Category Archives: U.S. Navy

SECNAV Spencer Censures Retired Admiral, 2 Other Officers in Ongoing ‘Fat Leonard’ Case

SECNAV Spencer Censures Retired Admiral, 2 Other Officers in Ongoing ‘Fat Leonard’ Case

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

Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Authorization Bill

Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Authorization Bill

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.

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Navy Will Release New 30-Year Ship Repair, Modernization Plan with Annual Shipbuilding Report

Navy Will Release New 30-Year Ship Repair, Modernization Plan with Annual Shipbuilding Report

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

Navy Drops Homicide Charges Against USS Fitzgerald Commander, Junior Officers

Navy Drops Homicide Charges Against USS Fitzgerald Commander, Junior Officers

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

Pentagon Grounds Marines' 'Eyes in the Sky' Drones Over Cyber Security Concerns

Pentagon Grounds Marines’ ‘Eyes in the Sky’ Drones Over Cyber Security Concerns

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

Proposed Space Force Would Pull Expertise From All Service Branches

Proposed Space Force Would Pull Expertise From All Service Branches

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.

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USS Oak Hill BALTOPS Participation Highlights Pentagon Push for Unexpected Deployments

USS Oak Hill BALTOPS Participation Highlights Pentagon Push for Unexpected Deployments

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 Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 18, 2018

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 18, 2018

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