Navy 'Struggling' to Modernize Aging Cruiser Fleet As Tight Budgets Push Pentagon to Shed Legacy Platforms

Navy ‘Struggling’ to Modernize Aging Cruiser Fleet As Tight Budgets Push Pentagon to Shed Legacy Platforms

Guided-missile cruiser USS Hué City (CG-66) was inducted into the Cruiser Modernization program on Oct. 3, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to clarify the timeline for the Flight III DDGs’ entry to the fleet.

A plan to keep the Navy’s guided-missile cruiser fleet operating through the end of the 2030s is struggling as the ships show there’s a very real cost in time and money to keep old platforms around for the sake of having a larger fleet. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 5, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 5, 2021

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 April 5, 2021, 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: Eisenhower Strike Group Now in Middle East After Suez Canal Transit

VIDEO: Eisenhower Strike Group Now in Middle East After Suez Canal Transit

Sailors watch from the flight deck as the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) transits the Suez Canal, on April 2, 2021. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with an April 3, 2021 statement from U.S. 5th Fleet.

The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is in the Middle East via a Suez Canal transit after operating in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, U.S. 5th Fleet announced on Saturday. Read More

Marine Corps Begins to Address Factors, Shortfalls Identified in Fatal AAV Mishap

Marine Corps Begins to Address Factors, Shortfalls Identified in Fatal AAV Mishap

U.S. Marines and Sailors with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division conduct a mechanized raid with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion during their Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation (MCCRE) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Oct. 17, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

Last summer’s fatal sinking of an amphibious assault vehicle that killed nine has exposed serious shortfalls in unit training and evaluation, command oversight, communication and readiness accountability throughout the chain of command in the Marine Corps and the Navy, an investigation found. Read More

Makin Island ARG, 15th MEU Leaves Middle East for INDO-PACOM, Eisenhower Supporting Anti-ISIS Fight from Mediterranean

Makin Island ARG, 15th MEU Leaves Middle East for INDO-PACOM, Eisenhower Supporting Anti-ISIS Fight from Mediterranean

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Eberhart, assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD-25), watches the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) maneuver past the Somerset in the Gulf of Oman on March 23, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 15th Marine Expeditionary Group left the Middle East this week and are operating in U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. 7th Fleet confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

VIDEO: Famed WWII Destroyer USS Johnston Discovered 4 Miles Down

VIDEO: Famed WWII Destroyer USS Johnston Discovered 4 Miles Down

Bow of USS Johnston. Victor Vescovo Photo

This story had been updated to clarify that Cmdr. Ernest Evans was one of two destroyer commanders to receive the Medal of Honor for actions during World War II.

A team of ocean explorers has found the wreck of World War II Fletcher-class destroyer USS Johnston (DD-557) which played a critical role at the Battle off Samar, Navy History and Heritage Command said on Thursday. Read More

Admiral: Next Navy Helos Will Be Mix of Manned, Unmanned

Admiral: Next Navy Helos Will Be Mix of Manned, Unmanned

An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 performs ground turns aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) in May 2015. US Navy photo

The Navy is pursuing both manned and unmanned platforms for the aircraft that will replace its rotary-wing fleet, according to a service official. Read More

NORAD: Russians Stay in Airspace ‘For Hours’ During Flight Operations Near Alaska

NORAD: Russians Stay in Airspace ‘For Hours’ During Flight Operations Near Alaska

An F-22 Raptor assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson intercepts a Russian Tu-95 Bear on June 9, 2020. US Air Force Photo

This story has been updated to distinguish between Gen. Glen VanHerck’s role leading North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.

The Russian military is spending “hours” in airspace near Alaska when it performs flyovers in the region, the head of North American Aerospace Defense Command said on Wednesday.
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