The following is the 2022 report from the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey. The report to Congress is an annual summary of the health of the Navy’s fleet.
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Joseph McDonnell, a crew chief with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 462, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, lowers a package to the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN-741) during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) in the Philippine Sea, May 9, 2023. US Marine Corps Photo
Hauling goods via transport helicopter to replenish a military unit is a routine assignment. Dangling supplies over a ballistic submarine skimming across the Western Pacific is anything but routine. Read More
The following is the May 16, 2023 report, Renewed Great Power Competition: Implications for Defense— Issues for Congress. Read More
USS Oregon (SSN-788) pierside at General Dynamics Electric Boat on Feb. 28, 2022. USNI News Photo
This post has been updated with a statement from Electric Boat.
General Dynamics Electric Boat was awarded an advanced procurement contract for two new Virginia-class attack submarines after a year-long insurance dispute with the Navy. Read More
The following is the May 19, 2023, Congressional Research Service report, Navy Virginia (SSN-774) Class Attack Submarine Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Benjamin Stewart participates in an Anti-Submarine Warfare exercise with a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force submarine during Exercise ARC21 in 2021. Royal Australian Navy Photo
The Royal Australian Navy faces the greatest challenge of the Australian Defense Force as it pursues a nuclear-powered submarine fleet, according to the nation’s latest defense blueprint. Read More
The following is the May 15, 2023, Congressional Research Service report, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities — Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
The following is the May. 15, 2023, Congressional Research Service report, Defense Primer: U.S. Policy on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems. Read More
USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) is docked for its Extended Refit Period May 11 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility. U.S. Navy Photo
The Navy has finished seismic repairs to one of its Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility dry docks, the service announced late last week. Read More
Rear Adm. Robert Gauche and Rear Adm. Douglas Perry
President Joe Biden has nominated new commanders to lead U.S. Submarine Forces and U.S. 2nd Fleet, the Pentagon announced last week. Read More