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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 7, 2017

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 7, 2017

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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 Aug. 7, 2017. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Newly Commissioned Carrier Ford's Leap-Ahead Technology Approach May Be a Thing of the Past

Newly Commissioned Carrier Ford’s Leap-Ahead Technology Approach May Be a Thing of the Past

Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Ford is the lead ship of the Ford-class aircraft carriers, and the first new U.S. aircraft carrier designed in 40 years. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS GERALD R. FORD – Saturday’s commissioning of aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) was a celebration of the end of a long and at-times hard road to bring the warship and its many new technologies to the fleet – a path the Navy may not choose to take again. Read More

Carrier Gerald R. Ford Completes Builder's Trials, Prepares For Acceptance Trials, Delivery 'This Spring'

Carrier Gerald R. Ford Completes Builder’s Trials, Prepares For Acceptance Trials, Delivery ‘This Spring’

The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk after returning from builder’s sea trials and seven days underway. During this initial at-sea period, Gerald R. Ford’s crew, representatives from Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding, the Navy’s CVN 78 Program Office, the Navy’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair and various technical subject matter experts demonstrated many of the ship’s key systems. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its builder’s trials today and is back at Naval Station Norfolk to begin preparations for its upcoming acceptance trials. Read More

Delay in Aircraft Carrier Ford Testing Could Compress Workups for First Deployment

Delay in Aircraft Carrier Ford Testing Could Compress Workups for First Deployment

Tug boats maneuver the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River during the ship's turn ship evolution June 11, 2016. US Navy Photo

Tug boats maneuver the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River during the ship’s turn ship evolution June 11, 2016. US Navy Photo

The Navy is not yet delaying the anticipated deployment for carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) in the early 2020s after a series of delays, but workups and training could be compressed due to a later-than-expected delivery, the Navy’s chief weapons buyer said last week. Read More

Destroyer Zumwalt's Commissioning Ceremony Latest in Long Tradition

Destroyer Zumwalt’s Commissioning Ceremony Latest in Long Tradition

Capt. James A. Kirk, commanding officer of future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) answers questions from the media ahead of the ship's commissioning on Saturday. US Navy Photo

Capt. James A. Kirk, commanding officer of future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) answers questions from the media ahead of the ship’s commissioning on Saturday. US Navy Photo

On Saturday, the guided missile destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) will formally enter the U.S. Navy fleet in Baltimore in an act of pageantry that goes back thousands of years – the commissioning ceremony. Read More

Pentagon Conducting New Review of Gerald R. Ford Carrier Program

Pentagon Conducting New Review of Gerald R. Ford Carrier Program

Tug boats maneuver Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River during the ship's Turn Ship evolution on June 11, 2016. US Navy photo.

Tug boats maneuver Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River during the ship’s Turn Ship evolution on June 11, 2016. US Navy photo.

The Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer is kicking off an independent review into the Navy’s Gerald Ford-class next-generation carrier program citing questions of performance of key systems aboard, according to an Aug. 23 memo obtained by USNI News. Read More

Ford Carrier Delayed Again Due to 'First-of-Class Issues'

Ford Carrier Delayed Again Due to ‘First-of-Class Issues’

Tug boats maneuver Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River during the ship's Turn Ship evolution on June 11, 2016. US Navy photo.

Tug boats maneuver Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River during the ship’s Turn Ship evolution on June 11, 2016. US Navy photo.

Delivery of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) has been pushed back again, this time by about a month and a half due to ongoing first-in-class challenges. Read More

Advanced Arresting Gear Tests Delayed But Little Operational Impact Expected

Advanced Arresting Gear Tests Delayed But Little Operational Impact Expected

F/A-18E Super Hornet lands with the Advanced Arresting Gear at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on March 31, 2016. US Navy Photo

F/A-18E Super Hornet lands with the Advanced Arresting Gear at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on March 31, 2016. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) test schedule for aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) was pushed back again, but the delay may cause little impact thanks to a slew of post-delivery test requirements for the first-in-class ship, the CVN-78 class program manager told USNI News. Read More

Navy: Half the Carrier Fleet Tied Up In Maintenance, Other 5 Strained To Meet Demands

Navy: Half the Carrier Fleet Tied Up In Maintenance, Other 5 Strained To Meet Demands

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) arrives pierside at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton prior to a planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. US Navy photo.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) arrives pierside at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton prior to a planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. US Navy photo.

The Navy has run its 10 aircraft carriers hard since USS Enterprise (CVN-65) decommissioned in December 2012 and is now paying the resulting maintenance bill, with half the fleet tied up in repairs and the other five trying to keep up with combatant commanders’ needs. Read More

1,500 Layoffs Planned for Newport News Shipbuilding

1,500 Layoffs Planned for Newport News Shipbuilding

Thw aircraft carrier Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) and Enterprise (CVN-65) sit side by side in the South Yard as the sunrise starts to light up the sky. HII Photo

Thw aircraft carrier Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) and Enterprise (CVN-65) sit side by side in the South Yard as the sunrise starts to light up the sky. HII Photo

This post has been updated to include workforce totals at Newport News Shipbuilding.

The sole U.S. aircraft carrier builder is planning on laying off 1,500 employees over the next year-and-a-half as part of a series of cost saving measures, according to a letter sent to employees from the president of Newport News Shipbuilding this week. Read More