U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Foggo III, left, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and commander of Joint Allied Force Command Naples, Italy, U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, right, commander of U.S. 6th Fleet and commander of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO), and Royal Navy Rear Adm. Guy Robinson, deputy commander of STRIKFORNATO, at a distinguished visitor event led by STRIKFORNATO in Lisbon, Portugal, marking the final event of Formidable Shield 2019, May 29, 2019. US Navy photo.
A retiring admiral who has spent a lifetime supporting NATO is warning that the U.S. Navy and the alliance need to do more to push back against Russia, or else waters in the Euro-Atlantic region may be lost to Russian anti-access tactics and weapons. Read More
Outgoing commander of U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti speaks during the 6th Fleet change of command ceremony in the hanger at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, July 1, 2020. US Navy photo.
This post has been updated to correct that Vice Adm. Franchetti is the first woman to command 6th Fleet, not any numbered fleet.
In a ceremony in Naples, Italy, that had guests and side boys spaced six feet apart in their dress whites, Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti today turned over command of U.S. 6th Fleet, ending a historic posting as the first woman to lead that numbered fleet. Read More
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), front, the Royal Navy Type-23 Duke-class frigate HMS Kent (F78), the fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) conduct joint operations to ensure maritime security in the Arctic Ocean, May 5, 2020. Royal Navy photo.
The head of U.S. naval forces in Europe would like to see more coordination and more dialogue in the Arctic, where military and commercial traffic are increasing, and so is the risk of miscalculations. Read More
The Duke-class frigate HMS Kent (F78) takes part in a replenishment-at-sea with Supply-class fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE-6) whilst on exercise with the U.S. Navy in the Arctic Circle. The exercises have been taking place in the Arctic Circle where, with added wind chill, the temperatures plummeted to a jarring minus 10 degrees centigrade. UK Royal Navy photo.
The U.S. Navy surface force is operating in the Barents Sea for the first time since the Cold War, further expanding its portfolio of Arctic operations by aircraft carriers and surface combatants in the past two years. Read More
Adm. James Foggo, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA), speaks to sailors during an all-hands call at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, Spain. US Navy Photo
The U.S. military is must capture its COVID-19 infection data now for use when prepping for the next pandemic, the head of U.S. naval forces in Europe and Africa said Thursday. Read More
Military vehicles are packed into the M/V Resolve at the Port of Beaumont, bound for Germany in support of DEFENDER-Europe 20 February 20, 2020. Exercises like this ensure the U.S. military will be able to dynamically project force to set the theater by mobilizing and deploying forces, sustaining them in a crisis and redeploying them when their mission is complete. US Army photo.
The Navy is exercising a contested cross-Atlantic convoy operation for the first time since the end of the Cold War, using a carrier strike group to pave the way for sealift ships with a cruiser escort to bring the Army ground equipment for the Defender-Europe 20 exercise. Read More
USS Farragut (DDG-99) transits the Arctic Ocean beside Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) during a live-fire exercise on Sept. 25, 2019. US Navy Photo
The Navy’s fleet created to beef up its Atlantic presence against Russia is now fully operational, according to a Tuesday statement from the service. Read More
Adm. James G. Foggo, III, commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, shakes hands with Capt. Daniel Prochazka, the executive officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on on Dec. 9, 2019. US Navy Photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Russia continues to increase its submarine activity in the Mediterranean, Arctic and Atlantic, the U.S. Navy has made organizational changes to be more responsive but should invest in unmanned systems to support forces in the European theater, the four-star admiral who leads Naval Forces Europe said. Read More
USS Porter (DDG-78) entering the Black Sea. Photo by Yörük Işık used with permission
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) arrived in Constanta, Romania, Monday morning, after entering the Black Sea on Friday while being tailed by a Russian corvette.
An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the ‘Jolly Rogers’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Nov. 22, 2019. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with an additional statement from the Department of Defense.
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is now in the Indian Ocean after a seven-month stint in the Middle East in parallel with the U.S. maximum pressure campaign targeting Iran, defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Monday morning. Read More