Category Archives: Surface Forces

Fleet Finding New Sleep-Sensitive Watch Schedules Boosts Crew Performance, Efficiency

Fleet Finding New Sleep-Sensitive Watch Schedules Boosts Crew Performance, Efficiency

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Recruit Jose Rivera, a helmsman aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), maintains an ordered course through the North Sea on Jan. 9, 2019. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS GRAVELY, IN THE BALTIC SEA – A year and a half after surface navy leadership demanded ships implement new work schedules to ensure sailors got enough sleep, officers aboard a destroyer say the new scheduling has made them more effective at sea and they’re not looking back. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 15, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 15, 2019

USNI News Graphic

A previous version of this post had the incorrect number for the Air Wing attached to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). It’s CVW 11, not CVW 17.

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 15, 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

From Russian Presence to Sailboat Traffic, U.S. Learning What's 'Normal' Far From Home

From Russian Presence to Sailboat Traffic, U.S. Learning What’s ‘Normal’ Far From Home

Russian Steregushchiy-class corvette Boikiy (532) approaches Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Gravely (DDG-107) in the Baltic Sea during the BALTOPS 2019 exercise. Exercise and regional leaders have said that all recent interactions with the Russian Navy had been safe and professional. USNI News photo.

ABOARD USS GRAVELY, IN THE BALTIC SEA – “Away, SNOOPIE team, away. Surface contact on port side.” Read More

50 Sailors from USS John S. McCain Honored for Actions During 2017 Collision

50 Sailors from USS John S. McCain Honored for Actions During 2017 Collision

Admiral John Aquilino, left, Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Vice Admiral Phillip Sawyer, right, Commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, pose for a photo with award recipients on of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) during an awards ceremony, July 10, 2019, at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. US Navy photo.

The Navy honored 50 sailors today for their efforts to save lives and save the ship after USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) collided with a merchant ship two years ago. Read More

U.S. Leading NATO Maritime Group Amid Renewed Focus on Northern Europe

U.S. Leading NATO Maritime Group Amid Renewed Focus on Northern Europe

Standing NATO Maritime Group One flagship USS Gravely (DDG 107) leads 11 naval ships from nine nations in close formation during a Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 exercise on June 16, 2019. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS GRAVELY, IN THE BALTIC SEA — The U.S. Navy is leading a decades-old NATO maritime group, serving as a first-responder force in northern European waters and building interoperability among NATO allies while also re-learning lessons for the U.S. Navy about operating in that region. Read More

SOUTHCOM CO: China’s Influence Growing in Western Hemisphere  

SOUTHCOM CO: China’s Influence Growing in Western Hemisphere  

Adm. Craig Faller, the commander of U.S. Southern Command, arrives to Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras on June 20, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

China’s soft power moves in the Western Hemisphere – from building ports to sharing information on space and offering wireless 5G technologies – “have hard aims” with military implications that are drawing increased attention in Washington, the admiral in charge of U.S. Southern Command told a Senate panel on Tuesday. Read More