Marine Corps 2018 Birthday Messages from CMC Neller, SECNAV Spencer

The following are 2018 messages from Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller and Secretary of Navy Richard V. Spencer on the occasion of the Marine Corps’ 243rd Birthday.


As we celebrate our 243rd birthday, Marines remain in combat, forward-deployed throughout the world confronting every challenge with courage, loyalty, and faithfulness. Each year on this day, we renew our resolve to be the most ready when the Nation is least...

California Wildfire Forces Evacuation of Point Mugu, Threatens Communication Sites

Point Mugu, Calif. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Naval Air Station Point Mugu remained under mandatory evacuation orders Friday morning as a raging wildfire was burning in the hills near the Southern California base and threatened a key naval communications site.

The so-called Hill Fire, which sparked Thursday afternoon, was raging Friday morning along both sides of Highway 101 in Camarillo, northeast of Point Mugu. Fire officials said that red-flag warnings, along with low humidity levels...

Columbia-class Program Upping Oversight of Vendors, Components to Stave Off Further Delays

Gold crew of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Louisiana (SSBN-743) arrives home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy has no wiggle room when it comes to a planned October 2020 start of construction on the first new ballistic missile submarine, so the Columbia-class program office has cranked up its interaction with and oversight of vendors big and small within the program.

To stay on top of the major milestones – start of construction, delivery...

‘Substantial’ Columbia-class Missile Tube Weld Fix Will Cost $27 Million, Take a Year

Workers stand pose for a photo in the four-tube “quad-pack” built for the U.S. Ohio Replacement-class and U.K. Successor-class. General Dynamics Electric Boat Photo via US Navy

A problem with Columbia-class submarine missile tube welds is more serious than initially thought, causing the contractor responsible to set aside $27 million to cover repair work that is expected to take nearly a year.

BWX Technologies, the sub-contractor building missile tubes for Columbia-class ballistic missile...

Report to Congress on Columbia-class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine Program

The following is the Oct. 23, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Columbia (SSBN-826) Class Ballistic Missile Submarine Program: Background and Issues for Congress.

The Columbia (SSBN-826) class program, previously known as the Ohio replacement program (ORP) or SSBN(X) program, is a program to design and build a new class of 12 ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) to replace the Navy’s current force of 14 Ohio-class SSBNs. The Navy has identified the Columbia-class program as the...

Navy Admiral Assigned to Oversee Green Beret Homicide Case as NCIS Investigation Nears Conclusion

Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar. US Army

THE PENTAGON — The Navy has ordered an admiral to oversee see disciplinary actions related to the death of an Army Special Forces soldier in Mali last year as an NCIS investigation is close to complete, USNI News has learned.

Rear Adm. Charles Rock, the commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, was appointed in late October to oversee cases related to the death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar,as the NCIS investigation was concluding.

Melgar, 34, died after a June 4,...

Eastern Shipbuilding Resumes Coast Guard Cutter Work As Hurricane Michael Recovery Continues

The Florida shipyard building the Coast Guard’s first Offshore Patrol Cutter has gotten back to work as it continues to recover from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Michael last month.

In a Thursday statement, Eastern Shipbuilding Group announced the yard was back in operation after the Oct. 10 landfall of the category 4 hurricane that devastated the Florida panhandle.

“Immediately following the storm, ESG set out on an aggressive initiative to locate all of its employees and help get them back...

Navy Thinking Beyond Littoral Combat Ship for Future Mine Warfare

Petty Officer 2nd Class John Christner assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1 (CTG 56.1), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One, embarked aboard RFA Lyme Bay (L 3007), examines an inert mine training shape on Oct. 15, 2016, during UK/US Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2017 (UK/US MCM-Ex 17). US Navy photo.

THE PENTAGON – The Navy is moving to further divorce mine warfare capabilities from specific platforms, going even beyond the modular setup of the Littoral Combat Ship.

The service already...

Report to Congress on Changes in the Arctic

The following is the Oct. 25, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress.

The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has heightened interest in, and concerns about, the region’s future. The United States, by virtue of Alaska, is an Arctic country and has substantial interests in the region.

Record low extents of Arctic sea ice over the past decade have focused scientific and policy...

Navy Crafting Master Plan for New Era of Mine Warfare

Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM-14) travels through waters near the Korean peninsula during the annual Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MN MIWEX) on Oct. 19, 2018.

THE PENTAGON – The Navy’s mine warfare community is putting together a comprehensive plan to lay out the investments required for a successful transition from legacy mine countermeasures systems to more advanced capabilities.

The early-1980s Avenger-class MCM ships and the mid-1980s MH-53E Sea Dragon...

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