Category Archives: Surface Forces

House Committee Votes to Prohibit Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons on Submarines

House Committee Votes to Prohibit Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons on Submarines

The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN-727) arrives in Busan for a regularly scheduled port visit while conducting routine patrols throughout the Western Pacific. US Navy Photo

This post was updated to show the committee passed the draft version of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

The House Armed Services Committee added several provisions to its annual defense authorization bill, but the among most contentious was if the Pentagon should develop a low-yield nuclear weapon to deploy on nuclear ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). Read More

Death of Former 5th Fleet CO Stearney Ruled a Suicide

Death of Former 5th Fleet CO Stearney Ruled a Suicide

Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet aboard USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) on Oct. 24, 2018. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — The death of the former commander of U.S. Navy forces in the Middle East has been ruled a suicide, according to a February Navy report obtained by USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

Acting SECDEF Shanahan Reminds Pentagon to Stay Apolitical Following ‘McCain Situation’

Acting SECDEF Shanahan Reminds Pentagon to Stay Apolitical Following ‘McCain Situation’

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, meets Col. William Betts, 51st Fighter Wing commander, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 2, 2019. US Air Force Photo

The acting head of the Pentagon reminded active duty military and Defense Department civilians of the “apolitical nature of military service and professionalism,” according to two memos reviewed by USNI News. Read More

Remains of Marines Lost in KC-130J Crash off Japan Recovered

Remains of Marines Lost in KC-130J Crash off Japan Recovered

A U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 flies off the coast of Japan on Feb. 28, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

A salvage team recovered remains of Marines who were killed in a 2018 crash off the coast of Japan, III Marine Expeditionary Force said on Monday. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 10, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 10, 2019

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of June 10, 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

U.S. 2nd Fleet Kicks Off BALTOPS 2019

U.S. 2nd Fleet Kicks Off BALTOPS 2019

Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet, speaks to Sailors on the bridge aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) on Sept. 10, 2018. US Navy PhotoBA

THE PENTAGON – A massive U.S.-led NATO and European partner exercise is kicking-off near Russia in the Baltic Sea and led by the Norfolk, Va.-based U.S. 2nd Fleet.

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VIDEO: Russian Destroyer Put U.S. Cruiser at Risk with ‘Unsafe’ Maneuver

VIDEO: Russian Destroyer Put U.S. Cruiser at Risk with ‘Unsafe’ Maneuver

Navy image of Russian Destroyer Admiral Vinogradov (left) overtaking guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) (right) in the Philippine Sea in a maneuver the Navy is calling ‘unsafe and unprofessional’

This post was updated with additional imagery and video from U.S. 7th Fleet. This post has also been updated to include a map of where the incident occurred.

A Russian destroyer came within 100 feet of a U.S. cruiser operating in the Western Pacific in an incident the U.S. Navy is calling, “unsafe and unprofessional.” Read More