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Navy Finds New Ship Unsat

According to a report from Reuters, U.S. Navy Secretary Donald Winter said he remained unhappy about the performance of the USS San Antonio, the first in a new class of LPD 17 amphibious ships being built by Northrop Grumman Corp. Winters gave a speech on Monday, Nov. 17, at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan think tank. In his speech, Winters said it was important for the Navy and industry to show greater accountability for any problems. (Source: Reuters)


USS San Francisco Investigation Completed

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy announced May 9 the completion of the investigation into the Jan. 8 accident aboard the submarine USS San Francisco (SSN 711) that claimed the life of one Sailor. San Francisco struck an undersea mountain about 360 miles southeast of its Guam homeport because its leaders and watch teams failed to develop and execute a safe voyage plan, the command investigation into the incident concluded.


LPD 17 Class Reaches Initial Operating Capability

The LPD 17 class, the Navy’s newest class of amphibious transport docks, has reached Initial Operating Capability. With the first three ships of the class commissioned, achieving IOC is an important accomplishment for this transformational class of amphibious warships.  “We’ve had some challenges to overcome with LPD 17,” said Rear Adm. Charles Goddard, program executive officer for ships. “But reaching this milestone is a testament to the collaborative


San Antonio Takes New Technology to Sea

The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) heads to sea as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (IWO ESG) supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tyler J. Wilson/Released)

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Brian Goodwin, Expeditionary Strike Group Public Affairs The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) deployed Aug. 28 as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), marking the first deployment of a ship in the technologically advanced class of warships.  The deployment introduces new technology and capabilities never before seen in any ESG. One example of this technology is the shipwide area network (SWAN).


HHI Ingalls Wins $98.6m in Navy Funds

The U.S. Navy awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) a $98 million cost-plus-fixed-fee advance procurement contract modification for long-lead materials for LPD 27, the 11th amphibious transport dock ship of the USS San Antonio (LPD 17) class.The work, which will be conducted by the Ingalls Shipbuilding division in Pascagoula, will include the purchase of long-lead-time materials and major equipment in support of the new ship


Man Rescued from Liferaft 20 Miles from Atlantic Beach

Coast Guard crewmembers use a boat hook to pull in a empty life raft after rescuing a man who abandoned his sinking sailing vessel ( U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Alyssa Petty)

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 51-year-old Jay White aboard a liferaft Tuesday after the man abandoned his 28-foot sailboat, Dove, 20 miles south of Atlantic Beach, N.C. White contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at approximately 7:15 a.m. via a mayday call on a VHF-FM marine radio stating that his boat was taking on water. Sector North Carolina watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched crews aboard a 47-foot Motor Life


Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Deploys

More than 7,300 Sailors from 17 commands and three staffs left their homeports Nov. 5 as Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) deployed to the Central Command Area of Operations as part of the ongoing rotation to support Maritime Security Operations in the region. According to Rear Adm. Bill Gortney, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 10, the mission of the HSTCSG is to be ready, when called upon, to support theater commanders


Naval Surface Force Atlantic Holds Change of Command Ceremony

From Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic Public Affairs Rear Adm. Kevin M. Quinn relieved Rear Adm. D.C. Curtis as Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic, (SURFLANT) Feb. 22, during a ceremony aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) at Naval Station Norfolk. The ceremony marked the end of a successful tour for Curtis, a native of Chicago, who made priorities of warfighting readiness, the Navy of the future, and personnel readiness.


LPD 27 Portland Keel Authenticated at Ingalls

Mrs Bonnie Amos authenticates the keel: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding has authenticated the keel of the company's 11th amphibious transport dock ship, Portland (LPD 27). U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Amos, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and principal speaker for the ceremony, noted the first-in-class USS San Antonio (LPD 17) was presently off the coast of Yemen alongside another Ingalls-built ship, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). "That lead ship of this great warship class, with its Marines


'A Sea Change in Standing Watch' Wins SNS Literary Prize

Adm. Jonathan Greenert at SNA Symposium: Photo credit USN

The Surface Navy Association (SNA) has presented its Literary Award for articles that address areas within Surface Navy or Surface Warfare and in 2013 it came to Capt. John Cordle, USN (Ret) and co-author Dr. Nita Shattuck for their article on watchkeeping and circadian-based alternatives. 'A Sea Change in Standing Watch,' published in the January 2013 issue of Proceedings, addresses the challenges and benefits of implementing a circadian-based watch schedule to improve the work-to-rest


Navy to Replace Mine Countermeasures Ships in Japan

Mine countermeasures ships USS Warrior and USS Pioneer undergo the sea-fastening phase of a heavy lift operation aboard the heavy lift ship Super Servant III. (U.S. Navy photo by Bryan Blair)

The U.S. Navy announced Feb. 5 that newer, more capable mine countermeasure ships will forward deploy to Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, to become part of the U.S. Navy's Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF). The Avenger-class mine countermeasure ships USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS


USS Somerset Commissioned in Philadelphia Ceremony

USS Somerset commissioning: Photo credit USN

Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps supporters attend the commissioning ceremony of the San Antonio class, amphibious transport dock 'USS Somerset', named to honour those who sacrificed their lives when the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 was brought to the ground on Sept


Navy Awards Fiscal 2014 LCS Contracts

LCS photo credit USN

Contract modifications have been issued to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Austal USA under their respective Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) block buy contracts to add funding for construction of two fiscal year 2014 Littoral Combat Ships each, informs the Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 19

U.S. Navy photo

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 19 1898 - USS Oregon departs San Francisco for 14,000 mile trip around South America to join U.S. Squadron off Cuba 1917 - Navy Department authorizes enrollment of women in Naval Reserve with ratings of yeoman, radio electrician, or other essential ratings


DofD Latest Dredging & Ship Repair Contracts

Weeks Marine has been awarded a substantial dredging contract, and NASSCO a contract for the phased maintenance of  'USS Peleliu'. Dredging contract (Army) Weeks Marine Inc., Covington, La., was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity


USS San Jacinto Aids Turkish Mariner

USS San Jacinto (U.S. Navy Photo)

Guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) transported a Turkish mariner to U.S. Navy Hospital Sigonella early in the morning of Aug. 4 following a request for assistance from Turkish Navy warship TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasa (A579).


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 5

USS Franklin Delano Roosevelt (CVB-42. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 5 1776 - Adoption of first uniforms for Navy officers 1813- USS Enterprise captures HM brig Boxer off Portland, ME 1918 - USS Mount Vernon torpedoed by German submarine off France 1923 - U.S


US Warship Rescues 128 From Sinking Raft in Mediterranean

The rescued aboard USS San Antonio: Photo courtesy of USN

Amphibious transport dock ship 'USS San Antonio' was alerted by the Maltese Government to the plight of a raft crowded with immigrants in heavy weather in the central Mediterranean Sea. Winds and seas were rocking the raft when it was spotted by a Maltese patrol aircraft


Today in U.S. Naval History: October 17

USS Kearny (DD-432) (Photo: Tracy White)

Today in U.S. Naval History - October 17 1922 - LCDR Virgil C. Griffin in Vought VE-7SF makes first takeoff from U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, USS Langley (CV-1) anchored in York River, Virginia. 1941 - U-568 torpedoes and damages USS Kearny (DD-432) near Iceland


Latest DofD Navy Contracts: BAE Net Four

USS Princeton: Photo courtesy of USN

US Department of Defense, Navy, has awarded three contracts to BAE Systems, San Diego, and another to the same company in Hawaii, as follows: Firstly BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair Inc., San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $70,777,435 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee


Today in U.S. Naval History: November 6

USS Omaha (CL-4). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Today in U.S. Naval History - November 6 1851 - U.S. Navy expedition under command of Lt. William Lewis Herndon, on a mission to explore the valley of the Amazon and its tributaries, reaches Iquitos in the jungle region of the upper Amazon after their departure from Lima, Peru.


Latest US Department of Defense Contracts

Included in the latest list of US Department of Defense contracts are those for a USACE Mississippi River dredging operation, and a Navy contract for the phased maintenance of the 'USS San Antonio'. Dredging contract: Conti Enterprises Inc., Lincoln Highway, Edison, N.J


US, French Navies Partner for Security, Stability

Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) sails alongside the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, flagship for Task Force 473. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor M. DiMartino)

Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) began combined operations with the French navy's Task Force 473 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) Dec. 29. HST CSG, comprised of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)


US Warship Makes Singapore Strait Rescue

USS Spruance rescuers & survivor: USN Photo

Boat crew from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer 'USS Spruance' (DDG 111) have rescued a Filipino mariner who fell overboard from a vessel in transit through the Singapore Strait. The Malaysian-flagged motor vessel Pantagruel made a 'man overboard' distress call and the Spruance


US, French Navies Conclude Combined Operations

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rob Aylward

Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) and French Navy Task Force 473 concluded five weeks of combined carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) Feb 2. The two strike groups began conducting integrated operations Dec


 
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