Category Archives: Surface Forces

Navy Wants 10-Ship Unmanned ‘Ghost Fleet’ to Supplement Manned Force

Navy Wants 10-Ship Unmanned ‘Ghost Fleet’ to Supplement Manned Force

A Naval Sea Systems Command-developed Iraqi 60-meter Offshore Support Vessel. US Navy briefing material indicate that early versions of the service’s large unmanned surface vessels could be based on OSV designs. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – As the Navy faces more complex threats to its manned ships from Russia and China, the service is moving quickly to field an unmanned “Ghost Fleet” — a new breed of armed unmanned surface combatants will add more sensors and weapons to the current fleet. Read More

HASC Leaders Want Navy to Explain Carrier Early Retirement, Pentagon OCO Request

HASC Leaders Want Navy to Explain Carrier Early Retirement, Pentagon OCO Request

Family and friends wait on the pier for Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) to return to Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Dec. 16, 2018. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include comments from Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

CAPITOL HILL – Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) want more information about the thinking behind some of Navy and Pentagon’s more controversial Fiscal Year 2020 budget decisions. Read More

FY 2020 Budget: Navy Cuts Ship, Aircraft Procurement; Vows High-End Weapons Procurement

FY 2020 Budget: Navy Cuts Ship, Aircraft Procurement; Vows High-End Weapons Procurement

USS Farragut (DDG-99) transits the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 2018 in territory that will soon be overseen by a reestablished U.S. 2nd Fleet. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from a Navy budget briefing.

THE PENTAGON – The Pentagon requested a Fiscal Year 2020 budget that advocates changes in the way the Navy does business – pushing for lethal but “attritable” unmanned systems, artificial intelligence and hypersonics to give the Navy and Marine Corps an edge against high-end adversaries. Read More

Board Finds ‘No Basis’ to Remove Officer Involved in USS Fitzgerald Collision from Navy

Board Finds ‘No Basis’ to Remove Officer Involved in USS Fitzgerald Collision from Navy

The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) arrives at the port of Pascagoula, Miss. on Jan. 19, 2018 aboard the heavy lift transport vessel M/V Transshelf. US Navy Photo

A board of inquiry moved not to separate from service a sailor who the Navy had previously charged with negligent homicide for his role in the 2017 fatal collision of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), USNI News has learned. Read More

Destroyer USS Zumwalt Headed to Canada as Part of First ‘Operational Underway'

Destroyer USS Zumwalt Headed to Canada as Part of First ‘Operational Underway’

USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) departs San Diego as part of an operational underway on March 8, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional information on the status of Zumwalt’s combat system activation.

Guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) left San Diego on Friday for its first “operational underway” that will include a trip up the West Coast to a naval base in Canada. Read More