The USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker is sponsored by CNA. 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. 6, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More
The following is the Aug. 2, 2018 Government Accountability Office Report, Aircraft Carrier Dismantlement and Disposal. Read More
The Navy made its first payment on the LPD Flight II program this week, awarding Ingalls Shipbuilding $165.5 million on Aug. 2 for long lead time materials and advance construction activities for the first Flight II ship. Read More
Aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) will rejoin the U.S. Pacific Fleet when it shifts its homeport from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego, Calif. Read More
Congress and the Pentagon are in the midst of a two-year spending spree, and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) leadership is positioning the shipbuilder to capture as many contract awards as possible before the funding window closes, perhaps as early as the Fiscal Year 2020.
The following is the July 19, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM AND ABOARD HMAS ADELAIDE OFF THE COAST OF HAWAII – The biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise wraps up in Hawaii this week after giving 25 participating nations a chance to work with partners they couldn’t otherwise afford to collaborate with, perform roles they otherwise would struggle to learn and perform naval missions at a scale unseen anywhere else in the world. Read More
This post has been updated to correct the amphibious ships that suffered mechanical problems preventing their full participation in RIMPAC. USS Boxer was sidelined with mechanical difficulties and could not participate in RIMPAC SOCAL. USS Portland (LPD-27) served as the 3rd Fleet command ship for the duration of the exercise. This post has also been updated to clarify the role of USS Bonhomme Richard during RIMPAC.
THE PENTAGON — The two U.S. amphibious warships that were planned to be central to the Rim of the Pacific 2018 exercises were unable to fully participate in the event due to mechanical failures that highlight continued readiness problems with the Navy’s amphibious fleet. Read More
The Navy has exercised options adding several million dollars to the future guided-missile frigate (FFG(X)) conceptual design work being performed by five shipbuilders in contention for the final hull design. Read More
The following is the July 27, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More