Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) arrived in Los Angeles on Friday, bringing additional beds and medical professionals to help alleviate the stress on the local healthcare system.
The following are the Military Personnel Guidance for Department of Defense Components in Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 and a fact sheet on COVID-19 military personnel, pay and benefits policy issued on March 26, 2020. Read More
THE PENTAGON – Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) will leave for New York City on Saturday, with President Donald Trump and Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly on hand to see off the ship from Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Read More
With the Pentagon restricting force movements to stop the spread of COVID-19, Navy training officials are trying to figure out how to get roughly 4,000 midshipmen from college Reserve Officer Training Corps programs out to commands for summer cruises.
The 1,900 sailors of the San Diego-based Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group will be sequestered to their ships for 14 days pier-side ahead of a planned training underway amidst fleet-wide COVID-19 concerns. Read More
This post has been updated to include statements from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday and from U.S. Pacific Fleet.
THE PENTAGON – A Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific has pulled into Guam to deal with a growing outbreak of COVID-19, with the ship planning on testing the entire crew of about 5,000 and quarantining personnel as needed at Navy medical facilities on the island.
The following is the March 25, 2020 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
Before COVD-19 restrictions gripped the U.S., the U.S. Pacific Fleet was already starting to become wary of the threat. Spread from India to California, Pacific Fleet is the largest Navy operating area containing more than half of the service’s warships at any given moment. Read More
For three years in a row, the Navy has requested $40 billion annually to build, operate and sustain its ships, but the service has put insufficient thought into how early decisions could reduce those sustainment costs in the future, according to a Government Accountability Office new report.
The Navy is keeping close tabs on its acquisition and maintenance efforts to identify any disruptions that arise from the COVID-19 pandemic, minimize any delays in deliveries and keep the industrial base as strong as possible during a difficult public health and economic time. Read More