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Navy Physical Fitness Assessments to Resume in January

Navy Physical Fitness Assessments to Resume in January

Chief Navy Career Counselor Vladimir Ariasmartinez motivates recruits as they perform the 1.5-mile run portion of their final physical fitness assessment inside Freedom Hall at Recruit Training Command. US Navy Photo

The Navy plans to start conducting its physical fitness assessments (PFA) again next year after canceling the last two rounds of evaluations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the chief of naval personnel. Read More

Geurts: Early Contract Awards During Pandemic Giving Navy Bandwidth to Plan for Possible Continuing Resolution

Geurts: Early Contract Awards During Pandemic Giving Navy Bandwidth to Plan for Possible Continuing Resolution

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

The Navy has created stability for the defense industrial base during the coronavirus pandemic by awarding contracts early to create a plentiful backlog of work, and the service’s acquisition chief said he doesn’t want to lose that stability heading into the new fiscal year, which could kick off with a continuing resolution. Read More

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

MDA Head: Homeland Missile Defense Effort Needs Enhanced Network

MDA Head: Homeland Missile Defense Effort Needs Enhanced Network

A SM-6 Dual I fired from USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) during a Dec. 14, 2016 MDA BMD test. MDA Photo

To get to a layered, in-depth homeland missile defense system developing key networking and communications links between ballistic missile defense ships and at-shore installations is crucial, the head of the Missile Defense Agency said this week. Read More

COVID Accelerates Navy Test of Telemaintenance on Carriers

COVID Accelerates Navy Test of Telemaintenance on Carriers

Capt. John Markowicz, assistant chief of staff for ship maintenance and material readiness, Commander, Naval Air Forces, observes the Distance Communications Maintenance System (DCoMS) ship-to-shore test between the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), while the aircraft carrier was underway in the Indo-Pacific region. DCoMS allows shore-based technical experts to remotely walk shipboard technicians through a higher level of maintenance or troubleshooting than the technician would normally have the capability to perform. US Navy photo.

If the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to get comfortable with the idea of teleworking and telehealth doctor visits, it may have also pushed the Navy to embrace the concept of telemaintenance for ships at sea. Read More

Petters: Virginia-Class Subs Facing Most COVID-19 Delays at Newport News Shipbuilding

Petters: Virginia-Class Subs Facing Most COVID-19 Delays at Newport News Shipbuilding

Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) was moved out of a construction facility into a floating dry dock using a transfer car system in 2018. HII Photo

Newport News Shipbuilding has seen a disproportionate amount of its COVID-19-related delays and inefficiencies hit its Virginia-class attack submarine production line, as the yard has prioritized its available workforce on supporting maintenance for in-service submarines and aircraft carriers, the company’s CEO told investors today. Read More

MDA to Use Destroyer USS John Finn for Defense-of-Hawaii Missile Intercept Test

MDA to Use Destroyer USS John Finn for Defense-of-Hawaii Missile Intercept Test

A target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii during Flight Test Standard Missile-45. USS John Finn (DDG-113) detected and tracked the target missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar using the Aegis Baseline 9.C2 weapon system. Upon acquiring and tracking the target, the ship launched an SM-3 Block IIA guided missile which intercepted the target. Missile Defense Agency Photo

This post has been updated to correct the home port of USS John Finn. It is based in San Diego, Calif.

The Missile Defense Agency is nearing its planned defense-of-Hawaii test event with an Arleigh Burke destroyer and a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA, to prove the ship can serve as a back-up to ground-based homeland defense systems if needed. Read More

Pre-Boot Camp Quarantine for Navy, Marines May Continue Into Next Year

Pre-Boot Camp Quarantine for Navy, Marines May Continue Into Next Year

Poolees study Marine Corps knowledge at The Citadel, a public military college temporarily utilized to stage poolees for a 14-day observation period in Charleston, S.C. on May 6, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

The Navy and Marine Corps basic training commands are unsure if they’ll have enough money to finish out the fiscal year, due to costs incurred from COVID-19 prevention measures they’ve implemented – but they’re going to keep doing what they’re doing because it’s allowed training to progress without the coronavirus having much of an effect, officials say. Read More