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New SWO Boss Eyeing Advanced Warfighting Training, Mainstreaming LCS

New SWO Boss Eyeing Advanced Warfighting Training, Mainstreaming LCS

Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Sailors during a tour of the Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) on Aug. 13, 2020. Kitchener also evaluated Boxer’s current state of readiness during his visit. US Navy photo.

The new head of the Navy’s surface fleet said his predecessor made major improvements in training and readiness, and he wants to use them as a foundation to improve the tactical side: more advanced warfighting training, more self-sufficient ship crews, and more technology being pushed out to ships and unmanned vessels. Read More

GAO Report on Navy Ship Maintenance

GAO Report on Navy Ship Maintenance

The following is the May 11, 2020 Government Accountability Office report, Navy Ship Maintenance: Evaluating Pilot Program Outcomes Could Inform Decisions to Address Persistent Schedule Challenges. Read More

Navy Mulling Taking Sailors off Forward Deployed Ships as Part $40B Savings Drive

Navy Mulling Taking Sailors off Forward Deployed Ships as Part $40B Savings Drive

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) respond to a man-overboard drill during a steel beach picnic in the Mediterranean Sea on Aug. 25, 2019. US Navy Photo

Manning forward-deployed ships with fewer sailors, making less carrier strike groups available to deploy and reducing the size of command staffs are moves the Navy is considering as part of its drive to reduce $40 billion from its budget, according to a February memo outlining the cuts under consideration reviewed by USNI News. Read More

Navy, Marines Prioritizing Manning, Maintenance After Fatal Pacific Mishaps

Navy, Marines Prioritizing Manning, Maintenance After Fatal Pacific Mishaps

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced) conduct maintenance on an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft atop the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), Philippine Sea, Jan. 26, 2019. VMM-262 (Rein.) is the Aviation Combat Element for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. US Marine Corps photo.

CAPITOL HILL – Manning and maintenance considerations are driving conversations about Navy and Marine Corps operations, as the two sea services rebuild readiness in the aftermath of fatal ship collisions and aircraft crashes in recent years. Read More

Navy Striving for 71% On-Time Ship Maintenance This Year, No Extensions By End of 2021

Navy Striving for 71% On-Time Ship Maintenance This Year, No Extensions By End of 2021

Tugboats maneuver the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) in position for dry-docking in preparation for the ship’s Extended Dry-Docking Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA) on March 5, 2019. US Navy photo.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The chief of naval operations gave the Navy an aggressive goal to eliminate lost operational days from overrun maintenance availabilities by next year, and surface navy and maintenance community leadership believe they’re on track to do just that. Read More

VADM Brown: Future Fleet Must Be Bigger, Leverage Unmanned Vessels

VADM Brown: Future Fleet Must Be Bigger, Leverage Unmanned Vessels

Vice Adm. Richard A. Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, delivers his remarks during a change of command ceremony for the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., in 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy needs a bigger fleet – and while ongoing budget talks don’t sound promising for the buildup of manned warships that some had envisioned, the surface force is working hard to quickly bring unmanned vessels into the force to expand its reach and capability. Read More

Naval Surface Forces Looking Closely at Warfare Training for Individuals, Watch Teams

Naval Surface Forces Looking Closely at Warfare Training for Individuals, Watch Teams

Ens. Micah Burge, from Branson, Mo., views a monitor in the bridge of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) in 2019. US Navy Photo

The surface navy is taking a serious look at how it trains individuals and watch teams in maritime warfighting skills, taking a similar approach to the recent effort to bolster navigation, shiphandling and seamanship skills, the head of the surface force told USNI News. Read More

Navy Message Authorizing SWO Leather Jacket

Navy Message Authorizing SWO Leather Jacket

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 22, 2019) – Vice Adm. Richard A. Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, delivers the keynote address at the Surface Navy Association’s 21st annual West Coast symposium on board Naval Base San Diego, Aug. 22. Incorporated in 1985, SNA promotes greater coordination and communication among those in the military, business, and academic communities who share a common interest in surface warfare while supporting the activities of the Navy’s surface forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Woody S. Paschall)

The following is the Jan. 9, 2019 Navy message, Management and Control of the Surface Warfare Officer Leather Jacket. Read More