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Navy, Marines Eyeing Ship Capability Upgrade Plans that Focus on Weapons, C5I

Navy, Marines Eyeing Ship Capability Upgrade Plans that Focus on Weapons, C5I

The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) steam in formation while participating in a photo exercise in the Arabian Gulf on Nov. 28, 2017. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy and Marine Corps are eyeing upgrade plans for their surface combatants and amphibious ships to help guide the development of weapons, sensors, networks and more that will support those ships in a future operating environment. Read More

Navy Looking to Add Rigor to SWO Candidate Training Ahead of Assignment to Ship Crew

Navy Looking to Add Rigor to SWO Candidate Training Ahead of Assignment to Ship Crew

Adm. Philip S. Davidson, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, presents a surface warfare officer pin to Midshipman 1st Class Jacob Wirz, recognizing his achievement as the first midshipman to select a ship during the U.S. Naval Academy’s Ship Selection Night in Alumni Hall. During ship selection, first class midshipmen assigned to the surface warfare community choose their first ship and homeport. US Navy photo.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy is taking a serious look at its Surface Warfare Officer candidate training, with the hopes of creating more proficient officers before assigning them to ship crews, the commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command said today. Read More

Navy's Top Weapons Buyer Geurts Spells Out Acquisition Philosophy

Navy’s Top Weapons Buyer Geurts Spells Out Acquisition Philosophy

Streamers mix with falling snow during the christening of the future guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) at the Bath Iron Works shipyard Saturday, April 1, 2017 in Bath, Maine. US Navy photo.


ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy’s top weapons buyer wants to speed-up purchases, including finding ways to squeeze cost and time-saving efficiencies out of large programs.
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Two Lawmakers Want 'Groundbreaking' Changes in How U.S. Navy is Organized, Communicates

Two Lawmakers Want ‘Groundbreaking’ Changes in How U.S. Navy is Organized, Communicates

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) stands by before it is loaded onto the heavy lift transport vessel MV Transshelf. Transshelf will transport Fitzgerald to Pascagoula, Mississippi to complete repairs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William McCann/Released)

ARLINGTON, Va. – Two lawmakers today said the Navy needed to make “groundbreaking” changes in how it operates to avoid the readiness problems that contributed to last year’s fatal surface collisions that killed 17 sailors.
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Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker on Track to Deliver in 2023

Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker on Track to Deliver in 2023

A starboard view of the anchored US Coast Guard icebreaker POLAR STAR (WAGB 10).

ARLINGTON, Va. —The first new heavy icebreaker in more than a generation is on track to launch in 2023, but the Coast Guard commandant says building the needed fleet still requires Congress to unfreeze funding.

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French Rafale Fighters to Deploy on Carrier USS George H.W. Bush This Spring

French Rafale Fighters to Deploy on Carrier USS George H.W. Bush This Spring

French navy Rafale Marine aircraft from the aircraft carrier FS Charles De Gaulle (R91) fly in formation above the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on Dec. 8, 2017. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – France is sending 350 sailors and naval aviators to deploy with a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier this spring as their nuclear-powered carrier finishes scheduled maintenance, French officials told USNI News. Read More

LPD Portland Will Host ONR Laser Weapon Demonstrator, Serve as RIMPAC 2018 Flagship

LPD Portland Will Host ONR Laser Weapon Demonstrator, Serve as RIMPAC 2018 Flagship

The to-be-commissioned San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) transits Guantanamo Bay during a brief fuel stop. The ship is currently on its way to home port in San Diego, and is scheduled to be commissioned in its namesake city of Portland, Oregon in April. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. — Amphibious warship Portland (LPD-27) was tapped to host a laser weapon technology demonstration by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and to serve as the flagship of this year’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in Hawaii. Read More

VADM Rowden Calls Naval Surface Group Western Pacific an Advocate for Ship Training Needs

VADM Rowden Calls Naval Surface Group Western Pacific an Advocate for Ship Training Needs

Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, Commander of Naval Surface Forces. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include additional comments from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

ARLINGTON, VA – The commander of Naval Surface Forces expressed support for the new Naval Surface Group Western Pacific as an important addition that gives voice to training and certification needs in the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in Japan, despite some pushback from the secretary of the Navy over the group’s formation. Read More