Category Archives: Surface Forces

Opinion: Don't Short The Coast Guard's New Cutter

Opinion: Don’t Short The Coast Guard’s New Cutter

Coast Guard rendering of the planned Offshore Patrol Cutter. The service plans to announce the final three designs later this year. US Coast Guard Photo

Coast Guard rendering of the planned Offshore Patrol Cutter. The service plans to announce the final three designs later this year. US Coast Guard Photo

The U.S. Coast Guard has in place ambitious programs to revitalize the U.S. cutter force to meet the daunting requirements of the 21st century. Three cutter classes are under way as of this month. Read More

Memo: Coast Guard to Cut Operations by 21 percent

Memo: Coast Guard to Cut Operations by 21 percent

Coast Guardsmen from Air Station Detroit and Station St. Clair Shores, Mich., conduct joint ice-rescue training on Lake St. Clair, Feb. 12, 2013. US Coast Guard Photo

Coast Guardsmen from Air Station Detroit and Station St. Clair Shores, Mich., conduct joint ice-rescue training on Lake St. Clair, Feb. 12, 2013. US Coast Guard Photo

The Coast Guard plans to reduce surface and air operations by 21 percent and defer depot level maintenance due to budget cuts, according to a February draft memo obtained by USNI News. Read More

Congressman: USS New York to Mayport by December

Congressman: USS New York to Mayport by December

USS New York (LPD 21) transits in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in October. US Navy Photo

USS New York (LPD 21) transits in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in October. US Navy Photo

Amphibious warship, USS News York (LPD-21) will be home ported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. by the end of the year, according to a Wednesday release from a Florida congressman. Read More

CRS Report: Navy Shipbuilding Outlook

CRS Report: Navy Shipbuilding Outlook

Shipbuilding and related programs that could experience execution problems under a year-long CR include the CVN-78 aircraft carrier program, the CVN Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) program, the DDG-51 program, the DDG-1000 program, an amphibious assault ship (LHA) funded in a prior year, and the Moored Training Ship, according to the Congressional Research Service March, 1 shipbuilding report. Read More

Navy and NASA: From Mercury to Apollo

Navy and NASA: From Mercury to Apollo

In 2014, a Navy ship will recover a NASA capsule from the first time since 1975.
The mission to recover the Orion will reestablish a relationship going back to the beginning of manned space flight.
The following is a brief illustrated history of the relationship of the Navy and NASA from Alan Shepard’s first flight into space to the Apollo moon missions, collected from the U.S. Naval Institute Archives

Alan Shepard, the first American in space, is recovered from the South Atlantic in 1961. US Naval Institute Archives

Alan Shepard, the first American in space, is recovered from the South Atlantic in 1961. US Naval Institute Archives

A Marine helicopter lifts Liberty Bell 7 after recovering astronaut Gus Grissom, July 21, 1961. The helicopter was forced to release the capsule and allow it to sink after it became flooded with seawater. Liberty Bell 7 was recovered from the ocean floor in 1999. US Naval Institute Archives

A Marine helicopter lifts Liberty Bell 7 after recovering astronaut Gus Grissom, July 21, 1961. The helicopter was forced to release the capsule and allow it to sink after it became flooded with seawater. Liberty Bell 7 was recovered from the ocean floor in 1999. US Naval Institute Archives

USS Kearsarge after recovering Faith 7. May 16, 1963. Note the formation of sailors in the shape of the capsule. US Naval Institute Archives

USS Kearsarge after recovering Faith 7. May 16, 1963. Note the formation of sailors in the shape of the capsule. US Naval Institute Archives

Faith 7 being hoisted out of the water by the USS Kearsarge, May 16, 1963. US Naval Institute Archives

Faith 7 being hoisted out of the water by the USS Kearsarge, May 16, 1963. US Naval Institute Archives

James A. McDivett is pulled from the Gulf of Mexico during Gemini 4 training, April 14, 1965. US Naval Institute Archives

James A. McDivett is pulled from the Gulf of Mexico during Gemini 4 training, April 14, 1965. US Naval Institute Archives

Gemini 9 astronauts get picked up by the USS Wasp, July 30, 1966. US Naval Institute Archives

Gemini 9 astronauts get picked up by the USS Wasp, July 30, 1966. US Naval Institute Archives

The USS Kearsarge celebrates its role in astronaut recovery with a banner, May 18, 1963. US Naval Institute Archives

The USS Kearsarge celebrates its role in astronaut recovery with a banner, May 18, 1963. US Naval Institute Archives

Apollo 10, recovery. US Naval Institute Archives

Apollo 10, recovery. US Naval Institute Archives

Sailors on the USS Wasp hoist Gemini 9A aboard, June 6, 1966. US Naval Institute Archives

Sailors on the USS Wasp hoist Gemini 9A aboard, June 6, 1966. US Naval Institute Archives

Decontaminating the Apollo 11 command module as the astronauts wait to be recovered, July 24, 1969. US Naval Institute Archives

Decontaminating the Apollo 11 command module as the astronauts wait to be recovered, July 24, 1969. US Naval Institute Archives

Apollo 13 is recovered after its harrowing mission, April 17, 1970. US Naval Institute Archives

Apollo 13 is recovered after its harrowing mission, April 17, 1970. US Naval Institute Archives

Pararescuemen from the USS Ticonderoga arrive at the spacecraft carrying astronauts from Skylab, June 22, 1973. US Naval Institute Archives

Pararescuemen from the USS Ticonderoga arrive at the spacecraft carrying astronauts from Skylab, June 22, 1973. US Naval Institute Archives

For more information on the Navy’s relationship to NASA, see MOON MEN RETURN: USS Hornet and the Recovery of the Apollo 11 Astronauts from the Naval Institute Press. 

U.S. Navy to Recover New NASA Capsule

U.S. Navy to Recover New NASA Capsule

Artist conception of an Orion capsule being towed into the well deck of a San Antonio-class amphibious ship. NASA Photo

Artist conception of an Orion capsule being towed into the well deck of a San Antonio-class amphibious ship. NASA Photo

At the start of U.S. space flight, capsules from the Mercury to Apollo programs were plucked from the sea by Navy and Marine helicopters and taken back home on aircraft carriers.

Now the service and the space agency are renewing the relationship for the recovery of NASA’s Orion manned capsule with the latest class of amphibious warship, NASA officials told USNI News. Read More