Category Archives: U.S. Navy

Navy Rethinking Fundamental Training for SWO Skills, Crafting More Complex Pre-Deployment Exercises

Navy Rethinking Fundamental Training for SWO Skills, Crafting More Complex Pre-Deployment Exercises

Chief Master-at-Arms Michael Thom, assigned to the Harpers Ferry-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), works with Sailors on the bridge to locate surface contacts during a basic surface warfare exercise while participating in a surface warfare advanced tactical training (SWATT) in the Atlantic Ocean onJuly 28, 2019. SWATT is designed to increase war fighting proficiency, lethality and interoperability of participating units. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to correct the acronym Tactical Flag Communication Center, and to clarify that the SWATT events last 16 days.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy’s surface warfare community wants to increase the proficiency of its officers and its ship crews by reassessing how it teaches fundamental warfighting skills and adding more complexity to pre-deployment training. Read More

Navy's First MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Deploy To Guam

Navy’s First MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Deploy To Guam

An MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) idles on a runway at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam after arriving for a deployment as part of an early operational capability (EOC) test. US Navy Photo

About a year later than initially expected, the first two MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft arrived in Guam over the weekend, marking a significant step toward increasing the Navy’s Western Pacific reconnaissance and surveillance capability, the service announced this weekend. Read More

Naval Community College Kicks Off January 2021 With IT, Engineering Majors

Naval Community College Kicks Off January 2021 With IT, Engineering Majors

Damage controlman 1st class Ryan Vanderstouw takes the chief petty officer Navy-wide advancement exam in a training classroom inside the USS Enterprise recruit barracks at Recruit Training Command on Jan. 16, 2020. US Navy Photo

TYSONS, Va. – The Navy’s community college will begin teaching its first cohort of students a year from now, with several hundred students studying engineering and information technology as a proof of concept of the value of providing technical education to enlisted sailors and Marines and civilians. Read More

Navy Striving for 71% On-Time Ship Maintenance This Year, No Extensions By End of 2021

Navy Striving for 71% On-Time Ship Maintenance This Year, No Extensions By End of 2021

Tugboats maneuver the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) in position for dry-docking in preparation for the ship’s Extended Dry-Docking Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA) on March 5, 2019. US Navy photo.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The chief of naval operations gave the Navy an aggressive goal to eliminate lost operational days from overrun maintenance availabilities by next year, and surface navy and maintenance community leadership believe they’re on track to do just that. Read More

French Carrier Strike Group Begins ‘Foch’ Deployment

French Carrier Strike Group Begins ‘Foch’ Deployment

FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) deploying on Jan. 21, 2020 from Toulon, France. French Navy Photo

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) Carrier Strike Group set sail yesterday for a long operational deployment named, “Foch.” Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle and its escort set course to the Eastern Mediterranean before sailing for the Northern Atlantic area. Read More

Navy Maintains Increased Meritorious Advancement Quotas for Petty Officer First Class

Navy Maintains Increased Meritorious Advancement Quotas for Petty Officer First Class

Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, frocks Operations Specialist 2nd Class Zabribna Weddle to 1st Class Petty Officer under the Navy’s meritorious advancement program at Naval Support Activity Naples, Nov. 22, 2019. Navy photo

This post was updated with additional information about the Navy’s Advancement-to-Position program and Meritorious Advancement Program.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has a finite amount of money for retaining experienced enlisted sailors, so to ensure proper ship staffing, the service is increasing the number of meritorious promotions to petty officer first class.

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