Navy Claims Victories in Modernizing Public Yards While Congress Questions Pace

USS Boise (SSN 764) arrived at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division to begin its 25-month extended engineering overhaul on June 18, 2018, but ultimately had to return to Naval Station Norfolk to continue awaiting maintenance because there was no room at Newport News for the sub amid two other boats’ maintenance overruns. Huntington Ingalls Industries’ photo.

The Navy is moving into the next phase of a wholesale revision of its ship maintenance infrastructure. Last...

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/19/navy-claims-victories-in-modernizing-public-yards-while-congress-questions-pace

China Arming Venezuelan Navy With Anti-Ship Missiles

HI Sutton Image used with permission

Venezuela’s propaganda videos are showing off warships armed with new Chinese-made anti-ship missiles. The C-802A missile, supplied by Beijing to the Venezuelan Navy, is designed to take out surface ships at ranges of over 100 nautical miles. The sea-skimming missile is generally analogous to the Harpoon. This arms deal should greatly increase the reach and potency of President Nicolás Maduro’s navy.

The acquisition was revealed on Sept. 25 by the Venezuelan...

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/16/china-arming-venezuelan-navy-with-anti-ship-missiles

Coast Guard Begins At-Sea Testing of Unmanned Surface Vehicles to Tackle Illegal Fishing, Crime

A Saildrone operated by NOAA. NOAA Image

The Coast Guard has begun at-sea testing of unmanned surface vehicles off the south shore of Oahu to see if the autonomous craft can help provide persistent maritime domain awareness in remote areas of the large ocean, the service announced.

The test and evaluation, which began last week and will run through Nov. 5, is being conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center and local Hawaii units and will focus on USVs from manufacturers...

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/15/coast-guard-begins-at-sea-testing-of-unmanned-surface-vehicles-to-tackle-illegal-fishing-crime

Carrier Reagan Back in the South China Sea, U.S. Destroyer Makes Taiwan Strait Transit

From left, USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10), USS Comstock (LSD-45), USS Shiloh (CG-67), USS New Orleans (LPD-18), USS Chicago (SSN-721), USS America (LHA-6), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USNS John Ericsson (T-AO-194), USS Antietam (CG-54), USS Germantown (LSD-42) and USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2) steam in formation while E/A-18G Growlers and FA-18E Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, a P-8 Poseidon from Commander Task Force 72, and U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors and a B-1B Bomber fly over the...

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/15/carrier-reagan-back-in-the-south-china-sea-u-s-destroyer-makes-taiwan-strait-transit

CNO Gilday Lays Out Priorities for ‘DDG Next’ Warship, New Attack Submarine

USS Barry (DDG-52) transits at sunset during operations in the Pacific on Oct. 5, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s next warship needs more missiles than the current crop of Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyers but must be smaller and cheaper than the trio of Zumwalt-class DDGs, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said on Tuesday.

Tentatively dubbed “DDG Next” by Gilday, the new class of large surface combatants would start with the existing systems in use on current ships or in...

NCIS Investigating Death of USS Theodore Roosevelt Sailor

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) returns to San Diego, Calif., on July 9, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the death of a sailor who allegedly shot himself Tuesday morning while on security duty at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., USNI News has learned.

The male sailor, who was assigned to aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), “was standing security watch on Lima Pier” when he “suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Navy Region...

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/13/ncis-investigating-death-of-uss-theodore-roosevelt-sailor

CNO Gilday: Navy Must Move Faster on Next Generation Air Dominance Program

An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) during flight operations on March 29, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy has to move quicker in its development and fielding of a sixth-generation fighter, the service’s top uniformed officer said Tuesday.

Speaking at a virtual forum hosted by Defense One, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday emphasized that the service cannot afford to move at the...

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/13/cno-gilday-navy-must-move-faster-on-next-generation-air-dominance-program

NAVSEA: Analysis of Ship Repair Processes Led to Better On-Time Rates, More Realistic Schedules

BAE Systems has received $170.7 million in contracts from the U.S. Navy to perform simultaneous maintenance and repair on two Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided-missile destroyers in its San Diego shipyard. Under the awarded contracts, the shipyard will tandem dry-dock the USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Decatur (DDG 73) in October. The synchronized two-ship docking will be a first for the company’s newest dry-dock in San Diego. The contracts include options that, if exercised, would bring the...

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/13/navsea-analysis-of-ship-repair-processes-led-to-better-on-time-rates-more-realistic-schedules

Chinese Increasing Nuclear Submarine Shipyard Capacity

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As China pushes to become a blue-water power, nuclear-powered submarines are critically important to Beijing’s plan. Historically the Chinese Navy’s (PLAN) nuclear-powered submarine fleet has been constrained by its limited construction capacity. There is only one shipyard in the country up to the task. But that yard has been undergoing a massive enlargement. And now, recent satellite imagery suggests an additional capacity expansion.

China’s nuclear-powered...

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/12/chinese-increasing-nuclear-submarine-shipyard-capacity

2020 U.S. Navy Board of Inspection and Survey Annual Report

The following is the 2020 report from the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey. The report to Congress is an annual summary of the health of the Navy’s fleet.

According to Naval Sea Systems Command, “The Board of Inspection and Survey was initially established in 1868 by Congress to ensure that the ships of the United States Navy are properly equipped for prompt, reliable, sustained mission readiness at sea. In 1882, Congress enacted legislation which established the Board of Inspection and...

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/09/2020-u-s-navy-board-of-inspection-and-survey-annual-report