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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

UPDATED: USS Coronado Suffers Engineering Casualty, Returning to Pearl Harbor

UPDATED: USS Coronado Suffers Engineering Casualty, Returning to Pearl Harbor

USS Coronado (LCS-4) conducts operations during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 in July. US Navy Photo

USS Coronado (LCS-4) conducts operations during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 in July. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional statements from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) has suffered an engineering casualty in route to Singapore and is returning to Hawaii to assess the damage, Navy officials told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

USS America Air Department Prepares For F-35B Testing This Fall

USS America Air Department Prepares For F-35B Testing This Fall

Sailors and distinguished visitors watch an F-35B Lightning II aircraft conduct vertical takeoff and landing flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) on May 20, 2015. US Navy photo.

Sailors and distinguished visitors watch an F-35B Lightning II aircraft conduct vertical takeoff and landing flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) on May 20, 2015. US Navy photo.

Amphibious assault ship USS America’s (LHA-6) deck crew is gearing up for F-35B Joint Strike Fighter testing this fall, with ship modifications for the new plane complete but crew training still ongoing. Read More

USS Freedom Sidelined After Propulsion Casualty, Diesel Engine Contaminated with ‘Rust and Seawater’

USS Freedom Sidelined After Propulsion Casualty, Diesel Engine Contaminated with ‘Rust and Seawater’

An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter and an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle conduct coordinated flight operations with the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS-1) in the Southern California operating area on April 30, 2015. US Navy photo.

An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter and an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle conduct coordinated flight operations with the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS-1) in the Southern California operating area on April 30, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom (LCS-1) is sidelined in San Diego, Calif. for repairs after Navy inspectors found extensive damage in one of its two main propulsion diesel engines, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News on Sunday. Read More

Video: Destroyer USS Nitze Harassed by Iranian Patrol Boats

Video: Destroyer USS Nitze Harassed by Iranian Patrol Boats

A screen shot of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol boat from a video taken by the crew of USS Nitze. US Navy Image

A screen shot of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol boat from a video taken by the crew of USS Nitze. US Navy Image

The guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG-94) was followed and harassed by four Iranian patrol boats on Tuesday in the Persian Gulf, defense officials confirmed to USNI News. Read More

U.S. Increases Role in Aussie Pitch Black Air Combat Exercise

U.S. Increases Role in Aussie Pitch Black Air Combat Exercise

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U.S. Air Force F-16 participating in Austrlia's Pitch Black Air Combat exercise. Mike Yeo Photo Used with Permission

U.S. Air Force F-16 participating in Australia’s Pitch Black Air Combat exercise. Mike Yeo Photo Used with Permission

The U.S. has increased its role in an air combat exercise, featuring its largest contribution of airpower in more than a decade from the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps in a practical demonstration of Washington’s, “rebalance to the Pacific.” Read More

Marine Corps Announces New MARSOC Insignia Pin

Marine Corps Announces New MARSOC Insignia Pin

The new Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command breast insignia. Image courtesy MARSOC Facebook page.

The new Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command breast insignia. Image courtesy MARSOC Facebook page.

Marine Corps special operations officers and critical skills operators now have their own pin to wear that acknowledges their intensive training and commemorates Marine special forces history. Read More

Raytheon Awarded $92M Navy Contract for Future Carrier, Big Deck AESA Radars

Raytheon Awarded $92M Navy Contract for Future Carrier, Big Deck AESA Radars

Aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) sits pier side in the early morning light at Newport News Shipbuilding in 2014. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) sits pier side in the early morning light at Newport News Shipbuilding in 2014. US Navy Photo

Radar maker Raytheon has been awarded a $92 million contract to develop a new Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar for the U.S. Navy’s new Ford-class carrier fleet and big deck amphibious warships, company officials told USNI News on a Monday conference call. Read More