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Investigation Concludes USS Connecticut Grounded on Uncharted Seamount in South China Sea

Investigation Concludes USS Connecticut Grounded on Uncharted Seamount in South China Sea

USS Connecticut (SSN-22) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan for a scheduled port visit on July 31, 2021. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. 7th Fleet.

Investigators have determined USS Connecticut (SSN-22) hit an uncharted seamount that grounded the nuclear attack submarine on the underwater feature in the South China Sea Navy, USNI News has learned. Read More

Cruiser USS Vicksburg Nearly Finished with Modernization Program, Set For Decommissioning

Cruiser USS Vicksburg Nearly Finished with Modernization Program, Set For Decommissioning

USS Vicksburg (CG-69) getting repaired at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Va., on April 8, 2022. Christopher P. Cavas Photo used with permission

A Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser the Navy wants to decommission next year is nearly finished with a modernization overhaul that costs hundreds of millions of dollars, a service official told lawmakers today. Read More

New Navy Unmanned Command Will Send 4 Experimental Large USVs to RIMPAC

New Navy Unmanned Command Will Send 4 Experimental Large USVs to RIMPAC

Sea Hunter sits pierside at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., during the Unmanned Surface Vessel Division (USDIV) One Establishment ceremony on May 13, 2022. US Navy Photo

NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A quartet of experimental unmanned surface vessels will set sail for Hawaii this summer for a test of a new unit focused on ramping up the Navy’s use of drones to bolster the surface fleet’s lethality. Read More

Navy Predicts Challenging Future Recruiting Environment, On Target to Hit Retention Goals

Navy Predicts Challenging Future Recruiting Environment, On Target to Hit Retention Goals

Sailors assigned to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) prepare to re-attach the starboard anchor chain following the completion of preventive maintenance on March 30, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s latest budget proposal will cut more than a thousand sailors from the sea service, a reflection of a difficult recruiting environment that defense officials predict will only get worse. Read More

Navy's Cancellation of Littoral Combat Ship ASW Mission Package Triggers Nunn-McCurdy Breach

Navy’s Cancellation of Littoral Combat Ship ASW Mission Package Triggers Nunn-McCurdy Breach

Sailors aboard the Independence-class Littoral Combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) lower a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) in preparation for small boat operations October 7, 2020. U.S. Navy Photo

The Navy’s decision to cancel the anti-submarine warfare mission package for the Littoral Combat Ship has sparked a Nunn-McCurdy breach, the service told lawmakers on Friday. Read More

Great Wall of Naval Targets Discovered in Chinese Desert

Great Wall of Naval Targets Discovered in Chinese Desert

H I Sutton Illustration for USNI News Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies Used with Permission

China has been honing its ship-killing skills for potential future conflicts on new targets in a remote desert, according to new satellite photos reviewed by USNI News. New analysis shows the People’s Liberation Army is testing the ability to hit ships in port with long-range ballistic missiles. Read More

Marines Look to EPFs, ESBs as Interim Solution for Light Amphibious Warship

Marines Look to EPFs, ESBs as Interim Solution for Light Amphibious Warship

Expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) departs Naval Base Guam, passing the MSC expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) and marking the start of Pacific Partnership 2019. Navy photo

WASHINGTON D.C. — With the Light Amphibious Warship delayed by several years, the Marine Corps is looking to ship classes already in the fleet as an interim solution to move Marines around the Indo-Pacific. Read More

Fewer Marines, More Sensors Part of Berger’s Latest Force Design Revision

Fewer Marines, More Sensors Part of Berger’s Latest Force Design Revision

Marines with 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment (1/2), 2d Marine Division, board a KC-130J Super Hercules at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, April 22, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo

THE PENTAGON – Reducing the Marines to 175,000 and adding more sensor capability to smaller units are part of a wide swath of adjustments the Marine Corps is pursuing in the latest iteration of its modernization drive. Read More

Littoral Combat Ship USS Sioux City Headed to Middle East After European Tour

Littoral Combat Ship USS Sioux City Headed to Middle East After European Tour

USS Sioux City (LCS 11) transits the Atlantic Ocean, May 3. Sioux City is operating in the Atlantic Ocean in support of naval operations to maintain maritime stability and security in order to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied and partner interests. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Trey Fowler)

After a two year delay, the first Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship is operating in the Eastern Atlantic and on its way to the Middle East, USNI News has learned. Read More