Acting SECNAV McPherson Ends Navy Future Carrier Study; Nominee Braithwaite Gives Full Support to Ford Program

Acting SECNAV McPherson Ends Navy Future Carrier Study; Nominee Braithwaite Gives Full Support to Ford Program

Sailors assigned to the air department aboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) prepare to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 during flight operations, March 29, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s secretary nominee has embraced a vision of the future naval fleet that is larger and includes new hull types in support of distributed maritime operations – but he also fully embraces the Ford-class aircraft carrier, in contrast to one of the main efforts being considered by former Acting Secretary Thomas Modly to attempt to trim costs to evolve the fleet amid flat budgets. Read More

Navy Quarantining New Recruits At Closed Indoor Waterpark Resort

Navy Quarantining New Recruits At Closed Indoor Waterpark Resort

A recruit chief petty officer gives commands to his division as they prepare to march in formation at Recruit Training Command on May 8, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy is paying a dry waterpark outside Chicago $1.1 million to quarantine all new enlisted recruits to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak at the service’s sole boot camp.

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GAO Report on Navy Ship Maintenance

GAO Report on Navy Ship Maintenance

The following is the May 11, 2020 Government Accountability Office report, Navy Ship Maintenance: Evaluating Pilot Program Outcomes Could Inform Decisions to Address Persistent Schedule Challenges. Read More

U.S. Navy Maintains Operations In Western Pacific as Other Navies Slow Down

U.S. Navy Maintains Operations In Western Pacific as Other Navies Slow Down

Sailors and Marines conduct flight operations from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) with aircraft assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 on April 9, 2020. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is continuing to run missions to ensure freedom of navigation and show presence in the Western Pacific while other militaries are scaling back their operations amid COVID-19 concerns.

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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 11, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 11, 2020

USNI News Graphic

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 11, 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

VIDEO: Research Groups Find Wreck of 'Unsinkable Battleship' USS Nevada

VIDEO: Research Groups Find Wreck of ‘Unsinkable Battleship’ USS Nevada

This is the top of the mast
that once towered more than a hundred feet over Nevada’s deck. Ocean Infinity/SEARCH Photo

This post has been updated with an audio clip from the Naval Institute’s oral history program.

USS Nevada (BB-36) – dubbed the “unsinkable battleship” that served in two world wars – was found nearly three miles below the water’s surface about 65 nautical miles southwest of Pearl Harbor, a team of researchers announced Monday. Read More

CNO Gilday in Quarantine After Exposure to COVID-19 Positive Family Member

CNO Gilday in Quarantine After Exposure to COVID-19 Positive Family Member

Acting Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) James McPherson, right, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike M. Gilday and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith are briefed by Recruit Training Command (RTC) staff members at Freedom Hall on May 7, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s top officer will be in quarantine this week after coming into contact with a member of his family who had tested positive for COVID-19, the Pentagon announced late on Sunday. Read More

U.S. Sends Warships on Patrol Near South China Sea Standoff

U.S. Sends Warships on Patrol Near South China Sea Standoff

USS Montgomery (LCS-8) conducts routine operations near Panamanian flagged drillship, West Capella, on May 7, 2020 in the South China Sea. US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR — The U.S. Navy sent a pair of ships to patrol in the vicinity of a mineral rights dispute between Malaysia and China in the South China Sea for the second time in a month, U.S. officials told USNI News. Read More

USS Nimitz Departs San Diego for Pre-Deployment Exercise

USS Nimitz Departs San Diego for Pre-Deployment Exercise

An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) as part of a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) in May 6, 2020. US Navy Photo

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) left San Diego this week for a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Pacific, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News.

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