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SECDEF Esper Says SECNAV Spencer Ousted For Going Outside Chain Of Command

SECDEF Esper Says SECNAV Spencer Ousted For Going Outside Chain Of Command

Former Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, right, with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the U.S. Naval Academy. Navy photo.

This post has been updated with statements from former SECNAV Richard V. Spencer made to CBS News.

THE PENTAGON – Richard V. Spencer, former secretary of the Navy, was fired because it became clear his conversations inside the Pentagon did not match what he secretly discussed with White House officials, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Monday morning.

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Panel: South Korean Officials Concerned with 'Ad Hoc' U.S. Policy

Panel: South Korean Officials Concerned with ‘Ad Hoc’ U.S. Policy

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) arrives at Commander, Republic of Korea Fleet base in Busan, the new home on March 12, 2016. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON — South Koreans increasingly wonder whether the White House’s transactional approach to foreign relations means the United States will honor its commitment to come to their aid in a crisis, a panel of security experts said this week. Read More

Truman Escorts Now Supporting Carrier Lincoln on Extended Deployment

Truman Escorts Now Supporting Carrier Lincoln on Extended Deployment

USS Mason (DDG-87) moors pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Mason, USS Bainbridge (DDG-96), and USS Nitze (DDG 94), returned to their homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Nov. 5, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to clarify the Navy cannot immediately deploy an aircraft from the East Coast to replace Lincoln.

Three guided-missile destroyers escorts returned to their Norfolk, Va. homeport on Wednesday while their carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), remains on station just outside the Persian Gulf, a Navy official confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

Navy, Shipbuilders Working On Final Details Of Block V Virginia-Class Submarine Deal

Navy, Shipbuilders Working On Final Details Of Block V Virginia-Class Submarine Deal

Rendering of Block V Virginia-class submarine with Virginia Payload Module. General Dynamics Electric Boat Image

GROTON, Conn. – The Navy is close to inking a multi-billion-dollar deal to build the Block V Virginia-class fast-attack submarines, but doing so requires the service, shipyards and suppliers to balance their sometimes-competing program priorities, the service’s top acquisition official said Tuesday

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Esper: Pentagon Evaluating How To Expand Indo-Pacific Presence

Esper: Pentagon Evaluating How To Expand Indo-Pacific Presence

U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper and wife, Leah Esper, arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 2, 2019. DoD photo.

NEWPORT, R.I. – The Pentagon is evaluating how to expand its Indo-Pacific region presence, including freedom of navigation operations and adding new bases, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Tuesday morning.

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VIDEO: U.S. Tests First Post-INF, Ground-Based Cruise Missile

VIDEO: U.S. Tests First Post-INF, Ground-Based Cruise Missile

The Defense Department conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, Calif. on Aug. 18, 2019. DoD Photo

Over the weekend, the U.S. military fired what appears to be Tomahawk Block IV missile with a range of more than 500 kilometers, likely the first such test of an American missile previously banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Read More

Esper: U.S. Will Provide Intel to Allies to Keep Middle East Merchant Ships Safe, Not Warship Escorts

Esper: U.S. Will Provide Intel to Allies to Keep Middle East Merchant Ships Safe, Not Warship Escorts

U.S. Secretary of the Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper speaks to reporters during an on record press gaggle at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. on July 24, 2019. DoD Photo

THE PENTAGON – American forces are willing to provide allies with intelligence on potential maritime threats in the Middle East, but countries will need to bring their own escorts, defense officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More