Undated photo of Leonard Francis
This post has been updated to include the letters of censure for Wren, Conroy and Johnson.
Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has issued letters of censure to a retired admiral and two other senior officers who the service says accepted gifts and had an inappropriate relationship with Leonard ‘Fat Leonard’ Francis and the Glenn Defense Marine Asia company, USNI News has learned. Read More
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis shakes hands with Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, before hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington D.C., June 13, 2017. DoD Photo
The U.S. Senate passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2019 defense authorization bill, setting the stage for negotiations with members of the House of Representatives to create a unified set of policy and spending priorities to approve later this year.
USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) being placed into the dry-dock on May 1, 2018. US Navy Photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy will release a 30-year ship repair and modernization plan alongside its 30-year shipbuilding plan next spring, to help the maintenance industry plan its workforce and infrastructure investments with the same confidence that yards on the new-construction side can, the Navy’s acquisition chief said today. Read More
USS Fitzgerald pierside at the U.S. naval base at Yokosuka, Japan in June 2017.
This post has been updated to include statements from Cmdr. Bryce Benson and Lt. Natalie Combs.
The former commander of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and two junior officers will not face negligent homicide charges for their role in a collision off the coast of Japan that killed seven sailors last year, USNI News has learned. Read More
US Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Michael Francica, with Combat Logistics Battalion 8, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, pilots an InstantEye quadcopter during an operations check for Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory as part of Integrated Training Exercise 3-18 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. on April. 29, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo
The Marine Corps has shelved several new, small drones – at least temporarily – amid a Pentagon ban and assessment on the cybersecurity of commercial, off-the-shelf, unmanned aerial systems, a service spokesman told USNI News on Monday. Read More
Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch of the fifth Iridium mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on March 30, 2018. US Air Force Photo
The White House’s proposed military Space Force would likely rely heavily on existing personnel from inside the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army, plus a host of other intelligence agencies, experts told USNI News on Monday.
AAV-P7/A1 amphibious assault vehicles, assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), approach the Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) on June 6 during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018. US Navy photo.
The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s recent participation in the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 exercise helped prove that the ARG/MEU team can handle the dynamic force employment model Pentagon leaders have been pushing in recent months. Read More
USNI News Graphic
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 June 18, 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
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steven S. Giordano addresses U.S. Naval Academy plebes on Aug. 9, 2017. US Navy Photo
The Navy has launched an investigation into the service’s senior enlisted advisor over complaints he created a difficult working environment for his staff, USNI News has learned. Read More
USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on June 13, 2018. US Navy Photo
THE PENTAGON – Amphibious warship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) crossed into the Persian Gulf this week, returning a U.S. Navy capital ship to the region for the first time since late March, USNI News has learned. Read More