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Next PAC SAG May Be Multinational; Vinson Strike Group To Continue '3rd Fleet Forward' Ops

Next PAC SAG May Be Multinational; Vinson Strike Group To Continue ‘3rd Fleet Forward’ Ops

Cmdr. Garrett Miller, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) greets the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) as it conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHR ESG) as part of interoperability drills between the Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) and BHR ESG. The drills are meant to enhance readiness of cruiser-destroyer ships to rapidly integrate with an amphibious task force to provide increased capability for amphibious operations in support of crisis response or disaster relief. US Navy photo.

Cmdr. Garrett Miller, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) greets the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) as it conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHR ESG) as part of interoperability drills between the Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) and BHR ESG. The drills are meant to enhance readiness of cruiser-destroyer ships to rapidly integrate with an amphibious task force to provide increased capability for amphibious operations in support of crisis response or disaster relief. US Navy Photo

The Navy will take lessons learned from the 2016 deployment of a three-destroyer Pacific Fleet Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) that remained under U.S. 3rd Fleet command and stretch itself further, deploying a full carrier strike group under 3rd Fleet command and potentially forming a multinational “PAC SAG 2” this summer. Read More

First F-35Cs for West Coast FRS to arrive next week at Lemoore

First F-35Cs for West Coast FRS to arrive next week at Lemoore

An F-35C Lightning II, attached to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, taxis about Naval Air Station Fallon on Dec. 16, 2016. US Navy Photo

An F-35C Lightning II, attached to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, taxis about Naval Air Station Fallon on Dec. 16, 2016. US Navy Photo

The first F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters will arrive on the West Coast next week as the Navy prepares to ramp up its training pipeline for the next-generation stealth jet designed for carrier operations, Navy officials announced Tuesday. Read More

Kendall Warns Against Splitting Top Pentagon Acquisition Job

Kendall Warns Against Splitting Top Pentagon Acquisition Job

Frank Kendall, under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics in 2014. US Army Photo

Frank Kendall, under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics in 2014. US Army Photo

Frank Kendall again warned against splitting the duties of the Pentagon’s top civilian for acquisition, technology and logistics into two positions – one for the research and engineering and the other for acquisition and sustainment. Read More

UPDATED: Trump Team Looking at Financier Philip Bilden for SECNAV Job

UPDATED: Trump Team Looking at Financier Philip Bilden for SECNAV Job

Philip Bilden

Philip Bilden

CLARIFICATION: This post has been amended to provide a more complete U.S. military service record for Philip Bilden. Bilden served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a military intelligence officer from 1986 to 1996 achieving the rank of Captain.

The Trump transition team is considering a little-known candidate for Secretary of the Navy with a background in high finance in Asia, several sources have confirmed to USNI News. Read More

NAVSEA Commander: Trump Administration Demands Lower Shipbuilding Costs

NAVSEA Commander: Trump Administration Demands Lower Shipbuilding Costs

Then-Rear Adm. Thomas Moore, program executive officer of aircraft carriers, poses a question to representatives from Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding during a tour of the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) in March 2014. US Navy photo.

Then-Rear Adm. Thomas Moore, program executive officer of aircraft carriers, poses a question to representatives from Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding during a tour of the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) in March 2014. US Navy photo.

President-elect Donald Trump supports increasing the size of the Navy fleet but has also made clear that the Navy and industry will have to lower the cost per hull for new construction, the head of Naval Sea Systems Command told USNI News. Read More

Destroyer USS Mahan Fires Warning Shots in Standoff with Iranian Forces

Destroyer USS Mahan Fires Warning Shots in Standoff with Iranian Forces

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72) on July 16, 2016. US Navy Photo

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72) on July 16, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. 5th Fleet.

The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72) fired three warning shots to ward off four armed attack boats coming at the ship at high speed, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Monday. Read More

USMC to Return to Helmand, As Higher-Ranking Marines Selected To Train Afghan Army, Police

USMC to Return to Helmand, As Higher-Ranking Marines Selected To Train Afghan Army, Police

U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, greet a member of the Afghanistan National Army (ANA) as he takes his post aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on October 27, 2014. The ANA will took command of all posts aboard Camp Leatherneck upon the end of Regional Command (Southwest) operations in Helmand province. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, greet a member of the Afghanistan National Army (ANA) as he takes his post aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on October 27, 2014. The ANA will took command of all posts aboard Camp Leatherneck upon the end of Regional Command (Southwest) operations in Helmand province. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marines will return to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, after more than two years away from the region that saw so many fierce battles and so many casualties. Read More