Category Archives: Surface Forces

U.S. 5th Fleet Set to Expand Unmanned Ship Operations in Middle East

U.S. 5th Fleet Set to Expand Unmanned Ship Operations in Middle East

A Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessel (USV) sails in the Gulf of Aqaba off of Jordan’s coast, Dec. 12, during exercise Digital Horizon. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command began operationally testing the USV as part of an initiative to integrate new unmanned systems and artificial intelligence into U.S. 5th Fleet operations. US Army Photo

The U.S. Navy is emphasizing unmanned surface ships in its testbed effort for new platforms operating in U.S. Central Command, the commander of U.S. 5th Fleet said on Friday.
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Carrier USS Carl Vinson, Essex Amphibious Ready Group Drill in the South China Sea

Carrier USS Carl Vinson, Essex Amphibious Ready Group Drill in the South China Sea

From left, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG-77), Wasp-class landing helicopter dock USS Essex (LHD-2), Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52), and Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Alan Shephard (T-AKE-3) transit the South China Sea on Jan. 13, 2022. US Navy Photo

KULALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and Essex Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are now drilling in the South China Sea. Read More

CNO Blames Culture of Poor Self-Assessment for Major Navy Problems; SWOBOSS Unveils New Surface Vision

CNO Blames Culture of Poor Self-Assessment for Major Navy Problems; SWOBOSS Unveils New Surface Vision

Chief of Naval Operations Mike Gilday speaking on Jan. 11, 2022 from his office in the Pentagon. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The reluctance across the Navy to be self-critical and a tendency to hide mistakes and minimize flaws have resulted in systemic problems in the service and stalled efforts to improve, Chief of Naval Operations Adm Mike Gilday said on Tuesday. Read More