USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 31, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 31, 2020

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Aug 31, 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

OPNAV N95: Expeditionary Sea Bases Ideal Ships to Operate Mine Countermeasure Mission Packages

OPNAV N95: Expeditionary Sea Bases Ideal Ships to Operate Mine Countermeasure Mission Packages

Capt. David Gray, the military detachment officer in charge of the Military Sealift Command expeditionary sea base USNS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB 4), gives guidance and direction to Sailors while leading a training evolution aboard one of the ship’s ridged-hull inflatable boats while the ship was at anchor in the Chesapeake Bay, Sept. 15, 2019. Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams is conducting mine countermeasures equipment testing. US Navy photo.

It’s growing more likely that components of the mine countermeasures mission package designed for the Littoral Combat Ship small combatant will end up also fielded on the Navy’s massive Lewis B. Puller-class expeditionary sea bases, the director of expeditionary warfare (OPNAV N95) said this week. Read More

Marines, Navy Already In Industry Studies for Light Amphibious Warship, In Bid to Field Them ASAP

Marines, Navy Already In Industry Studies for Light Amphibious Warship, In Bid to Field Them ASAP

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This post has been updated to add that the LAW ships would come out of the Navy shipbuilding budget.

The Navy and Marine Corps’ new Light Amphibious Warship program is already in industry studies, with the service pushing ahead as quickly as possible in an acknowledgement that they’re already behind in their transformation of the force. Read More

Geurts: Navy, Air Force working to find ‘Sweet Spot’ in Collaborating on New Fighters

Geurts: Navy, Air Force working to find ‘Sweet Spot’ in Collaborating on New Fighters

An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the ‘Gunslingers’ of Strike Fighter Squadron 105 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on July 15, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy and Air Force are working to determine the best way to approach and cooperate on their respective Next Generation Air Dominance efforts, according to the Navy’s chief acquisition official. Read More