Category Archives: Surface Forces

New Defense Strategy, Commitment to Readiness Drove Major Shifts in Navy Budget

New Defense Strategy, Commitment to Readiness Drove Major Shifts in Navy Budget

Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group participates in a strait exercise in the Atlantic Ocean on April 7, 2019. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request includes tectonic shifts in how the Navy does business – swapping a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier for unmanned surface vehicles and other technologies – and it comes even as the service is reevaluating what sized fleet and what mix of ships the Navy needs to meet future challenges. Read More

Navy Betting Big on Unmanned Warships Defining Future of the Fleet

Navy Betting Big on Unmanned Warships Defining Future of the Fleet

Medium displacement unmanned surface vehicle (MDUSV) prototype Sea Hunter is moored onboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy has more questions than answers on how it will use unmanned warships in the future, but it knows now is the time to get unmanned surface vehicles into the water and start learning, the Navy’s top requirements officer told USNI News. Read More

Navy Sees No Easy Answer to Balance Future Surface Fleet

Navy Sees No Easy Answer to Balance Future Surface Fleet

USS Spruance (DDG-111) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) line up in a formation prior to a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) on March 12, 2019. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – Based on the Navy’s current vision of its future fleet, the service will be too top-heavy in the coming years, having more large combatants than it says it needs and not enough small combatants. But many attractive options exist today to add lethal capabilities to these large combatants and to extend their lives, and fewer options exist to speed the growth of the small combatant fleet, leaving the Navy pondering how best to invest in its surface force, the service’s top requirements officer told USNI News. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 8, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 8, 2019

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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 April 7, 2019, 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

Carrier Eisenhower Returns to Norfolk After Completing Sea Trials

Carrier Eisenhower Returns to Norfolk After Completing Sea Trials

Sailors scrub the flight deck after a countermeasure wash down aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) during an underway in the Atlantic Ocean on March 30, 2019. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after its first underway since 2017. Read More

Navy Confident That Maintenance Workload Transparency, Better Business Practices Will Avoid Future Backlogs

Navy Confident That Maintenance Workload Transparency, Better Business Practices Will Avoid Future Backlogs

Water is drained from a dry dock at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF JRMC) Yokosuka preparing the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) for a scheduled maintenance availability on July 20, 2015. US Navy photo.

CAPITOL HILL – For all the struggles the Navy has today caring for its 106 surface combatants, the problem will only get worse: the fleet is set to increase by 60 percent between now and 2034, when the Navy will have 169 combatants in its inventory. Read More

7th Fleet Ships Conduct First High-End Advanced Training Event with SMWDC

7th Fleet Ships Conduct First High-End Advanced Training Event with SMWDC

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) launches a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) during a missile exercise (MSLEX) in the Pacific Ocean, March 16, 2019. MSLEXs are designed to increase the tactical proficiency, lethality, and interoperability of participating warships in an era of great power competition. US Navy photo.

Naval forces forward-deployed in the Pacific took a big step in raising their warfighting proficiency, completing their first advanced training event hosted by the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC). Read More

VIDEO: Navy Brings Mine Countermeasures Triad Together for Experiment Aboard British Ship

VIDEO: Navy Brings Mine Countermeasures Triad Together for Experiment Aboard British Ship

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 man a combat rubber raiding craft while underway with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary landing ship dock Mounts Bay during a mine countermeasures (MCM) task group experiment. US Navy Photo

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, ABOARD RFA MOUNTS BAY – The Navy’s mine countermeasures community brought all three legs of its triad together for a single experiment – aboard an allied ship – to see how well they could combine their gear and people to tackle a common threat. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 1, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 1, 2019

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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 April 1, 2019, 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