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Germany, Belgium Cleared for Possible Procurement of Mk54 Torpedoes

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of Mk54 lightweight antisubmarine torpedoes to Germany and Belgium, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in two July 9 releases. The procurement of the torpedoes, built by…

Aircraft Carrier Theodore Roosevelt Returns From Deployment

SAN DIEGO — The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt returned to San Diego on July 9, marking the end of its deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, the commander of 3rd Fleet public affairs said in a release.  More than 6,000 Sailors from Theodore Roosevelt…

More Powerful Laser Systems Are Needed, Navy Technologist Says

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Navy’s official most heavily engaged in the development of directed-energy (DE) weapons said the service is focused on fielding the sea service’s family of laser systems to warfighters but is also working to improve the systems’ power and beam control.   “We’ve been working…

France Cleared for Possible E-2D Procurement

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of Northrop Grumman-built E-2D Advanced Hawkeye command-and-control aircraft to the government of France, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a release.   If concluded, France would become the third nation to…

Eleventh National Security Cutter Named for Elizebeth Smith Friedman

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard is naming the 11th Legend-class national security cutter in honor of pioneering code-breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the sea service said in a July 7 release.  Friedman was a code-breaker for the Coast Guard during the Prohibition Era and World War II, serving within Cryptanalytic Unit-387. She’s been dubbed…

Navy Will Inactivate 9 Ships in 2021

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Navy plans to inactivate nine ships in fiscal 2021, the service said in a message to the fleet. According to a June 30 message from the chief of naval operations, four littoral combat ships (LCS),…

Fitzgerald Returns to San Diego Two Years After Fatal Collision

SAN DIEGO — The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald arrived back at its homeport in San Diego on July 2 following more than two years of restoration and modernization after the warship was damaged in a collision in 2017.  “Returning Fitzgerald to the fleet has truly been a team effort,”…

Navy Prepping More Prospective Minority Students for NROTC

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Navy is expanding its program to prepare more minority students for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, a senior Navy admiral said, to increase officer accessions of more black officers. Speaking at a July 2…