Category Archives: Surface Forces

Destroyer USS Donald Cook Arrives in Florida After 7 Years in Europe

Destroyer USS Donald Cook Arrives in Florida After 7 Years in Europe

Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class Genaro Ortiz, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75), picks up his son following the ship’s arrival to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on July 18, 2021. US Navy Photo

Guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) is back in the U.S. after seven years as one of four forward-deployed ballistic missile defense ships based in Rota, Spain. Read More

IKE is Back: USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Wraps Up Back-to-Back Deployments

IKE is Back: USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Wraps Up Back-to-Back Deployments

Sailors from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) man the rails as the carrier pulls into Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on July 18, 2021. USNI News Photo

ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER – The busiest aircraft carrier on the East Coast is back home after two grueling, back-to-back deployments that kept the ship on station in the Middle East for a total of seven and a half months. Read More

Two Iranian Warships Spotted Near English Channel

Two Iranian Warships Spotted Near English Channel

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Two Iranian warships are nearing the English Channel, according to satellite photographs reviewed by USNI News. The ships are thought to be headed to the Baltic Sea to represent Iran in a July 25 naval parade off the coast of St. Petersburg to commemorate the 325th anniversary of the Russian Navy. Read More

Navy Christens USNS John Lewis

Navy Christens USNS John Lewis

The official party pose for a photograph at the commissioning ceremony in San Diego for the future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), the Navy’s first John Lewis-class replenishment oiler on July 17, 2021. US Navy Photo

The first of the Navy’s new replenishment oilers was christened on Saturday. Read More

UPDATED: White House Nominates Next Marine Assistant Commandant; U.S. Fleet Forces Commander, Deputy

UPDATED: White House Nominates Next Marine Assistant Commandant; U.S. Fleet Forces Commander, Deputy

Lt. Gen. Eric Smith(left), Vice Admiral Daryl Caudle (center), Vice Admiral James Kilby (right)

This post has been updated to include the nomination of Lt. Gen. Eric Smith to serve as the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps.

The Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for combat development and integration has been tapped to serve as the second-highest-ranking officer in the service, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. Meanwhile, the current head of the Navy’s Atlantic submarine force and the current head of the service’s requirements office have been nominated to lead U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Read More

Lawmaker: Special Operations Must Adapt to Gray Zone Conflict

Lawmaker: Special Operations Must Adapt to Gray Zone Conflict

A U.S Navy SEAL secures the deck of a ship, and conducts board, search, and seizure (VBSS) training with British Royal Marine Commandos and Ukrainian Special Forces in Odessa, Ukraine on June 21, 2021. US Army Photo

Increasing gray zone conflicts around the world means U.S. Special Operations Command must adapt to the era of great power competition while still being a counter-terrorism force, a key House lawmaker said Wednesday. Read More