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Adm. William Moran

Pentagon, Navy, In Dark About Trump’s USS Truman Decision

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Defense Secretary was given a last-minute heads-up about the White House’s demand to keep the USS Harry S. Truman afloat, and the Navy scrambled Wednesday morning to change its message to Congress.

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Congress Applauds VP Pence’s Surprise Nixing Of Truman Retirement

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Pentagon and Navy leadership say the USS Harry S. Truman must retire so modernization might live. The White House wants to blow that plan up.

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Three Attack Subs ‘Not Certified To Dive’; Navy F-35s at 15 Percent Readiness

Posted by Paul McLeary on


CAPITOL HILL: Navy readiness is “heading in the wrong direction,” the Government Accountability Office told the Senate this morning, with only 15 percent of Navy F-35Cs rated “fully mission capable.” At the same hearing, a four-star admiral acknowledged three nuclear-powered attack submarines were still stuck awaiting overhaul, with the USS Boise expected to be out of action… Keep reading →

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Navy Begs For Two-Year Budget (Not 2 Weeks)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Congress should strike a budget deal to fund the federal government  for at least two years, the Secretary of the Navy said today. The armed forces and defense industry need at least 24 months of predictable, stable funding so they can make investments and operate efficiently, Richard Spencer told reporters. Right now, though, the government’s… Keep reading →

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Was The Merchant Ship Hacked? McCain Collision Is First Run For Navy Cyber Investigators

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Navy is making cyber investigations automatic after any mishap, starting with the at-sea collision that killed 10 sailors aboard the USS McCain. They don’t expect to find any evidence of a cyber attack this time, admirals emphasize, but they’re using the McCain as a test case. If there was a cyber attack, however, it’s… Keep reading →

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62 % Of F-18 Hornets Unfit To Fly, Up To 74% In Marines

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED with Marine Corps data CAPITOL HILL: More than 60 percent of Navy and Marine Corps strike fighters are out of service, the Navy confirmed today. While 62 percent of fighters are effectively grounded, the overall figure for all naval aircraft is 53 percent. [UPDATE: With some of the oldest fighter jets in service, Marine Corps… Keep reading →

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Fix Readiness First, Shipbuilding Second: Navy To Trump

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Sure, the Navy needs more ships, but first and most urgently, it needs to fix the ships it already has. That’s what Navy leaders are telling Donald Trump. “When the transition team came around to all of us in the building and asked us what we could do with more money right now, the… Keep reading →

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The Ford-Class Carrier, The F-35C and ‘Spider Web’ War At Sea

Posted by Robbin Laird on


An aircraft carrier is nothing without aircraft, and a Navy aircraft is worth little without a carrier. It’s ships and planes in synergy that revolutionized war at sea in the 1930s and with new systems now entering service – the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter and the Ford-class carrier – they can do it again. On… Keep reading →

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