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This post has been updated to reflect that the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group arrived in Singapore on April 2.
The USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker is sponsored by CNA. These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 2, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More
The omnibus funding bill will fund the completion of Ford-class carrier John F. Kennedy, more F-35Cs, MQ-8C Fire Scouts, the first LX(R) amphibious warship and three Littoral Combat Ships. USNI News Image
This post has been updated to include the Senate’s passage of the omnibus spending bill early on Friday morning.
Congress showed significant support for Navy shipbuilding in its defense-heavy Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus budget deal that emerged this week, adding $3.3 billion for five additional ships to support Navy fleet growth and industrial base needs.
The omnibus spending bill covers the current fiscal year, which is still being funded with a continuing resolution, and comes just days before another government shutdown deadline.
The crew of USS Kentucky (SSBN-737) transits the Hood Canal as the boat returns to its homeport at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., following a routine strategic deterrent patrol on Feb. 20, 2018. US Navy Photo
Overheating problems with a test motor being developed Navy’s next nuclear ballistic missile submarine has not thrown the “no-margin-for-error” program off-schedule, senior service leaders have told Congress. Read More
Secretary of the Navy the Honorable Richard V. Spencer delivers remarks to students, staff and faculty during a Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture (SGL) at the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) King Hall. US NAvy Photo
CAPITOL HILL – Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer told the House Armed Services Committee March 20 that he would use the additional acquisition authority Congress has given the service to find savings that could be used to buy more ships. Read More
Recruits from Recruit Training Command at Naval Station Great Lakes prepare to parade the state flags of the U.S. for the opening ceremony of the 2017 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games. US Navy Photo
Recent challenges to Navy recruiting and retention have left the sea service 11,000 sailors short of its required manpower level in the short term, and about 50,000 sailors short of the estimated force needed to crew a 355-ship fleet. Read More
Nuclear attack boat Colorado (SSN-788) sits pierside on March 17, 2018. US Navy Photo
Nuclear attack submarine USS Colorado (SSN-788) commissioned during a Saturday morning ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.
The following is the March 12, 2018 Congressional Research Service Legal Sidebar: Threats to National Security Foiled? A Wrap Up of New Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum. Read More
The following is the March 15, 2018 Congressional Budget Office report: Comparing a 355-Ship Fleet With Smaller Naval Forces. Read More
The Virginia-class attack submarine North Dakota (SSN-784) is rolled out of an indoor shipyard facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. US Navy Photo
Sub builder General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $696.2 million contract modification for long-lead materials for the next for Virginia-class submarines – the first of the Block V attack boats.
The following is the March 6, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues. Read More