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Enhanced Carrier Presence—What Do I Need to Know…Why Should I Care?

An MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 takes off from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Feb. 16, 2013. Carl Vinson was underway conducting Precision Approach Landing System (PALS) and flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy A. Hazel/Released)

This week, while in line at the commissary and exchange—when you are scanning the candy bar selection or gossip magazines —you might notice the cover of this week’s Navy Times.  Then you might ask yourself—“we have a new deployment plan?” “Aircraft carriers and their escorts will shift next year to …

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LCS Developments

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) sails alongside USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as part of a strait transit demonstration during the aircraft carrier's Sustainment Exercise off the coast of Southern California, April 14. Fort Worth, a semi-planing, mono-hull vessel, is a fast, agile, and mission-focused platform designed to employ modular mission packages that can be configured for three separate purposes: surface warfare, mine countermeasures, or anti-submarine warfare. The ship is designed to operate in hostile near-shore environments, known as "the littorals", and to defeat asymmetric "anti-access" threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. Fort Worth is the second of the Freedom variant of LCS. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Phil Ladouceur/Released)

An important milestone in the littoral combat ship program was the arrival of USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore this week, highlighting the next phase of her deployment to Southeast Asia.   Freedom transited the Pacific Ocean while making scheduled port visits in Hawaii, Guam and the Philippines. The ship is currently being operated …

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Navy’s Budget Ensures World’s Most Capable Naval Force

(June 9, 2011) Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) hold a phone and distance line to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during a replenishment at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley/Released)

By Rear Adm. John Kirby U.S. Navy Chief of Information The Navy Department’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget is on the Hill. It’s already faced a hearing in the House Armed Services Committee. And more hearings will occur in coming weeks. This is a good budget — a solid effort to …

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VCNO Testifies on FY14 Readiness

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) fires its MK 45 5-Inch lightweight gun during a board of inspection and survey (INSURV) rehearsal. Curtis Wilbur is part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, in support of regional security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, April 16. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gregory A. Harden II/Released)

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mark Ferguson testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee today about the Navy’s readiness in review of the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget request. Below are his opening statements. Madam Chairwoman, Senator Ayotte and distinguished members of the Committee, I appreciate the opportunity to testify on Navy readiness …

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