Category Archives: Surface Forces

Navy Eyes New Ship Repair Contracting to Boost On-Time Delivery; Public Yards' Performance Improving

Navy Eyes New Ship Repair Contracting to Boost On-Time Delivery; Public Yards’ Performance Improving

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) personnel bring the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) into Drydock 6 at PSNS in Bremerton, Wash. PSNS and IMF personnel will work side by side with ship’s force teams to get the ship back in fighting condition and back to the Fleet. US Navy photo.

SAN DIEGO – Just 30 percent of the Navy’s destroyers come out of maintenance availabilities on time, the head of Naval Sea Systems Command said, and the service will be taking actions in the coming months to incentivize industry to increase their capacity and improve that on-time figure. Read More

USS Leyte Gulf Back At Sea After Repairs from Minor Collision

USS Leyte Gulf Back At Sea After Repairs from Minor Collision

Sailors aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) man the rails as the ship gets underway in 2018. US Navy Photo

The guided-missile cruiser that was involved in a minor collision with a resupply ship on Feb. 5 has left port after repairs and will shortly resume training with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, USNI News has learned. Read More

Navy: Ford's Advanced Arresting Gear Will be Ready for Fleet Super Hornets, Growlers by End of Year

Navy: Ford’s Advanced Arresting Gear Will be Ready for Fleet Super Hornets, Growlers by End of Year

F/A-18F Pilot LCDR Jamie R. Struck the makes first carrier arrested landing using AAG system aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) off the Virginia coast. US Navy Photo

A previous version of this post misstated the Navy’s reliability requirement for the Advanced Arresting Gear. The requirement is 16,500 recoveries before an operational failure.

ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS GERALD R. FORD – The crew of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) are slowly expanding the aircraft they can launch and recover from the next-generation aircraft carrier, Ford’s air boss told USNI News last week. Read More

Austal Expanding Involvement in LCS Program Through Maintenance Planning, Execution

Austal Expanding Involvement in LCS Program Through Maintenance Planning, Execution

The littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) enters dry dock for Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at San Diego Ship Repair on May 19, 2017. PSA is designed to harness results of a thorough test and evaluation period and pave the way to operational employment by the Navy. It is the last availability in the ship construction period and required repairs identified during combat systems ship qualifications trials and final contractor trials are made using contractor and program office money. US Navy photo.

Austal USA is looking to deepen its ties with the Littoral Combat Ship program, pursuing multiple efforts to remain involved in maintenance and life cycle management for the ship program still about halfway through construction. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 11, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 11, 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 Feb. 11, 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

Two U.S. Guided-Missile Destroyers Conduct FONOP Past Mischief Reef in South China Sea

Two U.S. Guided-Missile Destroyers Conduct FONOP Past Mischief Reef in South China Sea

Sailors remove chalks and chains from a MH-60R Seahawk, assigned to the “Easyriders” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, Detachment ONE, during flight quarters aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG-88). Navy photo

This post has been updated to include a statement from US 7th fleet

THE PENTAGON – Two U.S. guided-missile destroyers conducted a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) past South China Sea land masses claimed by China but not recognized as islands by international law.

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