Category Archives: Surface Forces

Long Chain of Failures Left Sailors Unprepared to Fight USS Bonhomme Richard Fire, Investigation Finds

Long Chain of Failures Left Sailors Unprepared to Fight USS Bonhomme Richard Fire, Investigation Finds

Sailors evacuated from USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on July 12, 2020. US Navy Photo

A cascade of failures – from a junior enlisted sailor not recognizing a fire at the end of their duty watch to fundamental problems with how the U.S. Navy trains sailors to fight fires in shipyards – are responsible for the five-day blaze that cost the service an amphibious warship, according to an investigation into the July 2020 USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) fire reviewed by USNI News. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 18, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 18, 2021

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Oct. 18, 2021, 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 Denies Russian Claims of Expelling U.S. Destroyer From Territorial Waters In Sea of Japan

Navy Denies Russian Claims of Expelling U.S. Destroyer From Territorial Waters In Sea of Japan

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) sails in formation with the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) in the Phillipine Sea on Oct. 3, 2021. U.S. Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy on Friday refuted Russian claims that it prevented a U.S. destroyer from crossing into its territorial waters in the Sea of Japan. Read More

CNO Gilday: U.S., Allies Conduct Indo-Pacific Exercises to Strengthen Interoperability Between Navies

CNO Gilday: U.S., Allies Conduct Indo-Pacific Exercises to Strengthen Interoperability Between Navies

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday addresses the crew of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during Exercise Malabar on Oct. 14, 2021 in the Bay of Bengal. US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – The United States and its partners conduct exercises in the Indo-Pacific so like-minded countries and navies can work toward interoperability, not to send a message toward a specific country, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said Thursday. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 14, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 14, 2021

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Oct. 14, 2021, 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

New Navy Guidance Will Discharge Sailors Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination Without Exemption

New Navy Guidance Will Discharge Sailors Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination Without Exemption

Hospitalman Christopher Ramirez, right, from Kimberly, Idaho, assigned to PCU John F. Kennedy’s (CVN 79) medical department, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Lt. Cmdr. George Stegeman, Kennedy’s psychological officer, during USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) joint vaccination evolution with Kennedy in Ford’s aft weapons handing area, Sept. 30, 2021. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated with additional information about the Navy vaccine mandate.

All active-duty Navy personnel must be vaccinated by Nov. 28 or face separation, according to a Navy administrative message released Wednesday. Read More

Sale of Last Conventional Supercarriers Deals Final Blow To Museum Hopes

Sale of Last Conventional Supercarriers Deals Final Blow To Museum Hopes

The former USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) gets underway from its homeport at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan in 2004. US Navy Photo

When James Melka first approached USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), he had no idea the size of the aircraft carrier.

As the 17-year-old walked toward the pier in 1965, he could see the big gray ship, growing larger as he approached. It was “amazing” to walk onto the ship, then just four years into its service life, via its gangplank, Melka recalled. Read More

24th MEU, Iwo Jima ARG Arrive Home From Deployment

24th MEU, Iwo Jima ARG Arrive Home From Deployment

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) arrives at its homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Oct. 11, 2021. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated to correct that USS San Antonio (LPD-17) pulled into its homeport on Friday, not Saturday.

The three ships that make up the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group pulled into their respective homeports the last few days, ending a deployment that supported the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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Chinese Testing Experimental Armed Drone Ships at Secret Naval Base

Chinese Testing Experimental Armed Drone Ships at Secret Naval Base

Overview of the facility. H I Sutton Photo Illustration Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies used with permission

In front of scenic cliffs and an ornamental European-style windmill is a secret People’s Liberation Army Navy pier. Here, at a former tourist resort on China’s northern coast, is where the PLAN is developing some of its most secretive, and previously unreported, naval programs, USNI News has learned.
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