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Navy Using 'Legally Creative' Contract Structure to Keep Ship Availabilities On Track Despite Continuing Resolutions

Navy Using ‘Legally Creative’ Contract Structure to Keep Ship Availabilities On Track Despite Continuing Resolutions

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) transits the Elizabeth river from its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 2016. US Navy Photo

The Navy has gotten creative in dealing with budget uncertainties and continuing resolutions, developing a new ship maintenance contract structure to keep 11 ship availabilities on track at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2018 that would otherwise face major delays due to the impending CR, the head of surface ship maintenance told USNI News. Read More

Kearsarge Sailors, Marines Assist With Regular Hurricane Maria Relief Flights to Puerto Rico

Kearsarge Sailors, Marines Assist With Regular Hurricane Maria Relief Flights to Puerto Rico

Vehicles carrying generators and other equipment embark a landing craft utility in the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) for transportation to Puerto Rico on Sept. 26, 2017. US Navy Photo

Vehicles carrying generators and other equipment embark a landing craft utility in the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) for transportation to Puerto Rico on Sept. 26, 2017. US Navy Photo

Marines and sailors from the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group have established a supply and first responder staging base at Roosevelt Roads, the former naval base now operated as Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport in Puerto Rico. Read More

Navy, Marine Corps Providing Around-the-Clock Hurricane Maria Relief

Navy, Marine Corps Providing Around-the-Clock Hurricane Maria Relief

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Logan Parkinson, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, attached to the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1), escorts evacuees during humanitarian aid operations on the island of Dominica following the landfall of Hurricane Maria on Sept. 24, 2017. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — Navy and Marine Corps are working to reopen airfields and clear debris from the main roads of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as part of the ongoing Hurricane Maria relief efforts. Read More

Navy Racing to Test, Field Unmanned Maritime Vehicles for Future Ships

Navy Racing to Test, Field Unmanned Maritime Vehicles for Future Ships

Minecounter Measure Knifefish UUV artist’s concept. US Navy Image

With unmanned vehicles integral to the future of the Littoral Combat Ship, the Future Surface Combatant and the next-generation SSN(X) attack submarine, the Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office is testing as many unmanned vehicles – both programs of record and prototypes alike – as fast as it can to learn lessons and field systems to the fleet. Read More

CNO Richardson: High Optempo and 'Can-Do Culture' Culminated In 'Pervasive' Expired Certifications in Forward-Deployed Surface Forces

CNO Richardson: High Optempo and ‘Can-Do Culture’ Culminated In ‘Pervasive’ Expired Certifications in Forward-Deployed Surface Forces

CNO Adm. John RIchardson testifying before the Senate Armed Service Committee on Sept 19. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL — The Navy has been largely unable to say no to missions it’s been tasked to do in the Pacific despite not having dedicated training time or keeping up with required certifications, the chief of naval operations said in a Tuesday Senate Armed Services Committee, highlighting the bad confluence of high-demand, low resources and a “can-do attitude” within the service. Read More

SECNAV Strategic Review Will Question Fleet Organization, XO-CO Fleet-Up Model

SECNAV Strategic Review Will Question Fleet Organization, XO-CO Fleet-Up Model

Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer testifying before the Senate Armed Service Committee on Sept. 19. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer’s strategic study in the wake of two deadly collisions at sea this year intends to question everything the Navy does – how missions are tasked to ships, whether the service still needs its five numbered fleets, the relationship between the East Coast and West Coast fleets, and more – the secretary told USNI News today after testifying to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Read More

Admiral, Captain Removed in Ongoing Investigations into USS John S. McCain, USS Fitzgerald Collisions; Head of Surface Forces Puts in Early Retirement Request

Admiral, Captain Removed in Ongoing Investigations into USS John S. McCain, USS Fitzgerald Collisions; Head of Surface Forces Puts in Early Retirement Request

CTF 70 commander Rear Adm. Charles Williams, DESRON 15 commander Capt. Jeffrey Bennett. USNI News image

This post has been updated to include replacements for CTF-70 and DESRON 15.

The commander of the Navy’s largest operational battle force and his subordinate in charge of the attached destroyer squadron have been removed from their positions as a result of ongoing investigations into a string of incidents this year that resulted in the death of 17 sailors and hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, USNI News has learned. Read More