Monday, June 1, 2020

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Theodore Roosevelt Rides the Waves Again

ARLINGTON, Va. — Sidelined pier-side for nearly two months after an outbreak of COVID-19 infected 1,100 crew members, hospitalized several and killed one, the USS Theodore Roosevelt sailed from Naval Base Guam on May 21 on a test run to…

Hospital Ship Mercy Bids Farewell to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The hospital ship USNS Mercy left Los Angeles on May 15 after supporting COVID-19 response operations in the greater Los Angeles area, the U.S. Northern Command said in a release.  “We came to Los Angeles to be the relief valve for local hospitals in…

CNO Gilday Self-Quarantines as COVID-19 Precaution

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy’s top officer has self-quarantined himself after coming in contact with a family member who tested positive for COVID-19, the Defense Department announced.   Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday “had contact with a COVID-positive family member and, although testing negative,…

‘Culture Trumps Everything,’ SECNAV Nominee Says

WASHINGTON — The nominee to be the next Navy secretary said the sea service needs a course correction to restore the culture of leadership and accountability that has suffered in recent controversies, saying that “culture trumps everything.”  “It saddens me to say: the Department of…

Eastern Shipbuilding Group Performs Keel-Laying for Offshore Patrol Cutter

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Eastern Shipbuilding Group held a keel-laying ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard’s first-of-class offshore patrol cutter (OPC), the Argus, the company said in a release.  The April 28 ceremony, at Eastern Shipbuilding’s Nelson Street facility in Panama City, was performed and recorded without an audience to comply with U.S. Centers for Disease…

Geurts: COVID-19 Crisis Offers Opportunity to Strengthen Acquisition, Sustainment

ARLINGTON, Va. — A top U.S. Navy official said acquisition and sustainment could emerge stronger, having withstood disruptions during the COVID-19 crisis.  Speaking May 4 as part of a Navy League webinar sponsored by IBM for small businesses in the defense industry, James F. Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research,…

Larger, More Capable Navy Needed, SECDEF Says

ARLINGTON, Va. — The nation’s top defense official said the U.S. armed forces need to shed some legacy forces for a more modern force, one that includes more modern naval forces.  “We need a larger, more capable Navy that can implement distributed lethality…