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Pentagon, State Department Creating New Standards to Vet Foreign Military Students

Pentagon, State Department Creating New Standards to Vet Foreign Military Students

U.S. and international flags representing countries at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) fly during graduation day at NWC in Newport, R.I.

In the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Pentagon and State Department are developing new vetting procedures for foreign military members seeking to attend U.S. -based training, officials said on Friday. Read More

Russia's Only Aircraft Carrier Burning After Welding Mishap, At Least 1 Dead

Russia’s Only Aircraft Carrier Burning After Welding Mishap, At Least 1 Dead

A fire has broken out aboard the Project 11435 aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov of the Russian Northern Fleet. Admiral Kuznetsov is the largest and only aircraft carrier of the Russian Navy on Dec. 12, 2019. TASS Photo

One person was killed and about a dozen injured when Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov caught fire at a Murmansk shipyard renovating the warship, international media outlets have reported. Read More

Acting SECNAV Modly Puts a Ten-Year Clock on Reaching 355 Ship Navy

Acting SECNAV Modly Puts a Ten-Year Clock on Reaching 355 Ship Navy

USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), left, is underway alongside the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) during a fueling-at-sea. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region on June 30, 2019. US Navy Photo

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly has made a bold call: the Navy should reach a fleet of 355 ships – both manned and unmanned – within a decade. Read More

Underway on USS Gerald R. Ford: Navy Marks Progress on Carrier as Scrutiny of Program Grows

Underway on USS Gerald R. Ford: Navy Marks Progress on Carrier as Scrutiny of Program Grows

An MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dragonslayers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 11 flies by the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) on Oct. 27, 2019. US Navy Photo

ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS GERALD R. FORD – The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier left a pier from Naval Station Norfolk, Va., late last month with its reputation arguably at an all-time low. Read More

VIDEO: Carrier John F. Kennedy Christened

VIDEO: Carrier John F. Kennedy Christened

Caroline Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy’s daughter, former ambassador to Japan, and sponsor of the Ford-class aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), christens the ship on Dec. 7, 2019. US Navy Photo

The future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) was christened Saturday morning during a ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding.

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Coast Guard to Re-Compete Multi-Billion Dollar Offshore Patrol Cutter Contract

Coast Guard to Re-Compete Multi-Billion Dollar Offshore Patrol Cutter Contract

An artist’s conception of Eastern Shipbuilding’s Offshore Patrol Cutter design.

This post was updated to accurately reflect the size of the Offshore Patrol Cutter contract the Coast Guard is re-competing. An earlier version of this post included an incorrect number of hulls included in the re-compete.

The Coast Guard is recompeting its potentially $10.5 billion Offshore Patrol Cutter contract because the program risks falling fatally behind schedule due to hurricane damage to the shipyard initially awarded the contract. Read More

Navy Claims Successes In Improving On-Time Ship Maintenance, But Backlogs Persist

Navy Claims Successes In Improving On-Time Ship Maintenance, But Backlogs Persist

Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Lashavya Barber welds aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in 2018. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – The Navy is still working to reduce its ship maintenance backlog, but a number of small improvements at its four public shipyards and innovative applications of new technologies and processes are moving the needle in the right direction, top leaders say. Read More

CNO Gilday Releases New, Simplified Command Guidance to Fleet

CNO Gilday Releases New, Simplified Command Guidance to Fleet

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Sailors during a ship visit aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59). US Navy Photo

With a focus on three core themes, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday released a streamlined effort chopping up last year’s “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority 2.0” into a more digestible document. Read More

Congress Mulls Provision to Secure Coast Guard Pay During Government Shutdowns

Congress Mulls Provision to Secure Coast Guard Pay During Government Shutdowns

Families of crewmembers aboard USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) watch as the vessel transits Elliott Bay en route to Antarctica, Nov. 26, 2019. The Polar Star, homported in Seattle, Washington, is the United States’ only heavy icebreaker. Coast Guard photo

As USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10), the nation’s only heavy ice breaker departed Tuesday on its annual months-long mission to lead a supply convoy to the U.S. logistics hub in Antarctica, Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) renewed the effort to ensure members of the Coast Guard are paid during government shutdowns.

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