Category Archives: Surface Forces

Zukunft to Congress: U.S. Must be Serious About Icebreaker Acquisition

Zukunft to Congress: U.S. Must be Serious About Icebreaker Acquisition

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft

A new Coast Guard heavy icebreaker is still on top of the top of the service’s shopping, USCGC Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft told lawmakers on Tuesday. He said the domestic shipbuilding industry and Arctic adversaries China and Russia are keeping an eye on the government’s commitment to buying those vessels. Read More

Navy Optimistic Nuclear Sub USS Columbia Will be Ready for First Deterrence Patrol in 2031

Navy Optimistic Nuclear Sub USS Columbia Will be Ready for First Deterrence Patrol in 2031

An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN-739) off the coast of California on March 26, 2018. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The director of the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs was confident that the first of a new class of ballistic missile submarine, the planned USS Columbia (SSBN-826), would be ready for its first patrol in 2031. That will be just before the current Ohio-class nuclear-deterrent boats are too old to submerge. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 16, 2018

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 16, 2018

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 April 16, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

VIDEO: U.S., French Warships Launch Attacks on Chemical Weapons Targets in Syria; U.K., French Fighters, U.S. Bombers Also Strike

VIDEO: U.S., French Warships Launch Attacks on Chemical Weapons Targets in Syria; U.K., French Fighters, U.S. Bombers Also Strike

USS Monterey (CG 61) fires a Tomahawk land attack missile April 13, 2018 against land targets in Syria. US Navy Photo

U.S and French guided-missile warships and a U.S. nuclear attack submarine launched land attack missiles on targets in Syria suspected to be targets related to chemical weapons, Pentagon officials said on Saturday. Read More

Top Sea Service Enlisted Leaders Stress Importance of Sleep, Balanced Schedules

Top Sea Service Enlisted Leaders Stress Importance of Sleep, Balanced Schedules

A Marine sleeps during training at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California in Feb. 16, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Among the most important lessons learned from the deadly ship collisions in the Pacific, aviation crashes and training accidents ashore came down to lack of sleep, the sea services top enlisted leaders told attendees at the Navy League’s 2018 Sea Air Space exposition on Wednesday. Read More

Navy Will Extend All DDGs to a 45-Year Service Life; 'No Destroyer Left Behind' Officials Say

Navy Will Extend All DDGs to a 45-Year Service Life; ‘No Destroyer Left Behind’ Officials Say

USS Preble (DDG-88), USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sampson (DDG-102) were underway behind the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in March. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from the hearing.

CAPITOL HILL – The Navy will keep every one of its Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in service for 45 years, extending the life of the entire class. The move allows the Navy to reach a 355-ship fleet by 2036 or 2037, the deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems said on Thursday. Read More

Navy, Marines Testing Unmanned Systems to Learn Integration Lessons

Navy, Marines Testing Unmanned Systems to Learn Integration Lessons

Navy BAMS-D UAV forward deployed to the Middle East, Marine Multi-Utility Tactical Transports (MUTTs), Navy SeaHunter Unmanned Surface Vehicle

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Navy hopes to eventually make unmanned systems just one tool among many for commanders to pick from. However, to get to that point the service will have to get unmanned systems into the hands of warfighters to work out the kinks, leaders said. Read More

Paul Allen's Team Finds Lost World War II Cruiser USS Helena

Paul Allen’s Team Finds Lost World War II Cruiser USS Helena

USS Helena. Paul Allen Photo

The wreckage of USS Helena (CL-50), the WWII-era St. Louis-class cruiser that survived the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and played an integral roll in defending Marine Corps operations in the Battle of Guadalcanal, was discovered last month by a team of researchers financed by billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen.

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