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SECDEF Esper Lifts DoD Stop Movement Order, Replaces With Conditions-Based Guidance

SECDEF Esper Lifts DoD Stop Movement Order, Replaces With Conditions-Based Guidance

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper addresses local Colorado Springs media outlets during his visit to the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command’s headquarters, May 7. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper ordered replacing the military’s expansive movement restrictions on Tuesday with a regional conditions-based set of guidelines governing when and where service members, civilian employees and dependents can travel. Read More

SECDEF Esper Tells Naval Academy Grads Next Generation Fleet on the Way

SECDEF Esper Tells Naval Academy Grads Next Generation Fleet on the Way

May 20, 2020) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, fly over Bancroft Hall as midshipmen toss their covers concluding the fifth swearing-in event for the United States Naval Academy Class of 2020. Navy photo

The future Navy and Marine Corps will use technologically advanced weapons platforms that place a premium on adaptability, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Friday to the newest generation of Navy and Marine Corps officers during a pre-recorded virtual U.S. Naval Academy commencement.

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USS Theodore Roosevelt Back Underway 2 Months After COVID Outbreak

USS Theodore Roosevelt Back Underway 2 Months After COVID Outbreak

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is moored pier side at Naval Base Guam on May 15, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from the Navy.

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is underway for the first time since its deployment was interrupted for 55 days to battle a COVID-19 outbreak that infected almost a quarter of the crew, USNI has learned. Read More

Small Crews, Technical Complexity Makes Operating Modern Warships in Pandemic Tough

Small Crews, Technical Complexity Makes Operating Modern Warships in Pandemic Tough

Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Rhandy Domigpe, from Oxen Hill, Md., communicates with the bridge watch team during low visibility watch aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG-59). US Navy Photo

The increased technical complexity of systems and reduced manning make U.S. warships less able to operate if a disease breaks out on a ship than the previous ships that weathered the 1918 influenza outbreak, a panel of experts said last week. Read More

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