US Navy Expands Bureaucracy with Recreation of Second Fleet While Keeping the Replacement

August 22, 2018 – Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet (C2F) revealed a new crest and motto, designed to represent the fleet’s new mission, Aug. 22, prior to the establishment ceremony on Aug. 24 in Norfolk, Virginia. The symbolism is rich and reflective of the purpose of C2F. The logo’s centerpiece is a shield divided into two points. The top of the shield, the chief, is blue and signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice, while the bottom of the shield, the base, is divided into red and white pales. The red signifies military…

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An Icy Reminder in an Arctic Thaw

USS Momsen (DDG 92) is visiting Anchorage, Alaska, this week in support of the 2018 Arctic Maritime Symposium. The three-day event focuses on providing participants opportunities to engage with Artic intergovernmental and military representatives, academia, and experts. Given the Navy has operated in the Arctic for decades, this kind of visit might not look like anything special. Couple the ship’s visit, however, to calls on Alaska by the Navy, Army and Air Force service secretaries – all this month – and it’s obvious something has our collective attention. Have no…

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Senator McCain Joins USS John S. McCain Namesake

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer inducted U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III into the official namesake of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in a ceremony on board, July 12. Commissioned in 1994, the destroyer already bears the names of Sen. McCain’s father, Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., a former U.S. Pacific Command commander, and his grandfather, Admiral John S. McCain, a distinguished World War II carrier task force commander. Sen. John S. McCain, III, continued this proud legacy as a naval aviator during the…

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Secretary Spencer Visits Marinette Shipyard, Home to Freedom-Variant Littoral Combat Ship

Secretary of the Navy Richard V Spencer, visited the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard June 28th, the home of Freedom-Variant Littoral Combat Ship production. The Lockheed Martin-led Team Freedom has delivered five ships to the U.S. Navy to date, with two more scheduled for delivery this year. “It is truly great to see what is being produced up here with the American worker,” Secretary Spencer said during a shipyard tour. “We’re producing a ship that based on price is exceptional. We’re also going to increase the capabilities of these ships and…

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Secretary of the Navy Names Two Littoral Combat Ships

On February 13th, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced the next Freedom and Independence variant Littoral Combat Ships will be named USS Nantucket (LCS 27) and USS Savannah (LCS 28). The future USS Nantucket (LCS 27), a Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship, will be the third commissioned U.S. Navy ship to honor the maritime history of Nantucket. The future USS Savannah (LCS 28), an Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship, is the sixth ship to bear the name of the oldest city in Georgia. Nantucket will be built by Fincantieri Marinette…

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Secretary of the Navy Names Navy’s Newest Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship

On February 13th, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced the next Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ship will be named USNS Newport (T-EPF 12). This is the fourth ship to bear the name honoring the Rhode Island city. Newport is home to several Navy activities, including Naval Station Newport and the Naval War College. The Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF), formerly named the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), is a shallow draft, all aluminum, commercial-based catamaran that is designed for High Speed Intra-Theater Surface Lift and serves in a variety…

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Navy Releases Strategic Readiness Review

In September, the Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer, ordered a fleet-wide Strategic Readiness Review (SRR) in light of the recent surface fleet incidents which resulted in significant loss of life and injury. The SRR was an independent review by a team of subject matter experts that examined the systemic conditions influencing and existing within the Navy over the last 30 years. The SRR ran concurrently with the U.S. Fleet Forces-led Comprehensive Review and considered its findings, but the Review’s assessments and judgments are independent of the Comprehensive Review…

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Navy posthumously awards Silver Star Medal for valor at Pearl Harbor

The Navy recently authorized the posthumous award of a combat medal to a Sailor who was present at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941, officials announced Dec. 4. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer awarded the Silver Star Medal to Chaplain Lt. j.g. Aloysious H. Schmitt for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving on the battleship USS Oklahoma (BB 37). As Oklahoma was capsizing, Schmitt sacrificed his own life to assist many of his shipmates in escaping to safety. Navy Chief of Chaplains…

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SECNAV Names New Expeditionary Sea Base

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced the Navy’s newest Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship, T-ESB 5, will be named in honor of Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Miguel Keith during a ceremony in National Harbor, Maryland, Nov. 4. Keith was born in San Antonio, Texas and joined the Marine Corps on May 1, 1969. In 1969, Keith served as a machine gunner with Combined Action Platoon 132, III Marine Amphibious Force in Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam. He was promoted to the rank…

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Statement from Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer on USS John S. McCain

The following is a statement released Aug. 21 by Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer on USS John S. McCain, which was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. Our thoughts and prayers are with our shipmates onboard USS John S. McCain. The Navy family comes together during times of crisis and I want to thank those who are providing around-the-clock assistance to the affected Sailors and families. As details continue to emerge,…

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