UPDATED: DoD, Navy Trying to Keep Defense Industrial Base – and Workers – Healthy During COVID Pandemic

UPDATED: DoD, Navy Trying to Keep Defense Industrial Base – and Workers – Healthy During COVID Pandemic

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

This post has been updated to include information from a press briefing by Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, as well as additional information from industry.

THE PENTAGON – The Navy and the Pentagon are trying to help the defense industrial base stay viable and productive during the coronavirus outbreak while also ensuring workers are kept safe and healthy. Read More

UPDATED: SECDEF Esper: Hospital Ship Comfort to New York in Less Than 14 Days

UPDATED: SECDEF Esper: Hospital Ship Comfort to New York in Less Than 14 Days

USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) returns to Naval Station Norfolk after a five month deployment on Nov. 15, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include information from a press briefing by Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday.

THE PENTAGON – Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) will ship out to New York City in less than 14 days, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Tuesday. Read More

USS Roosevelt Leaves for Homeport Shift to Spain

USS Roosevelt Leaves for Homeport Shift to Spain

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) departs Naval Station Mayport to commence its homeport shift to Naval Station Rota, Spain, March 21, 2020. Roosevelt will replace USS Carney (DDG-64) as one of four forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) in Spain. Navy photo

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) started a planned homeport shift to Rota, Spain from Mayport, Fla., over the weekend, U.S. 2nd Fleet announced.

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USS Gerald Ford Flight Deck Now Certified; Can Conduct Carrier Qualifications

USS Gerald Ford Flight Deck Now Certified; Can Conduct Carrier Qualifications

Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Derrick Williams, from Charlotte, North Carolina, USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) flight deck leading chief petty officer, goes over flight deck operations inside Ford’s flight deck control, prior to flight operations in the Atlantic Ocean, March 23, 2020. US Navy photo.

New aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) completed its Flight Deck Certification (FDC) and Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) Certification on March 20, following two days of intense flight deck operations to prove the ship and crew’s capabilities. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 23, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 23, 2020

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of March 23, 2020, 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

New Marine Corps Cuts Will Slash All Tanks, Many Heavy Weapons As Focus Shifts to Lighter, Littoral Forces

New Marine Corps Cuts Will Slash All Tanks, Many Heavy Weapons As Focus Shifts to Lighter, Littoral Forces

An M1 Abrams Tank with mine plow attachment conducts fire and maneuver training operations with 2d Tank Battalion, 2d Marine Division at Fort Stewart, Ga., in 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps will soon lay out its path to achieve a 2030 force optimized for conflict with China in the littorals – a force that will completely divest of its tanks and slash most of its artillery cannon battalions, instead focusing on developing light mobility options to get around island chains with the assistance of unmanned systems and mobile anti-ship missiles. Read More

First Marine F-35C Squadron Certified Safe for Flight

First Marine F-35C Squadron Certified Safe for Flight

The first Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 “Black Knights” F-35C aircraft from Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore flown by CAPT Tommy Beau Locke from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 “Rough Raiders” flies in formation over the Sierra’s with the VFMA-314 squadron F/A-18A++, flown by LtCol Cedar Hinton aircraft “passing the lead” as part of the F/A-18 Sundown with the Black Knights. US Navy photo.

The first Marine Corps F-35C carrier-variant Joint Strike Fighter squadron reached an important milestone, receiving a “safe for flight” operations certification that will allow them to train and operate independently of the Navy’s fleet replacement squadron. Read More

UPDATED: Hospital Ship Mercy Departs San Diego for Los Angeles

UPDATED: Hospital Ship Mercy Departs San Diego for Los Angeles

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest forklift driver Steve King prepares to deliver pallets during a supply load aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) at Naval Base San Diego on March 21, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional comments from a Navy media call on the deployment

Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) has departed San Diego, Calif., this afternoon as part of the Pentagon response to the domestic spread of the COVD-19 virus, U.S. 3rd Fleet announced. Read More