THE PENTAGON — The Navy is budgeting $1.3 billion in Fiscal Year 2020 to purchase its first-in-class guided-missile frigate and associated engineering costs as part of an aggressive push to buy nine FFG(X) hulls by FY 2024, according to a Tuesday Navy budget overview. Read More
USS Farragut (DDG-99) transits the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 2018 in territory that will soon be overseen by a reestablished U.S. 2nd Fleet. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated to include additional information from a Navy budget briefing.
THE PENTAGON – The Pentagon requested a Fiscal Year 2020 budget that advocates changes in the way the Navy does business – pushing for lethal but “attritable” unmanned systems, artificial intelligence and hypersonics to give the Navy and Marine Corps an edge against high-end adversaries. Read More
M-ATV with GBAD system.
USNI News Photo
The Marine Corps’ counter-drone defense system is transitioning from an urgent operational need (UON) to a formal program of record, but the program is trying to retain its speed and agility as it moves into testing and fielding. Read More
The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) arrives at the port of Pascagoula, Miss. on Jan. 19, 2018 aboard the heavy lift transport vessel M/V Transshelf. US Navy Photo
A board of inquiry moved not to separate from service a sailor who the Navy had previously charged with negligent homicide for his role in the 2017 fatal collision of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), USNI News has learned. Read More
President Donald J. Trump speaks to service members and their families onboard Naval Air Station Sigonella during an all-hands call in 2017. US Navy Photo
President Donald Trump released his Fiscal Year 2020 budget priorities Monday, which includes several Navy programs he intends to fund in his $718-billion Department of Defense budget request. Read More
USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) departs San Diego as part of an operational underway on March 8, 2019. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with additional information on the status of Zumwalt’s combat system activation.
Guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) left San Diego on Friday for its first “operational underway” that will include a trip up the West Coast to a naval base in Canada. Read More
The Honorable Mrs. Phyllis L. Bayer, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, receives a brief on installation energy initiative during her visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, on April 24, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo
Phyllis Bayer, the assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, submitted her resignation on Friday, stating she intends to leave government service to pursue other opportunities. Read More
Two U.S. Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler assigned to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VMAQ) 2, fly off the coast of North Carolina, Feb 28, 2019. US Marine Corps
The Marine Corps will deactivate its final electronic attack squadron in a Friday ceremony, sending its trusty but aging EA-6B Prowler jet into retirement. Read More
National Defense Reserve Fleet Suisun Bay, Calif. in 2014. US Navy
Faced with skyrocketing costs to repair the U.S.’s aging fleet of reserve merchant ships, the heads of the U.S. Maritime Administration and U.S. Transportation Command officials are pushing a program to buy more used vessels to fix a mobility at-sea readiness gap. Read More
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) sails past Seattle as it transits the Puget Sound on its way to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Jan. 20, 2019. Vinson is scheduled to change homeports to Bremerton. US Navy photo.
Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) has entered a drydock at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Wash., to start a docking planned incremental availability. Read More