Zukunft Discusses Jones Act, Future Arctic Operations in Farewell Speech

Zukunft Discusses Jones Act, Future Arctic Operations in Farewell Speech

President Donald Trump and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly look on as Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft speaks during the 136th Coast Guard Academy commencement exercise in New London, Conn., May 17, 2017.
US Coast Guard photo.

Repealing the law that requires coastal cargo shipping to be done in American vessels with American crews “could have severe repercussions” for the United States such as leading to the closure of federal and state maritime academies and imperiling the long-term health of the nation’s shipbuilding industry, the Coast Guard commandant warned Tuesday. Read More

VADM Stearney Takes Command of 5th Fleet; RADM Corey Takes Over PEO Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons

VADM Stearney Takes Command of 5th Fleet; RADM Corey Takes Over PEO Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons

Vice Adm. Scott Stearney (left) relieves Vice Adm. John Aquilino (right) as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces during a change of command ceremony held aboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain on May 6, 2018. Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command (background), spoke at the ceremony. US Navy photo.

Vice Adm. Scott Stearney relieved Vice Adm. John Aquilino as commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. 5th Fleet in a May 6 ceremony in Manama, Bahrain. Read More

Theodore Roosevelt CSG Returns to San Diego

Theodore Roosevelt CSG Returns to San Diego

Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) as it pulls into its homeport in San Diego on May 7, 2018. US Navy

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG-9) returned to homeport San Diego after completing a 7-month deployment to the Pacific Ocean and Persian Gulf on Monday.

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HASC's 2019 Bill Boosts Navy Spending, With Focus on Readiness and Pacific Operations

HASC’s 2019 Bill Boosts Navy Spending, With Focus on Readiness and Pacific Operations

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group cruises in formation with the Indian navy Talwar-class frigate INS Tarkash (F50) on March 25, 2018. Theodore Roosevelt is underway for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. US Navy photo.

The House Armed Services Committee’s Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act today focuses on building readiness – especially in aviation – and on optimizing for operations in the Indo-Pacific region. Read More

General Dynamic Electric Boat To Invest $852M to Expand Groton Shipyard

General Dynamic Electric Boat To Invest $852M to Expand Groton Shipyard

The Virginia-class attack submarine North Dakota (SSN-784) is rolled out of an indoor shipyard facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. US Navy Photo

General Dynamics Electric Boat is spending about half of its previously announced $1.7 billion multi-year capital expenditure plan on upgrading its Groton, Conn. manufacturing facility to accommodate building the new Columbia-class nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine.

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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 7, 2018

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 7, 2018

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The USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker is sponsored by CNA. These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of May 7, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Panel: China’s Eurasian Influence Plans Raising Concerns in India, U.S.

Panel: China’s Eurasian Influence Plans Raising Concerns in India, U.S.

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping before the beginning of the BRICS Leaders’ meeting in 2017. Kremlin Photo

Beijing’s leaders are determined to pry away Greece, Hungary, Poland and other nations from reliance on the European Union to make China the dominant Eurasian economic and security power, two Indian security experts said Wednesday. Read More

USS George Washington Will Return to Japan After Midlife Refueling, Overhaul

USS George Washington Will Return to Japan After Midlife Refueling, Overhaul

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) begins the transit to Newport News, Va., on Aug. 4, 2017, to begin a refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) maintenance at Newport News Shipyard. US Navy photo.

USS George Washington (CVN-73) will return to Japan as the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier once it completes a four-year Refueling and Complex Overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding, USNI News has learned.

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Navy Reestablishes U.S. 2nd Fleet to Face Russian Threat; Plan Calls for 250 Person Command in Norfolk

Navy Reestablishes U.S. 2nd Fleet to Face Russian Threat; Plan Calls for 250 Person Command in Norfolk

USS Farragut (DDG-99) transits the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 2018 in territory that will soon be overseen by a reestablished U.S. 2nd Fleet. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and a Pentagon statement on a potential Joint NATO command in Norfolk.

Faced with a more active Russian fleet and increasing military competition across the world, the Navy has elected to reestablish U.S. 2nd Fleet to manage assets closer to the homeland, according to a memo announcing the command obtained by USNI News. Read More