Sailors stand beside an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the “Fighting Swordsman” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) on June 26, 2017. The ship is underway during the sustainment phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan. US Navy photo.
This article is the second in a two-part package on the East Coast aircraft carrier fleet, after Commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey invited USNI News to talk about recent milestones within his fleet.
NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. — Maintaining very high readiness during a carrier strike group’s post-deployment sustainment phase actually saves the Navy money later on, the service found, despite fears that budget constraints might hinder the Navy from making the most of that time in a ship’s deployment cycle. Read More
Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, addresses the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) on Dec. 29, 2016, using the 1MC on the navigational bridge. Ike and its carrier strike group are returning from a 7-month combat deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. US Navy photo.
The commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command called on Navy and defense leadership to move past the Third Offset Strategy’s focus on developing new capabilities and instead balance those technologies with improved readiness and a larger fleet. Read More
Sailors on USS Mason (DDG-87) during an anti-submarine formation exercise with the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) on Aug. 28, 2016. US Navy Photo
THE PENTAGON — Three U.S. warships are operating off the coast Yemen following a guided missile attack against a UAE operated ship by Houthi rebels, two U.S. defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Tuesday. Read More
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) transits through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea on June 13, 2016. US Navy photo.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group passed through the Strait of Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean Sea yesterday, officially putting two aircraft carriers in the Med for simultaneous operations for the first time since sequestration limited funding for deployments. Read More
A MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 fires an Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II during a live-fire qualification exercise at a practice range off the Virginia coast. US Navy photo.
The Navy brought its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) rocket guidance system to the Northeast this week, with the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 becoming the first in the region to test out the weapon. Read More