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UPDATED: Three Marines Killed in IED Attack Near Bagram Air Base

UPDATED: Three Marines Killed in IED Attack Near Bagram Air Base

A Chinook helicopter transports equipment around Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. US Army photo by SGT James Dansie.

This post has been updated with the names of the Marines who were killed.

CAPITOL HILL – Three Marines were killed in an improvised explosive device attack near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Monday, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer told a Senate panel on Tuesday. Read More

Navy Sees No Easy Answer to Balance Future Surface Fleet

Navy Sees No Easy Answer to Balance Future Surface Fleet

USS Spruance (DDG-111) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) line up in a formation prior to a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) on March 12, 2019. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – Based on the Navy’s current vision of its future fleet, the service will be too top-heavy in the coming years, having more large combatants than it says it needs and not enough small combatants. But many attractive options exist today to add lethal capabilities to these large combatants and to extend their lives, and fewer options exist to speed the growth of the small combatant fleet, leaving the Navy pondering how best to invest in its surface force, the service’s top requirements officer told USNI News. Read More

Navy Rethinking Suicide Prevention as Rates Across Military Rise

Navy Rethinking Suicide Prevention as Rates Across Military Rise

Sailors attached to U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), attend a candle light vigil in observance of Suicide Prevention month in 2018. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — The Navy is rethinking how it addresses suicides after two years of rising rates in the service. While there’s wide recognition among the senior leadership of the problem, quick fixes don’t exist and resources are stretched thin. Read More

Navy Confident That Maintenance Workload Transparency, Better Business Practices Will Avoid Future Backlogs

Navy Confident That Maintenance Workload Transparency, Better Business Practices Will Avoid Future Backlogs

Water is drained from a dry dock at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF JRMC) Yokosuka preparing the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) for a scheduled maintenance availability on July 20, 2015. US Navy photo.

CAPITOL HILL – For all the struggles the Navy has today caring for its 106 surface combatants, the problem will only get worse: the fleet is set to increase by 60 percent between now and 2034, when the Navy will have 169 combatants in its inventory. Read More

VIDEO: Navy Brings Mine Countermeasures Triad Together for Experiment Aboard British Ship

VIDEO: Navy Brings Mine Countermeasures Triad Together for Experiment Aboard British Ship

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 man a combat rubber raiding craft while underway with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary landing ship dock Mounts Bay during a mine countermeasures (MCM) task group experiment. US Navy Photo

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, ABOARD RFA MOUNTS BAY – The Navy’s mine countermeasures community brought all three legs of its triad together for a single experiment – aboard an allied ship – to see how well they could combine their gear and people to tackle a common threat. Read More

Two Marines Killed in Arizona Helicopter Crash During Training Mission

Two Marines Killed in Arizona Helicopter Crash During Training Mission

A Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 takes off during an Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System loading and flight takeoff exercise in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructor course 2-18 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., on March 29. US Marine Corps Photo

Two Marine pilots are dead after a Saturday crash of an AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter near Yuma, Ariz., the service announced on Sunday. Read More

UPDATED: Destroyer Damaged by Barge in Pier-Side Incident at Ingalls Shipbuilding

UPDATED: Destroyer Damaged by Barge in Pier-Side Incident at Ingalls Shipbuilding

M/V Hawk approaching Ingalls Shipbuilding on March 29, 2019 with the floating dry dock. via WLOX

This post was updated with HII and Naval Sea Systems Command statements on the damage to Delbert Black.

An under-construction Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer was damaged by a barge while it was pier-side at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., according to a statement from Huntington Ingalls Industries. Read More

After Hearings, Lawmakers Call Truman Carrier Retirement Plan 'Ridiculous'

After Hearings, Lawmakers Call Truman Carrier Retirement Plan ‘Ridiculous’

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean on Dec. 12, 2018. US Navy photo.

CAPITOL HILL – Lawmakers told industry representatives today that, if it wasn’t already clear from their hearings with Pentagon and Navy leadership this week, they had no intention of letting the Defense Department shed an aircraft carrier instead of refuel it. Read More

Senator Wants to Keep Amphib Construction Moving, After FY 2020 Budget Request Delays Programs

Senator Wants to Keep Amphib Construction Moving, After FY 2020 Budget Request Delays Programs

Tripoli (LHA-7) is launched at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. on March 1, 2017. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – A Mississippi senator is pushing to get the Navy authority to begin advance procurement and early construction activities on two amphibious ships, despite the Navy’s budget request that show those two ships being purchased in full later than the shipbuilder might like. Read More