Bipartisan group of lawmakers releases roadmap for revitalizing U.S. maritime

Senator Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Representative Mike Walz (R.-Fla.) along with Senator Marco Rubio (R.-Fla,) and Representative John Garamendi (D-Calif.), have released a roadmap for revitalizing the U.S. maritime sector. Entitled “Congressional Guidance for a National Maritime Strategy” it provides a comprehensive vision for planning guidance, strategic objectives, and actionable steps to revitalize the U.S. maritime sector.

The legislators believe that, in an era of great power competition,...

HASC’s Adam Smith Says Pentagon Must Assess Platform Capability for Modernization Efforts

Amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD-27) conducts a high-energy laser weapon system demonstration on a static surface training target, Dec. 14, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon must make modernization choices between legacy systems and new technology like lasers by evaluating each platform’s capability,the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee said this week. 

“The aircraft carrier battle groups have been enormously helpful” in deterring Iran and its proxies over the...

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 6, 2024

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of May 6, 2024, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force DeployedUnderway
(USS 235, USNS 60)
(USS 65, USNS 32)
(49 Deployed, 25 Local)

In Japan

Sailors simulate manning an aircraft...

Report to Congress on Polar Security Cutter Program

The following is the April 29, 2024, Congressional Research Service report, Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program: Background and Issues for Congress.

From the report

Required number of polar icebreakers. A 2023 Coast Guard fleet mix analysis concluded that the service will require a total of eight to nine polar icebreakers, including four to five heavy polar icebreakers and four to five medium polar icebreakers, to perform its polar (i.e., Arctic and Antarctic) missions in...

Assisting Pacific Island Nations is ‘Sweet Spot’ for Coast Guard, Says USCG Commandant Fagan

USCGC Harriet Lane (WMEC-903) is seen in the distance of a fishing vessel in the South Pacific Ocean, Feb. 26, 2024. US Coast Guard Photo

Helping island nations, like Vanuatu, protect their resources and enforce their laws is “a sweet spot” for the Coast Guard’s operations in the Pacific, Commandant Adm. Linda Fagan said Monday.

The Coast Guard does a good job helping allies and partners build capacity globally, Fagan said Monday, during an online Center for Strategic and International Studies...

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