USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2017.
The following is part of a series. Please also see Top Stories 2017: Navy Acquisition, International Acquisition, Marine Corps Operations, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Acquisition, International Operations and New Administration.
In 2017, the Navy and Marine Corps were active in nearly every corner of the globe. Some forces conducted land-attack and air warfare not seen by U.S. forces in years, while others provided desperately needed humanitarian aid.
Santa Claus, commanding officer of Holiday Cheer, Northpolecom, conducts basic swim qualifications at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 19, 2017. Claus and all operational reindeer must pass the qualifications every two years to maintain their water survival skills. US Marine Corps photo.
Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven Giordano offered messages of thanks, support and wishes for a happy 2018 in their holiday videos. Read More
Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Massey, from Dunlap, Ill., stands an intelligence watch during a transit of the Strait of Hormuz aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. US Navy Photo
THE PENTAGON – The Navy historically doesn’t learn from its mistakes, needs better command and control structures to operate the fleet, and needs to be more honest with Congress and the White House about the capabilities it can provide the nation, were key findings contained in a strategic review of the service released on Thursday. Read More
The following is the Dec. 11, 2017 U.S. Strategic Readiness Review released by Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. The study was launched after two fatal collisions in the Western Pacific between warships and merchant ships that killed 17 sailors. Read More
Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Thach (FFG-43) in 2011. US Navy Photo
The Navy won’t reactivate any Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates in support of operations in U.S. Southern Command, according to an internal service memo obtained by USNI News. Read More
Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer swears in James “Hondo” Geurts as as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition.
Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer swore in James Geurts Tuesday morning to be the new Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition.
Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, standing second from right, views a static display at a technology exposition during the 2017 Marine Corps General Officer Symposium. (Photo by U.S. Navy)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Fast and frugal,” is how Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer described the way he envisions establishing a long-term spending process to acquire new technologies and expand the fleet size. Read More
Capt. Thom W. Burke, left, and Capt. Kenneth J. Norton cut into a cake modeled after the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a reception following their change of command ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay. US Navy photo.
THE PENTAGON - Now-retired Rear Adm. Kenneth Norton received a letter of censure from Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer Wednesday following a review of his interactions with Glenn Defense Marine Asia – the so-called “Fat Leonard” investigation.
Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG-60) in 2014. US Navy Photo
The Navy has not made a final determination if it will reactivate decommissioned Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates in its push to expand to a 355 ship fleet despite an internal report that said reactivating the ships could cost in the billions. Read More
USS Rentz (FFG-46) in 2009. US Navy Photo
THE PENTAGON — If recommissioned, seven retired Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates would serve as basic surface platforms, stay close to U.S. shores, assist drug interdiction efforts or patrol the Arctic without an extensive upgrade to its combat systems, the Secretary of the Navy said on Wednesday.