CNO Gilday: Flat or Declining Navy Budgets ‘Will Definitely Shrink’ the Fleet

CNO Gilday: Flat or Declining Navy Budgets ‘Will Definitely Shrink’ the Fleet

USS Russell (DDG-59), bottom, approaches the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO-202), center, and the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) for a replenishment-at-sea on Feb. 10, 2021. US Navy Photo

The number of ships in the fleet, now at 296 ships, will decrease if the Navy continues to have flat or declining budgets, the service’s top officer told Congress today. Read More

Sub Force Experimenting with Anti-Fatigue Measures to Mimic Natural Light

Sub Force Experimenting with Anti-Fatigue Measures to Mimic Natural Light

Participants in the ‘Using Personal Light Treatment Devices to Enhance Performance of Submariners’ study aboard the USS Vermont, wearing their assigned PLTDs. Officers in the blue light glasses (left, and third from left) are at the beginning of their shifts and officers in the orange (blue light blocking) glasses (second from left, right) are at the end of their shifts and are preparing to go to sleep. US Navy Photo

A group of Navy researchers is studying whether blue-blocking glasses or blue-emitting light might be effective countermeasures against fatigue and poor sleep that often plague submariners starved of natural light. Read More

MDA: U.S. Aircraft Carriers Now at Risk from Hypersonic Missiles

MDA: U.S. Aircraft Carriers Now at Risk from Hypersonic Missiles

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) sails behind the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), March 3, 2021. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to correct the spelling of the first name of the director of the Missile Defense Agency, Vice Adm. Jon Hill.

U.S. aircraft carriers are already facing risks from hypersonic weapons that are now entering the inventory of American adversaries and the Navy has developed early defenses for the threat, the head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said last week before the Senate. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 14, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 14, 2021

USNI News Illustration

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 14, 2021, 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. Read More

French Officials: Jeanne D’Arc Deployment Enhances Interoperability With Partners

French Officials: Jeanne D’Arc Deployment Enhances Interoperability With Partners

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force CH-47 helicopter lands on LPD FS Tonnerre (L9104) during the Jeanne D’Arc 2021 exercise in Japan. French Armed Forces Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – As France’s Jeanne D’Arc deployment nears its conclusion, the French are looking to continue high-end operations in the Indo-Pacific region, according to two French officials in command of the deployment. Read More

Destroyer USS Laboon Enters the Black Sea

Destroyer USS Laboon Enters the Black Sea

USS Laboon (DDG-58) enters Black Sea on June 11, 2021. Photo by Yörük Işık‏ used with permission

A guided-missile destroyer attached to the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is now operating in the Black Sea, according to ship spotters. Read More