Category Archives: U.S. Navy

USS Barry Transits Taiwan Strait

USS Barry Transits Taiwan Strait

TAIWAN STRAIT (April 23, 2020) Ltjg. Hannah Lee plots using a maneuvering board during routine underway operations aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52). Navy photo

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) transited the Taiwan Strait Friday for the second time this month, as China is growing its naval fleet and conducting its own operations in the region.

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Navy Confirms 18 COVID-19 Cases on Deployed USS Kidd, Destroyer Heading to Port

Navy Confirms 18 COVID-19 Cases on Deployed USS Kidd, Destroyer Heading to Port

USS Kidd (DDG-100) transits alongside the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) while participating in Exercise Northern Edge 2019 on May 16, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a Friday statement from the Navy and corrects the approximate location of USS Kidd.

The second deployed U.S. warship is suffering an outbreak of COVID-19, the Navy confirmed on Friday. Read More

Mission Capable: How More Ready Jets Is Helping the Navy Create Deadlier Pilots

Mission Capable: How More Ready Jets Is Helping the Navy Create Deadlier Pilots

Sailors inspect an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the ‘Blue Diamonds’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on March 23, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post is the second in a two-part series on the naval aviation community’s effort to build better readiness and how that is changing the future of naval aviation.

“It was, quite frankly, a little scary.”

In 2015, Rear Adm. Rich Brophy was a captain who had just taken command of Carrier Air Wing 9 and was trying to usher the unit through pre-deployment training, while sitting at the bottom of a bathtub in naval aviation readiness. Read More

26 Navy Battle Force Ships Have Had COVID-19 Cases

26 Navy Battle Force Ships Have Had COVID-19 Cases

BREMERTON, Wash. (April 3, 2020) A Nimitz Sailor exercises in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently in port preparing for future operations. U.S. Navy photo

Twenty-six of the Navy’s battle force ships have reported at least one positive COVID-19 case as of Thursday, as the Navy enhances efforts to stop transmission of the sickness, Navy sources told USNI News. Read More

Navy Applying USS Gerald Ford Advanced Weapons Elevators Lessons to Rest of Carrier Class

Navy Applying USS Gerald Ford Advanced Weapons Elevators Lessons to Rest of Carrier Class

Sailors go over safety procedures for the Upper Stage 1 advanced weapons aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). US Navy Photo

This post was updated with additional information from the Navy.

The Navy is revamping its approach to building weapons elevators on Ford-class aircraft carriers, after finding that each of the 11 unique elevators is generating its own unique set of lessons learned.

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Pentagon Leaders Say Trump Tweet on Iranian Attack Boats Was 'Important Warning'

Pentagon Leaders Say Trump Tweet on Iranian Attack Boats Was ‘Important Warning’

Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) vessels conducted unsafe and unprofessional actions against U.S. Military ships by crossing the ships’ bows and sterns at close range while operating in international waters of the North Arabian Gulf. The guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) is conducting joint interoperability operations in support of maritime security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s existing policy for dealing with the small Iranian vessels prevalent in the Persian Gulf matches the sentiment of a Wednesday morning Tweet from President Donald Trump, Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hyten said during a Wednesday media briefing. Read More

Mission Capable: How the Navy Harnessed Its Data to Achieve 80% Fighter Readiness

Mission Capable: How the Navy Harnessed Its Data to Achieve 80% Fighter Readiness

Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller III, commander of Naval Air Forces, addresses T-34C Turbo Mentor aircraft maintainers and midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy at Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) before taking a flight with Lt. Jason “JB” Ely of Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA-122) on Aug. 6, 2019. US Navy photo.

This post is the first in a two-part series on the naval aviation community’s effort to build better readiness and how that is changing the future of naval aviation.

This post has been updated to note that the readiness push resulted in 90 more mission capable Super Hornets in March and 340 more aircraft overall compared to the same time last year.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – “I love data, it’s just awesome.”

When Commander of Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller took command in January 2018, years of tight budgets had robbed the naval aviation community of maintenance and spare parts funds, leaving some squadrons with just enough flyable aircraft to keep their pilots qualified but not enough to do any kind of sophisticated training. Read More