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UPDATED: USS Tripoli Returns to San Diego After Seven-Month Maiden Deployment

This post has been updated with a statement from Expeditionary Strike Group 3. Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) returned home on Tuesday following a seven-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific, the Navy announced. The America-class amphib pulled into its homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif., Tuesday morning local time. The ship quietly left for … → Read More

UPDATED: USS Tripoli Returns to San Diego After Seven-Month Maiden Deployment

This post has been updated with a statement from Expeditionary Strike Group 3. Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) returned home on Tuesday following a seven-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific, the Navy announced. The America-class amphib pulled into its homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif., Tuesday morning local time. The ship quietly left for … → Read More

USS Gerald R. Ford Makes Trans-Atlantic Port Visit to Portsmouth, U.K.

Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is at anchor off of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, the U.S. Navy announced today. Sailors from Ford and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), one of the carrier’s escorts, got to Portsmouth on Monday, according to the Navy news release. “During the visit, sailors will have a chance to experience the rich … → Read More

Makin Island ARG, 13th MEU Quietly Deploy to Indo-Pacific

Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8), the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, left Naval Base San Diego on Wednesday for a deployment to the Indo-Pacific region, USNI News has learned. The Amphibious Ready Group with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked includes Makin Island and amphibious transport docks USS John P. … → Read More

Rep. Elaine Luria Loses House Seat to Navy Vet Jen Kiggans

Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.), a former nuclear-qualified surface warfare officer, lost her House seat on Tuesday to fellow Navy veteran Jen Kiggans. Luria, the vice chair of the House Armed Services Committee who has been vocal in her criticisms of the Navy’s shipbuilding strategy, lost to her Republican opponent, a former Navy helicopter pilot who … → Read More

Navy Awards Ingalls Shipbuilding $2.4B to Start LHA-9

The Navy on Thursday issued HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding a $2.4 billion contract modification to build the fourth ship in the America-class of amphibious assault ships, according to the Pentagon’s contract announcements. The detail, design and construction contract for LHA-9 follows a long-lead material contract issued in April of 2020, HII said in a company news … → Read More

NASSCO Lays Keel for Future Expeditionary Sea Base USS Robert E. Simanek

General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company recently laid the keel for the Navy’s next Expeditionary Sea Base, the service announced today. NASSCO on Friday laid the keel for the future USS Robert E. Simanek (ESB-7) at its San Diego, Calif., shipyard. “The ship is named for Private First Class Robert Ernest Simanek, who was … → Read More

Tests Found E. Coli in Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln's Potable Water System

Tests found that aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) had E. coli bacteria in its potable water system last month, the Navy announced today. After sailors noted an “odor and cloudy appearance” on Sept. 21 while the carrier was operating at sea, tests the next day found E. coli in the three of the ship’s … → Read More

Inside Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford's Two-Month Operational Stress Test

ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS GERALD R. FORD IN THE VIRGINIA CAPES – After years of delays, the Navy’s first-in-class aircraft carrier is underway on a two-month operational stress test of the carrier’s new systems and air wing as the ship and its crew prepare for an extended deployment early next year. USS Gerald R. Ford … → Read More

Biden Signs Continuing Resolution Keeping Government Running Through Dec. 16

President Joe Biden on Friday signed a stopgap funding bill into law, preventing a government shutdown on the last day of the fiscal year. The continuing resolution keeps the government funded through Dec. 16, giving lawmakers more time to pass Fiscal Year 2023 funding bills, including the annual defense appropriations legislation. The House passed the … → Read More

Carrier USS Nimitz Still Sidelined Over Fresh Water Contamination

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is still pierside at Naval Air Station North Island due to ongoing problems with the ship’s drinking water system, two officials familiar with the matter told USNI News on Tuesday. The Navy delayed Nimitz‘s plans to leave the pier and the ship is using San Diego’s water while it works out the … → Read More

Procedural Issue Contaminated Fresh Water System With Jet Fuel on USS Nimitz

Sailors could’t use the potable water system aboard aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) for three days after jet fuel contaminated the fresh water tanks last week, a Navy official told USNI News on Wednesday. After discovering JP5 in the water while the carrier was at sea on Sept. 16, the potable water became safe to … → Read More

Danish Training Ship Hits LCS USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul in Baltimore Harbor

A Danish training ship hit one of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships in the Baltimore Inner Harbor on Sunday, USNI News has learned. The Royal Danish Navy’s Danmark hit USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS-21) while the Freedom-class LCS was parked at the Baltimore pier for Fleet Week. No U.S. sailors were injured during the incident, … → Read More

Iran Temporarily Captures Two U.S. Saildrones in Red Sea

The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy seized two U.S. unmanned surface vehicles in the Red Sea on Thursday, a U.S. Navy official confirmed to USNI News. The two USVs, which are operated by U.S 5th Fleet, are now back in U.S. custody, the official said. The USVs were collecting imagery near international waters when the … → Read More

Fincantieri Begins Construction of First Constellation-class Frigate

THE PENTAGON – Fincantieri Marinette Marine will officially start building the first Constellation-class frigate at its yard in Marinette, Wis., today. The start of fabrication comes nearly two and a half years after the Navy issued Fincantieri the detail design and construction award for the first frigate in April 2020. After finishing the critical design … → Read More

Marines Delay First Amphibious Combat Vehicle Deployment Aboard Makin Island ARG

The Marine Corps has delayed the first deployment of its new Amphibious Combat Vehicle as it wraps up an investigation into a July training incident, USNI News has learned. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit will no longer deploy with the ACVs later this year, according to two defense … → Read More

CNO Gilday: Industrial Capacity Largest Barrier to Growing the Fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The biggest barrier to adding more ships to the Navy is industrial base capacity, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said Thursday. The service’s top officer said shipbuilders need indicators from the service before they’re able to make the investments required to build, for example, three destroyers per year. “We have … → Read More

Unmanned Surface Vehicle Mariner Next Ghost Fleet Vessel to Join the Navy

ABOARD OVERLORD USV MARINER IN ANNAPOLIS, MD., – In a small ceremony on Tuesday, the Navy christened its latest Ghost Fleet Overlord unmanned surface vehicle, putting the service on a path to ramp up autonomy experimentation with its fleet of USVs. Mariner, which Gulf Craft built on spec at its Franklin, La., facility under prime … → Read More

SWO Boss Wants 6 Littoral Combat Ships in Western Pacific

In the next couple of years the Navy hopes to have six Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships operating in the Western Pacific at a given time, the service’s top surface warfare officer said this week. “In the Indy class, we continue to deploy them to the Western Pacific – trying to keep that 3.0 presence out … → Read More

RIMPAC 2022 Sets Stage for Interoperability with U.S., Allies

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR HICKAM, HAWAII – If deterring China in the Pacific is a team sport, it might resemble a pickup basketball game more than the NBA. The allied bonds in the Pacific are less rigid than the coalition that makes up NATO in the Atlantic. The complicated web of relationships across the region … → Read More