Category Archives: Surface Forces

Navy Embracing Quicker Software Development Model to Leverage New HM&E Data Collection

Navy Embracing Quicker Software Development Model to Leverage New HM&E Data Collection

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Brent Vigil, from San Diego, runs diagnostic testing on an antenna aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70) during a replenishment-at-sea. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO – The Navy’s chief engineer thinks the Navy could make better use of ship-readiness data if the service could adopt a faster process to write and field software, and he’s eyeing the upcoming launch of a new readiness-monitoring system as an opportunity to be more agile in software development.

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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 12, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 12, 2019

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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. 12, 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

Navy Reverting DDGs Back to Physical Throttles, After Fleet Rejects Touchscreen Controls

Navy Reverting DDGs Back to Physical Throttles, After Fleet Rejects Touchscreen Controls

IBNS helm controls on USS Dewey (DDG-105). US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO – The Navy will begin reverting destroyers back to a physical throttle and traditional helm control system in the next 18 to 24 months, after the fleet overwhelmingly said they prefer mechanical controls to touchscreen systems in the aftermath of the fatal USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) collision. Read More

Navy Considering More Advanced Burke Destroyers as Large Surface Combatant Timeline Slips

Navy Considering More Advanced Burke Destroyers as Large Surface Combatant Timeline Slips

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) launches a Standard Missile (SM) 2 Block IIIA on Nov. 18, 2018. Bainbridge is underway with Norfolk-based cruiser-destroyer (CRUDES) units from Carrier Strike Group 12 conducting a Live Fire With a Purpose (LFWAP) event. US Navy photo.

SAN DIEGO – The Navy is looking at “something beyond even a Flight III” combat capability for its new-build destroyers, as its plans for transitioning from building the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to the future Large Surface Combatant continue to evolve and the LSC procurement date continues to slide. Read More

USS Porter Enters the Black Sea

USS Porter Enters the Black Sea

USS Porter (DDG-78) on Aug. 8, 2019, entering the Black Sea. Cem Devrim Yaylalı Photo used with permission

Guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) entered the Black Sea on Thursday and is the sixth U.S. ship to operate in the region this year. Read More

Navy Says Africa Mission More About Building Partnerships, Less About Countering China

Navy Says Africa Mission More About Building Partnerships, Less About Countering China

Master-at-Arms 1st Class Michael Welch, a tactical supervisor assigned to the Embarked Security Team deployed from Task Force 68 aboard the Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7) stands watch as the ship departs Tema, Ghana, July 26, 2019. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — The current African Partnership Station mission in the Gulf of Guinea aboard the USNS Carson City (T-EPF-7) seeks to help partner nations improve their security and prosperity, not to rival the economic encroachment of China in Africa, a leader of that mission said on Wednesday. Read More

NTSB: Lack of Navy Oversight, Training Were Primary Causes of Fatal McCain Collision

NTSB: Lack of Navy Oversight, Training Were Primary Causes of Fatal McCain Collision

Sailors assigned to the navigation department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) look on as the ship arrives in Singapore to provide support to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56). US Navy Photo

Almost two years after the collision between a U.S. destroyer and a merchant ship off Singapore, the first in-depth independent investigation has determined the most probable cause for the incident that killed 10 sailors was lack of adequate Navy oversight and training. Read More

Huntington Ingalls Industries Anticipates High Navy UUV Demand

Huntington Ingalls Industries Anticipates High Navy UUV Demand

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ unmanned undersea vehicle Proteus during a 30-day simulated unmanned mission. Huntington Ingalls Industries photo.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is preparing for a future where unmanned undersea vehicles are as integral to the Navy’s fleet as are capital ships, the company’s chief executive told analysts last week. Read More