Navy Will Test Freedom-class LCS Gear Fix Next Month; Years Before Repair Reaches Rest of Fleet

LCS 21 (Minneapolis-Saint Paul) Christening and Launch on June 15, 2019.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Navy is putting Littoral Combat Ship Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS-21) back together after completing a repair to beef up the complicated gearing mechanism that links the ship’s gas turbines to its diesel engines, service officials told USNI News on Monday.

In January, the Navy stopped taking delivery of the Freedom-class from Lockheed Martin after determining the RENK AG-built combining gear was...

https://news.usni.org/2021/08/02/navy-will-test-freedom-class-lcs-gear-fix-next-month-years-before-repair-reaches-rest-of-fleet

CNO Gilday Wants Industry to Focus on Shipbuilding, Readiness Not Lobbying for Aircraft ‘We Don’t Need’

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday speaks at the Sea Air Space 2021 symposium on Aug. 2, 2021. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The head of the Navy said defense contractors directly lobbying Congress to buy certain defense systems is taking attention away from the service’s spending priorities.

“It’s not the 90s anymore,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said today at the Navy League’s 2021 Sea-Air-Space conference. What is needed is a sense of urgency when it comes to...

https://news.usni.org/2021/08/02/cno-gilday-wants-industry-to-focus-on-shipbuilding-readiness-not-lobbying-for-aircraft-we-dont-need

Navy Quietly Decommissions Littoral Combat Ship Independence

USS Independence (LCS-2) is moored alongside the pier during its decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on July 29, 2021. US Navy Photo

The namesake of the Navy’s Independence-class of Littoral Combat Ships left the fleet after 11 years in a small pier-side ceremony in San Diego on Thursday, according to the service.

USS Independence (LCS-2) was ceremonially decommissioned at an event not open to the public “due to public health safety and restrictions,” reads a release from...

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/31/navy-quietly-decommissions-littoral-combat-ship-independence-after-11-years

Lawmaker Calls for New U.S. Maritime Strategy with Pacific Focus

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) transits the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 18, 2020. US Navy Photo

To counter threats from China, a top U.S. lawmaker Friday called on the U.S. Navy to develop a new maritime strategy that would rebalance how it deploys and strategically scattered persistent deterrent force in an arc throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

Two decades of focus on the Middle East has strained U.S. naval forces and worn out its fleet of carriers, said U.S. Rep Elaine Luria (D-Va.), a retired...

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/30/lawmaker-calls-for-new-u-s-maritime-strategy-with-pacific-focus

Admiral: Talisman Sabre Proves U.S., Allies Can Create Pacific Naval Force in Days

USS America (LHA-6) conducts a fueling-at-sea with the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH155) in support of flight deck operations during Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 on July 27, 2021. US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – The latest the Talisman Sabre exercise proved that the U.S. and its Pacific allies could form a unified and capable naval force in a matter of days, the commander of the U.S. Navy’s Japan-based expeditionary strike group said this week.

In a media call on July 28...

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/29/admiral-talisman-sabre-proves-u-s-allies-can-create-pacific-naval-force-in-days

Navy Charges Bonhomme Richard Sailor in Devastating 2020 Fire of Amphibious Assault Ship

Federal firefighters assess damage in the hangar bay aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on July 15, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy has filed charges against a sailor for allegedly deliberately starting a fire last year that quickly spread and consumed much of the interior of his ship, amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), the service announced Thursday.

“The sailor was a member of Bonhomme Richard’s crew at the time and is accused of starting the fire,”...

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/29/navy-charges-bonhomme-richard-sailor-in-devastating-2020-fire-of-amphibious-assault-ship

Panel: Taiwan Needs More Capacity to Defend Itself as China’s Military Modernizes

Taiwan’s indigenous fighter. CNA Photo

Taiwan must take the necessary steps to ensure its own defenses – from upgrading air and missile defenses and raising reserve forces’ readiness to protecting vital infrastructure like its water supply – to keep China at arm’s length, three experts on Pacific security said Wednesday.

“Taiwan is nowhere where it needs to be” in beefing up its own defenses, Michael Mazzarr, associate director of the strategy and doctrine program at RAND’s Arroyo Center, said...

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/29/panel-taiwan-needs-more-capacity-to-defend-itself-as-chinas-military-modernizes

Department of the Navy Strategy for Intelligent Autonomous Systems

The following is the July document, Department of the Navy Strategy for Intelligent Autonomous Systems.

From the report

The threats facing our nation today are not only different; they are evolving more rapidly than at any time in history. Similarly, the technologies available to warfighters around the world are advancing faster than ever and much of this innovation is originating outside of the defense sector. These are the fundamental attributes of today’s world that the Navy and Marine Corps...

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/29/department-of-the-navy-strategy-for-intelligent-autonomous-systems

HASC Readiness Mark Wants to Save INSURV Reports; TACAIR Panel Cautious of Navy’s Strike Fighter Plans

Sailors assigned to Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 11 sail through San Diego Bay aboard 34-foot Sea Ark patrol boat as part of sea trials during Maritime Expeditionary Security Group (MESG) 1’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) on July 20, 2021. US Navy Photo

The House Armed Services Committee readiness subcommittee wants to make sure the independent report on the health of the Navy’s fleet continues in perpetuity.

The panel’s mark of the Fiscal Year 2022 defense policy...

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/28/hasc-readiness-mark-wants-to-save-insurv-reports-tacair-panel-cautious-of-navys-strike-fighter-plans

Department of Defense Updated COVID-19 Mask Guidelines

The following is the July 28, 2021 memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks updating the guidelines from the Department of Defense on wearing masks. 

From the memo

MEMORANDUM FOR SENIOR PENTAGON LEADERSHIP
COMMANDERS OF THE COMBATANT COMMANDS
DEFENSE AGENCY AND DOD FIELD ACTIVITY DIRECTORS
SUBJECT: Updated Mask Guidance for all DoD installations and Other Facilities
Reference: Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum “Updated Mask Guidelines for Vaccinated Persons,” May 13, 2021

In...

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/28/department-of-defense-updated-covid-19-mask-guidelines

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