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USNA: Midshipmen Would Need COVID-19 Vaccines This Month to Start Summer Training

USNA: Midshipmen Would Need COVID-19 Vaccines This Month to Start Summer Training

United States Naval Academy midshipmen march on the field before the Army-Navy football game at the U.S. Military Academy’s Michie Stadium in 2020. US Navy Photo

This post and headline have been updated with additional information from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Naval Academy midshipmen would need be eligible to receive their first COVID-19 vaccinations starting the last week of March “to preserve the safe and healthy bubble” they will enter in the fleet this summer, the superintendent told a House panel Tuesday. Read More

Berger Reaffirms Commitment to Force Design 2030 Overhaul In Memo to New SECDEF

Berger Reaffirms Commitment to Force Design 2030 Overhaul In Memo to New SECDEF

Gen. David H. Berger addresses an audience of senior enlisted Marines and Sailors about Force Design at the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium in Quantico, Va. on Oct. 17, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger is emphasizing his commitment to the service’s force design initiative in a recent memo to the new defense secretary, USNI News has learned. Read More

Panel: Future Fleet Numbers Not As Important As Capabilities Like Sealift, Unmanned

Panel: Future Fleet Numbers Not As Important As Capabilities Like Sealift, Unmanned

Terrance Wells, from San Diego, ties straps for a containment project on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Oct. 26, 2020. US Navy Photo

A panel of Navy experts is hopeful that discussions around the future naval fleet will focus on big-picture questions – how will the Navy and the nation pay for modernizing the sealift fleet, do unmanned craft count as ships, and how does the sea service balance the needs of small and large shipyards as it builds and maintains the fleet – instead of getting stuck on debates over exactly how many ships of each class the Navy needs for its future force design. Read More

Nimitz To Begin Maintenance Period On Time After Returning Home From 9-Month Deployment

Nimitz To Begin Maintenance Period On Time After Returning Home From 9-Month Deployment

Sailors prepare to receive line as aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) arrives Naval Air Station North Island, February 26. Nimitz Carrier Strike Group returned after a more than 10-month deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 7th Fleet, which included freedom of navigation operations and participation in Operations Freedom’s Sentinel, Inherent Resolve and Octave Quartz. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) pulled into San Diego, Calif., today, capping off a lengthy deployment before starting a maintenance period at one of the Navy’s public shipyards. Read More

Salvage Company Begins Removing Island on USS Bonhomme Richard Ahead of Towing, Dismantling

Salvage Company Begins Removing Island on USS Bonhomme Richard Ahead of Towing, Dismantling

Contractors with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) work to remove the aft mast aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on Aug. 4, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from NAVSEA.

A salvage company began removing the island on damaged amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) this week as part of the process to get the ship ready for towing and then dismantling. Read More

Navy Announces Slew of Promotions, Including New Head of Submarine Force Pacific

Navy Announces Slew of Promotions, Including New Head of Submarine Force Pacific

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), center, discusses submarine maintenance with Rear Adm. Jeffrey Jablon, commander of Submarine Group 10, left, and Capt. Paul Dinius, commanding officer of the Trident Refit Facility, at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. US Navy photo.

The Navy this week announced a series of promotions and new assignments for flag officers, including a new head of submarine forces in the Pacific. Read More

Cruiser USS Vella Gulf Returns to Norfolk After Suffering Damage in Heavy Seas

Cruiser USS Vella Gulf Returns to Norfolk After Suffering Damage in Heavy Seas

A convoy complied of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72), front, MV Resolve, center, and USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306) steam in formation on Feb. 28, 2020. US Navy Photo

A cruiser that deployed last week with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is returning to its homeport today after suffering a fuel oil leak in an engineering space, U.S. 2nd Fleet told USNI News today. Read More

Navy Addressing COVID-19 Cases on Two Ships Deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet

Navy Addressing COVID-19 Cases on Two Ships Deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet

Visit, board, search and seizure Sailors assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet and operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), prepare to board a dhow suspected of carrying narcotics in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Jan. 30. CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors on the high seas, promoting security, stability and prosperity in the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include additional information from U.S. 5th Fleet.

The Navy is trying to stem the spread of COVID-19 on two ships deployed to the Middle East. Read More