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Warfighting Development Centers, Better Virtual Tools Give Fleet Training a Boost

Warfighting Development Centers, Better Virtual Tools Give Fleet Training a Boost

USS Chafee (DDG 90) fires its Mark 45 5-inch lightweight gun off the starboard side during a Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) live-fire exercise with USS Princeton (CG 59) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) in the Southern California operating area on Oct. 2, 2016. US Navy photo.

USS Chafee (DDG-90) fires its Mark 45 5-inch lightweight gun off the starboard side during a Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) live-fire exercise with USS Princeton (CG-59) and USS Shoup (DDG-86) in the Southern California operating area on Oct. 2, 2016. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to correct the title of the Information Warfighting Development Center.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Navy has taken steps to improve the pre-deployment training pipeline for carrier strike groups over the past two years, and while the sea service could use more resources to support this training, the commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command said the changes are already proving effective. Read More

Fleet Forces Commander: Navy Needs Capacity, Readiness, Not Just Capability

Fleet Forces Commander: Navy Needs Capacity, Readiness, Not Just Capability

Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, addresses the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) on Dec. 29, 2016, using the 1MC on the navigational bridge. Ike and its carrier strike group are returning from a 7-month combat deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. US Navy photo.

Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, addresses the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) on Dec. 29, 2016, using the 1MC on the navigational bridge. Ike and its carrier strike group are returning from a 7-month combat deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. US Navy photo.

The commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command called on Navy and defense leadership to move past the Third Offset Strategy’s focus on developing new capabilities and instead balance those technologies with improved readiness and a larger fleet. Read More

Navy Embracing Distributed Operations in Quest to Regain Sea Control

Navy Embracing Distributed Operations in Quest to Regain Sea Control

The MK 45 5-inch lightweight gun and superstructure aboard USS Carney (DDG-64) while on patrol in the Mediterranean Sea on Sept. 6, 2016. US Navy Photo

The MK 45 5-inch lightweight gun and superstructure aboard USS Carney (DDG-64) while on patrol in the Mediterranean Sea on Sept. 6, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to correct that Adm. Phil Davidson was speaking about destroyers when discussing the elimination of sonar shacks onboard ships.

HAMPTON, VA. — The Navy took risk in many of its destroyer fleet’s mission sets during a period of uncontested operations at sea, and U.S. Fleet Forces Command has now been tasked with regaining sea control and all-domain access. Read More

US Fleet Forces Will Focus Training, Fleet Experimentation on Distributed Operations

US Fleet Forces Will Focus Training, Fleet Experimentation on Distributed Operations

An E-2D Hawkeye, assigned to the Tigertails of the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on April 28, 2015, while operating in U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. US Navy photo.

An E-2D Hawkeye, assigned to the Tigertails of the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on April 28, 2015, while operating in U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. US Navy photo.

U.S. Fleet Forces Command will push its fleet experimentation and training towards a new distributed operations concept, in which deployed forces – surface ships, submarines, aircraft and more – are sufficiently linked together so that they can support theater-wide needs regardless of their physical location, the commander said today. Read More

As Navy Faces $848M O&M Shortfall, Picking What Maintenance To Skip Is Full Of Risk

As Navy Faces $848M O&M Shortfall, Picking What Maintenance To Skip Is Full Of Risk

Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conduct maintenance during a ship's restricted availability (SRA) period in Sasebo on April 14, 2016. US Navy photo.

Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conduct maintenance during a ship’s restricted availability (SRA) period in Sasebo on April 14, 2016. US Navy photo.

A mid-year review of Navy operations and maintenance funding found a $848-million shortfall, forcing the Navy to restrict flying hours, defer five ship maintenance availabilities until Fiscal Year 2017, defer continuous maintenance work for two amphibious ready groups and a carrier strike group – and nearly suspend work at the service’s largest regional maintenance center. Read More

U.S. Fleet Forces: New Deployment Plan Designed to Create Sustainable Naval Force

U.S. Fleet Forces: New Deployment Plan Designed to Create Sustainable Naval Force

Two F/A-18 Super Hornets and two Royal Malaysian Air Force Mig 29 Fulcrums fly in formation above the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the South China Sea in May 2015. US Navy photo.

Two F/A-18 Super Hornets and two Royal Malaysian Air Force Mig 29 Fulcrums fly in formation above the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the South China Sea in May 2015. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to clarify the name and role of the Navy’s warfighting development centers.

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, VA. – Two years after the Navy unveiled a new fleet deployment and maintenance model, fleet commanders have some successes to tout: three carrier strike groups are operating under the new model, and a working group is capturing lessons learned and proposing ideas to improve fleet operations. Read More