Tag Archives: Commander Naval Surface Forces

Surface Warfare Tackles Persistent Problems as More than Half of JOs Say They Don’t Want Command

Surface Warfare Tackles Persistent Problems as More than Half of JOs Say They Don’t Want Command

Lt.j.g. Shamaal Fletcher sends off his surface warfare officer pin into the Norwegian Sea as part of his pinning ceremony aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), Sept. 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

Over the last year, the Navy surveyed 2,500 officers on the highs and lows of a surface warfare career. The results surprised no one. Read More

SWO Boss Sets Goal for 75 Mission-Capable Surface Warships Ready to Deploy

SWO Boss Sets Goal for 75 Mission-Capable Surface Warships Ready to Deploy

Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks with Capt. Wayne P. Liebold, executive officer of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2), during a scheduled visit to the ship on Jan. 5, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Navy has set a new goal to have 75 mission-capable surface ships that are prepared to deploy at any given moment Read More

SWO Boss: Surface Fleet Reforms See Positive Results Five Years After Fatal Collisions

SWO Boss: Surface Fleet Reforms See Positive Results Five Years After Fatal Collisions

Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, commander, Naval Surface Force, speaks with junior officers at the Mariner Skills Training Center, Pacific (MSTCPAC) on May 6, 2022. US Navy Photo

Surface warfare reforms crafted to improve mariner skills and manage demand for ships are trickling into the fleet five years after two fatal collisions in the Western Pacific forced the Navy to retool how the service trains the surface fleet. Read More

Lessons From Bonhomme Richard Fire Spreading Throughout Fleet

Lessons From Bonhomme Richard Fire Spreading Throughout Fleet

Damage Controlman 2nd Class Aracely Morales, center, assigned to San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD-24), trains sailors assigned to San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD-28) on Aug. 14, 2021. US Na
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ABOARD THE LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP USS KANSAS CITY, OFF THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA – The Navy has made several adjustments to its practices aboard surface ships and at shipyards in the wake of the fire that gutted an amphibious warship last year. Read More

Lawmakers Survey: 94% of Sailors Say ‘Damaging Operational Failures’ Related to Navy Culture, Leadership Problems

Lawmakers Survey: 94% of Sailors Say ‘Damaging Operational Failures’ Related to Navy Culture, Leadership Problems

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) departs Huntington Ingalls Industries – Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Pascagoula shipyard to conduct comprehensive at-sea testing on Feb. 3, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s surface warfare community is weighed with a culture that values administrative chores over training to fight, ship commanders that are micromanaged and an aversion to risk, according to a new survey overseen by a retired Navy admiral and Marine general at the behest of a group of Republican lawmakers. That culture was at least partially responsible for a string “of high-profile and damaging operational failures in the Navy’s Surface Warfare community,” the report found. Read More

Navy Taps One-Star To Drive LCS Program Improvements

Navy Taps One-Star To Drive LCS Program Improvements

Information Specialist 1st Class Matthew Stephenson mans the lines as the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS-11) gets underway on Aug. 30, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy has installed a one-star admiral to oversee a task force focused on refining the employment, maintenance and reliability of the Littoral Combat Ship program, the service announced today. Read More

Latest Surface Navy Sleep Policy Aims for Better-Rested, More Alert, Healthier Crews

Latest Surface Navy Sleep Policy Aims for Better-Rested, More Alert, Healthier Crews

Cmdr. Jeffrey Servello, executive officer aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Ignatius (DDG-117), conducts a berthing inspection on Sept. 5, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s surface fleet has a new set of orders that updates a sleep policy to give sailors on watch rotations a bit more sleep and create a culture supporting a more ready, rested and focused seagoing force. Read More