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Navy Accelerating Contracts to Get Ahead of Upcoming Work to Address COVID-Related Program Disruptions

Navy Accelerating Contracts to Get Ahead of Upcoming Work to Address COVID-Related Program Disruptions

A worker in the shipyard’s foundry uses a torch to slice through scrap steel at Newport News Shipbuilding. HII Photo

This post has been updated to clarify comments from James Geurts and add that, while the Navy expects an increased number of contract actions this summer to keep programs on track despite coronavirus-related delays, it’s unclear how much that effort will cost and how it will be paid for.

The Navy’s acquisition community is seeking to move work ahead of schedule and find as many efficiencies as possible, ahead of what could be a mountain of work to adjust contracts and try to keep programs on track once the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are more fully understood, the Navy’s top acquisition official said today.

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Carrier Roosevelt CO Asks Navy to Quarantine Entire Crew Ashore as COVID-19 Outbreak Accelerates

Carrier Roosevelt CO Asks Navy to Quarantine Entire Crew Ashore as COVID-19 Outbreak Accelerates

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) sails in formation as part of an Expeditionary Strike Force. US NAvy Photo

The commander of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) asked U.S. Pacific Fleet leadership to take his crew off his carrier and send them all into quarantine ashore on Guam, as a COVID-19 outbreak on the carrier spreads at an accelerating rate, according to a Monday letter obtained by USNI News. Read More

Senate Confirms New Leaders for Naval Forces Europe, Naval Intel, 5th & 2nd  Fleets, NAVSEA; No Navy Announcement Forthcoming

Senate Confirms New Leaders for Naval Forces Europe, Naval Intel, 5th & 2nd  Fleets, NAVSEA; No Navy Announcement Forthcoming

The Senate confirmed several Navy flag officers for new positions, including new leaders for U.S. naval forces in Europe and the Middle East and a new commander of the service’s shipbuilding and maintenance arm, USNI News has learned.

The Senate action that confirmed almost 30 flag positions came with no public notification by the Navy, a service official confirmed to USNI News. Read More

Marines Stop Shipping New Recruits to Parris Island to Limit COVID-19 Spread

Marines Stop Shipping New Recruits to Parris Island to Limit COVID-19 Spread

U.S. Marine Corps Recruits with Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, and Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, conduct their initial swim qualification at the combat training pool on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. on June 4, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been updated to include a comment from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

The Marine Corps will temporarily suspend shipping new recruits to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina, after a handful of cases of the COVID-19 virus have been diagnosed at the installation. Read More

USNS Mercy is ‘Open for Business’ Says Hospital Ship’s Top Doc

USNS Mercy is ‘Open for Business’ Says Hospital Ship’s Top Doc

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kimberly Wyss, from Ventura, Calif., sanitizes a medical supply shelf aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) on March 28, 2020. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO — A day after pulling into its temporary home in the port of Los Angeles the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) Is ready to receive patients and take the pressure off local civilian hospitals inundated by the coronavirus. Read More

UPDATED: USS Theodore Roosevelt Quarantines Sailors on Guam as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads

UPDATED: USS Theodore Roosevelt Quarantines Sailors on Guam as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Maria F. Potts-Szoke, assigned to Naval Medical Research Center, prepares a sample for investigational analysis in Naval Medical Research Center’s mobile laboratory aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on March 19, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include statements from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday and from U.S. Pacific Fleet.

THE PENTAGON – A Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific has pulled into Guam to deal with a growing outbreak of COVID-19, with the ship planning on testing the entire crew of about 5,000 and quarantining personnel as needed at Navy medical facilities on the island.

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Navy, Marines Struggled With 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Navy, Marines Struggled With 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Interior of isolation ward, Naval hospital at Naval Training Camp Gulfport, Miss., during 1918 influenza epidemic. (U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photo)

As the 1918 flu pandemic raged, Navy doctors preached that the rawest recruits and most senior flag officers needed to wash their hands often and to isolate the sick from the healthy, medical historians told USNI News.

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USS Gerald Ford Flight Deck Now Certified; Can Conduct Carrier Qualifications

USS Gerald Ford Flight Deck Now Certified; Can Conduct Carrier Qualifications

Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Derrick Williams, from Charlotte, North Carolina, USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) flight deck leading chief petty officer, goes over flight deck operations inside Ford’s flight deck control, prior to flight operations in the Atlantic Ocean, March 23, 2020. US Navy photo.

New aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) completed its Flight Deck Certification (FDC) and Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) Certification on March 20, following two days of intense flight deck operations to prove the ship and crew’s capabilities. Read More

VIDEO: Pentagon Test Launches Prototype Hypersonic Weapon

VIDEO: Pentagon Test Launches Prototype Hypersonic Weapon

A common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) launches from Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, at approximately 10:30 p.m. local time on March 19, 2020. U.S. Navy Photo

The template for a new generation of Army and Navy weapons was put to the test in a late Thursday missile launch in Hawaii. Read More