Category Archives: Surface Forces

HII: Future Carrier John F. Kennedy Construction Costs Down, Ship Will Launch Next Year

HII: Future Carrier John F. Kennedy Construction Costs Down, Ship Will Launch Next Year

The final piece of the underwater hull of the future aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is lowered into place at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding in September. Photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

Huntington Ingalls Industries executives expect the future aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) to launch by the end of 2019, which is ahead of schedule and will occur roughly six years since the christening of first-in-class USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78).

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South Korean Navy Brings 3 Ships, 600 Cadets in Rare Japanese Port Call

South Korean Navy Brings 3 Ships, 600 Cadets in Rare Japanese Port Call

Midshipmen and cadets from the Republic of Korea Navy, Army and Air Force academies during a visit to Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo. JMSDF Photo

This post has been updated to correct the type of ships the Korean Navy sent and to include additional information from the U.S. Navy.

Three Korean warships and about 600 cadets from the Republic of Korea Navy are in Sasebo, Japan, for an important port visit between the two Pacific navies. Read More

Trident Juncture Wraps Up After Successful Amphibious Landings, Training Ashore in Norway

Trident Juncture Wraps Up After Successful Amphibious Landings, Training Ashore in Norway

U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys, assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fly during the Exercise Trident Juncture 18 joint-capability demonstration near Trondheim, Norway, Oct. 30, 2018. US Marine Corps photo.

The live exercise portion of Trident Juncture 2018 wraps up today, after an early hiccup but a successful amphibious landing and training ashore in the largest NATO exercise in years. Read More

USS John P. Murtha Completes Orion Spacecraft Recovery Tests

USS John P. Murtha Completes Orion Spacecraft Recovery Tests

NASA’s Recovery Team and the U.S. Navy test procedures and ground support equipment to improve recovery procedures and hardware ahead of Orion’s next flight. NASA photo.

San Antonio-class amphibious warship USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) completed a series of tests practicing the recovery of an Orion spacecraft in anticipation of NASA’s return to launching astronauts into space.

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Truman CSG: Arctic Strike Group Operations Required Focus on Logistics, Safety

Truman CSG: Arctic Strike Group Operations Required Focus on Logistics, Safety

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) conducts a replenishment-at-sea alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Sept. 19, 2018. Farragut, homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. US Navy photo.

Operating in the Arctic didn’t stop the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group from conducting flight operations or surface and undersea warfare missions, but it did force leadership to focus on the logistics that kept those ships running. Read More

Warships Conduct First East Coast SWATT Advanced Training For Carrier Escorts

Warships Conduct First East Coast SWATT Advanced Training For Carrier Escorts

Guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG-94) conducts a Mk 45 5″ gun shoot as part of Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise, involving the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) cruiser-destroyer (CRUDES) units. Navy photo.

In a first for East Coast-based carrier strike group escorts, warships from the Abraham Lincoln CSG are participating in a surface warfare advanced tactical training (SWATT) exercise in a push to standardize similar training throughout the fleet.

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