Category Archives: Surface Forces

LCS Mission Package Testing on Track to Support IOC Dates in 2019, 2021

LCS Mission Package Testing on Track to Support IOC Dates in 2019, 2021

An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter prepares to land aboard the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) on Feb. 20, 2017, following completion of routine operations in the Sulu Sea near the Balabac Strait. Coronado is specifically designed for this type of maritime security and counter-piracy operations and has a Surface Warfare mission package comprised of two 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boats, two visit, board, search and seizure boarding teams, two 30 mm machine guns, two Northrop-Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicles, and a Lockheed-Martin MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter. US Navy Photo

Navy testing of its Littoral Combat Ship mission package technologies is on track for two warfare mission packages to reach initial operational capability by 2019 and the third by 2021. Read More

CNO: Lessons from Zumwalt-class Key to Next Surface Combatant

CNO: Lessons from Zumwalt-class Key to Next Surface Combatant

USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) steams in formation with USS Independence (LCS-2) and USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) on Dec. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – Major parts from the Navy’s abbreviated class of Zumwalt destroyers (DDG-1000) will be integrated into the service’s program to replace the aging fleet of guided-missile cruisers, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said on Tuesday. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 23, 2018

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 23, 2018

USNI News Graphic

A previous version of the map had the incorrect hull number for aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77).
The USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker is sponsored by CNA. These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 23, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Navy, Marine Leadership Looking at LPD Flight II Missiles, Additional Virginia-class Buys

Navy, Marine Leadership Looking at LPD Flight II Missiles, Additional Virginia-class Buys

The amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) departs Naval Station Mayport on Feb. 7, 2018, for a scheduled six-month deployment. US Navy photo.

CAPITOL HILL – Navy and Marine Corps leaders are mulling if and how to up-gun the San Antonio-class LPD Flight II ships; whether to buy more attack submarines and how to extend the lives of a handful of Los Angeles-class; and other ideas to increase the size and the lethality of the fleet in the near- to mid-term. Read More

Truman Strike Group Enters Mediterranean Sea, Days After Syria Air Strikes

Truman Strike Group Enters Mediterranean Sea, Days After Syria Air Strikes

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Yasmin Downs poses for a photo on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). US Navy Photo

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group entered the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations Wednesday, the region where less than a week ago U.S., British and French forces launched air strikes against Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

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Navy Creates Permanent Readiness Command To Monitor Japan-Based Ships

Navy Creates Permanent Readiness Command To Monitor Japan-Based Ships

Water is drained from a dry dock at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF JRMC) Yokosuka preparing the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) for a scheduled maintenance availability in July 2015. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s Japan-based ships are the pointed end of the spear and keeping them sharp falls to the recently created Naval Surface Group Western Pacific, CNSG WP that was just made a permanent command.

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