Report to Congress on U.S.-Turkey Relations

The following is the Aug. 31, 2018 Congressional Research Service report Turkey: Background and U.S. Relations.

From the report

Turkey, a NATO ally since 1952, significantly affects a number of key U.S. national security issues in the Middle East and Europe. U.S.-Turkey relations have worsened throughout this decade over several matters, including Syria’s civil war, Turkey-Israel tensions, Turkey-Russia cooperation, and various Turkish domestic developments. The United States and NATO have...

Navy Identifies Sailor Killed Aboard USS George H.W. Bush

Airman Apprentice Joseph Min Naglak. US Navy Photo

The Navy identified a sailor who was killed aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Monday on the carrier’s flight deck.

Airman Apprentice Joseph Min Naglak was working on the flight deck of Bush struck by the propeller of an E-2C Hawkeye after he secured the plane to the deck. The carrier was conducting flight operations qualifications at the time.

He had served aboard Bush since completing training in Pensacola, Fla. after enlisting in the Navy...

‘Dirt Det’ Deployment: 15th MEU Command Element to Lead Middle East Special Purpose MAGTF

A U.S. Marine with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command, prepares to board an MV-22 Osprey at a site near At-Tanf Garrison, Syria, Sept. 7, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

When the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s command element leaves home later this year for the Middle East, it will deploy without its usual complement of ships and amphibious force of Marines.

Instead, the 15th MEU command element will land in...

Sailor Killed Aboard USS George H.W. Bush in Flight Deck Mishap

E-2C Hawkeyes, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, launch and recover on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 13, 2018. George H.W. Bush, with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 staff, is underway in the Atlantic Ocean due to Sortie Condition Alpha, which ordered all ships to depart Hampton Roads in response to Hurricane Florence. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include additional information from the Navy...

Truman Carrier Strike Group Returns to Europe After Mid-Deployment Visit to Norfolk

A Sailor stands on the flight deck during flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in the North Atlantic, Sept. 18, 2018. U.S. Navy photo.

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) returned to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations for the second time this year after spending a month visiting its homeport of Norfolk.

The Truman CSG is expected to work with NATO allies and other European and African nations. Citing security concerns regarding...

High-End Exercise Valiant Shield 2018 Features Joint Strike Fighters, 15,000 Personnel

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 ships as U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft and U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets pass overhead for a photo exercise during Valiant Shield 2018 on Sept. 17. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to correct the hull number of the former USS St. Louis. It’s LKA-116, not LKA-117.

The high-end biennial Valiant Shield exercise kicked off in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands on Sunday, with some of...

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 17, 2018

USNI News Graphic

The USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker is sponsored by CNA. These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Sept. 17, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship.

Total U.S. Navy Battle Force:285Ships Underway

Deployed Ships UnderwayNon-deployed Ships UnderwayTotal Ships...

Navy Pauses Operations of MQ-4C Triton Squadron After Crash-Landing This Week

The MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system approaches the runway at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., after completing its inaugural cross-country flight from California on Sept. 18, 2014. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19 is temporarily standing down operations while it investigates the crash of an MQ-4C Triton in California this week.

A Triton conducting operational testing out of Naval Base Ventura County in California on Wednesday “had an issue during flight and...

State Department Notifies Congress of Potential $2.1B P-8A Sale to South Korea

A P-8A Poseidon assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 flies over the Chesapeake Bay. US Navy Photo

The U.S. State Department notified Congress of South Korea’s planned purchase of six Boeing P-8A patrol aircraft, in a deal worth an estimated $2.1 billion.

The new P-8A aircraft will be used to update the Republic of Korea’s existing fleet of P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft, according to a U.S. State Department announcement.

Poseidon aircraft conduct anti-submarine warfare,...

Executive Summary to Naval Shipyard Recapitalization and Optimization Plan

The following is the executive summary to Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) shipyard optimization plan, which lays out a 20-year, $21-billion plan to improve the four public shipyards. The full report will not be released to the public, and the redacted summary was released on Sept. 12.

Executive Summary

The Navy’s four public shipyards – Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and...

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