Del Toro reiterates call for new investment in U.S. shipyards

Over the past forty years, America’s maritime shipbuilding capabilities and capacity have atrophied,” said Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, in a keynote speech at a Navy League Sea Air Space 2024 luncheon, in which he again called for a increase in military shipbuilding capacity.

“Right now, we build the most-capable warships in the world in shipyards that are decades behind the global technological standard,” said Secretary Del Toro “This is an inefficient approach requiring far too much...

SECNAV urges Korean shipbuilders to invest in U.S. shipyards

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro has been meeting with top South Korean shipbuilding executives and making the case for them to create American subsidiaries and invest in integrated U.S. commercial and naval shipbuilding facilities.

Shortly after arriving in Seoul on Sunday, February 25, Secretary Del Toro engaged separately with Hanwha vice chairman and CEO Dong Kwan Kim and HD Hyundai vice chairman and CEO Kisun Chung.

The morning of Tuesday, February 27, Chung personally gave Secretary...

SECNAV directs comprehensive Navy shipbuilding review

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro has directed newly-confirmed Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (ASN RD&A) Nickolas Guertin and Commander Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Vice Adm. James Downey to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the Navy shipbuilding portfolio.

The intent is to provide an interim progress review to Secretary Del Toro within 45 days.

The purpose of the review is “to provide an assessment of national and local causes of shipbuilding...

Navy Estimates 5 More Years for Virginia Attack Sub Production to Hit 2 Boats a Year

Pre-commissioning unit (PCU) Hyman G. Rickover (SSN-795) seen prior to a christening ceremony at General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard facility in Groton, Conn., on July 31, 2021. US Navy Photo

It will take five years for the two shipbuilders that build Virginia-class attack boats to deliver two submarines a year, according to the Navy’s latest estimates of the production schedule.

Three officials who have been briefed on the Navy’s estimates told USNI News that General Dynamics Electric Boat...

SECNAV Del Toro: Virginia Attack Sub Construction ‘Significantly Behind,’ District of Columbia Submarine 10% Behind Schedule

USS Oregon (SSN-788) pierside at General Dynamics Electric Boat on Feb. 28, 2022. USNI News Photo

Production of the Navy’s first-in-class Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine – District of Columbia (SSBN-826) – is 10 percent behind schedule, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro told a House panel on Wednesday.

Likewise, the production of Virginia-class attack boats is slowly improving but is “significantly behind” the target of two submarines per year, Del Toro told the House...

SECNAV, Navy Maritime Intel Director Give Warnings About Illegal Chinese Fishing

Japanese fishing enforcement interdicts an illegal Chinese fishing boat in 2013.

China must be held accountable for threatening world food security as its globally operating fishing fleet hauls in illegal catch from other nations’ waters, the Navy’s top intelligence officer said at a regional maritime conference in Panama last week.

“Every other country shouldn’t suffer for China’s rise,” said Rear Adm. Michael Studeman, the commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence, said last week. He said...

Coast Guard: Illegal Fishing Has Surpassed Piracy as a Global Threat

Japanese fishing enforcement interdicts an illegal Chinese fishing boat in 2013.

Illegal fishing has surpassed piracy as a Coast Guard global concern in the maritime domain, the service’s top officer overseeing response policy said Wednesday.

“The Coast Guard has been in the [fishing] enforcement game for a long time,” said Rear Adm. Jo-Ann Burdian. Most recently it started with enforcing the ban on using high seas drift nets, roughly the size of a football field, that were rapidly depleting...

SECNAV, CNO 247th Navy Birthday Messages

The following are messages from Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday on the service’s 247th birthday.

SECNAV Del Toro’s Birthday MessageChief Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy James Honea’s 247th Birthday Message

Happy Birthday, Shipmates.

Today, we join together to commemorate and celebrate our Navy’s 247th birthday. Together, we continue to stand the watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week – as we have for...

Coast Guard Struggling with Southern California ‘Costal Awareness Gap’ as Maritime Smuggling Rises

A crew member from the Coast Guard Cutter Munro stands watch over seized contraband during a drug offload from the cutter in Alameda, California, March 23, 2021. US Coast Guard Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Grappling with a rise in maritime smuggling in recent years off Southern California, Coast Guard Sector San Diego officials have reached out to the tech industry for ideas and products that will close gaps in and expand maritime domain awareness.

“We’ve faced a major increase in smuggling,” Capt....

Top Stories 2021: Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz speaks to the attendees at the commissioning of the USCGC Emlen Tunnell (WPC-1145) in Philadelphia on Oct. 15, 2021. Coast Guard Photo

This post is part of a series looking back at the top naval stories from 2021.

The past year saw a shift in the Coast Guard, as the maritime service focused on retention, its global presence and new partnerships with the Marines and the Navy.

In his third “State of the Coast Guard,” Adm. Karl Schultz spoke about the...

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