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FY 2020 Budget: Navy Cuts Ship, Aircraft Procurement; Vows High-End Weapons Procurement

FY 2020 Budget: Navy Cuts Ship, Aircraft Procurement; Vows High-End Weapons Procurement

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

Board Finds ‘No Basis’ to Remove Officer Involved in USS Fitzgerald Collision from Navy

Board Finds ‘No Basis’ to Remove Officer Involved in USS Fitzgerald Collision from Navy

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

Destroyer USS Zumwalt Headed to Canada as Part of First ‘Operational Underway'

Destroyer USS Zumwalt Headed to Canada as Part of First ‘Operational Underway’

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

Top Navy Civilian in Charge of Bases, Housing Resigns

Top Navy Civilian in Charge of Bases, Housing Resigns

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

Marines Sundown Last EA-6B Prowler Squadron

Marines Sundown Last EA-6B Prowler Squadron

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

Carrier USS Carl Vinson Enters Drydock for Maintenance After Busy Deployment Cycle

Carrier USS Carl Vinson Enters Drydock for Maintenance After Busy Deployment Cycle

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