Category Archives: Surface Forces

Harry S. Truman Strike Group Back Under NATO Command for Neptune Shield Drills

Harry S. Truman Strike Group Back Under NATO Command for Neptune Shield Drills

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS-11), front, transits the Tyrrhenian Sea alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on May 16, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Harry S. Truman returned to NATO command as the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group participates in exercise Neptune Shield, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby announced to reporters Tuesday. Read More

New Navy Unmanned Command Will Send 4 Experimental Large USVs to RIMPAC

New Navy Unmanned Command Will Send 4 Experimental Large USVs to RIMPAC

Sea Hunter sits pierside at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., during the Unmanned Surface Vessel Division (USDIV) One Establishment ceremony on May 13, 2022. US Navy Photo

NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A quartet of experimental unmanned surface vessels will set sail for Hawaii this summer for a test of a new unit focused on ramping up the Navy’s use of drones to bolster the surface fleet’s lethality. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 16, 2022

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 16, 2022

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 16, 2022, 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

Navy's Cancellation of Littoral Combat Ship ASW Mission Package Triggers Nunn-McCurdy Breach

Navy’s Cancellation of Littoral Combat Ship ASW Mission Package Triggers Nunn-McCurdy Breach

Sailors aboard the Independence-class Littoral Combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) lower a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) in preparation for small boat operations October 7, 2020. U.S. Navy Photo

The Navy’s decision to cancel the anti-submarine warfare mission package for the Littoral Combat Ship has sparked a Nunn-McCurdy breach, the service told lawmakers on Friday. Read More

Great Wall of Naval Targets Discovered in Chinese Desert

Great Wall of Naval Targets Discovered in Chinese Desert

H I Sutton Illustration for USNI News Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies Used with Permission

China has been honing its ship-killing skills for potential future conflicts on new targets in a remote desert, according to new satellite photos reviewed by USNI News. New analysis shows the People’s Liberation Army is testing the ability to hit ships in port with long-range ballistic missiles. Read More

Navy Cost Estimates on Shipyard Modernization ‘Wildly Off,’ GAO Tells Congress

Navy Cost Estimates on Shipyard Modernization ‘Wildly Off,’ GAO Tells Congress

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is dry-docked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia, on April 23, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s cost estimates for modernizing dry docks in its four public shipyards ‘have been wildly off point,” Diana Maurer, the director of defense capabilities in the General Accountability Office, testified on Tuesday. Read More