Leaders Want Navy to Explain Carrier Early Retirement, Pentagon OCO Request

Family and friends wait on the pier for Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) to return to Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Dec. 16, 2018. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include comments from Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

CAPITOL HILL – Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) want more information about the thinking behind some of Navy and Pentagon’s more controversial Fiscal Year 2020 budget decisions. Read More

Navy Wants 5,000 New Sailors in FY 2020; Would Cut 3,100 Medical Personnel

Navy Wants 5,000 New Sailors in FY 2020; Would Cut 3,100 Medical Personnel

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Michael Wettlaufer, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3, addresses the crew during an all-hands call on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 14, 2019. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — The Navy plans to shed about 3,100 medical personnel in Fiscal Year 2020 while adding 5,000 active duty sailors to staff aviation units and a crop of new ships, according to Tuesday’s Department of the Navy budget request. Read More