Category Archives: Surface Forces

VIDEO: Navy Decommissions USS Bonhomme Richard In San Diego Waterfront Ceremony

VIDEO: Navy Decommissions USS Bonhomme Richard In San Diego Waterfront Ceremony

Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Three, and Capt. G. S. Thoroman, commanding officer, amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), salute the ensign for colors during a decommissioning ceremony for Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego on April 14, 2021. US Navy Photo

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) was decommissioned today, 22 years into a 40-year expected service life, following a fire last summer on the amphibious assault ship that damaged the island and flight deck beyond affordable repair. Read More

CNO Gilday: China, Russia Deliberately Testing Allies ‘Cohesion’ in Actions in Ukraine, Near Taiwan

CNO Gilday: China, Russia Deliberately Testing Allies ‘Cohesion’ in Actions in Ukraine, Near Taiwan

Chinese participating troops pass the reviewing platform during the opening ceremony of Kavkaz-2020 strategic exercises on Sept. 19, 2021. Chinese Defense Ministry Photo

Russia massing troops on the border of Ukraine and China continuing military overflights and maritime operations near Taiwan are in part a test of the resilience of the U.S.-led web of alliances, the chief of naval operations said on Wednesday. Read More

Navy Developing Land-Based Unmanned Vehicle Testing Sites as Early Design Work Continues

Navy Developing Land-Based Unmanned Vehicle Testing Sites as Early Design Work Continues

Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV) prototype Sea Hunter pulls into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Oct. 31, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Navy is making arrangements for land-based testing of its Medium Unmanned Surface Vessel prototype and eyeing similar plans for its Large USV, as the sea service tries to get Congress on board with its plans to rapidly field unmanned vehicles in all domains to create a hybrid manned-unmanned force. Read More

HASC Chair Smith: Pentagon Needs Realistic Budget Priorities

HASC Chair Smith: Pentagon Needs Realistic Budget Priorities

Roger Zakheim, left, Washington director of the Ronald Reagan Institute, speaks with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., on April 13, 2021. Reagan Institute Photo

The central question facing Pentagon acquisition isn’t the size of the budget top line or the number of ships in the Navy, but how to get the maximum capability for the defense dollar, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Tuesday. Read More

Officials: the Philippines Expanding South China Sea Patrols Near Disputed Reef

Officials: the Philippines Expanding South China Sea Patrols Near Disputed Reef

Republic of the Philippines Navy ship BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) steams in a multinational formation during a photo exercise off the coast of Hawaii during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise on Aug. 21, 2020. US Navy Photo

MANILA – The Philippines has sent additional ships on Tuesday to its maritime territory that is subject to China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea, officials announced on Tuesday. Read More

USS Arleigh Burke Arrives in Spain, USS Donald Cook Will Head to Mayport

USS Arleigh Burke Arrives in Spain, USS Donald Cook Will Head to Mayport

A Sailor removes a mooring line from a bollard to assist the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) in getting underway while pier-side at Naval Station Norfolk Mar. 26. US Navy Photo

Destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain over the weekend as it officially becomes part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force-Europe (FDNF-E). Read More

Navy Software Factory, The Forge, Wants to Reshape How Ships Get Upgraded

Navy Software Factory, The Forge, Wants to Reshape How Ships Get Upgraded

The Forge software factory was set up in Riverdale, Md. — just off the University of Maryland College Park campus — in March 2021 to begin using a rapid software development and testing approach to bring maintenance fixes and new capabilities to the fleet. USNI News photo.

RIVERDALE, Md. – The Navy’s potential enemies are quickly increasing the size and sophistication of their fleets, which means the Navy needs to move faster too in bringing in new capabilities. Read More