Undated photo of Leonard Francis
This post has been updated to note that USNI News reached out to the Department of Justice for comment prior to publication of this story. Additionally, an attorney representing Leonard Francis provided comment following publication of an earlier version of this story.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The investigation into the web of corruption spun by contractor Leonard Francis has wreaked havoc on the Navy’s ability to fill senior leadership roles, unintentionally stalled hundreds of officers’ careers and thinned out the service’s flag ranks, USNI News has learned. Read More
The following is Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson’s new long-range guidance for the U.S. Navy: A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority 2.0. Read More
Satellite image of the Taiwan Strait, separated mainland China on the left, from the island of Taiwan on the right. NASA photo
China expects the U.S. Navy to send warships through the Taiwan Strait in November, an action Chinese officials say infringes on their national sovereignty but American military leaders say is in keeping with international law.
The following is the Oct. 10, 2018, report, “Department of Defense Inspector General Report of Investigation: John M. Richardson, Admiral, U.S. Navy,” as well as statements on the investigation from Richardson and Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, provided to USNI News. Read More
USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on June 13, 2018. US Navy Photo
THE PENTAGON – Amphibious warship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) crossed into the Persian Gulf this week, returning a U.S. Navy capital ship to the region for the first time since late March, USNI News has learned. Read More
The following is the complete May 17, 2018 U.S. Pacific Fleet change of command ceremony. Read More
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and his counterpart, Chief of Staff of the French Navy Adm. Christophe Prazuck, observe launches of both American and French fighters aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on May 14, 2018. USNI News photo.
This post is the second in a two-part series on the U.S./French integrated air wing effort taking place aboard USS George H.W. Bush. For additional coverage, please see U.S./French Integrated Air Wing Exercise Accelerates French Pilots’ Return to Sea.
ABOARD USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, IN THE VIRGINIA CAPES OPERATING AREA – When Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Chief of Staff of the French Navy Adm. Christophe Prazuck stood together on the flight deck of carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Monday, pairs of fighters flew overhead – one American F/A-18E-F Super Hornet, one French Rafale at its side. Read More
USS Farragut (DDG-99) transits the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 2018 in territory that will soon be overseen by a reestablished U.S. 2nd Fleet. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with a statement from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and a Pentagon statement on a potential Joint NATO command in Norfolk.
Faced with a more active Russian fleet and increasing military competition across the world, the Navy has elected to reestablish U.S. 2nd Fleet to manage assets closer to the homeland, according to a memo announcing the command obtained by USNI News. Read More
The following is the recently released Navy Leadership Development Framework Version 1.0 from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson. Read More
Santa Claus, commanding officer of Holiday Cheer, Northpolecom, conducts basic swim qualifications at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 19, 2017. Claus and all operational reindeer must pass the qualifications every two years to maintain their water survival skills. US Marine Corps photo.
Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven Giordano offered messages of thanks, support and wishes for a happy 2018 in their holiday videos. Read More