U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz speaks to the attendees at the commissioning of the USCGC Emlen Tunnell (WPC-1145) in Philadelphia on Oct. 15, 2021. Coast Guard Photo
This post is part of a series looking back at the top naval stories from 2021.
The past year saw a shift in the Coast Guard, as the maritime service focused on retention, its global presence and new partnerships with the Marines and the Navy. Read More
Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jackson Adkins, from Evans, Georgia, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) media department, receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the McCormick Gym onboard Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on April 8, 2021. US Navy Photo
The Navy can now begin to separate active-duty sailors who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Navy guidance released Wednesday.
Hospitalman Christopher Ramirez, right, from Kimberly, Idaho, assigned to PCU John F. Kennedy’s (CVN-79) medical department, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Lt. Cmdr. George Stegeman, Kennedy’s psychological officer, during USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) joint vaccination evolution with Kennedy in Ford’s aft weapons handing area, Sept. 30, 2021. US Navy Photo
This story has been updated with new information on from the Navy.
The Navy has not yet approved any religious exemptions for the COVID-19, according to new numbers released by the Navy Tuesday night. Read More
U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Emily Pierce, left, from Bremerton, Washington, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Information Systems Technician 1st Class Correy Bushman, from Rochester, Minnesota, assigned to the John C. Stennis, during a Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic led vaccination effort in conjunction with Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. US Navy Photo
The Navy has 97 percent of its active-duty sailors fully immunized with four days to go before the service’s deadline to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Read More
Steady sticklers with Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton began a Shot Exercise to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to all unvaccinated active duty personnel assigned to commands in the nation’s third largest fleet concentration area of Puget Sound, Aug. 31, 2021. US Navy Photo
Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John Nowell will decide the career outcomes of active-duty sailors who have started the vaccination process but will not meet the impending deadline to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Read More
Hospital Corpsman Julio Trujillo, from Orlando, Fla., administers a flu vaccine aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) transits the Philippine Sea on Oct. 25, 2021. US Navy Photo
Sailors who are not granted an exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine will have five days to initiate the vaccination process before facing separation, according to new Navy guidance. Read More
Flu shots are placed at the ready during a large-scale vaccination effort by the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 108th Medical Group at the 108th Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., on Nov. 6, 2021. US Air National Guard Photo
The military gave its service members an ultimatum. Get vaccinated or face separation. Read More
Capt. P. Scott Miller, left, commanding officer of Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), receives the COVID-19 vaccine from Hospital Corpsman 3rd class Ang Li, a native of Newport, Ore., aboard the ship on Feb. 19, 2021. US Navy Photo
The deadline for federal contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19 has been pushed back to Jan. 4 to line up with new requirements for health care workers and other employers, the White House announced on Thursday. Read More
Moon over U.S. Capitol on Nov. 13, 2016. NASA Photo
The Biden administration is calling on Congress to pass a stopgap spending measure for the upcoming fiscal year as lawmakers continue the appropriations process. Read More
The following is the recently released and declassified U.S. Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific and a statement from National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. Read More