A historically small fleet and a relentless operational tempo are proving the Navy is too small to meet more than its bare minimum requirement around the world, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran told a Senate panel on Wednesday. Read More
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the re-work required on the recent USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) maintenance availability, due to source error. The ship required seven percent rework and saw a 42 percent growth in work.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Without a readiness-focused supplemental spending bill passed by lawmakers this spring, the Navy and Marine Corps would stop flying at home and ship and submarine maintenance availabilities would be canceled, the vice chief of naval operations and assistant commandant of the Marine Corps said at a hearing today. Read More
The Navy awarded Newport News Shipbuilding $25.5 million to begin advance fabrication of aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN-80). Read More
The following is a Jan. 6, 2016 letter from Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson expressing concern over U.S. Navy carrier readiness. Read More
A Chinese carrier strike group has conducted training drills and launched fighters in the South China Sea – a first for the People’s Liberation Army Navy, Chinese officials confirmed on Tuesday in a state-controlled press report. Read More
This post has been updated to include comments from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.
The aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) began dual-carrier flight operations in the Philippine Sea over the weekend, for the first time in about two years. Read More
When the Navy rolled out its Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) in 2014 and began inducting its first aircraft carriers into the force generation model last year, leaders made clear that it would take some time to fully implement the plan and regain full carrier strike group readiness.
Those leaders spoke anecdotally about maintenance availabilities running long, forcing ship crews to compress training so they could deploy on time – but the Government Accountability Office this week released a report that quantifies those struggles, highlighting the importance of keeping OFRP implementation on track. Read More
The Navy will ask Congress for permission to deactivate a carrier air wing, which will save money and boost readiness in other air wings. Read More
China is in the midst of building its first domestic carrier, Ministry of National Defense officials confirmed last week. Read More
The following is a video published on Dec. 25, 2015 of a visit of People’s Liberation Army Navy head Adm. Wu Shengli visiting Chinese Aircraft carrier Liaoning. Read More