Senate Passes FY 2021 Defense Authorization Bill by Large Margin

Senate Passes FY 2021 Defense Authorization Bill by Large Margin

The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) departs Pearl Harbor on May 10, 2020, after completing a scheduled extended dry-docking selected restricted availability (EDSRA). Missouri’s routine maintenance and modernization work was completed five days ahead of schedule after successful sea trials and certification. US Navy photo

The Senate passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act with an 86 to 14 vote, following the House passing its version of the bill on Tuesday. Read More

Navy Verifies USS Gerald R. Ford’s Sixth Advanced Weapons Elevator

Navy Verifies USS Gerald R. Ford’s Sixth Advanced Weapons Elevator

Rear Adm. Craig Clapperton, left, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, receives a brief from Lt Cmdr. Chabonnie Alexander, middle, USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) ordnance handling officer, on Ford’s Advanced Weapons Elevators June 3, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy has accepted and verified the sixth Advanced Weapons Elevator on aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). Read More

5th Fleet CO: China Laying Groundwork in Middle East to Pose Future Threats; International Coalitions Pushing Back Against Iran

5th Fleet CO: China Laying Groundwork in Middle East to Pose Future Threats; International Coalitions Pushing Back Against Iran

Chinese sailors watch a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) pull into Djibouti. Xinhua Photo

The head of naval forces in the Middle East said Chinese actions in the region don’t pose a threat today but could lead to challenges down the road, with China laying the groundwork to gain economic and military leverage over countries in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Read More

Bath Iron Works Strikers Ready to Negotiate After Appeals to Congress, Navy

Bath Iron Works Strikers Ready to Negotiate After Appeals to Congress, Navy

Following the multi-day process that includes
moving the ship from the land level facility to the dry dock which is then
slowly flooded until the ship is afloat, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson
(DDG 1002) was launched at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard on Dec. 9, 2018. US Navy photo courtesy Bath Iron Works

After waging a campaign to lobby Congress and the Navy, the workers at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works want to head back to the negotiating table with the shipbuilder. Read More

Stop-Work Order Lifted at NASSCO-Norfolk After Fire Safety Walk-Through, Training

Stop-Work Order Lifted at NASSCO-Norfolk After Fire Safety Walk-Through, Training

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) transits the Atlantic Ocean. Kearsarge is the flagship of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group in 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional comments from Newport News Shipbuilding.

A stop-work order at a Virginia repair yard has been lifted, following a welding incident on Friday that led the Navy to call for a stand-down and review of safety procedures. Read More