Navy Endorsed Extending Truman Carrier Deployment Due to Significant Air Strike Capacity

Navy Endorsed Extending Truman Carrier Deployment Due to Significant Air Strike Capacity

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Pukin’ Dogs” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, lands on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on April 30, 2016. US Navy photo.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Pukin’ Dogs” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, lands on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on April 30, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include comments from U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

The Navy endorsed the decision by Defense Secretary Ash Carter to extend the Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group deployment to the Middle East by 30 days, a Navy spokesman said, but the service is still committed to avoiding extended deployments and keeping to the new Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) construct. Read More

UPDATED: Edward Lin Laywer Asks Navy Not to Take Espionage Case to Court Martial; Family Says Lin is ‘No Spy’

UPDATED: Edward Lin Laywer Asks Navy Not to Take Espionage Case to Court Martial; Family Says Lin is ‘No Spy’

Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin

Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin

This story has been updated with additional comments from Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin’s family.

The defense team and family of the U.S. Navy officer accused of giving secrets to China and Taiwan are declaring his innocence and don’t want his case to go to court martial, according to a Monday statement provided to USNI News. Read More

Bath Iron Works Will Build First Flight III Arleigh Burke DDG

Bath Iron Works Will Build First Flight III Arleigh Burke DDG

An artist's conception of the AMDR AN/SPY-6(v) radar onboard an Arleigh Burke Flight III guided missile destroyer (DDG-51). Raytheon Image

An artist’s conception of the AMDR AN/SPY-6(v) radar onboard an Arleigh Burke Flight III guided missile destroyer (DDG-51). Raytheon Image

The first Flight III Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer will be built at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, according to a Sunday statement from the Navy to USNI News. Read More

USS Coronado To Deploy With Upgraded Fire Scout UAV Control System

USS Coronado To Deploy With Upgraded Fire Scout UAV Control System

Sailors aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) prepare to launch an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system on Aug. 15, 2015. US Navy photo.

Sailors aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) prepare to launch an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system on Aug. 15, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) is now outfitted with the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle and with Raytheon’s newly upgraded Fire Scout ground control system, ahead of an upcoming Coronado maiden deployment to Singapore. Read More

Wrapup: HASC Passes FY2017 Defense Bill With Reagan-Era Spending Levels

Wrapup: HASC Passes FY2017 Defense Bill With Reagan-Era Spending Levels

USS George Washington (CVN-73) and its strike group in 2013. The House voted to refuel the carrier rather than decommission the ship. US Navy Photo

USS George Washington (CVN-73) and its strike group in 2013. The House voted to refuel the carrier rather than decommission the ship. US Navy Photo

The House Armed Services Committee this week passed a bill that gave the Navy and Marine Corps virtually everything they wanted in their procurement accounts – plus an additional $5.9 billion in a separate account – creating a Reagan-era defense bill for their Senate counterparts to accept or reject. Read More