Category Archives: Surface Forces

Marines Suffer COVID-19 Outbreak at San Diego Boot Camp

Marines Suffer COVID-19 Outbreak at San Diego Boot Camp

New recruits with India Company, 3rd Recruit training Battalion, are issued gear after arriving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif., April 27, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

SAN DIEGO — Marine Corps officials found an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus among recruits who arrived a month ago at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, service officials confirmed to USNI News. Read More

Early ‘Aggressive’ Military Sealift Command COVID Mitigations Meant to Prevent Spread During Resupply

Early ‘Aggressive’ Military Sealift Command COVID Mitigations Meant to Prevent Spread During Resupply

William Courtney, the prospective chief mate aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), communicates with his crew during a supplies onload while the ship is moored in New York in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts. US Navy photo.

This post has been corrected to state there have been cases of COVID-19 among civilian mariners on Military Sealift Command ships. Two cases emerged on oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO-195) between the Friday interview and Wednesday article publication. That ship is in Boston Ship Repair for maintenance. Two CIVMARS were infected on hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) early in its New York mission and have since recovered, but that was not disclosed by MSC during the interview. A fifth CIVMAR is known to have contracted the disease while on leave and has also recovered.

The Military Sealift Command is keeping supplies moving uninterrupted throughout the globally operating Navy fleet and has done so with zero COVID-19 infections among its civilian mariners at sea due to early and aggressive actions, the commander of MSC told USNI News. Read More

Navy to Expand Investigation Into Circumstances Around Theodore Roosevelt COVID-19 Outbreak

Navy to Expand Investigation Into Circumstances Around Theodore Roosevelt COVID-19 Outbreak

Capt. Brett Crozier, then-commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), addresses the crew during an all-hands call on the ship’s flight deck on Nov. 15, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from Acting Secretary of the Navy James McPherson.

The Navy is set to widen the investigation of the removal of the former commander of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), taking a closer look at the service’s overall command climate in the Pacific, the Navy announced on Wednesday. Read More

USS Bunker Hill Conducts 2nd South China Sea Freedom of Navigation Operation This Week

USS Bunker Hill Conducts 2nd South China Sea Freedom of Navigation Operation This Week

USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) transits the Philippine Sea, on March 24, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional details of Bunker Hill’s freedom of navigation operation.

Guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) conducted a freedom of navigation operation through the Spratly Island chain in the South China Sea, U.S. 7th Fleet announced on Wednesday. Read More

Sailors Begin Returning to USS Theodore Roosevelt After Quarantine Period on Guam

Sailors Begin Returning to USS Theodore Roosevelt After Quarantine Period on Guam

Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Nicholas Beemer, from Huntington, Ind., enters a restricted area of the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) to sanitize and secure the space on April 26, 2020. US Navy Photo

The crew of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is beginning to return aboard the aircraft carrier after almost a month of isolation on Guam designed to combat a major COVID-19 outbreak, U.S. 7th Fleet announced on Wednesday. Read More

China Says PLA Scrambled Aircraft, Ships to ‘Expel’ U.S. Warship from South China Sea Island Chain

China Says PLA Scrambled Aircraft, Ships to ‘Expel’ U.S. Warship from South China Sea Island Chain

Seaman Xi Chan stands lookout on the flight deck as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) transits the Taiwan Strait during routine underway operations on April 23, 2020. US Navy Photo

Chinese authorities said they sortied ships and aircraft to “track, monitor, verify, identify and expel” a U.S. warship from the Paracel Island chain in the South China Sea on Tuesday, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officials said on Chinese social media. Read More

Carrier USS Nimitz Underway for Final Rounds of Training Ahead of Deployment

Carrier USS Nimitz Underway for Final Rounds of Training Ahead of Deployment

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) passes Mount Rainier while transiting Puget Sound on Feb. 22, 2020. U.S. Navy Photo

This post was updated with a statement from U.S. 3rd Fleet.

Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) departed Bremerton, Wash., on Monday for its final pre-deployment training event, in what is the Navy’s first real test of its plan to prevent COVID-19 from spreading among deploying crews.

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