Carrier USS Gerald Ford Leaves Norfolk for Last Repairs Before Maiden Deployment

Carrier USS Gerald Ford Leaves Norfolk for Last Repairs Before Maiden Deployment

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) departed Naval Station Norfolk to transit to Newport News Shipbuilding in support of her Planned Incremental Availability (PIA), a six-month period of modernization, maintenance, and repairs, Aug. 20, 2021. US Navy Photo

After three bulkhead-rattling explosions off the coast of Florida, carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) and its crew began the ship’s last repair period before a long-delayed deployment. Read More

Pentagon Mandating Pfizer Vaccine After FDA Approval; 2 Sailors, Marine Die of COVID-19 Complications

Pentagon Mandating Pfizer Vaccine After FDA Approval; 2 Sailors, Marine Die of COVID-19 Complications

Navy Installations Command Force Master Chief Greg A. Vidaurri receives his second COVID-19 vaccine at Branch Health Clinic Washington Navy Yard, on Feb. 16, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Defense Department will begin requiring Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination now that it has received full approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the Pentagon’s spokesman said today. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug 23, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug 23, 2021

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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. 23, 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

New US 2nd Fleet Head Brings Cyber, Training Emphasis to Atlantic Command

New US 2nd Fleet Head Brings Cyber, Training Emphasis to Atlantic Command

Vice Adm. Daniel Dwyer reads his orders during his Change of Command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Aug. 20, 2021. Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis was relieved by Vice Adm. Daniel Dwyer as Commander, Joint Force Command Norfolk, Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, and Director, Combined Joint operations from the Sea – Centre of Excellence. US Navy Photo

ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS HARRY S. TRUMAN – A new commander has taken charge of the Navy and NATO’s newest Atlantic-based naval commands. Read More

Limited Coordination Between U.S., NATO Allies in Getting Afghanistan Evacuees to Airport

Limited Coordination Between U.S., NATO Allies in Getting Afghanistan Evacuees to Airport

Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) search luggage during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 18, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

Troops from NATO member states, including the U.S., U.K. and France, are all working in Kabul to remove citizens and Afghans eligible for resettlement out of the country. But there isn’t a coordinated effort between the allies to communicate with the Taliban or ensure people get to the Hamid Karzai International Airport safely, Pentagon officials acknowledged on Thursday. Read More

2,000 Marines Now in Afghanistan Assisting Evacuation as More Head to Haiti

2,000 Marines Now in Afghanistan Assisting Evacuation as More Head to Haiti

Marines with the 24th Expeditionary Unit (MEU) guide an evacuee during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 18, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

More than 2,000 Marines were supporting evacuation operations and security in Afghanistan, a senior official said Thursday, as the U.S. military hopes to maintain a semblance of control to process more Americans, Afghans and other evacuees onto military transport planes at the Hamid Karzai International Airport. Read More