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Navy Appoints Admiral to Oversee Columbia Sub Effort

Navy Appoints Admiral to Oversee Columbia Sub Effort

Artist’s rendering of the Columbia-class SSBN submarine. US Navy image.

THE PENTAGON – The Navy is standing up a new Program Executive Office for Columbia, pulling the ballistic-missile submarines out of the PEO Submarines portfolio and giving it a one-star admiral who can provide constant focus and leadership as the Columbia program moves from design into construction. Read More

EUCOM Wants More Destroyers, Expanded Aircraft Carrier Presence to Deter Russia

EUCOM Wants More Destroyers, Expanded Aircraft Carrier Presence to Deter Russia

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) as the ship transits the Strait of Gibraltar on Dec. 4, 2018. US Navy Photo

The top American officer in Europe wants two more destroyers stationed in his area of responsibility and a “better pace” of carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups moving through the region, he said during a Tuesday hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Read More

Pacific Partnership 2019 Puts Expeditionary Fast Transports in the Role of Command Ships

Pacific Partnership 2019 Puts Expeditionary Fast Transports in the Role of Command Ships

Expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) departs Naval Base Guam, passing the MSC expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) and marking the start of Pacific Partnership 2019. US Navy photo

A pair of expeditionary fast transport ships (EPFs) are playing a key role in this year’s multi-national Pacific Partnership 2019 exercise focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region.

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Senate Panel Pushes Navy, Marine Corps to Fix Base Housing Problems

Senate Panel Pushes Navy, Marine Corps to Fix Base Housing Problems

Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert P. Burke testifies with his service counterparts about Military Personnel Policies and Military Family Readiness during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel on Feb 27, 2019. US Navy Photo

The chairman of a Senate panel overseeing military personnel pushed the Navy and Marines to fix ongoing military housing problems that include black mold and sewage backing up into base housing. Read More

USNI News Video: Expeditionary Minehunting Units Growing in Size, Capabilities

USNI News Video: Expeditionary Minehunting Units Growing in Size, Capabilities

From left to right, Machinist Mate 1st Class Micah Patterson, Boatswains Mate 1st Class Stephen Wodraska, Engineman 2nd Class Richard Meyer, Mineman 1st Class Coy Tully and Mineman 3rd Class Pete Calvert, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1, launch a MK 18 MOD 2 unmanned underwater vehicle from a rigid-hull inflatable boat during Squadex 2016 on Aug. 2, 2016. US Navy photo.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Navy is investing in its explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) force, doubling the number of unmanned systems platoons in the community in the next couple years and improving the technology on their unmanned underwater vehicles. Read More

F-35C Wing Commander Focused on First Deployment, Transitioning First Marine Corps Squadron

F-35C Wing Commander Focused on First Deployment, Transitioning First Marine Corps Squadron

Ten F-35C Lightning II jets of the “Argonauts” of VFA-147 aircraft sit on the flight line at Naval Air Station Lemoore (NASL). Commander, Naval Air Forces, Vice Admiral DeWolfe Miller H. III and United States Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation (DCA), Lieutenant General Steven R. Rudder jointly announced that the F-35C met all requirements and achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC) 28 FEB 2019. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include additional information from the Joint Strike Fighter Wing and context from Naval Air Forces.

The Navy’s Joint Strike Fighter Wing commodore is focused on getting the first operational F-35C carrier-variant squadron ready for its first deployment and figuring out how to incorporate its fifth-generation capabilities into the rest of a carrier air wing. Read More