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U.S. Fleet Created to Counter Russian Subs Now Fully Operational

U.S. Fleet Created to Counter Russian Subs Now Fully Operational

USS Farragut (DDG-99) transits the Arctic Ocean beside Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) during a live-fire exercise on Sept. 25, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s fleet created to beef up its Atlantic presence against Russia is now fully operational, according to a Tuesday statement from the service. Read More

Top Stories 2019: Marine Corps Acquisition

Top Stories 2019: Marine Corps Acquisition

Colored oil smoke indicates rotor wake and wind effects while external “tufts” adher to the outside of the CH-53K King Stallion showing surface airflow. These efforts validate a modification mitigating Exhaust Gas Re-ingestion for the new Marine Corps aircraft. US Navy photo.

This post is part of a series of review stories looking back at the top naval news from 2019.

The Marine Corps in 2019 continued on its path to modernize aging systems to allow Marines to move across the air, land and sea in a high-end environment. Read More

Fire-Stricken USS Iwo Jima Conducts Sea Trials; Investigation into Cause, Damage Assessment Ongoing

Fire-Stricken USS Iwo Jima Conducts Sea Trials; Investigation into Cause, Damage Assessment Ongoing

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) is currently homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. May 30, 2019. US Navy Photo

A month after a fire in a hazardous material space injured 11 sailors, amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) returned to sea last week after completing a maintenance availability at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Navy officials confirmed to USNI News. Read More

Foggo: Navy Needs Unmanned ISR, Tankers to Counter Russia

Foggo: Navy Needs Unmanned ISR, Tankers to Counter Russia

Adm. James G. Foggo, III, commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, shakes hands with Capt. Daniel Prochazka, the executive officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on on Dec. 9, 2019. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Russia continues to increase its submarine activity in the Mediterranean, Arctic and Atlantic, the U.S. Navy has made organizational changes to be more responsive but should invest in unmanned systems to support forces in the European theater, the four-star admiral who leads Naval Forces Europe said. Read More

Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln Leaves Middle East After 220 Days, Truman in Red Sea

Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln Leaves Middle East After 220 Days, Truman in Red Sea

An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the ‘Jolly Rogers’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Nov. 22, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with an additional statement from the Department of Defense.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is now in the Indian Ocean after a seven-month stint in the Middle East in parallel with the U.S. maximum pressure campaign targeting Iran, defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Monday morning. Read More

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