Category Archives: Surface Forces

‘Minor Incident’ at NASSCO-Norfolk Leads to Maintenance Stand-Down; Part of Larger Safety Push Following Bonhomme Richard Fire

‘Minor Incident’ at NASSCO-Norfolk Leads to Maintenance Stand-Down; Part of Larger Safety Push Following Bonhomme Richard Fire

Sailors move power lines to connect shore power to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge returned from an underway after conducting routine training. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include additional information from NASSCO.

A Norfolk-based ship repair yard will likely resume maintenance work on Tuesday after a welding incident on Friday led the Navy to order them to stop work. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 20, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 20, 2020

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of July 20, 2020, 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

CNO Gilday Promises 'Thorough' Investigation After Seeing Fire Damaged USS Bonhomme Richard

CNO Gilday Promises ‘Thorough’ Investigation After Seeing Fire Damaged USS Bonhomme Richard

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday tours USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on July 17, 2020.
(From left to right) Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck, the commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3, Gilday, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition James Geurts, NAVSEA commander Vice Adm. Bill Galinis, Bonhomme Richard commander Capt. Gregory Scott Thoroman, Federal Fire Chief Mary Anderson. US Navy Photo

NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Navy’s top officer met with firefighters Friday morning and inspected the damaged decks and spaces inside USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), six days after a devastating fire spread through the warship. Read More

Foggo: Russia Seeking More Control of Black Sea, Mediterranean, Arctic

Foggo: Russia Seeking More Control of Black Sea, Mediterranean, Arctic

U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Foggo III, left, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and commander of Joint Allied Force Command Naples, Italy, U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, right, commander of U.S. 6th Fleet and commander of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO), and Royal Navy Rear Adm. Guy Robinson, deputy commander of STRIKFORNATO, at a distinguished visitor event led by STRIKFORNATO in Lisbon, Portugal, marking the final event of Formidable Shield 2019, May 29, 2019. US Navy photo.

A retiring admiral who has spent a lifetime supporting NATO is warning that the U.S. Navy and the alliance need to do more to push back against Russia, or else waters in the Euro-Atlantic region may be lost to Russian anti-access tactics and weapons. Read More

NATO Crafting All-Domain, Euro-Atlantic Strategy As Threats to Alliance Shift

NATO Crafting All-Domain, Euro-Atlantic Strategy As Threats to Alliance Shift

A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force – Europe 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, shouts orders to surrounding squad members during a squad fire and movement range at the Haltdalen Training Facility, Norway on June 20, 2020. US Navy Photo

NATO is drafting a comprehensive, all-domain strategy that will reset the focus of the alliance on high-end conflict with peer adversaries, a senior official said last week. Read More

USS Bonhomme Richard Fire Extinguished; CO Thanks Crew for 'Strength and Resilience'

USS Bonhomme Richard Fire Extinguished; CO Thanks Crew for ‘Strength and Resilience’

A group of sailors departs the pier after supporting firefighting efforts aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), July 15, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with more information from the Navy.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Navy officials declared all active fires aboard USS Bonhomme Richard out after more than four days of battling the blaze. Read More

On Day 4, Fire Crews on USS Bonhomme Richard Battle Hot Spots and Flare Ups

On Day 4, Fire Crews on USS Bonhomme Richard Battle Hot Spots and Flare Ups

An image of fire damage to the forward mast of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) on July 14, 2020. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – More than 300 sailors and firefighters continued to battle hot spots as part of the ongoing efforts to extinguish fires and flareups inside the skin of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), as efforts enter the fourth day, Navy officials said. Read More