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Pentagon Evaluation of Fleet Response to COVID-19 Follows Congressional Request for Investigation

Pentagon Evaluation of Fleet Response to COVID-19 Follows Congressional Request for Investigation

Sailors practice fire hose handling techniques in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on May 8, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon is conducting an evaluation in how the Navy has developed procedures to keep COVID-19 off ships in parallel, but independent of, the service’s own investigation into the outbreak on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), officials confirmed to USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

Braithwaite to SASC: Navy Department in ‘Troubled Waters’ Due to Leadership Lapses, 'Tarnished' Culture

Braithwaite to SASC: Navy Department in ‘Troubled Waters’ Due to Leadership Lapses, ‘Tarnished’ Culture

Kenneth Braithwaite, U.S. ambassador to Norway, delivers remarks at a reception aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG-96), in Oslo, Norway on June 25, 2018. US Navy Photo

The nominee for secretary of the Navy position blamed nearly a decade’s worth of Navy problems on a “breakdown” in leadership and culture during a Thursday confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Read More

SECDEF Esper: Theodore Roosevelt Outbreak Probe Will ‘Follow the Facts Wherever They Go’

SECDEF Esper: Theodore Roosevelt Outbreak Probe Will ‘Follow the Facts Wherever They Go’

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in the Pentagon Briefing Room on April 16, 2020. DoD Photo

The ongoing Navy investigation into the COVID-19 outbreak aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) could lead to an expanded probe outside the Navy if there are still unanswered questions by senior leaders, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said in response to questions from USNI News. Read More

SASC Will Consider Braithwaite SECNAV Nomination in Thursday Hearing

SASC Will Consider Braithwaite SECNAV Nomination in Thursday Hearing

Kenneth Braithwaite, the U.S. ambassador to Norway, arrives aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Navy photo

Kenneth Braithwaite, currently the U.S. ambassador to Norway and President Donald Trump’s nominee to become Secretary of the Navy, is scheduled to appear at a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on Thursday.

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SECDEF Esper Preparing For Future Defense Spending Cuts

SECDEF Esper Preparing For Future Defense Spending Cuts

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks to the media during in the Pentagon Briefing Room on April 14, 2020. DoD Photo

When the bill comes due for Congress to pay off nearly $3 trillion in spending bills passed to spur economic activity during the COVID-19 shutdown, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper worries future Pentagon budgets will take a hit.

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VCNO Burke to Oversee Expanded Theodore Roosevelt Outbreak Investigation

VCNO Burke to Oversee Expanded Theodore Roosevelt Outbreak Investigation

Capt. Brett Crozier, then-commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt addresses the crew during an all-hands call in the ship’s hangar bay on March 3, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s number two will take the helm of an expanded investigation into the circumstances surrounding the March COVID-19 outbreak on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), the service announced on Thursday. Read More