Category Archives: U.S. Navy

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 10, 2018

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 10, 2018

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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 Sept. 10, 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

New India-U.S. Arms Agreement, Expanded Exercises Illustrate Growing Security Cooperation

New India-U.S. Arms Agreement, Expanded Exercises Illustrate Growing Security Cooperation

U.S. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis greets Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan, New Delhi, India, Sept. 6, 2018. DoD Photo

The U.S. strengthened its military relationship with India last week in signing an agreement that allows New Delhi to buy advanced American weapons, share sensitive technology and exchange military information securely and quickly. Read More

New Authorities Helping Navy Save Money on New Weapons; Sustainment Costs Still an Issue

New Authorities Helping Navy Save Money on New Weapons; Sustainment Costs Still an Issue

Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Alexandra Mimbela performs maintenance on an F/A-18F Super Hornet. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy is exploring how new acquisition authorities may help save money when buying weapons, but the service still needs to find ways to control long-term sustainment and modernization costs throughout the long lives of these systems, a panel said this week.

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New Navy Force Structure Assessment, 2018 Elections Could Change the Path to 355-Ship Fleet

New Navy Force Structure Assessment, 2018 Elections Could Change the Path to 355-Ship Fleet

USS O’Kane (DDG-77), USS Preble (DDG-88), USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) and USS Sterett (DDG-104) are moored during the harbor phase of the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise on July 4, 2018. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. — A new look at the Navy’s force structure and the upcoming November congressional elections will play key roles in determining whether Navy will reach its current goal of a 355-ship fleet. Read More

Exclusive Photo: Crashed $123M RQ-4 Air Force Drone Fished Out of the Atlantic

Exclusive Photo: Crashed $123M RQ-4 Air Force Drone Fished Out of the Atlantic

Remnants of a RQ-4 Global Hawk that was recovered on June 26, 2018 off the coast of Spain. USNI News Photo

After two months of silence, military officials have acknowledged the crash and recovery of an Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle from the Atlantic after the massive surveillance drone crashed off the coast of Spain in late June, U.S. European Command officials told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

NAVSEA Looking for Early Wins as it Kicks Off 20-Year Yard Modernization

NAVSEA Looking for Early Wins as it Kicks Off 20-Year Yard Modernization

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) personnel bring the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) into Drydock 6 at PSNS in Bremerton, Wash. PSNS and IMF personnel will work side by side with ship’s force teams to get the ship back in fighting condition and back to the Fleet. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include the redacted executive summary of NAVSEA’s shipyard optimization plan.

WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – The Navy plans to build momentum for its 20-year, $21-billion ship repair yard modernization plan through key early wins: proving that a redesign of the yard in Maine translates to a substantial increase in productivity, and renovating drydocks to accommodate the Navy’s newest nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers. Read More

CNO: New Maritime Design Set to Deliver in the Fall

CNO: New Maritime Design Set to Deliver in the Fall

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division on Nov. 29, 2017. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va.– Great power competition with China and Russia is more protracted than ever and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said the Navy must continue to adapt to the challenge.

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Course Set for the Next 40 Years for the Royal Australian Navy

Course Set for the Next 40 Years for the Royal Australian Navy

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Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide, Captain Jonathan Earley, CSC, RAN, salutes the Royal Australian Navy Ensign at the memorial service for HMAS Canberra I on HMAS Adelaide on Aug. 17, 2018. RAN Photo

The Royal Australian Navy has set out its force structure for the next 40 years with decisions taken on construction programs for new submarines, frigates and smaller offshore patrol vessels. Read More