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
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
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.
The Navy’s second-highest ranking officer is heading a new group that will implement recommendations to make the surface force safer following two fatal collisions of U.S. warships in the Pacific that killed 17 sailors. Read More
The following is the Sept. 18, 2017 commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVSURPAC) instruction 3040.1: Significant Event/Near-Miss Reporting. Read More
The Pentagon’s chief weapon’s tester is throwing his weight behind a Senate recommendation for the Navy to build land-based test versions of the engineering plants for the Freedom-class and Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships, according to a Tuesday statement. Read More
After four combined engineering casualties within the last year, the commander, Naval Surface Forces (NAVSURFOR), “ordered an engineering stand down for every [Littoral Combat Ship] crew to review procedures and standards for their engineering departments,” the Navy said in a statement issued late Monday. Read More
The Navy is trying to understand how its distributed lethality concept for its surface force will affect not only the behavior of an adversary but also the behavior of Navy commanders through a series of ongoing wargames. Read More