Coast Guard Cutter Stratton. US Coast Guard Photo
On a warm July day in 2014, U.S. Coast Guard deck hands took in the mooring lines at 0930 on board USCGC Stratton, one of the Service’s newest Legend-class national security cutters.
Stratton slowly drifted away from the San Diego pier while a show-stopping three short blasts sounded from the ship’s whistle, alerting nearby maritime traffic that the 418-foot steel vessel was backing out. The engines shifted, increasing speed ahead. Stratton was outbound for sea. Read More
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) leads ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 during a maneuvering exercise on Sept. 23, 2014. US Navy Photo
Lawmakers and Navy leadership spent the past year going back and forth over how to count the number of ships in the Battle Force fleet. The Navy made some changes last spring that immediately increased the size of the fleet and complicated the ship-counting effort: certain ships would count only if they were forward deployed but not if they returned home to the United States. Congress pushed back, passing into law what was essentially a compromise counting rule – and the third methodology to be used in a one-year span.
As a result of the back-and-forth, the Navy’s most recent ship-count projection it submitted to Congress contains two sets of figures: one with the Navy’s preferred method, and one following Congress’s rule.
The dueling methods have led to confusing charts and tables earlier this year, but the conflict over how to count Navy ships is not new – the Carter and Reagan administrations both created their own sets of rules for counting ships. Read More
The following are the names and photos of the seven Marines who were killed in a training accident on March 10, 2015 Florida. Read More
The U.S. Navy’s first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Delbert D. Black.
The guided missile destroyer DDG-119 will bear the name of the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, MCPON Delbert D. Black, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus annouced in a Friday ceremony. Read More
Crew of the USCGC Wrangell (WPB-1322) view flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in 2006. US Navy Photo
PENTAGON — The latest revision to the 2007 U.S. Sea Service strategy has added sections addressing the complexity of the intersection of cyber and electronic warfare and hangs a loose number on the number of ships the U.S. Navy needs to execute its roles in the world. Read More
The following is the 2015 revision of A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower, the cooperative strategy between the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, released on March 13, 2015. Read More
An undated photo of a Louisiana National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk from the 1-244 Aviation Regiment. Louisiana Guard Photo
Searchers have found and identified two missing Louisiana National Guard soldiers while the wider search for two more solders and seven Marines following a Tuesday crash of a Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in the Florida panhandle has been suspended, U.S. Coast Guard officials told USNI News on Thursday. Read More
Two F/A-18F Super Hornets, assigned to the “Black Knights” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, shoot flares as they pass the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during an airshow on Dec. 7, 2013. US Navy
This story has been updated to include a statement about the Navy’s upcoming release of an Unfunded Requirements List.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) warned Congress of an upcoming Navy fighter shortfall just as Boeing is trying to determine whether to keep its Super Hornet and Growler production line open, setting the stage for intense talks between the service and company in the coming months about whether the Navy should and can afford to invest in additional fighters. Read More
An artist’s conception of the U.K.’s Successor-class future planned ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) released Tuesday. UK Ministry of Defense Photo
A bridge design contract that will bring the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s effort to replace its aging Vanguard-class nuclear ballistic missile submarines, the MoD announced on Wednesday. Read More
The following is a draft of the Navy’s battle force, procurement and retirement tables from Fiscal Year 2016 to 2045. The document was developed as part of the service’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget submission to Congress. Read More