Category Archives: Surface Forces

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 4, 2018

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 4, 2018

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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 Sept. 4, 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

Navy Formally Identifies Lost USS Lake Erie Sailor as Lt. j.g. Asante McCalla

Navy Formally Identifies Lost USS Lake Erie Sailor as Lt. j.g. Asante McCalla

Ensign Asante McCalla from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) works with Sri Lankan Marines to repair levees in Matara, Sri Lanka, June 12, 2017, during humanitarian assistance operations in the wake of severe flooding and landslides that devastated many regions of the country. US Navy photo.

The Navy today confirmed the identity of the sailor who went missing from cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70), 12 days after Lt. j.g. Asante Kayin McCalla failed to report for duty on the ship. Read More

Navy Picks Boeing to Build MQ-25A Stingray Carrier-Based Drone

Navy Picks Boeing to Build MQ-25A Stingray Carrier-Based Drone

Tests of Boeing’s MQ-25A Stringray prototype in St. Louis. Boeing Image

This post has been updated to include comments from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Navy acquisition chief James Geurts.

THE PENTAGON – Boeing will build the first unmanned aircraft to be a permanent part of the U.S. Navy’s carrier air wing, Navy officials announced Thursday. Read More

SECDEF Mattis' New 'Four Thirties' Initiative Designed to Reinforce NATO Against Russia

SECDEF Mattis’ New ‘Four Thirties’ Initiative Designed to Reinforce NATO Against Russia

Marines and Sailors with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 18.1 advance to their assault position during a platoon counter-attack during Exercise Hedgehog at Tsooru, Estonia on May 9, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

THE PENTAGON – For the past few years the Pentagon beefed up its ability to respond to Russian military action, and now it appears the rest of NATO is likewise willing to focus on protecting the alliance’s eastern frontier.

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Navy Making Room for Railguns in Next Warship, But No Extra Investments

Navy Making Room for Railguns in Next Warship, But No Extra Investments

High-speed camera image of the Office of Naval Research Electromagnetic Railgun located at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, firing a world-record setting 33 mega-joule shot in 2010. ONR Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy’s next large surface combatant will have all the space, weight and power margins the sea service could need now and into the future to accommodate new weapons in development – but the director of surface warfare said the Navy would not accelerate weapons development to get them ready in time to outfit the new ships. Read More

Navy's Next Large Surface Combatant Will Draw From DDG-51, DDG-1000 -- But Don't Call it a Destroyer Yet

Navy’s Next Large Surface Combatant Will Draw From DDG-51, DDG-1000 — But Don’t Call it a Destroyer Yet

Artist’s concept of a DDG-51 Flight III with AMDR. Raytheon Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy will buy the first of its Future Surface Combatants in 2023 – a large warship that will be built to support the Arleigh Burke Flight III combat system and will pull elements from the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG-51) and Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) destroyer designs. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 27, 2018

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 27, 2018

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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 Aug. 27, 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

CNO: New 2nd Fleet Boundary Will Extend North to the Edge of Russian Waters

CNO: New 2nd Fleet Boundary Will Extend North to the Edge of Russian Waters

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) transits the Arctic Circle Sept. 5, 2017. US Navy Photo

ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH – The boundaries of the Navy’s reestablished U.S. 2nd Fleet extends well past the old submarine stomping grounds of the Cold War and into waters north of Scandinavia and the Arctic Circle, near the submarine headquarters of Russia’s Northern Fleet, Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson said on Friday. Read More