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Navy Takes the ‘Space’ Out of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Navy Takes the ‘Space’ Out of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Rear Adm. Christian “Boris” Becker, commmander of Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Command. US Navy Photo

The Navy is rebranding its organization tasked with acquiring and maintaining its information technology backbone and satellite networks to place an emphasis on information warfare, according to a Monday video statement from Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson. Read More

Congress Unhappy With Ford-Class Inability to Deploy With F-35 Fighters

Congress Unhappy With Ford-Class Inability to Deploy With F-35 Fighters

The island of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) is landed onto the flight deck during a mast-stepping ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., May 29, 2019. Navy photo.

CAPITOL HILL – The Navy’s newest aircraft carriers are being delivered without the capability to deploy with the service’s most advanced fighters, a situation lawmakers call unacceptable. Read More

Marines' Summer Experimentation Agenda Includes Naval Maneuver, Urban Fighting

Marines’ Summer Experimentation Agenda Includes Naval Maneuver, Urban Fighting

The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory executed a Manned and Unmanned Teaming Limited Operational Assessment (MUM-T LOA) at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC), Indiana in late 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps’ emphasis on experimentation will be in full swing this summer, with the kickoff of a new urban warfare experimentation series and a technology demonstration focused on naval maneuver. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 3, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 3, 2019

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of June 3, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Navy Building a Land-Based Test Site for Ford-Class Weapons Elevators, But Timing Won't Help CVN-78

Navy Building a Land-Based Test Site for Ford-Class Weapons Elevators, But Timing Won’t Help CVN-78

Sailors go over safety procedures for the Upper Stage 1 advanced weapons aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). US Navy Photo

The Navy is building a ground-based test site for the weapons elevators currently going through a difficult installation and certification process on carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), though it won’t be ready in time to allay the problems on Ford. Read More

Fitzgerald CO: Destroyer Repairs at Risk from Poor Shipyard Fire Safety

Fitzgerald CO: Destroyer Repairs at Risk from Poor Shipyard Fire Safety

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) pierside at Huntington Ingalls Industries Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard on April 16, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from Huntington Ingalls Industries.

Poor fire safety practices in the yard are putting at risk the two-year, $523-million effort to repair USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer heavily damaged in a deadly 2017 collision, warns the ship’s commanding officer.
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Vice. Adm. John Nowell Sworn In As New CNP

Vice. Adm. John Nowell Sworn In As New CNP

Rear Adm. John B. Nowell (right) is promoted to the rank of vice admiral by Rear Adm. Jamie Sands during a ceremony at the Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at Naval Station Great Lakes. Navy Photo

Vice Adm. John Nowell was sworn in as the 59th Chief of Naval Personnel last week, taking charge of a community amid a dramatic recruitment and retention push.

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Navy to Field High-Energy Laser Weapon, Laser Dazzler on Ships This Year as Development Continues

Navy to Field High-Energy Laser Weapon, Laser Dazzler on Ships This Year as Development Continues

The Office of Naval Research highlights the results of some laser weapon tests, showing the damage that its in-development Solid State Laser- Technology Maturation system did to various unmanned systems, metals and more. USNI News photo.

The Navy will field versions of both its highest-power laser weapon and its low-end non-lethal laser dazzler later this year, gaining operational experience with directed energy weapons that will continue to focus engineers’ efforts building out the Navy Laser Family of Systems (NLFoS). Read More