Tag Archives: Naval Surface Forces

Summary of Major Events Since Fatal USS Fitzgerald Collision

Summary of Major Events Since Fatal USS Fitzgerald Collision

Last year’s fatal collisions of guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) began a chain of investigations, accountability actions and reform efforts. The following is a summary of the major events that have occurred since the early morning June 17, 2018, incident between Fitzgerald and the merchant ship ACX Crystal. Read More

Navy Study Finds Junior SWOs Have Major Gaps in Seamanship, Ship Handling Knowledge

Navy Study Finds Junior SWOs Have Major Gaps in Seamanship, Ship Handling Knowledge

USS Farragut (DDG-99) passes under the Great Belt Fixed Link during its transit through the Danish Straits on April 26, 2018. US Navy Photo

A comprehensive test of seamanship skills of 164 junior surface warfare officers found an alarming lack of basic navigation and ship handling knowledge, according to a message sent from the head of U.S. Navy surface forces and obtained by USNI News. Read More

Rep. Wittman Pushing Trio of U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Community Reforms

Rep. Wittman Pushing Trio of U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Community Reforms

Students at Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) train on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Full Mission Bridge (FMB) simulator in 2016. US Navy Photo

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) is pushing a trio of legislative reform efforts to professionalize surface warfare officer training and simplify command and control for forward forces in an effort to prevent avoidable mishaps like the two fatal collisions the U.S. Navy suffered in 2017. Read More

Wicker, McCain Introduce Surface Navy Reform Bill

Wicker, McCain Introduce Surface Navy Reform Bill

A wave crashes over the forecastle of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG-64) while underway in the Mediterranean Sea on Jan. 22, 2018. US Navy Photo

Two top Senate Armed Services Committee Republicans have introduced legislation that covers a wide swath of Navy-suggested reforms for the surface forces. Read More

Navy Buildup Partially Rests on More Forward-Deployed LCSs; Supported by More Accurate Manpower Funding

Navy Buildup Partially Rests on More Forward-Deployed LCSs; Supported by More Accurate Manpower Funding

Littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) transits the Bohol Sea on June, 22 2017, US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy intends to support a near-term increase in ship inventory and deployed forces by forward-deploying some ships with rotational crews, tackling often-overlooked manpower costs and reestablishing the readiness squadron concept. However, many questions still remain about the feasibility of the buildup in force structure and operations at sea. Read More

Senior Leaders Taking First Steps in Long Road to Reform Surface Navy

Senior Leaders Taking First Steps in Long Road to Reform Surface Navy

Adm. Bill Moran, the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, speaks with sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73). US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — Senior leaders in the Navy still have more questions than answers as they move to methodically and deliberately alter the way the surface forces do business in what could be a years-long process of evaluations and reforms. Read More

Navy Seeks Better Sleep For Crews With New Rest Guidelines, Special Glasses

Navy Seeks Better Sleep For Crews With New Rest Guidelines, Special Glasses

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Fredericksen Coulter stands the optical sight systems watch in the combat information center aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79). US Navy photo.

The Navy established new rest guidelines for surface ship crews and is exploring whether specially tinted eyewear can help sailors fall asleep faster during scheduled downtime, after a recent deep-dive into surface force readiness showed that crews were overworked and under-rested.

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