It is human nature for people to live in the present and thus forget or pay less attention to the past. For example, many think today is the most complex and complicated period in our history with Covid; Great Power Competition with two peer or near peer rivals; and many simultaneous crises whether in the Middle East or vis a vis Iran, North Korea, Syria and other irritants. And for the military services, especially the Navy that maintains an exhausting deployment schedule, dealing with the here and now of immediate personnel, equipment, readiness and operational issues is time consuming.
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.
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.
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.
The steady drizzle and grey skies did not dampen the spirits of hundreds of sailors and family members as the guided-missile cruiser Leyte Gulf found its way back to Naval Station Norfolk Jan. 4, after 283 days away from home. The ship left Norfolk with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group on March 27.