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USS Hershel 'Woody' Williams In Eastern Mediterranean for Training as Greece-Turkey Tensions Continue

USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams In Eastern Mediterranean for Training as Greece-Turkey Tensions Continue

The Lewis B. Puller-class expeditionary sea base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) departs Porto Napoli for its inaugural deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations after stopping for fuel and supplies, Aug. 15, 2020. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s second expeditionary sea base is starting training operations with regional partners off Greece this week, even as the Eastern Mediterranean has been a place of tension between NATO allies in recent weeks. Read More

VIDEO: VADM Paparo Takes Command of U.S. 5th Fleet; VADM Malloy to Deputy CENTCOM

VIDEO: VADM Paparo Takes Command of U.S. 5th Fleet; VADM Malloy to Deputy CENTCOM

Vice Adm. Jim Malloy, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) delivers remarks during the hybrid change of command on board Naval Support Activity Bahrain on Aug. 19, 2020. US Navy Photo

A new commander has taken charge of U.S. naval forces in the Middle East as tensions with Iran continue to simmer. Read More

Navy Quietly Starts Development of Next-Generation Carrier Fighter; Plans Call for Manned, Long-Range Aircraft

Navy Quietly Starts Development of Next-Generation Carrier Fighter; Plans Call for Manned, Long-Range Aircraft

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “’olden Warriors’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on May 26, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to clarify comments from Bryan Clark.

After nearly a decade of fits and starts, the Navy has quietly initiated work to develop its first new carrier-based fighter in almost 20 years, standing up a new program office and holding early discussions with industry, USNI News has learned. Read More

Iranians Raided Tanker Off UAE Searching for 1M Barrels of Petroleum Seized by U.S.; DOJ: ‘They Were Looking For Their Gas’

Iranians Raided Tanker Off UAE Searching for 1M Barrels of Petroleum Seized by U.S.; DOJ: ‘They Were Looking For Their Gas’

M/T Wila, a merchant vessel in international waters en-route to the UAE port of Khor Fakkan, in the Gulf of Oman, was boarded by armed Iranian personnel from both an Iranian Sea King helicopter and the Iranian auxiliary vessel Hendijan (1401) on Aug. 12, 2020. US Navy Photo

Iranian forces were looking for 1.1 million barrels in petroleum products seized by the U.S. Justice Department when they took over a merchant tanker in the Gulf of Oman earlier this week, DoJ officials confirmed to USNI News. Read More

Geurts: Navy Modernization At Risk Without COVID-19 Acquisition Relief Funds

Geurts: Navy Modernization At Risk Without COVID-19 Acquisition Relief Funds

USS Detroit (LCS-7) receives regularly scheduled maintenance and upkeep during a scheduled dry-dock maintenance availability phase at BAE Systems shipyard in Jacksonville, Fla., March 29, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional context on the Pentagon’s COVID-19 acquisition memo.

The Navy may have to sacrifice modernization efforts if it does not receive adequate relief funding to cover acquisition costs sustained due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a top service official. Read More

COVID Accelerates Navy Test of Telemaintenance on Carriers

COVID Accelerates Navy Test of Telemaintenance on Carriers

Capt. John Markowicz, assistant chief of staff for ship maintenance and material readiness, Commander, Naval Air Forces, observes the Distance Communications Maintenance System (DCoMS) ship-to-shore test between the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), while the aircraft carrier was underway in the Indo-Pacific region. DCoMS allows shore-based technical experts to remotely walk shipboard technicians through a higher level of maintenance or troubleshooting than the technician would normally have the capability to perform. US Navy photo.

If the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to get comfortable with the idea of teleworking and telehealth doctor visits, it may have also pushed the Navy to embrace the concept of telemaintenance for ships at sea. Read More

Sailor, Marines' Remains and Sunken AAV Recovered Off San Clemente Island

Sailor, Marines’ Remains and Sunken AAV Recovered Off San Clemente Island

Marines with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, operate AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicles onto the well deck of the amphibious landing dock USS Somerset (LPD-25) on July 27, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

Navy salvage teams on Friday recovered the bodies of the seven Marines and sailor missing after their amphibious assault vehicle sank during training July 30 off Southern California, the Marine Corps announced late Friday. Read More

Ronald Reagan CSG Exercises With Land-Based Navy, Air Force Aircraft Off Japan

Ronald Reagan CSG Exercises With Land-Based Navy, Air Force Aircraft Off Japan

Aircraft fly in formation over the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), on Aug. 5, 2020. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, as well as the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. US Navy photo.

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting drills off the coast of Northern Japan with land-based Navy and Air Force units this week. Read More