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CO: USS Gabrielle Giffords Deployment Showcased LCS's Flexibility, Naval Strike Missile

CO: USS Gabrielle Giffords Deployment Showcased LCS’s Flexibility, Naval Strike Missile

Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) sails alongside Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10). US Navy photo.

USS Gabrielle Giffords’ (LCS-10) recently completed 17-month deployment to the Pacific will refine how the Navy thinks about operating and maintaining the Littoral Combat Ship forward, the ship’s gold crew captain told USNI News.

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Berger Reaffirms Commitment to Force Design 2030 Overhaul In Memo to New SECDEF

Berger Reaffirms Commitment to Force Design 2030 Overhaul In Memo to New SECDEF

Gen. David H. Berger addresses an audience of senior enlisted Marines and Sailors about Force Design at the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium in Quantico, Va. on Oct. 17, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger is emphasizing his commitment to the service’s force design initiative in a recent memo to the new defense secretary, USNI News has learned. Read More

Cruiser USS Vella Gulf Returns to Norfolk After Suffering Damage in Heavy Seas

Cruiser USS Vella Gulf Returns to Norfolk After Suffering Damage in Heavy Seas

A convoy complied of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72), front, MV Resolve, center, and USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306) steam in formation on Feb. 28, 2020. US Navy Photo

A cruiser that deployed last week with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is returning to its homeport today after suffering a fuel oil leak in an engineering space, U.S. 2nd Fleet told USNI News today. Read More

Navy Addressing COVID-19 Cases on Two Ships Deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet

Navy Addressing COVID-19 Cases on Two Ships Deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet

Visit, board, search and seizure Sailors assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet and operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), prepare to board a dhow suspected of carrying narcotics in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Jan. 30. CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors on the high seas, promoting security, stability and prosperity in the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include additional information from U.S. 5th Fleet.

The Navy is trying to stem the spread of COVID-19 on two ships deployed to the Middle East. Read More

Navy Awards $3B to Newport News Shipbuilding for USS John C. Stennis Refueling

Navy Awards $3B to Newport News Shipbuilding for USS John C. Stennis Refueling

U.S. Sailors conduct a foreign object debris walkdown on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) while transiting the Strait of Gibraltar, May 3, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy today awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding $3 billion for the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH). Read More

IKE Carrier Strike Group Commands SEALs, Marine Missile Teams in First-of-a-Kind, Large-Scale Drill

IKE Carrier Strike Group Commands SEALs, Marine Missile Teams in First-of-a-Kind, Large-Scale Drill

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Trevor Sollenberger, from Richmond, Va., conducts flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). Feb. 11, 2021. US Navy Photo

A Navy carrier strike group got a first glimpse at what future operations could look like, with SEALs providing forward targeting data and Marines on expeditionary bases providing another missile strike option to supplement the strike group’s aircraft- and surface ship-based weapons. Read More

Pentagon: One Third of Service Members Offered COVID-19 Vaccines Have Refused

Pentagon: One Third of Service Members Offered COVID-19 Vaccines Have Refused

Navy Corpsman HM3 Jordan Peterson with 2nd Medical Battalion, preventative medicine, plunges the COVID vaccine into a syringe in order to vaccinate the Marines and Sailors of II MEF on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 20, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

About one-third of service members offered either of the COVID-19 vaccines in the United States are turning down the shots, according to an official working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Read More