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Resourcing a Ready Surface Force

Since the establishment of the Readiness Reform and Oversight Council (RROC), the Navy made significant progress in its reform efforts to deliver a more ready and more capable Surface Force. With the support of Congress, the Navy invested in meaningful Surface Force reform, and remains committed to doing everything necessary …

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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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Readying the Fleet to Own the Fight

 By Vice Adm. Richard Brown Commander, Naval Surface Forces Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Our Navy’s enduring mission is to protect and defend America and its national interests worldwide. As the largest contingent of the Nation’s maritime warfighting force, it is critical our surface ships continue to “own …

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Preble Legacy: Sustained Forward Presence

PEARL HARBOR: The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) prepares to moor at its new homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Preble replaced the guided-missile frigate Reuben James (FFG 57), which was decommissioned July 18, 2013.

By Rear Adm. Brian Fort Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific USS Preble (DDG 88) is one of our Hawaii-based warships now forward deployed to the Indo-Pacific. Like our other surface warships homeported in Pearl Harbor, Sailors aboard Preble demonstrate integrity, accountability, initiative and toughness. On …

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Time Well Spent

NEWPORT, R.I. (Nov. 18, 2016) Students at Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) train on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Full Mission Bridge (FMB) simulator. The LCS Full Mission Bridge simulator is a full-sized trainer that uses the same software as the FMB and Conning Officer Virtual Environment (COVE). The LCS trainer has every Navy homeport modeled and allows the student to navigate in and out of designated ports using the highly sophisticated controls of a littoral combat ship. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

By Adm. Bill Moran Vice Chief of Naval Operations I recently completed an energizing trip to Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) in Newport, Rhode Island, to get a first-hand look at how Surface Warriors are taught and gain important insights into what instructors and students feel are important to the …

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Chafee and the Power of Integrity

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 12, 2017) The guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90), right, leads USS Stethem (DDG 63), the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) and USS Sampson (DDG 102) while transiting in formation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cole Schroeder/Released)

By Rear Adm. Brian Fort Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific A modern U.S. Navy destroyer weighs approximately 9,000 tons. The anchor – not including the weight of the chain – which is designed to hold the ship safely in place, weighs only two tons. Amazing! When anchored …

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