Shutdown Postpones USS Zumwalt Christening

The ongoing U.S. government shutdown has forced the U.S. Navy to cancel the christening of the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) originally scheduled for October 19. "It is incredibly unfortunate that we are being forced to cancel the christening ceremony for this great warship," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, "but the ongoing government shutdown prevents us from being … [Read more...]

USCG Grants Extension to Mariner Credentials During Shutdown, REC’s Remain Closed

With the U.S. government shutdown now in its 10th day and with no end in sight, the U.S. Coast Guard says that due to processing delays it is granting extensions to mariners whose credentials have or are set to expire during the shutdown. In a statement Thursday,the Coast Guard said that mariners whose credentials expire between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30 can receive the extension … [Read more...]

U.S. Government Shutdown Puts Maritime Security Program at Risk

Isaac Arnsdorf Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The ship in Tom Hanks’s new movie is part of a national-security program that’s now in jeopardy because of the government shutdown. The U.S. subsidizes a fleet of 60 ships -- including the Maersk Alabama, whose 2009 hijacking is depicted in the film “Captain Phillips” -- to fly the country’s flag in … [Read more...]