From a Sea of Troubles, Navy Charts New Course Ahead

In January of this year, while speaking before the annual Surface Navy Association symposium, US Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday was blunt. He said, “I don’t mean to be dramatic, but I feel like if the Navy loses its … Continue reading

Captain Brett Crozier — A Hero Villainized By The Navy, Praised By His Colleagues

One year ago today, Captain Brett Crozier walked down the gangway of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. He had been relieved of command after the San Francisco Chronicle reported the contents of a leaked letter he wrote to his … Continue reading

The Almost Carrier, USS America, Steams Toward South China Sea

The UK Daily Mail’s headline, as shown on Google, read “USS America aircraft carrier steams to intercept Chinese ships…” The story behind the headline is that the USS America and the guided-missile destroyer USS Bunker Hill are being deployed to intercept … Continue reading

Sailors Sewing Cloth Masks on US Aircraft Carriers, USS Roosevelt Infections Rise to 550

Since April 5, the U.S. Navy has required fabric face coverings for all service members and civilians where social distancing isn’t possible, such as in the cramped quarters aboard an aircraft carrier or other Navy ship. While they required face … Continue reading

Sailors Cheer Carrier Captain Fired by Navy For Standing Up For Crew Health and Safety

Sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt cheered for Captain Brett Crozier as he departed the ship in Guam. Captain Crozier was removed from duty by the Navy after he raised concerns about the spreading coronavirus on his ship … Continue reading

Aircraft Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt Diverted to Guam Due to Virus Outbreak

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) has diverted to Guam following an outbreak of coronavirus onboard. Following initial news of three infected sailors, the number of cases is now said to have risen to “dozens.”  The sailors … Continue reading

USS Gerald R. Ford, Clogged Toilets and Overflowing Costs

The US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford, is the largest aircraft carrier ever built and, at over $13 billion, is also the most expensive. Nevertheless, because of problems with mission-critical systems, the ship has been referred to … Continue reading

Paul Allen’s RV Petrel Locates Wreck of WWII Japanese Carrier Kaga

Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, died almost exactly a year ago.  Nevertheless, his passion for underwater archeology lives on in the operation of the Research Vessel Petrel, which is fully funded by Allen’s estate. The ship’s mission is to … Continue reading

The Sinking Dry Dock and the Smoking Aircraft Carrier with a Bad Heart

This is an odd story, set in the icy Siberian waters near Murmansk, Russia.  Apparently, Russia’s largest floating drydock sank from underneath Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, doing some damage to the carrier above the waterline as the dock … Continue reading

German Bomb Dredged up in Portsmouth Harbor

In 2011, a drought lowered the levels of the Rhine River, revealing unexploded munitions from World War II partially buried in the river banks exposed by the falling waters. Now, in Portsmouth harbor in the UK, World War II bombs are also being uncovered, not due … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth II Christens Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth

Today, Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II christened the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. As the ceremony was held in Rosyth, Scotland, the queen christened the ship with a bottle of whiskey from the Bowmore Distillery, rather than the … Continue reading

Salty Dog 502, X-47B Drone, First to Land on Aircraft Carrier

A US Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System drone, nicknamed Salty Dog 502, successfully landed on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush at sea.  The Navy press release reads, in part: “Today’s demonstration was the first time a tailless, unmanned … Continue reading