Wreck of Famed WWII Destroyer USS Johnston May Have Been Found

Wreck of Famed WWII Destroyer USS Johnston May Have Been Found

Wreckage of a Fletcher-class destroyer believed to be USS Johnston (DD-557). Photo released by R/V Petrel

The following post has been updated to correct the number of ships involved in the Battle of Samar.

A few days past the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Samar, researchers from Vulcan Inc.’s research vessel R/V Petrel believe they’ve found wreckage from the engagement’s famed Fletcher-class destroyer, USS Johnston (DD-557). Read More

SECNAV Spencer: Carrier Ford Challenges Tied to Costs Caps, Requirements Process

SECNAV Spencer: Carrier Ford Challenges Tied to Costs Caps, Requirements Process

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) conducts high-speed turns in the Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 29, 2019. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The secretary of the Navy said a congressional cost cap on the first Ford-class aircraft carrier led to bad decisions that are reverberating today, and he hopes smarter discussions around cost, risk and requirements will be had for future ship classes such as the upcoming frigate program. Read More

Marines, Navy Considering 'Alternate' Amphibs to Supplement Today's Fleet

Marines, Navy Considering ‘Alternate’ Amphibs to Supplement Today’s Fleet

San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD-23) transits the Pacific Ocean during an amphibious squadron and Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) integration (PMINT) exercise on March 27, 2018. US Navy Photo

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Commandant’s Planning Guidance has sparked several questions about the future of the amphibious ship fleet – how many ships are needed, and what kinds of ships will have a role in the future – and while answers are still in development, the expeditionary warfare community has a lot of thoughts on the matter. Read More

Navy Rethinking Need For Dual-Phase Carrier Delivery

Navy Rethinking Need For Dual-Phase Carrier Delivery

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) reaches another milestone in its construction as their dry dock area is flooded three months ahead of its slated production schedule leading up to the christening of the second Ford-class aircraft carrier, scheduled for Dec. 7. Navy photo

THE PENTAGON – After years of delays, the Navy’s top weapons buyer is optimistic enough about the Ford-class aircraft carrier production that he’s now considering reworking when high-tech electronics systems are installed on the hulls. Read More

Lockheed Martin, F-35 Joint Program Office Sign Multi-Lot Production Deal

Lockheed Martin, F-35 Joint Program Office Sign Multi-Lot Production Deal

Marines assigned to the ‘Flying Leathernecks’ of Marine Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 122 perform maintenance on an F-35B Lightning II on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) on Oct. 3, 2019. US Navy Photo

Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office inked a long-awaited $34-billion deal to build the next three batches of 478 stealthy fighters.

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Navy Marks Progress on Three New Warship Hulls

Navy Marks Progress on Three New Warship Hulls

Top to bottom: USS Indianapolis (LCS-17), Virginia-submarine Delaware (SSN-791) and American-class Tripoli (LHA-7)

A Virginia-class submarine, the second America-class amphibious warship and a Littoral Combat Ship marked significant production milestones last weekendm the service annouced.

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Modly: Navy Current Warship Mix Is Not Optimal for Future Fight

Modly: Navy Current Warship Mix Is Not Optimal for Future Fight

USS Russell (DDG-59), left, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG-91), center, and the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Omaha (LCS-12) travel in formation. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy has concentrated more capability – and therefore more cost – onto a smaller number of ships, and that force design may not work well in a high-end fight against a peer adversary, the under secretary of the Navy said last week. Read More

Admiral: Navy Can Afford to Field a 310-Ship Fleet, Not 355

Admiral: Navy Can Afford to Field a 310-Ship Fleet, Not 355

A loved one watches as the guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) departs Naval Station Norfolk on March 15, 2019. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy is unlikely to field a 355-ship fleet in the near- or even mid-term future if funding doesn’t change dramatically, the department’s top leadership said during a pair of appearances last week.

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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 28, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 28, 2019

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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 Oct. 28, 2019, 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