Category Archives: Surface Forces

U.S. Vinson Carrier Strike Group Drills with Japanese Force in South China Sea

U.S. Vinson Carrier Strike Group Drills with Japanese Force in South China Sea

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), U.S. Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Murasame-class destroyer JS Murasame (DD 101), and JMSDF Izumo-class helicopter destroyer JS Kaga (DDH 184) transit together in the South China Sea on Oct. 30, 2021. US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – While the United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) has departed the Western Pacific, there is still a significant amount of maritime activity from deployed naval groups Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 8, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 8, 2021

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Nov. 8, 2021, 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

China Builds Missile Targets Shaped Like U.S. Aircraft Carrier, Destroyers in Remote Desert

China Builds Missile Targets Shaped Like U.S. Aircraft Carrier, Destroyers in Remote Desert

An Oct. 20, 2021 satellite image of a target in the shape of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Taklamakan Desert in Central China. H I Sutton Illustration for USNI News Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies Used with Permission

The Chinese military has built targets in the shape of an American aircraft carrier and other U.S. warships in the Taklamakan desert as part of a new target range complex, according to photos provided to USNI News by satellite imagery company Maxar. Read More

Russia Wants to Keep Status as Arctic Superpower, Says Expert

Russia Wants to Keep Status as Arctic Superpower, Says Expert

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Russia’s ambition to remain the Arctic superpower is propelling its all-out effort to guard its economic interests there with broad territorial claims over waterways and a continued military build-up in a region the United States often ignored, an expert on Arctic defense and security said Wednesday. Read More

Military Planners Should Map Out Operations in Warming Arctic Waters, Expert Says

Military Planners Should Map Out Operations in Warming Arctic Waters, Expert Says

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420-foot polar icebreaker, transits to the Gulf of Alaska, July 20, 2021. Healy and its crew are currently on a 133-day deployment into the Arctic as part of a circumnavigation of North America to conduct Coast Guard missions and to support scientific research. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

The United States reminds Canada and Russia often that Washington regards the Northern Sea Route and the Northwest Passage as straits used for international navigation, not exclusively theirs to control, an international maritime law expert said Wednesday. Read More

Navy Deployed USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams Near Major African Drug Trafficking Routes

Navy Deployed USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams Near Major African Drug Trafficking Routes

A pilot boat pulls alongside the Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB-4) to help the ship navigate the port in Victoria, Seychelles on Oct. 29, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Navy is taking its sole ship assigned to U.S. Africa Command to places the service hasn’t been in almost a decade – including a key chokepoint that’s become a major opioid drug trafficking route.
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Fleet Forces CO Grady Nominated to be Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Fleet Forces CO Grady Nominated to be Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Adm. Christopher W. Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, speaks to assembled leaders on Oct. 26, 2021. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with the official nomination announcement from the Pentagon.

The White House has nominated the current commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command to serve in the number two position on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USNI News has learned. Read More