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Marine Corps Finds 2018 Crash Investigation Had Flaws, Proposes New Safety Measures

Marine Corps Finds 2018 Crash Investigation Had Flaws, Proposes New Safety Measures

(From top left, clockwise) Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann, Maj. James M. Brophy, Staff Sgt. Maximo A. Flores, Cpl. Daniel E. Baker and Cpl. William C. Ross

A review of two previous Marine Corps aviation mishaps and their subsequent command investigations concludes that “organizational culture and command climate” contributed to both a 2016 and 2018 mishap within 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Japan – and it adds that some conclusions made by the chain of command regarding the fatal 2018 crash were inaccurate or misleading. Read More

USS Fitzgerald Arrives in San Diego; USS McCampbell Leaves Japan for Lengthy Upgrade Period

USS Fitzgerald Arrives in San Diego; USS McCampbell Leaves Japan for Lengthy Upgrade Period

The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrives at her homeport of Naval Base San Diego on July 2, 2020, following more than two years of restoration and modernization at Huntington Ingalls Industries – Ingalls Shipbuilding Division’s Pascagoula, Mississippi shipyard. The ship was damaged during a 2017 collision that claimed the lives of seven Sailors. While in San Diego, the crew will complete extensive training and certifications through Basic, Advanced, and Integrated phases of training. US Navy photo.

Guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) arrived at its new homeport of San Diego today, following a two-and-a-half-year repair period after the warship was involved in a fatal collision in 2017. Read More

Navy Creates 'Task Force One Navy' to Address Implicit Bias, Systemic Racism in the Ranks

Navy Creates ‘Task Force One Navy’ to Address Implicit Bias, Systemic Racism in the Ranks

Recruits from Division 304 prepare to march Sept. 14, 2017 at Recruit Training Command. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy’s enlisted corps is 20 percent black – higher than the representation in the U.S. population of 13 percent. But black personnel make up just 8 to 9 percent of the service’s officer corps, and that is one of the many reasons the service established Task Force One Navy, its latest effort to address racism, sexism and other biases, according to Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John Nowell. Read More

Destroyers Continue to Prowl 4th Fleet As Coast Guard, Navy Rack Up $1B in Drug Seizures

Destroyers Continue to Prowl 4th Fleet As Coast Guard, Navy Rack Up $1B in Drug Seizures

USS Pinckney (DDG-91), with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team, conducts enhanced counter-narcotics operations on May 14, 2020. US Coast Guard

The Navy has had more warships operating in the Caribbean and the Eastern Pacific in the last three months than it has in the last five years, pushing the results of a U.S. effort to seize drugs at sea to all-time highs. Read More

House Armed Services Committee Adds Money for EPF, Footstomps Need for Second Virginia SSN

House Armed Services Committee Adds Money for EPF, Footstomps Need for Second Virginia SSN

Moon over U.S. Capitol on Nov. 13, 2016. NASA Photo

This post has been updated to note the markup ended and the bill will next be heading to a House floor vote. 

The House Armed Services Committee reiterated its support for Navy shipbuilding today in an all-day markup of its annual defense bill, voting to include money for an additional Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) and issuing an opening argument to the Senate for an additional Virginia-class attack submarine. Read More

USS Montgomery Deployment Proves Out Changes Made in LCS Program Overhaul

USS Montgomery Deployment Proves Out Changes Made in LCS Program Overhaul

The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) returns to homeport at Naval Base San Diego following the successful completion of a 12-month rotational deployment. Montgomery operated in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force. US Navy photo.

USS Montgomery (LCS-8) recently wrapped up its maiden deployment – and the ship class’s first since a restructure of the Littoral Combat Ship program – and the head of LCS operations said the ship leveraged lessons learned from earlier deployments to avoid readiness problems and make the most of its operational capabilities. Read More

VADM Black Takes Command at U.S. 6th Fleet; Franchetti Headed to OPNAV N7

VADM Black Takes Command at U.S. 6th Fleet; Franchetti Headed to OPNAV N7

Outgoing commander of U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti speaks during the 6th Fleet change of command ceremony in the hanger at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, July 1, 2020. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to correct that Vice Adm. Franchetti is the first woman to command 6th Fleet, not any numbered fleet.

In a ceremony in Naples, Italy, that had guests and side boys spaced six feet apart in their dress whites, Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti today turned over command of U.S. 6th Fleet, ending a historic posting as the first woman to lead that numbered fleet. Read More