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UPDATED: 8 Sailors on USS Theodore Roosevelt Have COVID-19; Port Calls Canceled as Navy Investigates Outbreak

UPDATED: 8 Sailors on USS Theodore Roosevelt Have COVID-19; Port Calls Canceled as Navy Investigates Outbreak

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 flies above the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Feb. 27, 2020. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to reflect that additional COVID-19 cases have been discovered aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)

THE PENTAGON – Three sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) have tested positive for COVID-19 and are being flown off the aircraft carrier to a Defense Department hospital in the Pacific region. These are the first cases of sailors on a deployed ship testing positive for the virus. Read More

VIDEO: Pentagon Test Launches Prototype Hypersonic Weapon

VIDEO: Pentagon Test Launches Prototype Hypersonic Weapon

A common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) launches from Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, at approximately 10:30 p.m. local time on March 19, 2020. U.S. Navy Photo

The template for a new generation of Army and Navy weapons was put to the test in a late Thursday missile launch in Hawaii. Read More

Navy Mulling Taking Sailors off Forward Deployed Ships as Part $40B Savings Drive

Navy Mulling Taking Sailors off Forward Deployed Ships as Part $40B Savings Drive

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) respond to a man-overboard drill during a steel beach picnic in the Mediterranean Sea on Aug. 25, 2019. US Navy Photo

Manning forward-deployed ships with fewer sailors, making less carrier strike groups available to deploy and reducing the size of command staffs are moves the Navy is considering as part of its drive to reduce $40 billion from its budget, according to a February memo outlining the cuts under consideration reviewed by USNI News. Read More

CENTCOM Commander: Middle East Aircraft Carrier Presence Key to Deterring Iran

CENTCOM Commander: Middle East Aircraft Carrier Presence Key to Deterring Iran

Sailors observe an MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter, assigned to the ‘Dragon Slayers’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 11, flying alongside the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in the Arabian Sea on Feb. 14, 2020. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier presence allows the top American commander in the Middle East flexibility in being able to maintain a state of “contested deterrence” with Iran, lawmakers were told during a Tuesday hearing. Read More

Sonar Equipped Drone Fleets Could be Key to Future Submarine Warfare

Sonar Equipped Drone Fleets Could be Key to Future Submarine Warfare

A NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) Ocean Explorer autonomous unmanned vehicle operates in the foreground with NATO Research Vessel NRV Alliance in the background. NATO CMRE photo.

CATANIA, Sicily – The future of anti-submarine warfare for countries who can’t afford to invest in top-of-the-line submarines and maritime patrol aircraft could be a netted fleet of unmanned platforms that can create “passive acoustic barriers” at chokepoints or drag towed arrays through a country’s territorial waters. Read More

UPDATED: Sailor in Italy, Marine in Virginia Test Positive for Coronavirus

UPDATED: Sailor in Italy, Marine in Virginia Test Positive for Coronavirus

Bay of Napoli. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include the first reported COVID-19 infection of a U.S. Marine.

A sailor in Naples, Italy and a Marine in Virginia have both tested positive for the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus. This marks the first time the virus has been discovered in the Navy and Marine Corps, according to a Saturday statement from U.S. European Command and the Marines. Read More