Category Archives: U.S. Navy

USS Nimitz Leaves Persian Gulf Headed to Exercise with Indian Aircraft Carrier

USS Nimitz Leaves Persian Gulf Headed to Exercise with Indian Aircraft Carrier

Vice Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, watches the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) from the bridge wing of the coastal patrol ship USS Squall (PC-7) in the Persian Gulf on Nov. 8, 2020. US Navy Photo

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is heading to the annual Malabar exercise to drill with an Indian aircraft carrier after spending nearly two months in the Persian Gulf. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 9, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 9, 2020

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Nov. 9, 2020, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. This post has been updated. Read More

Littoral Combat Ship USS Detroit Towed Into Port After Losing Power While Already En Route for Repairs

Littoral Combat Ship USS Detroit Towed Into Port After Losing Power While Already En Route for Repairs

USS Detroit (LCS-7) transits the Caribbean Sea. Detroit is deployed to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility to support Joint Interagency Task Force South’s mission. Sept. 12, 2020. US Navy Photo

Littoral Combat Ship USS Detroit (LCS-7) was towed into a Florida port after losing power on its way to port for repairs, after suffering a previous engineering casualty that took it out of an international exercise, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News on Friday. Read More

Submarine Industrial Base Ready to Grow – But Only If Pentagon, Congress Send the Right Signals

Submarine Industrial Base Ready to Grow – But Only If Pentagon, Congress Send the Right Signals

Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN-791) was moved out of a construction facility into a floating dry dock using a transfer car system in 2018. HII Photo

Huntington Ingalls Industries is confident its businesses are well-positioned for whatever the future of the Navy is – whether it’s the implementation of the Pentagon’s Battle Force 2045 plan or something else implemented by new leadership, according to the chief executive. Read More

Navy Awards $9.47B Contract For First Columbia-Class SSBN, Advance Work On Second Boat

Navy Awards $9.47B Contract For First Columbia-Class SSBN, Advance Work On Second Boat

Artist’s rendering of the Columbia-class SSBN submarine. US Navy Image

This post has been updated to include additional comments on the contract award.

The Navy today awarded a $9.47 billion contract modification to General Dynamics Electric Boat to officially start construction on the first ballistic-missile submarine in the Columbia class of SSBNs. Read More

VIDEO: Blue Angels Fly Legacy Hornets For Last Time

VIDEO: Blue Angels Fly Legacy Hornets For Last Time

Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, conducted the final flight on the F/A-18 A/B/C/D ‘Legacy’ Hornets marking the official transition of the Blue Angels to the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets on Nov. 4, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s Blue Angels on Wednesday performed the squadron’s last flight with the F/A-18 legacy Hornets. Read More

After 9 Months of Study, Pentagon's Fleet Architecture Similar to Original Navy Plan

After 9 Months of Study, Pentagon’s Fleet Architecture Similar to Original Navy Plan

Defense Secretary Mark Esper tours the avenger class minesweeper USS Devastator, docked at Naval Support Activity Bahrain on Oct. 28, 2020. DoD Photo

At the beginning of the year, the Navy and Marine Corps sent a new fleet plan to Pentagon leaders that called for relying on smaller ships and unmanned vessels to meet future missions and defeat future adversaries. The Pentagon rejected the plan.

Nine-months later, Pentagon leaders reached the same conclusion: the Navy needed to be more distributed and weighted towards small combatants and unmanned craft.

What did that additional effort really get the sea services? Not much, according to some officials involved in both processes.

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