UPDATED: Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery Suffers Engineering Casualty, Fifth LCS Casualty Within Last Year

UPDATED: Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery Suffers Engineering Casualty, Fifth LCS Casualty Within Last Year

USS Montgomery (LCS-8) during sea trials. Austal USA Photo

USS Montgomery (LCS-8) during sea trials. Austal USA Photo

This story has been updated with additional information from the Navy. An earlier version of this post indicated the casualty occurred on Sept. 15 when it in fact occurred on Sept. 13.

THE PENTAGON — Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) suffered two unrelated engineering casualties during a transit in the Gulf of Mexico and is heading to Florida for repairs, the Navy told USNI News on Friday. Read More

PACFLEET Wants To Improve How Sub Tender Crews Are Used In Guam

PACFLEET Wants To Improve How Sub Tender Crews Are Used In Guam

Guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) moors alongside submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in Diego Garcia on Jan. 7, 2016. US Navy photo.

Guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) moors alongside submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in Diego Garcia on Jan. 7, 2016. US Navy photo.

HAMPTON, Va. – U.S. Pacific Fleet is looking to build up the skill level and workload of sailors assigned to the two submarine tenders in Guam, but the viability of any potential solutions with industry may hinge on decisions that have yet to be made, PACFLEET’s director of fleet maintenance said. Read More

Opinion: Connecting the Dots on Recent Incidents with Iranian and Russian Forces

Opinion: Connecting the Dots on Recent Incidents with Iranian and Russian Forces

An undated picture of a Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol craft.

An undated picture of a Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol craft.

Some critics attribute the increased number of aggressive air-to-air intercepts and incidents at sea to what they argue is the current administration’s weak foreign policy. That claim raises some interesting points when analyzed. There is a strong counter-argument to such claims. Read More

New NAVSEA Commander's Intent: Complete Ship Maintenance On Time

New NAVSEA Commander’s Intent: Complete Ship Maintenance On Time

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Kasey Ringwalda, a native of Dayton, Ore., uses a grinder to remove paint from deck station 11 on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently undergoing an extended planned incremental maintenance availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. US Navy Photo

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Kasey Ringwalda, a native of Dayton, Ore., uses a grinder to remove paint from deck station 11 on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently undergoing an extended planned incremental maintenance availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. US Navy Photo

HAMPTON, VA. — New commander of Naval Sea Systems Command Vice Adm. Tom Moore said shipyards are nearing an opportunity to “reset” after struggling in recent years to get aircraft carriers and submarines out of availabilities on time, and he hopes the yards can take measures now to keep the next wave of availabilities on track. Read More

Analysis: Russian Military Activities from South China Sea to Sevastopol

Analysis: Russian Military Activities from South China Sea to Sevastopol

Russian troops participating in the Kavkaz-2016 exercise.

Russian troops participating in the Kavkaz-2016 exercise

Russia is simultaneously conducting operations along the eastern Ukraine border, participating in large bilateral naval exercises with China in the South China Sea and conducting large-scale amphibious exercises in the Black Sea around the Crimean peninsula. The Russian Navy has subs operating in the Baltic Sea off Latvia, continues to professionalize its force, and is attempting to sustain a large upgrade in force capabilities matched with no-notice military inspections in most military districts. At the same time, it continues operations in Syria and the eastern Mediterranean, demonstrating resolve and constancy there. Read More