Category Archives: Surface Forces

Stackley: Would Increase SSN, DDG, Amphib Production Rate To Reach 350-Ship Navy

Stackley: Would Increase SSN, DDG, Amphib Production Rate To Reach 350-Ship Navy

Ingalls Shipbuilding lands the 700-ton deckhouse on the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) on July 9, 2016. Ingalls Shipbuilding photo.

Ingalls Shipbuilding lands the 700-ton deckhouse on the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) on July 9, 2016. Ingalls Shipbuilding photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy would prioritize increasing the production rate of existing ship classes and inserting new capabilities into mature hull designs as a way to get to a 350-ship Navy, if the incoming Trump administration follows through on its promise to grow the Navy, the service’s acquisition chief said today. Read More

Senators Worried Quick Transition From LCS to Frigate Leaves Little Room for Oversight

Senators Worried Quick Transition From LCS to Frigate Leaves Little Room for Oversight

The future USS Detroit (LCS 7) conducts acceptance trials on July 14, 2016. Lockheed Martin Photo

The future USS Detroit (LCS 7) conducts acceptance trials on July 14, 2016. Lockheed Martin Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee today questioned the Navy’s ability to ensure a smooth transition from the Littoral Combat Ship to the frigate program, given that current plans would force the Navy to award something akin to a block buy contract for 12 ships even before the first frigate is built and tested. Read More

USS Zumwalt Soon to be Underway After Repairs

USS Zumwalt Soon to be Underway After Repairs

Destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) transits the Atlantic Ocean during acceptance trials with the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). US Navy Photo

Destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) transits the Atlantic Ocean during acceptance trials with the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post indicated that guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt was underway following repairs in Panama. In fact, the ship has completed repairs and shifted berths from former U.S. Naval Station Rodman to Balboa, Panama.

THE PENTAGON — USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is preparing to leave port following several days of repairs after breaking down in the Panama Canal, service officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

Retired U.S. Admirals Debate China's Military Might

Retired U.S. Admirals Debate China’s Military Might

Members of a special battle force stand on China's missile destroyer Haikou at a naval port in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province, June 9, 2014. Xinhua Photo

Members of a special battle force stand on China’s missile destroyer Haikou at a naval port in Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province, June 9, 2014. Xinhua Photo

American allies and partners in the Pacific don’t Washington or Beijing, “to do anything stupid” that would lead to war after the Trump administration takes office in January, retired Rear Adm. Mike McDevitt, USN, said Tuesday. Read More

Opinion: Trump’s Defense Increase Might Not Equal a Better Military

Opinion: Trump’s Defense Increase Might Not Equal a Better Military

 Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Gage Skidmore


Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Gage Skidmore

Shortly after the presidential election, USNI News ran a piece looking forward into a U.S. military under a Trump administration.

The report pieced together statements from Trump that may represent his outline for what he often stated was a need to “rebuild the military.” Briefly summarized, Trump’s plan would result in 50 new ships for the U.S. Navy, a 33-percent growth in the size of the Marine Corps, and 50,000 additional soldiers for the Army. Read More

PACFLT’s Swift: Amphib USS Wasp Will Deploy With Surface Action Group in 2017

PACFLT’s Swift: Amphib USS Wasp Will Deploy With Surface Action Group in 2017

USS Wasp (LHD-1) departs Souda Bay, Greece, on Nov. 1, 2016. US Navy Photo

USS Wasp (LHD-1) departs Souda Bay, Greece, on Nov. 1, 2016. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When amphibious warship USS Wasp (LHD-1) deploys the first time from its new homeport in Japan in late 2017, it’ll ship out with some extras: a squadron of Marine F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters, three guided-missile destroyers, a Marine general and a Navy admiral. Read More