Aircraft and small boats conduct search and rescue operations following a mishap involving an MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced) launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). The search for three of the 26 personnel aboard the MV-22 Osprey was suspended Aug. 6. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated to include additional information about the JAGMAN report that was released.
In December 2015, the Marine Corps saw a near-miss when an MV-22B Osprey landed short of its parking spot on an amphibious transport dock’s flight deck. The aircraft hung halfway off the back of the ship, but the crew and 22 passengers evacuated safely and the aircraft clung to the ship as it returned to port. Read More
Artists rendering of the first planned Flight III Arleigh Burke destroyer, Jack H. Lucas. HII Photo
May marked a pair of milestones in the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer program, including the start of fabrication of the first Flight III ship, according to Naval Sea Systems Command. Read More
USNI News Graphic
The USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker is sponsored by CNA. 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 14, 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
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) departs US Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka on May 11, 2018. US Navy Photo
Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is back in port after a week’s worth of sea trials, according to U.S. 7th Fleet. Read More
Adm. Scott H. Swift, outgoing commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, and Adm. John C. Aquilino, incoming commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, left, salute each other during a change of command ceremony. Seated are Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, left, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, right. Navy photo.
The outgoing commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet used his change-of-command and retirement ceremony speech to address the external threat of nations increasingly willing to use military means to exert their influence, and the internal threat of insufficient time and funding to create a ready fleet.
Adm. Scott Swift, at times emotional, made multiple references to last year’s two deadly collisions involving Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), killing 17 sailors serving aboard PACFLEET ships.
The following is the complete May 17, 2018 U.S. Pacific Fleet change of command ceremony. Read More
Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) en route for its first mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18). Navy photo.
Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Thursday, as part of the annual multi-nation disaster relief and humanitarian aid exercise called Pacific Partnership.
Two unmanned rigid-hull inflatable boats operate autonomously during an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored demonstration of swarmboat technology held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story on Sept. 30, 2016. US Navy photo.
The Navy disestablished its office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems less than three years after standing up the organization. Read More
Russian solider in Syria in 2016. Kremlin Photo
While the Kremlin’s newly professionalized military is armed with top-of-the-line ship-launched cruise missiles, flying more capable strike aircraft and firing precision munitions Russia, “does not have the ability to sustain forces far from the border,” a military expert said on Wednesday. Read More
The following is the April 20, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF): Background and Issues for Congress. Read More