Category Archives: Surface Forces

Expeditionary Seabase USS Hershel 'Woody' Williams Deploys for AFRICOM

Expeditionary Seabase USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams Deploys for AFRICOM

Capt. David Gray, the military detachment officer in charge of the Military Sealift Command expeditionary sea base USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB-4), gives guidance and direction to Sailors while leading a training evolution aboard one of the ship’s ridged-hull inflatable boats while the ship was at anchor in the Chesapeake Bay, Sept. 15, 2019. Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams is conducting mine countermeasures equipment testing. US Navy photo.

Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB-4) kicked off its first deployment today, leaving Virginia for an extended deployment primarily to U.S. Africa Command. Read More

Carrier Ike Now Operating in Mediterranean After Months in Middle East

Carrier Ike Now Operating in Mediterranean After Months in Middle East

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Philip Johnson flies in an MH-60S Knight Hawk, attached to the ‘Dusty Dogs’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 7, from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on July 23, 2020. US Navy Photo

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is now operating within U.S. 6th Fleet after spending the last several months in the Middle East, the Navy said today. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 27, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 27, 2020

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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 July 27, 2020, 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

ATF Team Assisting in USS Bonhomme Richard Fire Investigation; Rear Adm. Byrne to Lead Safety Investigation Board

ATF Team Assisting in USS Bonhomme Richard Fire Investigation; Rear Adm. Byrne to Lead Safety Investigation Board

An MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter from the Merlins of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3 provides aerial firefighting support to fight the fire aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on July 14, 2020. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Federal investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting in the criminal investigation into the fire that severely damaged USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), a Navy official told USNI News. Read More

Senate Passes FY 2021 Defense Authorization Bill by Large Margin

Senate Passes FY 2021 Defense Authorization Bill by Large Margin

The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) departs Pearl Harbor on May 10, 2020, after completing a scheduled extended dry-docking selected restricted availability (EDSRA). Missouri’s routine maintenance and modernization work was completed five days ahead of schedule after successful sea trials and certification. US Navy photo

The Senate passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act with an 86 to 14 vote, following the House passing its version of the bill on Tuesday. Read More

Navy Verifies USS Gerald R. Ford’s Sixth Advanced Weapons Elevator

Navy Verifies USS Gerald R. Ford’s Sixth Advanced Weapons Elevator

Rear Adm. Craig Clapperton, left, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, receives a brief from Lt Cmdr. Chabonnie Alexander, middle, USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) ordnance handling officer, on Ford’s Advanced Weapons Elevators June 3, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy has accepted and verified the sixth Advanced Weapons Elevator on aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). Read More