THE PENTAGON – Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) will leave for New York City on Saturday, with President Donald Trump and Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly on hand to see off the ship from Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Read More
THE PENTAGON – The Marine Corps is dedicated to remaining a “fight tonight” force for the United States despite the coronavirus pandemic and will continue training to mission-essential tasks as determined by local commanders, the commandant said today. Read More
This post has been updated to include statements from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday and from U.S. Pacific Fleet.
THE PENTAGON – A Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific has pulled into Guam to deal with a growing outbreak of COVID-19, with the ship planning on testing the entire crew of about 5,000 and quarantining personnel as needed at Navy medical facilities on the island.
THE PENTAGON – The Navy has postponed its Large Scale Exercise 2020, an event conceived of by the last chief of naval operations as the first real opportunity to execute Distributed Maritime Operations and re-orient the fleet towards advanced operations in support of the National Defense Strategy. Read More
This post has been updated to reflect that additional COVID-19 cases have been discovered aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
THE PENTAGON – Three sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) have tested positive for COVID-19 and are being flown off the aircraft carrier to a Defense Department hospital in the Pacific region. These are the first cases of sailors on a deployed ship testing positive for the virus. Read More
This post has been updated to include information from a press briefing by Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday.
THE PENTAGON – Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) will ship out to New York City in less than 14 days, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Tuesday. Read More
THE PENTAGON – The Navy has taken several cracks over the years at trying to define a new future aircraft carrier, one that might be less expensive or less vulnerable. Read More
Manning forward-deployed ships with fewer sailors, making less carrier strike groups available to deploy and reducing the size of command staffs are moves the Navy is considering as part of its drive to reduce $40 billion from its budget, according to a February memo outlining the cuts under consideration reviewed by USNI News. Read More
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly is commissioning a six-month study on the future of the aircraft carrier and carrier-based aviation, the Navy announced today. Read More
The Navy commissioned Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB-4) during a ceremony in Norfolk on Saturday. Read More