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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 12, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 12, 2019

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Nov. 12, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 4, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 4, 2019

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Nov. 4, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

SECNAV Spencer: Carrier Ford Challenges Tied to Costs Caps, Requirements Process

SECNAV Spencer: Carrier Ford Challenges Tied to Costs Caps, Requirements Process

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) conducts high-speed turns in the Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 29, 2019. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The secretary of the Navy said a congressional cost cap on the first Ford-class aircraft carrier led to bad decisions that are reverberating today, and he hopes smarter discussions around cost, risk and requirements will be had for future ship classes such as the upcoming frigate program. Read More

Navy Rethinking Need For Dual-Phase Carrier Delivery

Navy Rethinking Need For Dual-Phase Carrier Delivery

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) reaches another milestone in its construction as their dry dock area is flooded three months ahead of its slated production schedule leading up to the christening of the second Ford-class aircraft carrier, scheduled for Dec. 7. Navy photo

THE PENTAGON – After years of delays, the Navy’s top weapons buyer is optimistic enough about the Ford-class aircraft carrier production that he’s now considering reworking when high-tech electronics systems are installed on the hulls. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 28, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 28, 2019

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Oct. 28, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

UPDATED: USS Gerald Ford Starts Sea Trials After More Than a Year of Repairs

UPDATED: USS Gerald Ford Starts Sea Trials After More Than a Year of Repairs

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) steams toward the Atlantic Ocean. USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-72) USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on Oct. 25 after a 15-month post shakedown yard period. USNI Photo by Mark D. Faram

Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is underway for sea trials after more than a year pier-side during an extended repair period, ship spotters in Norfolk, Va., confirmed to USNI News. Read More

SECNAV Spencer Rebuts Congressional Criticism of Ford Carrier Program

SECNAV Spencer Rebuts Congressional Criticism of Ford Carrier Program

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer delivers remarks aboard the U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) during a ceremony in Cherbourg, France, on June 6, 2019. US Coast Guard

This post was updated to include a statement from Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress needs to consider its own culpability before criticizing the Navy for the slow pace of prepping USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) for deployment, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said on Wednesday. Read More

Carrier Ford Will Likely Have Only Two Weapon Elevators Ready When it Leaves Shipyard

Carrier Ford Will Likely Have Only Two Weapon Elevators Ready When it Leaves Shipyard

Sailors go over safety procedures for the Upper Stage 1 advanced weapons aboard USS Gearld R. Ford (CVN-78). US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional information from the Navy.

Later this month, USS Gerald Ford (CVN-78) will depart Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding, cross the James River and report pier-side to Naval Station Norfolk, Va. The carrier will then begin preparation for an anticipated deployment in 2021. Read More

T-45C Goshawk Trainers On Track To Qualify For Landing On Ford-Class Carriers

T-45C Goshawk Trainers On Track To Qualify For Landing On Ford-Class Carriers

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The T-45C Goshawk began Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) performance testing at the Runway Arrested Landing Site (RALS) located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Aug. 13.

This post was updated to say the 60 Goshawk arrested landings at the Runway Arrested Landing Site (RALS) occurred in April. An earlier version included the wrong month.

The Navy and Marine Corps will soon be able to train their newest pilots aboard the newest aircraft carrier, as Naval Air Systems Command makes progress integrating the T-45C Goshawk trainer with the Ford-class carrier arresting system.

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