Category Archives: Surface Forces

John Lewis-Class Oilers Begin Construction at NASSCO

John Lewis-Class Oilers Begin Construction at NASSCO

Rep. John Lewis (D Ga.) addresses attendees at the keel laying for his namesake ship, Military Sealift Command’s newest fleet replenishment oiler, USNS John Lewis during a ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego. Military Sealift Command photo.

The keel was laid for the future first-in-class fleet replenishment oiler John Lewis (T-AO-205) in a ceremony in San Diego this week.

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Spanish Frigate Drops Out of Lincoln Strike Group Over U.S. Iran Stance

Spanish Frigate Drops Out of Lincoln Strike Group Over U.S. Iran Stance

Àlvaro de Bazàn-class frigate ESPS Méndez Núñez (F 104) prepares to conduct a replenishment-at-sea with the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on May 8, 2019. US Navy Photo

A Spanish guided-missile frigate is temporarily dropping out to the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group over the U.S. shift in operations toward Iran, according to statements from Spanish defense officials. Read More

USS John C. Stennis Expected to Arrive in Norfolk on Thursday

USS John C. Stennis Expected to Arrive in Norfolk on Thursday

U.S. Sailors conduct a foreign object debris walkdown on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while transiting the Strait of Gibraltar, May 3, 2019. Navy photo.

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is expected to arrive in Norfolk, Va., on Thursday, marking the conclusion of its deployment and the start of preparations for a scheduled mid-life refueling complex overhaul (RCOH).

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Navy Wants to Invest In Amphibious Ship Upgrades, But Funding, Timing Still Unclear

Navy Wants to Invest In Amphibious Ship Upgrades, But Funding, Timing Still Unclear

The amphibious dock landing ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) transit in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Murtha and Momsen are underway conducting routine operations as a part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group in the eastern Pacific Ocean. US Navy photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Navy is committed to upgrading its amphibious ships to support the Navy and Marines’ new way of operating and to leverage the power of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, but it’s still unclear when dollars will start flowing to pay for these upgrades to communications and command and control systems. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 13, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 13, 2019

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of May 13, 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

USS Arlington, Patriot Missiles to Join Lincoln Carrier Strike Group in Middle East

USS Arlington, Patriot Missiles to Join Lincoln Carrier Strike Group in Middle East

USS Arlington (LPD-24) transits the Mediterranean Sea on Feb. 1, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with new information on the position of USS Arlington The amphibious warship is currently in 6th Fleet and not currently in 5th Fleet.

The Pentagon is sending amphibious warship USS Arlington (LPD-24) and elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to join the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group as a hedge against Iran, according to a Friday Pentagon statement. Read More