Category Archives: Surface Forces

Navy, DoD Conducting Parallel Reviews of OFRP

Navy, DoD Conducting Parallel Reviews of OFRP

Adm. Christopher Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command on Jan. 16, 2020. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. fleet commanders are nearing the conclusion of two reviews into the efficacy of the Navy’s model for training, sustaining and deploying ships as the East Coast carrier force has struggled to meet demand. Read More

Navy's New Rescue And Salvage Vessel A Decade In The Making

Navy’s New Rescue And Salvage Vessel A Decade In The Making

190215-N-DM308-003 WASHINGTON (Jan. 29, 2019) An artist rendering of the future USNS Navajo (T-TATS 6). Navy photo illustration/Released

ARLINGTON, Va. — Since 2010 Navy officials expected a small pool of shipyards to bid on producing a new vessel to replace the aging fleet of Rescue and Salvage Ship-class and Fleet Ocean Tug-class.

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Coast Guard is Refining FY 2021 Funding Pitch

Coast Guard is Refining FY 2021 Funding Pitch

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche is moored to the Coast Guard Base Kodiak fuel pier on a foggy morning in Kodiak, Alaska, on Aug. 19, 2013. US Coast Guard Photo

ARLINGTON, VA.—The U.S. Coast Guard is shaping its Congressional pitch for increased shore installation funding around the idea that modernizing bases is about more than improving readiness; it’s about helping families, communities and voters.

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VADM Brown Lauds Surface Readiness Reform and Oversight Council Drive for Ongoing Improvements

VADM Brown Lauds Surface Readiness Reform and Oversight Council Drive for Ongoing Improvements

Vice Adm. Richard A. Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces, speaks during the Retired Flag Officer Briefing at the Surface Navy Association’s 32 National Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Va. on Jan. 14, 2020. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Readiness Reform and Oversight Council created in the aftermath of two fatal surface ship collisions has proven to be a useful “barrier-removal organization” that the head of the surface force would like to see remain in place for years to come. Read More

Future Large Surface Combatant Pushed to Late 2020s, Navy Takes 'Measured' Development Approach

Future Large Surface Combatant Pushed to Late 2020s, Navy Takes ‘Measured’ Development Approach

The guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) sails in the Arabian Sea. Bainbridge is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region. US Navy photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy is now taking a “measured” approach to developing its next large combatant, with the director of surface warfare saying he expects to buy the first ones in the late 2020s after certain technologies mature, following previous plans to begin the ship program as early as 2023. Read More

Three Allied Frigates Converge on East Coast Ahead of Eisenhower CSG Deployment

Three Allied Frigates Converge on East Coast Ahead of Eisenhower CSG Deployment

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French anti-submarine frigate FS Normandie (D651), Canadian Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec (FFH 332) and Royal Danish Navy frigate Iver Huitfeldt (F361)
USNI News Photos

A trio of allied frigates have arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., ahead of a January graduation exercise held before the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group deploys, USNI News has learned. Read More

VADM Brown: Future Fleet Must Be Bigger, Leverage Unmanned Vessels

VADM Brown: Future Fleet Must Be Bigger, Leverage Unmanned Vessels

Vice Adm. Richard A. Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, delivers his remarks during a change of command ceremony for the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., in 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy needs a bigger fleet – and while ongoing budget talks don’t sound promising for the buildup of manned warships that some had envisioned, the surface force is working hard to quickly bring unmanned vessels into the force to expand its reach and capability. Read More