William Courtney, the prospective chief mate aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), communicates with his crew during a supplies onload while the ship is moored in New York in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts. US Navy photo.
This post has been corrected to state there have been cases of COVID-19 among civilian mariners on Military Sealift Command ships. Two cases emerged on oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO-195) between the Friday interview and Wednesday article publication. That ship is in Boston Ship Repair for maintenance. Two CIVMARS were infected on hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) early in its New York mission and have since recovered, but that was not disclosed by MSC during the interview. A fifth CIVMAR is known to have contracted the disease while on leave and has also recovered.
The Military Sealift Command is keeping supplies moving uninterrupted throughout the globally operating Navy fleet and has done so with zero COVID-19 infections among its civilian mariners at sea due to early and aggressive actions, the commander of MSC told USNI News. Read More
An undated artist’s rendering of the planned Columbia-class submarine. Naval Sea Systems Command Image
General Dynamics Electric Boat remains ready to start construction of the first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine in October, company officials announced Wednesday.
Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, Navy surgeon general and chief, US Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, visited the Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-Dayton) on February 25. NAMRU-Dayton biochemist, Lt. Cmdr. Taj King explains current research studies taking place in NAMRU-Dayon’s inhalation toxicology laboratory – the Department of Defense’s largest inhalation toxicology laboratory for non-chemical and biological weapons on Feb. 25, 2020. US Navy Photo
The Navy’s is doubling-down on science and technology spending, using the funds it’s receiving from the CARES Act stimulus passed by Congress during the COVID-19 pandemic, a leading defense spending expert said Monday.
Capt. Brett Crozier, then-commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), addresses the crew during an all-hands call on the ship’s flight deck on Nov. 15, 2019. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with a statement from Acting Secretary of the Navy James McPherson.
The Navy is set to widen the investigation of the removal of the former commander of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), taking a closer look at the service’s overall command climate in the Pacific, the Navy announced on Wednesday. Read More
Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Nicholas Beemer, from Huntington, Ind., enters a restricted area of the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) to sanitize and secure the space on April 26, 2020. US Navy Photo
The crew of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is beginning to return aboard the aircraft carrier after almost a month of isolation on Guam designed to combat a major COVID-19 outbreak, U.S. 7th Fleet announced on Wednesday. Read More
USS Kidd (DDG-100) arrives in San Diego on April 28, 2020. US Navy Photo
The second deployed U.S. warship to suffer a COVID-19 outbreak pulled into San Diego on Tuesday to begin the process of offloading, testing, isolating and treating the crew and disinfecting the ship to prepare to head back to sea. Read More
Gregory Rarnor assembles an access hatch for Massachusetts (SSN-798). Newport News Shipbuilding
It’s still too early to say if the COVID-19-related economic slowdown is significantly disrupting the production of major programs, the Navy’s top weapons-buyer said during a media call Tuesday.
Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class Caleb Fisher, left, and Aviation Machinist Mate 1st Class Ricky Souza, both assigned to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, install a spinner cone to the CFM56-7B engine of a squadron P-8A Poseidon aircraft as a part of a scheduled maintenance inspection on Feb. 4, 2020. US Navy photo.
The Navy is moving forward with its plans to take advantage of a commercial aviation slowdown by accelerating new orders, buying spare parts and conducting depot maintenance – all in conjunction with the other services, to get the maximum benefit of what the industry has to offer even while combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
Operations Specialist 2nd Class Yves Permelona, left, and Operations Specialist 2nd Class June Canuel, practice plotting courses during combat systems training aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG-100) on April 16, 2020. US Navy Photo
The COVID-19 outbreak on Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG-100) has resulted in 47 sailors testing positive for the virus, with two sailors flown to shore to receive treatment, the Navy reported Monday morning. Read More
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This post has been updated to include the Monday departure of USS Nimitz (CVN-68). These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 27, 2020, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More