Navy Approaching ‘Weak’ Rating in New U.S. Military Strength Survey

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) transits the South China Sea with Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS-16) on Sept. 7, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s ability to defend the nation’s vital security interests is “marginal,” – with the caveat that its score is trending to “weak” in capability and readiness – while the Marine Corps’ ability is graded as “strong,” according to a think tank’s latest survey of United States military power.

The Heritage...

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Navy Loses 15th Sailor to COVID-19, Second Death in October

Master-at-Arms Senior Chief Michael Haberstumpf died Oct. 10 from COVID-19-related complications. US NAVY PHOTO

A sailor stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., died from complications related to COVID-19 earlier this month, the Navy announced Wednesday.

Master-at-Arms Senior Chief Michael Haberstumpf, 42, died from complications of COVID-19 on Oct. 10 at University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill, according to a Navy press release. Haberstumpf is the 15th sailor to die from the disease...

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/20/navy-loses-15th-sailor-to-covid-19-second-death-in-october

Panel: Military Needs More Electrical Power to Counter Long-Range Missile Threats

Chinese Type 022 Houbei-class Fast Attack Missile Craft firing missiles. People’s Liberation Army Navy Photo

The Pentagon finds itself in the “shocking and eye-opening” position of needing more electrical power to protect distributed naval and ground forces from long-range attack at a time when China dominates the global production of advanced batteries needed to meet that mission, a panel of security experts said Thursday.

Heather Penny, a senior fellow at the Air Force Association’s Mitchell...

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/15/panel-military-needs-more-electrical-power-to-counter-long-range-missile-threats

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 14, 2021

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 Oct. 14, 2021, 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.

Total U.S. Navy Battle Force:294Ships Underway

Deployed Ships UnderwayNon-deployed Ships UnderwayTotal Ships Underway
623799

In the Western Pacific

An MH-60S Sea...

24th MEU, Iwo Jima ARG Arrive Home From Deployment

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) arrives at its homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Oct. 11, 2021. US Navy Photo

The three ships that make up the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group pulled into their respective homeports the last few days, ending a deployment that supported the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) reached Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on Monday, while USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) arrived at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Va.,...

SECNAV Del Toro’s Strategic Guidance to Navy, Marines Corps

The following is Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro’s strategic guidance to the Department of the Navy.

Purpose

This guidance articulates my vision to build, train, and equip the world’s most powerful naval force to meet both today’s operational demands and the warfighting needs of the future. It is designed to reinforce and better align service-specific guidance already issued by the Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps with the Secretary of Defense’s overall...

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/11/secnav-del-toros-strategic-guidance-to-navy-marines-corps

Interview: U.K. Royal Navy’s First Sea Lord Talks AUKUS, British Carriers in the Pacific

Chief of Maritime Staff Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura, left, First Sea Lord Adm. Tony Radakin, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday sign a Trilateral Head of Navy Joint Statement aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), near Annapolis, Md., on Nov. 20, 2019. US Navy Photo

The U.K. Royal Navy has been at the forefront of London’s push to the Pacific and a key component of a growing network of navies operating together in Asia. First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval...

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/07/interview-u-k-royal-navys-first-sea-lord-talks-aukus-british-carriers-in-the-pacific

Biden Administration Should Make Guam’s Defense Center of Indo-Pacific Strategy, Expert Says

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) enters Apra Harbor prior to mooring at Naval Base Guam for a scheduled port visit on June 24, 2020. US Navy Photo

The defense of Guam should be the centerpiece of the Biden administration’s focus on countering threats from China in the Indo-Pacific, an expert on missile defense said Wednesday.

“Make the main thing the main thing,” Thomas Karako, director of the missile defense project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said. He stressed the island’s...

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/07/biden-administration-should-make-guams-defense-center-of-indo-pacific-strategy-expert-says

Department of Defense 2020 Suicide Report

The following is the 2020 Department of Defense (DoD) Annual Suicide Report (ASR).

From the report

Executive Summary

The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to preventing suicide and reducing stigma for seeking help within our military community, recognizing and valuing the diversity and talent each member contributes to our mission. We owe this to our Service members and families defending our Nation.

In October 2018, the Department established a requirement for a DoD Annual Suicide Report...

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/07/department-of-defense-2020-suicide-report

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