USS Farragut (DDG-99) transits the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 2018 in territory that will soon be overseen by a reestablished U.S. 2nd Fleet. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with a statement from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and a Pentagon statement on a potential Joint NATO command in Norfolk.
Faced with a more active Russian fleet and increasing military competition across the world, the Navy has elected to reestablish U.S. 2nd Fleet to manage assets closer to the homeland, according to a memo announcing the command obtained by USNI News. Read More
USS Harry S. Truman transits from Norfolk Naval Shipyard to Naval Station Norfolk after a 10-month maintenance availability on July 21, 2017. US Navy photo.
This article is the first in a two-part package on the East Coast aircraft carrier fleet, after Commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey invited USNI News to talk about recent milestones within his fleet.
NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. – Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) completed its maintenance availability two days early, and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) will head into maintenance 10 days early later this month – a major feat, given that only one deployment cycle ago the two carriers had been mixed up in double-pump deployments, truncated maintenance availabilities and an unexpected 24-month repair ordeal. Read More
The following is the May 2, 2016 Government Accountability Office report, Military Readiness: Progress and Challenges in Implementing the Navy’s Optimized Fleet Response Plan. Read More
Two F/A-18 Super Hornets and two Royal Malaysian Air Force Mig 29 Fulcrums fly in formation above the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the South China Sea in May 2015. US Navy photo.
This post has been updated to clarify the name and role of the Navy’s warfighting development centers.
NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, VA. – Two years after the Navy unveiled a new fleet deployment and maintenance model, fleet commanders have some successes to tout: three carrier strike groups are operating under the new model, and a working group is capturing lessons learned and proposing ideas to improve fleet operations. Read More
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) leads a formation of ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 during a maneuvering exercise on Sept. 23, 2014. US Navy Photo
SAN DIEGO – The Navy is nine months into its new deployment model – the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) – designed to keep carrier strike groups from unexpectedly long deployments and allow time for needed ship upkeep.
The plan promises to make life more predictable for sailors and maintainers, but service officials are already running into roadblocks that, if not addressed by Navy leadership and Congress, could exacerbate gaps in overseas carrier presence and further burden the maintenance community. Read More
Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Vice Adm. Nora Tyson was nominated to become the next commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet in San Diego, Calif. – and if confirmed, she would be the first woman to command a fleet in the Pacific area of responsibility. Read More
Sailors assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 prepare to unload Humvees from a landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) during amphibious assault training as part of exercise Dawn Blitz in June 2013. US Navy photo.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Navy’s renewed focus on innovation will help the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab find ready and willing participants to both host and shape its live-force experiments, the lab’s commanding general told USNI News. Read More
Vice Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, addresses the crew of USS Ramage (DDG-61) in April, 2014. US Navy Photo.
The former commander of U.S. 6th Fleet has formally taken charge of U.S. Fleet Forces Command on Friday, according to a statement from the command. Read More
Rear Adm. James G. Foggo III in 2011 when he was 6th Fleet deputy commander. US Navy Photo
The Navy’s current assistant deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy (N3/N5) has been nominated to take command of U.S. naval forces operating in Europe and Africa, according to a Wednesday release from the Pentagon. Read More
Vice Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, addresses the crew of USS Ramage (DDG-61) in April, 2014. US Navy Photo
The current commander of U.S. ships in Europe and Africa has been nominated to lead the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command, the Pentagon announced on Monday. Read More