Carrier USS Nimitz Pulls into San Diego Ahead of Deployment; Truman Could Return to Norfolk Soon

Carrier USS Nimitz Pulls into San Diego Ahead of Deployment; Truman Could Return to Norfolk Soon

An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) on May 15, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to correct a statement from U.S. 3rd Fleet on which date the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group completed COMPTUEX.

USS Nimitz (CVN-71) is pier-side in California after completing its final series of exercises ahead of a planned deployment to the Western Pacific, USNI News has learned. Read More

USS Theodore Roosevelt Back in Guam Picking up Remaining Sailors Before Resuming Deployment

USS Theodore Roosevelt Back in Guam Picking up Remaining Sailors Before Resuming Deployment

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) flies a replica of Capt. Oliver Hazard Perry’s ‘Don’t Give Up the Ship’ flag as Theodore Roosevelt approaches Apra Harbor, Guam on June 3, 2020. US Navy Photo

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and its embarked air wing are ready to go back on deployment after completing carrier qualifications, following a two-month fight against a COVID-19 outbreak on the carrier, U.S. 7th Fleet announced. Read More

Navy Kicks Off Summer Flag Moves With VCNO Swearing-In

Navy Kicks Off Summer Flag Moves With VCNO Swearing-In

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday, left, administers the Oath of Office to Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Bill Lescher during a promotion ceremony at the Pentagon on May 29, 2020. US Navy Photo

Several promotions last week kicked off an unofficial start to this summer’s season of flag officer moves. Read More

COVID Pandemic a Barrier to Navy's Oversight of Columbia Submarine Industrial Base; PEO Working on Virtual Oversight

COVID Pandemic a Barrier to Navy’s Oversight of Columbia Submarine Industrial Base; PEO Working on Virtual Oversight

Attack boat Vermont (SSN-792) float-off on March 29, 2019. General Dynamics Electric Boats Photo

The Columbia ballistic-missile submarine program has seen some COVID-19-related challenges – including difficulties conducting oversight audits to ensure suppliers can keep to the tight schedule that has no room for further delays – but the program executive officer is confident that the prime shipbuilder is managing the situation and keeping the program on track. Read More

More Marines Arrive in Australia After COVID-19 Screening; 13th MEU Leads Mideast Ready-Response Force

More Marines Arrive in Australia After COVID-19 Screening; 13th MEU Leads Mideast Ready-Response Force

Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin arrive at RAAF Base Darwin in Darwin, NT, Australia, June 2, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines are on the move this week, with the latest contingent arriving in Australia for the resumption this summer of the rotational forces to Darwin and the command element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit taking the helm of a Middle East-based response force. Read More