Category Archives: Surface Forces

USNI News Video: Navy Asks Civilians to Solve Persistent Problems in Weekend Hack-A-Thon

USNI News Video: Navy Asks Civilians to Solve Persistent Problems in Weekend Hack-A-Thon

A team of participants working on the high-pressure air compressor during Hack the Machine competition at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City on Sept. 7, 2019. US Navy Photo

NEW YORK – Two years ago, the Navy invited a group of civilian data experts to study how the service could better predict maintenance on surface ships. A short time into the exercise at MIT, a major problem popped up – the data was bad. Read More

Navy Shortening Maintenance Times for Surface Ships, But Repair Industry Still Overloaded

Navy Shortening Maintenance Times for Surface Ships, But Repair Industry Still Overloaded

Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Claus Moser communicates with sailors in the forecastle of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) while off-loading the starboard anchor chain in 2017. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif – The Navy has a large backlog of surface ship maintenance it is trying to dig out of; that’s not new. And while the sea service and ship repair industry are making some progress in cutting back on administrative and other burdens that slow down maintenance availabilities, the contractors here in San Diego are so backed up that the Navy has received zero bids for several recent maintenance availabilities. Read More

Arleigh Burke Destroyers Are Most Viable Option for Near-Term Navy Presence in Arctic

Arleigh Burke Destroyers Are Most Viable Option for Near-Term Navy Presence in Arctic

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) transits the Arctic Circle Sept. 5, 2017. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the high latitudes, where presence increasingly equals power, the U.S. Coast Guard shoulders much of today’s mission load. But experts think the Arleigh Burke destroyers of the future could share the operational burden.

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U.S. Coast Guard Wraps Up Rescue Efforts in the Bahamas

U.S. Coast Guard Wraps Up Rescue Efforts in the Bahamas

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crewmember assists a group of people needing medical attention in the Bahamas on Sept 4, 2019. US Coast Guard Photo

THE PENTAGON — The U.S. Coast Guard is winding down its urgent search and rescue operations in the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the service announced on Tuesday.

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NAVSEA Harnessing Big Data to Dig Out of Ship Maintenance Backlog

NAVSEA Harnessing Big Data to Dig Out of Ship Maintenance Backlog

Rear Adm. Stephen Evans, left, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 and Rear Adm. Sara A. Joyner, right, take a tour of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Aug. 26, 2019. US Navy Photo

The following post has been updated to correct the name of a submarine referred to in the story. On Friday, Vice Adm. Tom Moore referred to attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN-758) not USS Nashville.

The heads of the Navy’s ship maintenance efforts want to get destroyer work back on track using new data tools and an under-development predictive schedule to prevent another major backlog in repair work. Read More

DSEI: Sea Hunter's Autonomous Controls Could Support Unmanned Beach Landings

DSEI: Sea Hunter’s Autonomous Controls Could Support Unmanned Beach Landings

Marines with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, secure the beach during an amphibious raid by Combat Rubber Raiding Craft in conjunction with the insert of a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System by landing craft, utility, from the dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan on Aug. 16, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

LONDON — Autonomous control systems developed for the Pentagon’s Sea Hunter unmanned ship could also help keep Marine Corps logisticians out of harm’s way during future amphibious landings, according to the company behind the technology. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 16, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 16, 2019

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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 Sept. 16, 2019, 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