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“The flames are out but the heat is still there,” Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck told reporters Thursday afternoon in San Diego. “We’re going space by space into every compartment checking for hotspots.”

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Test and development efforts for the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) remain on track despite the Covid-19 virus outbreak, the Navy’s chief official for carriers said, while a fifth advanced weapons elevator (AWE) – and first “lower stage” elevator – has been certified, allowing access to the ship’s after weapons magazines.

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In what may be a historical first, the submarine Delaware (SSN 791) was officially commissioned into service in the United States Navy April 4 while underwater, a top Navy official told reporters Thursday.
“We commissioned USS Delaware in a rare form,” said James “Hondo” Geurts, the service’s top acquisition official. “It’s probably fitting for a submarine named after the first state [that] it was the first commissioning we’ve ever done underwater. 

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James “Hondo” Geurts, top acquisition official for the US Navy and Marine Corps, is working to coordinate government and industry efforts to keep the nation’s industrial base healthy and functioning during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has been at sea one of every two days since returning to service in October, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly said Tuesday, continuing evidence that the ship is meeting or exceeding expectations.

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The waterfront in this Navy town is always bristling with warships carrying guns, missiles and powerful electronic systems. But a new feature appeared recently in the form of laser weapons mounted aboard two ships based here. And more lasers are coming.

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The U. S. Navy’s decision to name an aircraft carrier after Pearl Harbor hero Doris Miller is laudable for the symbolism of honoring an African American worthy of having a ship named after him. At first blush, however, it is a misapplication of norms to apply the name of a relatively momentary hero to an aircraft carrier and not a destroyer, as has been the tradition for generations.

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Fincantieri Marinette Marine plans a major upgrade and expansion of its shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin should it secure the prime contractor award for the US Navy’s FFG(X) frigate program, shipyard president Rick Hunt told reporters Jan. 8. 
Several new facilities would be built at the yard to accommodate the frigates, Hunt said, including a major new assembly hall. The upgrades are needed to accommodate the frigates which, at about 7,400 tons, would be more than twice the size of the littoral combat ships (LCS) now in series production at Marinette.

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