Category Archives: Surface Forces

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 1, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 1, 2021

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CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, the position of the Carl Vinson Carrier was incorrect in an earlier version of this post. A separate editing error misidentified USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) as USS Geroge Washington (CVN-73). This post has updated the map and headings.

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. 1, 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

William Roper: Pentagon Needs to Look Toward Repurposing Technology

William Roper: Pentagon Needs to Look Toward Repurposing Technology

USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) launches a Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship’s aegis weapons system. OSD and the Navy are modifying the SM-6 to strike surface targets. US Navy Photo

How the Navy repurposed its Standard Missile 6 into an anti-surface weapon should be a model each service and the Pentagon follow to inject new thinking into the way they fight and bring new life into the industrial bases, the former chief of Air Force acquisition said Thursday. Read More

Destroyer USS The Sullivans Departs U.K. Royal Navy Strike Group

Destroyer USS The Sullivans Departs U.K. Royal Navy Strike Group

USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) has detached from the strike group and began her transit home on October 19, 2021. Royal Navy Photo

The American guided-missile destroyer that has worked with the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) for more than a year is returning home, the U.K. Royal Navy announced on Tuesday. Read More

Strike Group Commander: USS Gerald R. Ford Set For First Deployment in 2022

Strike Group Commander: USS Gerald R. Ford Set For First Deployment in 2022

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) departed Naval Station Norfolk to transit to Newport News Shipbuilding in support of her Planned Incremental Availability (PIA), a six-month period of modernization, maintenance, and repairs, Aug. 20, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Navy is set to deploy USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) for the first time in 2022, four years later than the original maiden deployment date of 2018. Read More

Russia, China Wrap Up Drills Off Japan, Pledge More Joint Exercises

Russia, China Wrap Up Drills Off Japan, Pledge More Joint Exercises

Russian and Chinese ships on Oct. 23 off the coast of Japan. JMSDF Image

KUALA LUMPUR – A combined Russian Navy and People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) fleet concluded a sail in international waters east of Japan’s main island of Honshu and split off to their home ports on Saturday, all while being monitored by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships and aircraft during the voyage. Read More