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COVID Pandemic a Barrier to Navy's Oversight of Columbia Submarine Industrial Base; PEO Working on Virtual Oversight

COVID Pandemic a Barrier to Navy’s Oversight of Columbia Submarine Industrial Base; PEO Working on Virtual Oversight

Attack boat Vermont (SSN-792) float-off on March 29, 2019. General Dynamics Electric Boats Photo

The Columbia ballistic-missile submarine program has seen some COVID-19-related challenges – including difficulties conducting oversight audits to ensure suppliers can keep to the tight schedule that has no room for further delays – but the program executive officer is confident that the prime shipbuilder is managing the situation and keeping the program on track. Read More

Kenneth Braithwaite Sworn in as Secretary of the Navy

Kenneth Braithwaite Sworn in as Secretary of the Navy

Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite to serve as the next Secretary of the Navy on May 29, 2020 in the Pentagon. DoD Photo

Kenneth Braithwaite was sworn in as the newest secretary of the Navy during a private ceremony today at the Pentagon, capping what has been a tumultuous six months for the department’s leadership.

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NAVSEA's COVID Rapid Response Team Providing Quick Solutions to Prevent, Slow Outbreaks at Sea

NAVSEA’s COVID Rapid Response Team Providing Quick Solutions to Prevent, Slow Outbreaks at Sea

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Alejandro Agosto disinfects surfaces during cleaning stations aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60) on May 6, 2020. US Navy Photo

As ship crews find themselves cleaning common spaces much more to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, the process of sanitizing a large area like the mess deck at the beginning of the pandemic took about three hours. Thanks to a new task group, that’s down to about 30 minutes. And in the future, it could be automated through the use of UV-C light cleaners that can sanitize an entire room. Read More

Carrier Theodore Roosevelt COVID-19 Outbreak Investigation Complete, CNO Now Reviewing Report

Carrier Theodore Roosevelt COVID-19 Outbreak Investigation Complete, CNO Now Reviewing Report

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), run on the pier of Naval Base Guam, May 8, 2020. US Navy Photo

An investigation into the circumstances around the March COVID-19 outbreak aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) has been handed over to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday for review, Navy officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

With Additional Planning, Safety Measures, Coast Guard Stays On Far-North Missions During COVID-19

With Additional Planning, Safety Measures, Coast Guard Stays On Far-North Missions During COVID-19

A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter flies by the national security cutter USCGC Bertholf (WMSL 750) in the Arctic Ocean Coast Guard photo

The U.S. Coast Guard’s operations in a COVID-19 environment require constantly gauging risk and accepting that large-scale exercises like Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020 “will feel a little different,” senior service officials said last week.

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Navy Releases New COVID-19 Guidance To Fleet

Navy Releases New COVID-19 Guidance To Fleet

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Amy Peterson (left), checks Electronics Technician Seaman James Love’s temperature at a medical screening check point for the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Navy photo

The Navy released a new set of COVID-19 guidelines Wednesday to standardize the fleet’s response to the pandemic and establish a framework for commanders to use as the Pentagon moves toward resuming full operations.

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SECDEF Esper Lifts DoD Stop Movement Order, Replaces With Conditions-Based Guidance

SECDEF Esper Lifts DoD Stop Movement Order, Replaces With Conditions-Based Guidance

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper addresses local Colorado Springs media outlets during his visit to the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command’s headquarters, May 7. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper ordered replacing the military’s expansive movement restrictions on Tuesday with a regional conditions-based set of guidelines governing when and where service members, civilian employees and dependents can travel. Read More

Beyond Mercy: Navy's COVID-19 Hospital Ship Missions and the Future of Medicine at Sea

Beyond Mercy: Navy’s COVID-19 Hospital Ship Missions and the Future of Medicine at Sea

USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives in San Diego on May 15, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to correct the spelling of CNA analyst Joshua Tallis’ last name.

Public excitement and relief greeted the March arrival of the Navy’s hospital ships in Los Angeles and New York City for their COVID-19 relief mission. But the excitement faded as the ships treated fewer than expected COVID-19 patients and left for their homeports with muted fanfare. Read More

SECDEF Esper Tells Naval Academy Grads Next Generation Fleet on the Way

SECDEF Esper Tells Naval Academy Grads Next Generation Fleet on the Way

May 20, 2020) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, fly over Bancroft Hall as midshipmen toss their covers concluding the fifth swearing-in event for the United States Naval Academy Class of 2020. Navy photo

The future Navy and Marine Corps will use technologically advanced weapons platforms that place a premium on adaptability, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Friday to the newest generation of Navy and Marine Corps officers during a pre-recorded virtual U.S. Naval Academy commencement.

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Release of USS Thresher Documents Delayed by COVID-19 Office Closures

Release of USS Thresher Documents Delayed by COVID-19 Office Closures

A bow view of the nuclear submarine Thresher (SSN-593), 24 July 1961. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo

The Navy is sitting on roughly 600 pages of documents related to the USS Thresher (SSN-593) sinking that a federal judge ordered released, unable to comply because the office charged with processing their release is shuttered due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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