Category Archives: Surface Forces

Navy Working on Better Maintainability, Self-Sufficiency for LCS and Rest of Surface Fleet

Navy Working on Better Maintainability, Self-Sufficiency for LCS and Rest of Surface Fleet

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) training ships JS Kashima (TV 3508), left, and JS Shimayuki (TV 3513), right, sail alongside the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) during an exercise, June 23, 2020. US Navy Photo

Navy officials in Washington and on the waterfront are trying to help the Littoral Combat Ships grow more reliable and maintainable, amid a surface navy-wide effort to focus on crew-level maintenance as a means of improving operational availability. Read More

PEO Ships Preparing to Usher in Several New Ship Classes

PEO Ships Preparing to Usher in Several New Ship Classes

The guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) sails in the Arabian Sea. Bainbridge is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region. US Navy photo.

The Program Executive Office for Ships is bracing for a range of new ship classes to join the fleet in the coming years and is taking steps to ensure the requirements and acquisition communities, and the industrial base, are ready for all the new work. Read More

Navy Calls Freedom LCS Propulsion Problem Class-Wide Defect, Won’t Take New Ships Until Fixed

Navy Calls Freedom LCS Propulsion Problem Class-Wide Defect, Won’t Take New Ships Until Fixed

USS Detroit (LCS-7) transits the Caribbean Sea. Detroit is deployed to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility to support Joint Interagency Task Force South’s mission. Sept. 12, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to add additional context to the cost of repairs to the ships in the class.

The Navy has determined a flaw in the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship’s combining gear, a complicated gearing mechanism that links the engines of the ship, is an engineering defect that shipbuilder Lockheed Martin now has to fix, USNI News has learned. Read More

Navy Integrating Littoral Combat Ships, Expeditionary Sea Base into New Operating Concepts

Navy Integrating Littoral Combat Ships, Expeditionary Sea Base into New Operating Concepts

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) conducte maritime operations off the coast of Mogadishu, Somalia in support of Operation Octave Quartz (OOQ) on Dec. 22, 2020. US Navy Photo

Surface warfare leaders throughout the Navy last week mused about how to employ new classes of ships such as the Littoral Combat Ship and Expeditionary Sea Base, as the fleet transitions to a new type of operations against peer competitors. Read More

Navy COVID-19 Teams Assisting Navajo Nation as Army North Expands Support Mission

Navy COVID-19 Teams Assisting Navajo Nation as Army North Expands Support Mission

U.S. Public Health Service Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Manning, right, deputy incident commander, Northern Navajo Medical Center, speaks with U.S. Navy medical providers during their hospital orientation at the Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, N.M., on Dec. 18, 2020. US Army Photo

As states across the U.S. braced for a winter resurgence in COVID-19 cases, some Navy medical personnel got mid-December deployment orders to an unusual destination: Navajo Nation. Read More

UPDATED: Adm. Grady: Redesignation to Atlantic Fleet May Have Implications for Homeland Defense Mission

UPDATED: Adm. Grady: Redesignation to Atlantic Fleet May Have Implications for Homeland Defense Mission

USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) fires an SM-3 missile during exercise Formidable Shield 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include clarification and additional information from U.S. Fleet Forces Command about the redesignation to Atlantic Fleet, and to include the memo authorizing the redesignation.

U.S. Fleet Forces Command is moving forward with its redesignation to U.S. Atlantic Fleet, as Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite announced last month. But while in some ways it’s just a name change, it has raised questions about how homeland defense is carried out, Fleet Forces Commander Adm. Chris Grady said today. Read More

SWO Boss: Pilot Programs for Training, Manning Will Lead to More Experienced Fleet

SWO Boss: Pilot Programs for Training, Manning Will Lead to More Experienced Fleet

Lt. Aaron Van Driessche, a warfare tactics instructor at the Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS), Detachment San Diego, pilots the U.S. Navy’s virtual combat curriculum with Sailors aboard USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) inside the newly launched portable simulator, the On Demand Trainer, on Jan. 6, 2020. US Navy photo.

The head of the Navy’s surface force highlighted a handful of new training and manning initiatives meant to get sailors the right training they need to fight and maintain ships, put them in the jobs where that training can be best leveraged, and then continue that cycle of building and applying individual expertise to ultimately boost fleet readiness. Read More