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Document: Navy Readiness Council One-Year Report

Document: Navy Readiness Council One-Year Report

The following is the Feb. 25, 2019 one-year report from the Readiness and Reform Oversight Council (RROC) that was established following the 2017 fatal collisions in the Western Pacific and chaired by Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran. Read More

Navy Proposing Bold Changes in How it Teaches Sailors in New Education Plan

Navy Proposing Bold Changes in How it Teaches Sailors in New Education Plan

Utilitiesman 1st Class Joshua Poirier, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, and Sailors assigned to Commander, Fleet Activities Okinawa tenant commands, take the Navy-wide chief petty officer advancement exam. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy is pushing a series of education reforms to better train enlisted sailors and officers to face the increasing military capability posed by near-peer competitors and to fight complex, high-end wars. Read More

VIDEO: Navy Under Secretary Modly In Micronesia When Jetliner Crashes

VIDEO: Navy Under Secretary Modly In Micronesia When Jetliner Crashes

Passengers are transported ashore by U.S. Navy Sailors following a plane crash near Chuuk International Airport, Sept. 28. Navy photo.

This post has been updated to more accurately reflect the timeline of events during Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly’s recent visit to Micronesia.

As the Navy undersecretary visited several small Pacific nations to talk about regional cooperation and disaster relief, he saw first-hand what such assistance looks like in an emergency.

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Focus on Critical Thinking is Key in New Navy Education Study

Focus on Critical Thinking is Key in New Navy Education Study

Naval ROTC Midshipmen listen to safety instructions at the USS Buttercup Damage Control Wet Trainer during Sea Trials at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island. Sea Trials is a 10-day event, during which Midshipmen must perform a series of scenarios and properly demonstrate the skills they have developed throughout their training. Navy photo

THE PENTAGON — Teaching Navy officers and enlisted sailors how to think, not what to think, is the prime focus of an ongoing study that seeks to radically shift how the service educates its personnel.

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Wide Swath of Surface Navy Reforms Included in 2019 NDAA Conference Bill

Wide Swath of Surface Navy Reforms Included in 2019 NDAA Conference Bill

Ens. Scott Payne observes the tow line from the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110). US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to clarify a provision that would change the timing of a warship’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) inspection. The bill calls for “minimal notice” for INSURVs, not “no notice.”

The Senate and House armed services committees agreed on several major reforms to Navy’s surface forces as part of the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act in reaction to the two fatal collisions of warships in the Western Pacific. Read More

Summary of Major Events Since Fatal USS Fitzgerald Collision

Summary of Major Events Since Fatal USS Fitzgerald Collision

Last year’s fatal collisions of guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) began a chain of investigations, accountability actions and reform efforts. The following is a summary of the major events that have occurred since the early morning June 17, 2018, incident between Fitzgerald and the merchant ship ACX Crystal. Read More

Navy Study Finds Junior SWOs Have Major Gaps in Seamanship, Ship Handling Knowledge

Navy Study Finds Junior SWOs Have Major Gaps in Seamanship, Ship Handling Knowledge

USS Farragut (DDG-99) passes under the Great Belt Fixed Link during its transit through the Danish Straits on April 26, 2018. US Navy Photo

A comprehensive test of seamanship skills of 164 junior surface warfare officers found an alarming lack of basic navigation and ship handling knowledge, according to a message sent from the head of U.S. Navy surface forces and obtained by USNI News. Read More

Trump Tells US Naval Academy Class Of 2018: Dominate The Sea

Trump Tells US Naval Academy Class Of 2018: Dominate The Sea

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, fly in formation over the United States Naval Academy 2018 Graduation Day and Commissioning Ceremony at Navy-Marine Corp. Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. US Navy photo.

President Donald Trump congratulated the U.S. Naval Academy class of 2018 as they were commissioned Friday as Navy ensigns and Marine Corps second lieutenants.

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