Watch: U.S. Navy’s $13 Billion Supercarrier Conducts High-Speed Turn Test

The U.S. Navy next-generation aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), returned to sea for this week for a series of sea trials prior to returning to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. The sea trials took place off the U.S. east coast after the aircraft carrier completed a 15-month pierside maintenance period, known as a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA), at Huntington … [Read more...]

Ready or Not, Here Comes the Ready Reserve Force!

By Sal Mercogliano, Ph.D. - In a week punctuated by a drone missile strike on two oil production plants in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, the United States Transportation Command on Monday initiated a Large-Scale Sealift Readiness Exercise. As part of its Turbo Activation series which began in 1994, the joint command, located at Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois, … [Read more...]

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...]