Category Archives: U.S. Navy

Investigation of Former Carrier Roosevelt CO’s Message Still In Progress

Investigation of Former Carrier Roosevelt CO’s Message Still In Progress

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) move meals, ready to eat (MREs) for sailors who have tested negative for COVID-19 on April 7, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s probe into the circumstances around a leaked letter from the former commander of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) warning leaders his sailors were at risk from a COVID-19 outbreak is set to be completed soon, Navy officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

Navy Leaders Sink Ship Names Proposed in SECNAV Modly's Last Days

Navy Leaders Sink Ship Names Proposed in SECNAV Modly’s Last Days

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly speaks at a Pentagon press briefing, Washington, D.C. on April 2, 2020. DoD Photo

In his last days in office, former acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly tried to assign names to the Navy’s new class of guided-missile frigates and the second Columbia-class nuclear ballistic-missile submarine. Read More

French Carrier Heading Home Early Amid Suspicion of COVID-19 Outbreak

French Carrier Heading Home Early Amid Suspicion of COVID-19 Outbreak

FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) deploying on Jan. 21, 2020 from Touloun, France. French Navy Photo

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) aircraft carrier and flagship Charles de Gaulle (R91) is heading home early following suspicion of several COVID-19 cases among its crew members. About forty sailors may be infected with COVID-19, according to a French Ministry of the Armed Forces press release issued on Wednesday. Read More

UPDATED: Modly Resigns Amidst Carrier Roosevelt Controversy; Army Undersecretary to Serve as Acting SECNAV

UPDATED: Modly Resigns Amidst Carrier Roosevelt Controversy; Army Undersecretary to Serve as Acting SECNAV

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly speaks to Sailors aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) from across the brow via the ship’s 1-MC public address system, March 31, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include Thomas Modly’s resignation letter and reactions from members of Congress.

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly has resigned from his post after a day and a half of widespread criticism surrounding the removal of the commander of an aircraft carrier that is battling a COVID-19 outbreak, according to a copy of the resignation letter obtained by USNI News. Read More

Navy Calls for Face Masks for All Military and Civilians on Base

Navy Calls for Face Masks for All Military and Civilians on Base

Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Luke Cunningham, from San Antonio, performs a fit test for a respirator mask aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) on April 3, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy is requesting anyone – active duty, reservist, dependent or retiree – visiting a military installation to wear a face mask to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Read More

How to Keep Social Distance When Building a Warship

How to Keep Social Distance When Building a Warship

Dejon Butts welds in a submarine shop. Newport News Shipbuilding Photo

About a month after governments and employers began taking drastic actions to slow the spread of COVID-19, working from home and standing six feet apart at grocery stores have become rapidly the norm. But what about shipyard workers who cannot stay at home, who must work alongside colleagues to continue what has been deemed a mission-critical line of work? Read More