Category Archives: Surface Forces

HASC Member, Navy Vet Rep. Luria Wants Navy to Study Readiness-Generation Model

HASC Member, Navy Vet Rep. Luria Wants Navy to Study Readiness-Generation Model

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is dry-docked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia, on April 23, 2019. George H.W. Bush is currently in Norfolk Naval Shipyard for its docking planned incremental availability. US Navy photo.

CAPITOL HILL – A freshman lawmaker and 20-year Navy veteran wants the sea service to take a hard look at its readiness-generation model to see if there are more efficient ways to spend ships’ time. Read More

Navy Stands Up Surface Development Squadron for DDG-1000, Unmanned Experimentation

Navy Stands Up Surface Development Squadron for DDG-1000, Unmanned Experimentation

The Pre-Commissioning Unit Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) pulls along pierside in Naval Base San Diego, Dec. 7, 2018. The future USS Michael Monsoor is the second ship in the Zumwalt-class of guided-missile destroyers and will undergo a combat availability and test period. US Navy photo.

The Navy is standing up an organization today that will be dedicated to experimenting with new unmanned vessels, weapons and other gear to propel the surface force forward. Read More

Shipbuilders Studying Adding More Punch to Littoral Combat Ships

Shipbuilders Studying Adding More Punch to Littoral Combat Ships

Freedom-class LCS St. Louis (LCS-19), left, in Marinette, Wisc., on Dec. 15, 2018, as Billings (LCS-15) is under construction and preparing for commissioning. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Littoral Combat Ship builders are researching how to cram in additional lethal power into the existing Freedom- and Independence-variant ships. Read More

Navy Busy in INDO-PACOM with Multinational Exercises, Freedom of Navigation Operations

Navy Busy in INDO-PACOM with Multinational Exercises, Freedom of Navigation Operations

The Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) steams alongside the French FREMM-class frigate FS Provence during a photo opportunity while conducting a bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Indian Ocean on May 13, 2019. Photo courtesy of the French Navy.

Several multinational exercises focused on interoperability have taken place in the Indo-Pacific region recently, including two involving French Navy aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91) on its first deployment since 2016. Read More

Lincoln Strike Group and Kearsarge ARG Exercise Together Outside Persian Gulf

Lincoln Strike Group and Kearsarge ARG Exercise Together Outside Persian Gulf

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) and Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) conduct joint operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations on May 17, 2019, in the Arabian Sea. The ABECSG and KSGARG, with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, are prepared to respond to contingencies and to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region. US Navy photo.

As tensions between the United States and Iran continue to rise and fall, a Navy carrier strike group and amphibious ready group exercised together in the Arabian Sea over the weekend in a somewhat rare training event. Read More

Raytheon Awarded $16.8 Million To Repair Electronics On Fire-Damaged USS Oscar Austin

Raytheon Awarded $16.8 Million To Repair Electronics On Fire-Damaged USS Oscar Austin

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Fredericksen Coulter stands the optical sight systems watch in the combat information center aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79). US Navy Photo

The Navy recently awarded Raytheon a $16.8-million contract to repair the AN/SPY-1D transmitters suite aboard USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79), providing a hint at the type of work required to bring the fire-damaged Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer back to the fleet.

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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 20, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 20, 2019

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of May 20, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Two U.S. Warships Enter Persian Gulf Without Incident

Two U.S. Warships Enter Persian Gulf Without Incident

File photos of USS Gonzalez (DDG-66) (top) and USS McFaul (DDG-74)

Two U.S. guided-missile destroyers entered the Persian Gulf on Thursday without incident as the likelihood of an armed confrontation between Iran and the U.S. appears less likely, two U.S. defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More