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WWII Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet Discovered in Solomon Islands

WWII Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet Discovered in Solomon Islands

5 inch guns of the USS Hornet. R/V Petrel photo.

This post has been updated to include a statement by Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran.

The late Paul Allen’s research team discovered the wreckage of World War II’s USS Hornet (CV-8), the aircraft carrier that launched the Doolittle Raid and participated in the Battle of Midway before being sunk in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands by Japanese dive bombers, torpedo planes and ship-launched torpedoes. Read More

CNO Richardson Calls for Tougher Actions in Gray Zone Conflicts with Russia, China

CNO Richardson Calls for Tougher Actions in Gray Zone Conflicts with Russia, China

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson delivers remarks at Atlantic Council on Feb. 6, 2019. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The chief of naval operations upped his rhetoric regarding Russian and Chinese “gray-zone” aggression, saying the Navy needed to put pressure on Russia instead of passively reacting to the European competitor and calling for more “muscular” enforcement of rules of the sea when it comes to China. Read More

UPDATED: U.S. Guided-Missile Cruiser, Navy Supply Ship Involved in Minor Collision Off of Florida

UPDATED: U.S. Guided-Missile Cruiser, Navy Supply Ship Involved in Minor Collision Off of Florida

USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) departs Naval Station Norfolk, Va. in 2018. US Navy Photo

This post was updated to include a statement from U.S. Fleet Forces Command and additional details about damage to the ships.

A U.S. guided-missile cruiser and Navy resupply ship have collided off the coast of Florida during a training exercise on Tuesday, USNI News has learned. Read More

UPDATED: Navy Awards 2-Carrier Contract to Newport News Shipbuilding

UPDATED: Navy Awards 2-Carrier Contract to Newport News Shipbuilding

The final piece of the underwater hull of the future aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is lowered into place at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding in September. Photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

THE PENTAGON – The Navy awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding a contract for two aircraft carriers, the first of its kind since the 1980s. Read More

VIDEO: 2nd Fleet Takes Control of First Carrier Training Event Since Standing Up Last Summer

VIDEO: 2nd Fleet Takes Control of First Carrier Training Event Since Standing Up Last Summer

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 prepares to land on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) on Aug. 30, 2018. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, IN THE VIRGINIA CAPES OPERATING AREA – U.S. 2nd Fleet is getting its first crack at tactical command of forces in its newly established operating area, with the newest numbered fleet overseeing the ongoing training and springtime deployment of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group. Read More

Carrier Lincoln Preparing for Deployment After Several High-End Training Opportunities

Carrier Lincoln Preparing for Deployment After Several High-End Training Opportunities

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) (left), USS Nitze (DDG 94), and USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) transit ahead of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during flight operations. Abraham Lincoln is underway conducting composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12. The components of CSG-12 embody a “team-of-teams” concept, combining advanced surface, air and systems assets to create and sustain operational capability. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, IN THE VIRGINIA CAPES OPERATING AREA – The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is underway for pre-deployment training after reaping the benefits of several high-end training opportunities in the last several months. Read More

CNO: U.S., Chinese Navies Improving Working Relationships

CNO: U.S., Chinese Navies Improving Working Relationships

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson meets with People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Commander Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong and other senior Chinese defense officials at the PLAN headquarters in Beijing on Jan. 14, 2019. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy’s top officer stressed the importance of his personal relationship with his Chinese Navy counterpart and in continuing a dialogue to minimize the risks from the obvious tensions between the two most powerful Pacific naval forces. Read More

Paying the Price: The Hidden Cost of the ‘Fat Leonard’ Investigation

Paying the Price: The Hidden Cost of the ‘Fat Leonard’ Investigation

Undated photo of Leonard Francis

This post has been updated to note that USNI News reached out to the Department of Justice for comment prior to publication of this story. Additionally, an attorney representing Leonard Francis provided comment following publication of an earlier version of this story.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The investigation into the web of corruption spun by contractor Leonard Francis has wreaked havoc on the Navy’s ability to fill senior leadership roles, unintentionally stalled hundreds of officers’ careers and thinned out the service’s flag ranks, USNI News has learned. Read More

N95 Coffman Says Accelerate Big Deck Amphib Construction, Cut LSD Modernization Program

N95 Coffman Says Accelerate Big Deck Amphib Construction, Cut LSD Modernization Program

 

The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group steams in formation on Dec. 24, 2018. Navy photo.

This post has been updated to reflect that the Navy is looking at truncating the modernization period for USS Whidbey Island, the next to go into a planned layup period. Due to source error, this story previously said the Navy was eyeing USS Tortuga, which is currently in a yard for modernization.

ARLINGTON, Va. – In an attempt to address a “capacity problem” in the amphibious ship fleet, the head of expeditionary warfare wants to accelerate the construction of new amphibious assault ships and stop a lengthy upgrade program for the aging LSDs to return them to fleet operations. Read More

Navy Studying Hyper Velocity Projectile, Other Ammo for Zumwalt Guns

Navy Studying Hyper Velocity Projectile, Other Ammo for Zumwalt Guns

Guided-missile destroyer Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002) is made ready before flooding of the dry dock at General Dynamic-Bath Iron Works shipyard. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy is still looking at a variety of options to arm the dormant 155mm Advanced Gun Systems aboard the Zumwalt-class of guided-missile destroyers, the service’s DDG-1000 program manager said on Wednesday. Read More