Navy EOD Technology Evolving as 2 UUV Programs Prepare to Merge

Navy EOD Technology Evolving as 2 UUV Programs Prepare to Merge

Operations Specialist First Class Sean McNamara launches the Mk 18 Mod 2 Kingfish for an initial underwater survey of Sweeper Cove on Adak Island in the Alaska’s Aleutian chain. EODMU 1 is providing expeditionary mine countermeasures support in support of Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise 2019. EODMU 1 provides operational EOD capabilities to include locating, identifying, rendering safe, exploiting, recovering, and disposing of all explosive ordnance. US Navy photo.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – As the Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) community’s capability grows in both sophistication and in quantity, a community leader says they’re being served well by their creed to remain hardware-agnostic. Read More

Mayport Sailor, 2nd Boxer Sailor Confirmed with Coronavirus; Naval Academy Midshipmen Return Delayed Indefinitely

Mayport Sailor, 2nd Boxer Sailor Confirmed with Coronavirus; Naval Academy Midshipmen Return Delayed Indefinitely

This post has been corrected to say a sailor assigned to ‘Vipers’ Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48 is based in Mayport, Fla. not San Diego, Calif.

THE PENTAGON — A second sailor assigned to USS Boxer (LHD-4) and a sailor assigned to a Mayport, Fla.-based helicopter squadron have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the Navy announced on Wednesday. Read More

White House Considers Defense Production Act Authorities

White House Considers Defense Production Act Authorities

President Donald J. Trump, joined members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, listens to a reporter’s question during a coronavirus update briefing on March 16, 2020. White House Photo

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will use the Defense Production Act, referring to authorities granted to the executive branch in 1950, to ensure U.S. industries have the support needed to produce critical equipment to help stem the spread of COVID-19.

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Trump: Hospital Ship Comfort to go to New York City, Mercy Set for West Coast Support

Trump: Hospital Ship Comfort to go to New York City, Mercy Set for West Coast Support

Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) departs Naval Station Norfolk to support humanitarian relief operations. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from the Navy.

THE PENTAGON — The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) will be routed to New York City to help alleviate non-COVID-19 medical needs, President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday. Read More

UPDATED: Pentagon Preparing Navy Hospital Ships Mercy, Comfort for Coronavirus Response

UPDATED: Pentagon Preparing Navy Hospital Ships Mercy, Comfort for Coronavirus Response

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) departs Naval Base San Diego in support of Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) on Feb. 23, 2018. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with statements from Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.

The Pentagon is starting the process of activating Navy hospital ships USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) and USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) as part of the Defense Department’s domestic response to the spreading COVID-19 virus, USNI News has learned. Read More

Navy’s Next Major Ship Program Sees Challenges Balancing Requirements and Cost

Navy’s Next Major Ship Program Sees Challenges Balancing Requirements and Cost

USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) during construction at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. BIW photo.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Navy’s new requirements process that brings industry in early to refine ideas and conduct prototyping may have prevented the service from going down a costly path with its Large Surface Combatant, the head of Naval Sea Systems Command said. Read More