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Navy Deactivates VFA-101 Grim Reapers, Consolidates F-35Cs at NAS Lemoore

Navy Deactivates VFA-101 Grim Reapers, Consolidates F-35Cs at NAS Lemoore

A U.S. Navy Sailor marshals the last F-35C Lightning II to leave Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, May 23, 2019. Consolidation of F-35C resources to Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, enables the U.S. Navy to support Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) production, operational fleet transitions for both Navy and Marine Corps squadrons, testing and other requirements. US Air Force photo.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Navy deactivated one of its two F-35C Joint Strike Fighter training squadrons today and will consolidate all its fifth-generation fighter activities at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. Read More

Rep. Elaine Luria, Retired Navy Commander and Freshman Lawmaker, On Her First Months in Congress

Rep. Elaine Luria, Retired Navy Commander and Freshman Lawmaker, On Her First Months in Congress

Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997 and served in the Navy until 2017. Photo courtesy Luria’s campaign Facebook page.

CAPITOL HILL — Many House Armed Services Committee members speak from some kind of experience: they have a military base or major defense contractor in their district, or they or a family member have prior military service.

Freshman Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) has all of the above. Read More

Navy Stands Up Surface Development Squadron for DDG-1000, Unmanned Experimentation

Navy Stands Up Surface Development Squadron for DDG-1000, Unmanned Experimentation

The Pre-Commissioning Unit Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) pulls along pierside in Naval Base San Diego, Dec. 7, 2018. The future USS Michael Monsoor is the second ship in the Zumwalt-class of guided-missile destroyers and will undergo a combat availability and test period. US Navy photo.

The Navy is standing up an organization today that will be dedicated to experimenting with new unmanned vessels, weapons and other gear to propel the surface force forward. Read More

Two U.S. Warships Enter Persian Gulf Without Incident

Two U.S. Warships Enter Persian Gulf Without Incident

File photos of USS Gonzalez (DDG-66) (top) and USS McFaul (DDG-74)

Two U.S. guided-missile destroyers entered the Persian Gulf on Thursday without incident as the likelihood of an armed confrontation between Iran and the U.S. appears less likely, two U.S. defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

Navy Child Care Waitlist for On-Base Services is 9,000 Kids Long

Navy Child Care Waitlist for On-Base Services is 9,000 Kids Long

Capt. Mary Seymour, Naval Support Activity Bethesda Commanding Officer, reads to children during a Story Time event held at the Child Development Center on NSA Bethesda on April 9, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy has 9,000 infants and toddlers that its child care centers don’t have room for, and the service is now seeking help from off-base facilities in fleet concentration areas as that wait list shows no sign of shrinking. Read More

Navy Planning Aggressive Unmanned Ship Prototyping, Acquisition Effort

Navy Planning Aggressive Unmanned Ship Prototyping, Acquisition Effort

Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV) prototype Sea Hunter pulls into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Oct. 31, 2018. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Navy has tightly coupled early prototyping efforts and future acquisition efforts for medium and large unmanned surface vehicles, to speed up the time it will take to experiment with the vessels and get them fielded to fleet commanders, the program manager said last week. Read More

Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group in Alaska for High-End, Joint Exercise Northern Edge 2019

Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group in Alaska for High-End, Joint Exercise Northern Edge 2019

U.S. Navy F-18F Super Hornets, assigned with Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., park on the flight line prior to Exercise Northern Edge, May 10, 2019, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Northern Edge is an exercise showcasing the lethality of joint forces and the capabilities of U.S. forces in and around the Indo-Pacific region. US Air Force photo.

An aircraft carrier is in Alaska for Exercise Northern Edge for the first time in a decade, as the service continues to prioritize re-learning how to operate in the Arctic. Read More

Spanish Frigate Drops Out of Lincoln Strike Group Over U.S. Iran Stance

Spanish Frigate Drops Out of Lincoln Strike Group Over U.S. Iran Stance

Àlvaro de Bazàn-class frigate ESPS Méndez Núñez (F 104) prepares to conduct a replenishment-at-sea with the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on May 8, 2019. US Navy Photo

A Spanish guided-missile frigate is temporarily dropping out to the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group over the U.S. shift in operations toward Iran, according to statements from Spanish defense officials. Read More