Category Archives: Surface Forces

Investigation: 2017 Osprey Crash Due to Heavy Downwash; Excessive Aircraft Weight May Have Contributed

Investigation: 2017 Osprey Crash Due to Heavy Downwash; Excessive Aircraft Weight May Have Contributed

Aircraft and small boats conduct search and rescue operations following a mishap involving an MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced) launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). The search for three of the 26 personnel aboard the MV-22 Osprey was suspended Aug. 6. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information about the JAGMAN report that was released.

In December 2015, the Marine Corps saw a near-miss when an MV-22B Osprey landed short of its parking spot on an amphibious transport dock’s flight deck. The aircraft hung halfway off the back of the ship, but the crew and 22 passengers evacuated safely and the aircraft clung to the ship as it returned to port. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 21, 2018

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 21, 2018

USNI News Graphic

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 May 14, 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

Swift Calls for Navy Readiness Improvements Before Fleet Buildup in PACFLEET Retirement Speech

Swift Calls for Navy Readiness Improvements Before Fleet Buildup in PACFLEET Retirement Speech

Adm. Scott H. Swift, outgoing commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, and Adm. John C. Aquilino, incoming commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, left, salute each other during a change of command ceremony. Seated are Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, left, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, right. Navy photo.

The outgoing commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet used his change-of-command and retirement ceremony speech to address the external threat of nations increasingly willing to use military means to exert their influence, and the internal threat of insufficient time and funding to create a ready fleet.

Adm. Scott Swift, at times emotional, made multiple references to last year’s two deadly collisions involving Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), killing 17 sailors serving aboard PACFLEET ships.
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Hospital Ship USNS Mercy Trains for Disaster Relief In Vietnam

Hospital Ship USNS Mercy Trains for Disaster Relief In Vietnam

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) en route for its first mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18). Navy photo.

Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Thursday, as part of the annual multi-nation disaster relief and humanitarian aid exercise called Pacific Partnership.

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Former USS Fitzgerald CO Benson Vows to Take Collision Case to Trial

Former USS Fitzgerald CO Benson Vows to Take Collision Case to Trial

Cmdr. Bryce Benson, then-executive officer, assists in bringing down the battle ensign aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) in 2016. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from the Navy.

The former commander of the U.S. warship involved in a fatal collision off the coast of Japan last year is vowing to take his case to court-martial and is accusing Navy leadership of trying him in the press before his trial. Read More

CNO: 'Dynamic Force Employment' Could Allow More High-End Training for Strike Groups

CNO: ‘Dynamic Force Employment’ Could Allow More High-End Training for Strike Groups

The aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and their strike groups are underway, conducting operations in international waters as part of a three-carrier strike force exercise on Nov. 12, 2017. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH — As the Navy looks at shaking up its deployment patterns to become more responsive to world events and more unpredictable to adversaries, one key benefit may be more time available for high-end training closer to home. Read More

VIDEO: USS Milwaukee Launches Hellfires in LCS Surface-to-Surface Missile Module Test

VIDEO: USS Milwaukee Launches Hellfires in LCS Surface-to-Surface Missile Module Test

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5)
conducted a live-fire missile exercise off the coast of Virginia May 11, firing four longbow hellfire missiles that successfully struck fast inshore attack craft targets. US Navy photo.

The Navy completed the first phase of its Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) developmental testing for the Littoral Combat Ship program, with a May 11 live-fire test of the missile off USS Milwaukee (LCS-5). Read More