Marines Issue New Doctrine Prioritizing Learning

Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, and Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, answer a question during the final written test Nov. 9, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. The test randomizes 100 questions on subjects varying from core values to Marine Corps history and combat care. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps wants to take learning more seriously, both encouraging the individual warfighter to take on a “personal mission” to read and study more and pushing...

https://news.usni.org/2020/05/19/marines-issue-new-doctrine-prioritizing-learning

Navy Removes USS Philippine Sea CO After Fuel Spill

USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) transits the Atlantic Ocean in 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy removed the captain of USS Philippine Sea, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser that spilled close to 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the York River on May 7.

Rear Adm. Richard Cheeseman, the commander of Carrier Strike Group 2, relieved Capt. Erica Hoffmann of command of Philippine Sea due to a loss of confidence in her ability to command, according to a Navy statement.

Capt. Erica Hoffman. US Navy...

https://news.usni.org/2020/05/19/navy-removes-uss-philippine-sea-co-after-fuel-spill

Theodore Roosevelt Crew Drilling at Pier Ahead of Going Back to Sea; 14 Sailors Retest Positive for COVID-19

U.S. Navy Personnel Specialist Seaman Maurene Morales, from Colorado Springs, Colo., checks Sailors returning from off-base quarantine into the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on the pier at Naval Base Guam May 16, 2020. Theodore Roosevelt’s COVID-negative crew returned from quarantine beginning on April 29 and is making preparations to return to sea to continue their scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific. US Navy photo.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Navy has set...

https://news.usni.org/2020/05/18/theodore-roosevelt-crew-drilling-at-pier-ahead-of-going-back-to-sea-14-sailors-retest-positive-for-covid-19

Pentagon Decision To Bring Teleworking Staff Back To Office Is Weeks Out

The return of Department of Defense workers to office spaces closed due to COVID-19 is still weeks away and hinges on a variety of factors to be weighed by local commanders, Pentagon officials said.

For two months, up to 4 million DoD active-duty and civilian personnel have teleworked because of the COVID-19 virus. Scores of offices where unclassified planning and administrative work that keeps the military running have been shuttered or lightly staffed.

However, even if office spaces are closed,...

https://news.usni.org/2020/05/18/pentagon-decision-to-bring-teleworking-staff-back-to-office-is-weeks-out

FBI Says Unlocked iPhone Messages Link NAS Pensacola Shooter to Al Qaeda; AG Barr Says Incident was ‘Act of Terrorism’

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The shooter who killed three sailors and wounded eight others in a December incident at a Florida Navy base had ties to Al Qaeda, and U.S. officials now believe the shooting was an act of terrorism, Department of Justice officials announced on Monday.

Attorney General William Barr told reporters the FBI found links between the shooter, Royal Saudi Air Force 2nd Lt. Ahmed Mohammed Alshamrani, and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The FBI found messages on two iPhones...

https://news.usni.org/2020/05/18/fbi-says-unlocked-iphone-messages-link-nas-pensacola-shooter-to-al-qaeda-ag-barr-says-incident-was-act-of-terrorism

Indian Navy Expanding Anti-Submarine Warfare Stable with Initial $904M MH-60R Buy

An MH-60R Sea Hawk Helicopter assigned to the ‘Grandmasters’ of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46 takes off from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG-94) on June 13, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Indian Navy is expanding its fleet of anti-submarine warfare helicopters with a $904-million buy of 24 Sikorsky MH-60Rs, company officials said on Friday.

The new helicopters are set to supersede India’s current fleet of British Sea King ASW helos. The new helicopters...

https://news.usni.org/2020/05/18/indian-navy-expanding-anti-submarine-warfare-stable-with-initial-904m-mh-60r-buy

How USS Makin Island, Fleet Medical Team Responded to COVID-19 Outbreak on USS Kidd

Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) underway in the eastern Pacific on April 20, 2020. US Navy Photo

When a COVID-19 outbreak hit USS Kidd (DDG-100) last month, the Navy sent a medical team with specialized lab equipment to the guided-missile destroyer to test for novel coronavirus among the crew. An outbreak at sea could easily and quickly overwhelm a warship’s small medical department, in this case an independent-duty corpsman and two hospital corpsmen in a crew of about 330.

Fortun...

https://news.usni.org/2020/05/17/how-uss-makin-island-fleet-medical-team-responded-to-covid-19-outbreak-on-uss-kidd

COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts Allowing Navy To Increase New Recruit Training Class Sizes

The Navy’s newest Sailors congratulate each other with elbow-bumps to minimize contact after a capping ceremony, marking their transition from recruit to Sailor, at Recruit Training Command. The Sailors recently completed “Battle Stations,” the crucible event that recruits must pass prior to graduation, testing their knowledge and skills in basic seamanship, watchstanding, damage control, firefighting and emergency response procedures. More than 35,000 recruits train annually at the Navy’s only...

https://news.usni.org/2020/05/15/covid-19-mitigation-efforts-allowing-navy-to-increase-new-recruit-training-class-sizes

USNS Mercy Leaves Los Angeles After Treating 77 Patients; Some Personnel Will Remain in L.A.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bryan Malaque, from Estes Park, Colo., swabs the deck aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) on May 14, 2020. Mercy deployed in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts to serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients in shore-based hospitals. US Navy photo.

Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) left Los Angeles today, seven and a half weeks after arriving at the California hot spot in the COVID-19 pandemic and 10 days after discharging its last...

https://news.usni.org/2020/05/15/usns-mercy-leaves-los-angeles-after-treating-77-patients-some-personnel-will-remain-in-l-a

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