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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US Navy Flag Officer Assignments

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announced January 12th the following assignments: Rear Adm. Daniel H. Fillion will be assigned as director, Manpower Account Transition Office, Washington, District of Columbia. Fillion is currently serving as director, global operations, J-3, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Rear Adm. (lower half) John B. Skillman will be assigned as commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Skillman is currently serving as deputy commander and chief of staff, Joint Warfare Center, Allied Command…

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US Navy Flag Officer Assignments

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announced today the following assignment: Rear Adm. (lower half) Ronald C. Copley will be assigned as deputy chief of staff, Intelligence, Resolute Support and deputy director, Intelligence – Plans, U.S. Forces, Kabul, Afghanistan. Copley is currently assigned as director of intelligence, J2, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Rear Adm. (lower half) Jeffrey W. Hughes will be assigned as commander, Navy Personnel Command; and deputy chief of Naval Personnel, Millington, Tennessee. Hughes is currently…

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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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Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries hosted Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer at the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division today. Spencer received his first tour of Ingalls since he was sworn in as the 76th Secretary of the Navy in August. Spencer toured the shipyard facilities with HII President and CEO Mike Petters, Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias, Gov. Phil Bryant and Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-4th. “Mike Petters and his team have done an amazing job of really bringing the art form of shipbuilding to a science,” Spencer said. “If the U.S.…

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Secretary of the Navy Visits Lockheed Martin Owego Facility

Secretary of the Navy, The Honorable Richard V. Spencer, visited with more than 400 employees while touring the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky MH-60R “Romeo” operations on Sept. 29. “It’s a privilege for me to be standing in front of you all because you deliver an amazing ingredient to America’s freedom,” Secretary Spencer said in his address to employees. “You all are making the products that let us deliver the fight.” Spencer visited to view first-hand the advanced technology and innovation that experts consider the most capable and mature Anti-Submarine (ASW)/Anti-Surface Warfare…

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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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