Pentagon Orders Shock Test for Carrier Gerald Ford, Could Delay First Deployment  

Pentagon Orders Shock Test for Carrier Gerald Ford, Could Delay First Deployment  

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Nov. 17, 2013) – Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ship’s launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing. The Ford was christened Nov. 9, 2013, and is currently under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipyard (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Aidan P. Campbell/Released)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Nov. 17, 2013) – Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ship’s launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing. The Ford was christened Nov. 9, 2013, and is currently under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipyard (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Aidan P. Campbell/Released)

The Navy has been ordered by the Office of Secretary Defense to conduct shock tests on first-in-class carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) in a move that could delay the initial deployment of the ship. Read More

USS Ashland Returns To Saipan With Supplies To Restore Water, Power To Island

USS Ashland Returns To Saipan With Supplies To Restore Water, Power To Island

A civilian power generating truck is driven from a Guam beach onto the deck of Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1666, attached to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, for disaster relief efforts in Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor. US Navy photo via US Naval Base Guam Facebook page.

A civilian power generating truck is driven from a Guam beach onto the deck of Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1666, attached to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, for disaster relief efforts in Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor. US Navy photo via US Naval Base Guam Facebook page.

Marines and sailors from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) returned to Saipan in the Northern Marianas with heavy equipment to restore power and water purifiers to provide as much as 40,000 gallons of drinking water after the island was devastated by a typhoon last week. Read More

Congress Notified of Potential $1.5B Sale of Aegis Combat Systems for New Japanese Ship Class

Congress Notified of Potential $1.5B Sale of Aegis Combat Systems for New Japanese Ship Class

An artist's concept of the planned Japanese 27DD guided missile destroyer. Image via Navy Recognition

An artist’s concept of the planned Japanese 27DD guided missile destroyer. Image via Navy Recognition

A proposed $1.5 billion sale of two ship sets worth of Aegis combat systems, anti-submarine warfare systems and a cooperative engagement capability (CEC) equipment will give Japan’s planned new class of destroyers the capacity to connect and receive information from American battle networks, according to a list of items in a foreign military sales (FMS) notification issued by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency on Friday. Read More

Bell of Sunken WWII Battlecruiser HMS Hood Recovered From Ocean Floor

Bell of Sunken WWII Battlecruiser HMS Hood Recovered From Ocean Floor

Screen grab of the ship's bell of HMS Hood plucked from the ocean floor on Aug 7, 2015.

Screen grab of the ship’s bell of HMS Hood plucked from the ocean floor on Aug 7, 2015.

In May 1941, the British battlecruiser HMS Hood chased down the German battleship Bismarck in an attempt to protect the flow of American supplies to Great Britain. Within 15 minutes of firing its first shot, Hood was hit, exploded and sank to the bottom of the Denmark Strait, taking with it 1,415 of its 1,418 crew members.

On Friday, after sitting on the ocean floor for 74 years, Hood’s bell was recovered by a research team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Read More

USS George Washington to Arrive in California Today to Begin 3-Carrier Crew Swap

USS George Washington to Arrive in California Today to Begin 3-Carrier Crew Swap

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) flies the U.S. Navy battle ensign and the 297-foot Homeward Bound Pennant on July 27, 2015, as it sails through the Western Pacific on its way to San Diego. The Homeward Bound Pennant is flown by ships that are on a continuous overseas duty for 9 months and returning to a U.S. port. US Navy photo.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) flies the U.S. Navy battle ensign and the 297-foot Homeward Bound Pennant on July 27, 2015, as it sails through the Western Pacific on its way to San Diego. The Homeward Bound Pennant is flown by ships that are on a continuous overseas duty for 9 months and returning to a U.S. port. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s three-carrier crew swap will begin today, with USS George Washington (CVN-73) set to arrive at Naval Air Station North Island to swap crews with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) before heading to Newport News, Va., for its mid-life refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH). Read More