Category Archives: U.S. Navy

U.S. Destroyer, Cutter Suffer COVID-19 Outbreaks in Pacific

U.S. Destroyer, Cutter Suffer COVID-19 Outbreaks in Pacific

Sailors man the rails as the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) passes Battleship Missouri Memorial during the official ceremony for the 75th Commemoration of the End of WWII on Sept. 2, 2020. US Navy Photo

The crews of a Pacific-based Navy guided-missile destroyer and a Coast Guard cutter are battling separate outbreaks of COVID-19, officials said this week. Read More

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Pledges $32B Military Build-Up

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Pledges $32B Military Build-Up

Image of the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson giving the thumbs up outside No10 Downing Street London, after buying his Poppy from Armed Forces Poppy sellers today 23/10/2020.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday committed the British government to an expansion of defense spending that confirms London’s ambitions about improving the Royal Navy through the middle of the century. Read More

Navy Confident It Could Build 3 Virginia SSNs a Year, Though More Study Needed On Shipyard Capacity

Navy Confident It Could Build 3 Virginia SSNs a Year, Though More Study Needed On Shipyard Capacity

Attack boat Vermont (SSN-792) float-off on March 29, 2019. General Dynamics Electric Boats Photo

The Navy has “full confidence we can ramp up” to building three attack submarines per year if the Navy buildup proposed by former Defense Secretary Mark Esper were to be enacted, despite ongoing delays in Block IV Virginia-class construction, the program executive officer for submarines said today. Read More

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Begins Quarantine Ahead of Second 2020 Deployment; Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group Near Hawaii

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Begins Quarantine Ahead of Second 2020 Deployment; Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group Near Hawaii

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) leaves its San Diego homeport on Oct. 13, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to correct the start of USS Theodore Roosevelt’s first 2020 deployment.

The crew of aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and its strike group have begun a restriction of movement period ahead of a deployment later this fall – a little more than four months after the carrier returned from a deployment marked by a COVID-19 outbreak, two defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

VIDEO: Ballistic Missile Submarine Tests Aerial Resupply With Air Force C-17, Drone

VIDEO: Ballistic Missile Submarine Tests Aerial Resupply With Air Force C-17, Drone

A C-17 Globemaster III, attached to the Air Force 535th Airlift Squadron, delivers a payload to the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730) on Oct. 23, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy in recent weeks has demonstrated an ability to resupply its ballistic missile submarines at sea using a range of manned and unmanned aircraft, testing their ability to keep the boomers on their stealthy nuclear deterrent patrols without coming to a port. Read More

Navy Says Hypersonic Weapons Coming to Subs in 5 Years

Navy Says Hypersonic Weapons Coming to Subs in 5 Years

Members of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command’s Nuclear Examining Board ride a boat from the Ohio-class guided- missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN-729), operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility toward Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, Spain’s pier after an inspection. US Navy Photo

The Navy is on track to field a hypersonic strike weapon on submarines by 2025, the head of the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs said today. Read More