Tag Archives: Coronavirus

Navy Can't Afford to Slow Pilot Training Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Navy Can’t Afford to Slow Pilot Training Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

A T-45C Goshawk training aircraft assigned to Carrier Training Wing (CTW) 2 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on Feb. 9, 2017. US Navy photo.

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 in the Navy requires best practices not that aren’t always conducive to pilot training — training the service says it can’t afford to slow down.

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COVID-19 Presents Additional Obstacle to Afghan Peace Process

COVID-19 Presents Additional Obstacle to Afghan Peace Process

A Chinook helicopter transports equipment around Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. US Army photo by Sgt. James Dansie.

The Taliban has shown no interest in cooperating with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to combat the COVID-19 pandemic spreading from Iran, creating the latest obstacle to peace, four regional experts said Monday.

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Carrier Roosevelt CO Asks Navy to Quarantine Entire Crew Ashore as COVID-19 Outbreak Accelerates

Carrier Roosevelt CO Asks Navy to Quarantine Entire Crew Ashore as COVID-19 Outbreak Accelerates

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) sails in formation as part of an Expeditionary Strike Force. US NAvy Photo

The commander of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) asked U.S. Pacific Fleet leadership to take his crew off his carrier and send them all into quarantine ashore on Guam, as a COVID-19 outbreak on the carrier spreads at an accelerating rate, according to a Monday letter obtained by USNI News. Read More

Navy Halts Travel of New Recruits to Great Lakes Boot Camp

Navy Halts Travel of New Recruits to Great Lakes Boot Camp

Chief Boatswain’s Mate Omar Aleman briefs new recruits at the Golden 13 recruit in-processing center at Recruit Training Command. Navy photo

The Navy halted the travel of recruits to Great Lakes, Il., on Monday following the first positive test of COVID-19 at the Recruit Training Command, according to the chief of naval personnel.

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Navy Offering Delayed Retirements, Separations to Help Maintain Readiness During Pandemic

Navy Offering Delayed Retirements, Separations to Help Maintain Readiness During Pandemic

Cmdr. Samuel Young and his flagmen conduct a passing of the flag ceremony for his retirement. Cmdr. Young is retiring as the Future Operations Officer for Carrier Strike Group Two. Navy Photo

To maintain fleet readiness during COVID-19-related training and movement restrictions, Navy officials are allowing officers and enlisted sailors to delay pending retirements and separations for up to a year. At the same time, the service is also welcoming back to active duty recently departed personnel.

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Marines Stop Shipping New Recruits to Parris Island to Limit COVID-19 Spread

Marines Stop Shipping New Recruits to Parris Island to Limit COVID-19 Spread

U.S. Marine Corps Recruits with Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, and Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, conduct their initial swim qualification at the combat training pool on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. on June 4, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been updated to include a comment from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

The Marine Corps will temporarily suspend shipping new recruits to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina, after a handful of cases of the COVID-19 virus have been diagnosed at the installation. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 30, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 30, 2020

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of March 30, 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

USNS Mercy is ‘Open for Business’ Says Hospital Ship’s Top Doc

USNS Mercy is ‘Open for Business’ Says Hospital Ship’s Top Doc

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kimberly Wyss, from Ventura, Calif., sanitizes a medical supply shelf aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) on March 28, 2020. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO — A day after pulling into its temporary home in the port of Los Angeles the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) Is ready to receive patients and take the pressure off local civilian hospitals inundated by the coronavirus. Read More