The Navy has created yet another Requirements Evaluation Team to look at filling a future fleet need, this time to analyze its need for a hospital ship and platforms for other intra-theater missions, the deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems said in a hearing Thursday. Read More
The hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) will lead a multinational force including military and civilian medical providers and crisis-responders to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region for Pacific Partnership 2018. Read More
Repairs to a floating dock at the USS Arizona Memorial that was damaged during the transit of an U.S. Navy hospital ship last week are almost completed and visitors could return to the memorial by Friday or Saturday, Navy Region Hawaii said in a statement late Wednesday night. Read More
The Tuesday accident that damaged the floating dock of the USS Arizona Memorial did not damage the sunken World War II battleship on which 1,177 sailors and Marines died in the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Navy said late Thursday. Read More
This post has been updated to include a statement from the National Park Service and local press reports that indicate the USNS Mercy may have struck the memorial.
A U.S. Navy hospital ship or a tug maneuvering it through a narrow channel may have struck the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii on Wednesday, according to the service and local press reports. Read More
This post was updated from its original version to include a reaction from Rep Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee.
The Navy is changing the way it counts its ships that will increase the hulls it has on the books by almost ten by including small patrol craft and hospital ships as part of its “battle force,” according to a March 7 congressional notification obtained by USNI News. Read More
The Navy is activating the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) to the Philippines as part of the ongoing U.S. disaster effort following Super Typhoon Haiyan, according to a Navy statement provided to USNI News. Read More