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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 18, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 18, 2020

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of May 18, 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

How USS Makin Island, Fleet Medical Team Responded to COVID-19 Outbreak on USS Kidd

How USS Makin Island, Fleet Medical Team Responded to COVID-19 Outbreak on USS Kidd

Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) underway in the eastern Pacific on April 20, 2020. US Navy Photo

When a COVID-19 outbreak hit USS Kidd (DDG-100) last month, the Navy sent a medical team with specialized lab equipment to the guided-missile destroyer to test for novel coronavirus among the crew. An outbreak at sea could easily and quickly overwhelm a warship’s small medical department, in this case an independent-duty corpsman and two hospital corpsmen in a crew of about 330. Read More

COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts Allowing Navy To Increase New Recruit Training Class Sizes

COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts Allowing Navy To Increase New Recruit Training Class Sizes

The Navy’s newest Sailors congratulate each other with elbow-bumps to minimize contact after a capping ceremony, marking their transition from recruit to Sailor, at Recruit Training Command. The Sailors recently completed “Battle Stations,” the crucible event that recruits must pass prior to graduation, testing their knowledge and skills in basic seamanship, watchstanding, damage control, firefighting and emergency response procedures. More than 35,000 recruits train annually at the Navy’s only boot camp. US Navy Photo

The Navy is confident its COVID-19 mitigation efforts are working well enough to increase the number of recruits arriving at boot camp to 750 per week.

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USNS Mercy Leaves Los Angeles After Treating 77 Patients; Some Personnel Will Remain in L.A.

USNS Mercy Leaves Los Angeles After Treating 77 Patients; Some Personnel Will Remain in L.A.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bryan Malaque, from Estes Park, Colo., swabs the deck aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) on May 14, 2020. Mercy deployed in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts to serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients in shore-based hospitals. US Navy photo.

Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) left Los Angeles today, seven and a half weeks after arriving at the California hot spot in the COVID-19 pandemic and 10 days after discharging its last patient. Read More

Naval Health Researchers at Center of Fleet's Battle Against COVID-19

Naval Health Researchers at Center of Fleet’s Battle Against COVID-19

NHRC Operational Infectious Diseases lab technician aliquotting specimens for COVID-19 testing within the biological safety cabinet. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO — Before leaving Southern California last week for predeployment training, the crew of aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) spent most of April isolated to prevent a viral outbreak before their scheduled deployment. Read More

Pentagon Evaluation of Fleet Response to COVID-19 Follows Congressional Request for Investigation

Pentagon Evaluation of Fleet Response to COVID-19 Follows Congressional Request for Investigation

Sailors practice fire hose handling techniques in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on May 8, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon is conducting an evaluation in how the Navy has developed procedures to keep COVID-19 off ships in parallel, but independent of, the service’s own investigation into the outbreak on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), officials confirmed to USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

Navy Quarantining New Recruits At Closed Indoor Waterpark Resort

Navy Quarantining New Recruits At Closed Indoor Waterpark Resort

A recruit chief petty officer gives commands to his division as they prepare to march in formation at Recruit Training Command on May 8, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy is paying a dry waterpark outside Chicago $1.1 million to quarantine all new enlisted recruits to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak at the service’s sole boot camp.

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