Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Begins Quarantine Ahead of Second 2020 Deployment; Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group Near Hawaii

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Begins Quarantine Ahead of Second 2020 Deployment; Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group Near Hawaii

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) leaves its San Diego homeport on Oct. 13, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to correct the start of USS Theodore Roosevelt’s first 2020 deployment.

The crew of aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and its strike group have begun a restriction of movement period ahead of a deployment later this fall – a little more than four months after the carrier returned from a deployment marked by a COVID-19 outbreak, two defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

VIDEO: Ballistic Missile Submarine Tests Aerial Resupply With Air Force C-17, Drone

VIDEO: Ballistic Missile Submarine Tests Aerial Resupply With Air Force C-17, Drone

A C-17 Globemaster III, attached to the Air Force 535th Airlift Squadron, delivers a payload to the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730) on Oct. 23, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy in recent weeks has demonstrated an ability to resupply its ballistic missile submarines at sea using a range of manned and unmanned aircraft, testing their ability to keep the boomers on their stealthy nuclear deterrent patrols without coming to a port. Read More

Navy Says Hypersonic Weapons Coming to Subs in 5 Years

Navy Says Hypersonic Weapons Coming to Subs in 5 Years

Members of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command’s Nuclear Examining Board ride a boat from the Ohio-class guided- missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN-729), operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility toward Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, Spain’s pier after an inspection. US Navy Photo

The Navy is on track to field a hypersonic strike weapon on submarines by 2025, the head of the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs said today. Read More

Navy, Marine Corps Rate ‘Marginal’ in New Military Strength Survey

Navy, Marine Corps Rate ‘Marginal’ in New Military Strength Survey

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) sails in the Philippine Sea while two MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopters assigned to the ‘Golden Falcons’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, embarked aboard Ronald Reagan, transit during a replenishment-at-sea on Aug. 13, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s and Marine Corps’ capability, capacity and readiness to counter major powers like China and Russia or regional threats like Iran and North Korea was graded as “marginal” in a new survey of military power. Read More

SECNAV Braithwaite Calls for New U.S. 1st Fleet Near Indian, Pacific Oceans

SECNAV Braithwaite Calls for New U.S. 1st Fleet Near Indian, Pacific Oceans

Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite delivers remarks honoring the 245th U.S. Marine Corps birthday at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on Oct. 27, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional comments from Secretary Braithwaite and a subsequent statement from a Navy spokesman.

Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite called for the Navy to establish a new numbered fleet closer to the border of the Indian and Pacific Oceans – perhaps out of Singapore – to more fully address the naval challenges in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of the world. Read More

VIDEO: MDA, Navy Down ICBM with Destroyer-Launched Missile Interceptor

VIDEO: MDA, Navy Down ICBM with Destroyer-Launched Missile Interceptor

A SM-3 Block IIA is launched from the USS John Finn, an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System-equipped destroyer, Nov. 16, 2020, as part of Flight Test Aegis Weapons System-44 (FTM-44). MDA Photo

The Navy and the Missile Defense Agency proved that an Aegis ballistic missile defense ship could effectively take down an intercontinental ballistic missile and serve as a backup to a ground-based homeland defense interceptor, the MDA announced on Tuesday. Read More

Navy May Extend Life of Ohio SSBNs to Provide Cushion for Introduction of Columbia-class

Navy May Extend Life of Ohio SSBNs to Provide Cushion for Introduction of Columbia-class

Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730) on Oct. 21, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy is looking at extending the lives of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines again – beyond the now 42-year planned life for the SSBNs – to add a little more capability for combatant commanders and a little more cushion in case of delays fielding their replacement. Read More

Rare Electric Narco Submarine Seized in Colombia

Rare Electric Narco Submarine Seized in Colombia

H I Sutton Image. Used with permission

Central and South American drug runners are continuing to create new specialized smuggling vessels to move narcotics into the U.S., as evidenced by a sophisticated electric submersible seized earlier this month. Read More

Japan-Based Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Wraps Up Record Patrol; Nimitz in 7th Fleet

Japan-Based Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Wraps Up Record Patrol; Nimitz in 7th Fleet

An EA-18G Growler, attached to the Black Ravens of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 135, deployed to Misawa Air Base, Japan, flies over the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on Nov. 13, 2020. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) finished a more-than-five-month patrol in the Pacific over the weekend — a 20-year record. Read More