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Rating Modernization: What’s new with it? A lot!

Rating Modernization

By Rear Adm. John Nowell Director, Military Personnel, Plans and Policies Have you heard about rating modernization? Do you know what it is and why we are doing it? Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke presented Rating Modernization to Congress in 2018. The first pillar [of Sailor 2025] is …

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Surface Reflections

By Adm. Bill Moran Vice Chief of Naval Operations Today kicks off the first day of the Surface Navy Association Annual Symposium, an event that offers much opportunity to share our collective course and speed with each other and with the American public. If only millions of Americans could see …

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Surface Navy Association 31st Annual National Symposium

2019 Surface Navy Association Symposium

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the 2019 Surface Navy Association National Symposium in Arlington, Virginia, where naval leaders, government officials and members of private industry will discuss a broad range of professional and career issues for the surface community. The theme for this year’s symposium, which will be held …

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USS Wichita (LCS 13) Commissioning Ceremony

The future littoral combat ship USS Wichita (LCS 13) conducts acceptance trials in Lake Michigan, July 11, 2018, which are the last significant milestone before a ship is delivered to the Navy. LCS-13 is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments as well as the open-ocean. It is designed to defeat asymmetric threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the January 12 commissioning of the Navy’s newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Wichita (LCS 13). Live video from Naval Station Mayport, Florida, is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. (EST). The future USS Wichita is the third naval vessel to honor Kansas’s largest …

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USS South Dakota (SSN 790) Commissioning

WASHINGTON (June 21, 2012) An artist rendering of the Virginia-class submarine USS South Dakota (SSN 790). (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Stan Bailey/Released)

The newest Virginia-class attack submarine, USS South Dakota (SSN 790), will be commissioned at Groton, Connecticut, Feb. 2, 2019. It will be the 17th Virginia-class attack submarine to join the fleet. As the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, the submarine can operate in both littoral and …

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USS McCampbell Welcomes 2019

WATERS SURROUNDING THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 15, 2016) The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) participates in a photo exercise with Republic of Korea Navy ships during Invincible Spirit 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christian Senyk/Released)

At the time this blog is posted, most people in the United States are busy readying themselves for a well-deserved evening of revelry ringing in the New Year. They are free to do so, in large part, because of our Sailors who protecting the homeland and preserving America’s strategic influence …

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