U.S. Navy Preparing to Sortie Ships in Hampton Roads Ahead of Dorian

Vice Adm. Andrew L. Lewis has set Sortie Condition Bravo as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of significant damage to ships, aircraft and piers during potential high winds and seas. The Hampton Roads area serves as home to more than 20% of the entire United States Navy fleet. Bases in the area include Naval Station, Norfolk; Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, … [Read more...]

NASSCO Awarded Contract to Build More Expeditionary Sea Base Ships for U.S. Navy

General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a contract to build up to three more Expeditionary Sea Base ships for the U.S. Navy. The contract, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, calls for the construction two ESBs for $1.08 billion at the company’s San Diego shipyard. It also includes an option for a third vessel that, if exercised, would bring the total contract … [Read more...]

China Denies Hong Kong Port Visit for U.S. Navy Ships Amid Tensions

WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) - China has denied a request for two U.S. Navy ships to visit Hong Kong in the coming weeks, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, as the political crisis in the former British colony deepened. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the transport dock ship Green Bay had requested to visit later this month, while the guided-missile … [Read more...]

FAIL: $13 billion US Supercarrier Misses Another Deadline

By Tony Capaccio (Bloomberg) --Only two of 11 elevators needed to lift munitions to the deck of the U.S. Navy’s new $13 billion aircraft carrier have been fully installed, according to a Navy veteran who serves on a key House committee. “I don’t see an end in sight right now” to getting all the elevators working on the USS Gerald R. Ford, the costliest warship ever, … [Read more...]

U.S. To Push Security Strategy Into SE Asian Waters

By Martin Petty (Reuters) - Recent incidents involving Chinese ships in Southeast Asian waters are testing regional faith in Beijing’s sincerity about maritime peace, and aiding a renewed U.S. push to build alliances with countries unnerved by China’s assertiveness. Chinese maneuvering in energy-rich stretches of the South China Sea, including a standoff in Vietnam’s … [Read more...]