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Carrier USS Harry S. Truman Now Operating in the Mediterranean; USS Essex in Gulf of Aden

Carrier USS Harry S. Truman Now Operating in the Mediterranean; USS Essex in Gulf of Aden

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), lead ship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, transits the Atlantic Ocean during a restricted maneuvering exercise on Oct. 13. US Navy Photo

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is now operating in the Mediterranean Sea after deploying earlier this month from the East Coast, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

Iran’s Drive to Modernize Navy Faces Latest in String of Setbacks

Iran’s Drive to Modernize Navy Faces Latest in String of Setbacks

H I Sutton Photo Illustration for USNI News Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies Used with Permission

Iran’s drive for naval modernization and self-sufficiency has had another recent setback the when Iranian Navy’s newest frigate capsized in its dry dock. Last week, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps showed off more than 100 of their latest homegrown fast attack craft – new types of missile boats, unique torpedo boats and other craft – in Bandar Abbas. Read More

BREAKING: Marines Keeping AAVs Out of the Water Permanently

BREAKING: Marines Keeping AAVs Out of the Water Permanently

Marines with Marine Rotational Force Europe 21.1 (MRF-E), Marine Forces Europe and Africa, conduct a live-fire range using Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV) in Blatindan, Norway, March 16, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps will keep its fleet of decades-old Amphibious Assault Vehicles out of the water except in emergencies, the service announced on Wednesday. Read More

Witness' Identification of Sailor Accused in Bonhomme Richard Fire Comes Under Scrutiny

Witness’ Identification of Sailor Accused in Bonhomme Richard Fire Comes Under Scrutiny

Sailors and Federal San Diego Firefighters equip gear before providing firefighting assistance aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on the morning of July 13, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to correct the rank for Ryan Mays.

SAN DIEGO – One petty officer’s accusation against a shipmate is at the center of the Navy’s criminal case against the junior sailor charged with deliberately lighting a fire last year that caused the service to scrap the former USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). Read More

Navy to Begin Processing Separation for Sailors Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination

Navy to Begin Processing Separation for Sailors Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination

Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jackson Adkins, from Evans, Georgia, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) media department, receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the McCormick Gym onboard Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on April 8, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Navy can now begin to separate active-duty sailors who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Navy guidance released Wednesday.
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Biden To Nominate Senate Staffer Erik Raven for Navy Under Secretary

Biden To Nominate Senate Staffer Erik Raven for Navy Under Secretary

Erik K. Raven, minority staff director, United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, gives remarks during a sunset parade reception at the Women in Military Service for America War Memorial, Arlington, Va., July 5, 2016. U.S. Marine Corps Photo

President Joe Biden on Monday disclosed plans to nominate a Senate staffer to serve as the new under secretary of the Navy. Read More

ATF Investigator: Bonhomme Richard Fire Deliberately Set, No Direct Physical Evidence Points to Accused Sailor

ATF Investigator: Bonhomme Richard Fire Deliberately Set, No Direct Physical Evidence Points to Accused Sailor

Fire aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) at Naval Base San Diego on July 12, 2020. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO – The fire that eventually destroyed much of the former USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) likely was deliberately set to ignite cardboard boxes in a stowage area packed with assorted items that fire investigators ruled out as the ignition source, a federal fire investigator testified in a Navy court Monday.

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