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Navy EOD Modernizing Tactics, Training Models to Adjust to the New Maritime Fight

Navy EOD Modernizing Tactics, Training Models to Adjust to the New Maritime Fight

An MH-53 Sea Dragon assigned to the ‘Vanguards’ of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 prepares to deploy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians assigned to EOD Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 during mine countermeasure training in 2019. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy’s explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) community is modernizing the way it mans, trains and equips its force to leverage new technology and lessons learned in nearly two decades of ground wars in the Middle East. Read More

First 2 Columbia SSBNs Will Have Cost-Plus Contract; Remaining Subs Will Be Fixed-Price

First 2 Columbia SSBNs Will Have Cost-Plus Contract; Remaining Subs Will Be Fixed-Price

Artist’s rendering of the Columbia-class SSBN submarine. US Navy Image

This post has been updated to include additional information on the Columbia program cost.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy will spend the next year negotiating a contract for the first two hulls in the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine program, in a strategy that would get the first two boats on contract and under construction quickly and then insert cost-saving lessons learned into later ships. Read More

Navy Undersea Warfare Priorities: Strategic Deterrence, Lethality and Networked Systems

Navy Undersea Warfare Priorities: Strategic Deterrence, Lethality and Networked Systems

USS Hawaii (SSN-776) off of Oahu, Hawaii during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 9, 2018 . US Navy photo.

ARLINGTON, Va. – With the Columbia ballistic missile submarine program set to take up a large portion of Navy shipbuilding funds in the next two decades and flat budgets expected in the near-term, the Navy’s undersea warfare community has clearly prioritized where any available funds should go to support the National Defense Strategy. Read More

Truman Escorts Now Supporting Carrier Lincoln on Extended Deployment

Truman Escorts Now Supporting Carrier Lincoln on Extended Deployment

USS Mason (DDG-87) moors pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Mason, USS Bainbridge (DDG-96), and USS Nitze (DDG 94), returned to their homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Nov. 5, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to clarify the Navy cannot immediately deploy an aircraft from the East Coast to replace Lincoln.

Three guided-missile destroyers escorts returned to their Norfolk, Va. homeport on Wednesday while their carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), remains on station just outside the Persian Gulf, a Navy official confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

ExMCM Companies, LCS Mission Package Will Both Contribute to New Mine Countermeasures Triad

ExMCM Companies, LCS Mission Package Will Both Contribute to New Mine Countermeasures Triad

Operations Specialist First Class Sean McNamara launches the Mk 18 Mod 2 Kingfish for an initial underwater survey of Sweeper Cove on Adak Island in the Alaska’s Aleutian chain. EODMU 1 is providing expeditionary mine countermeasures support in support of Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise 2019. EODMU 1 provides operational EOD capabilities to include locating, identifying, rendering safe, exploiting, recovering, and disposing of all explosive ordnance. US Navy photo.

The Navy had previously meant to replace its legacy mine countermeasures triad of helicopters, wooden-hull ships and divers with a Littoral Combat Ship mission package that could mostly do it all with unmanned systems – but unexpected success with a separate family of systems is leading to a new triad of capabilities for fleet commanders to employ. Read More

Block V Virginia-Class Deal Meets Muted Response in Congress

Block V Virginia-Class Deal Meets Muted Response in Congress

Rendering of Block V Virginia-class submarine with Virginia Payload Module. General Dynamics Electric Boat Image

The Navy and General Dynamics Electric Boat appear to have reached an agreement to build nine Block V Virginia-class submarines with an option for a tenth, but the pending deal is getting tepid applause from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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Wreck of Famed WWII Destroyer USS Johnston May Have Been Found

Wreck of Famed WWII Destroyer USS Johnston May Have Been Found

Wreckage of a Fletcher-class destroyer believed to be USS Johnston (DD-557). Photo released by R/V Petrel

The following post has been updated to correct the number of ships involved in the Battle of Samar.

A few days past the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Samar, researchers from Vulcan Inc.’s research vessel R/V Petrel believe they’ve found wreckage from the engagement’s famed Fletcher-class destroyer, USS Johnston (DD-557). Read More