Families bearing Valentine’s Day signs welcome USNS Mercy home from deployment

Cries of joy echoed across a Navy pier in San Diego Monday as the well-known hospital ship USNS Mercy returned from deployment in the Indo-Pacific, where China is trying to strike security partnerships with long-standing U.S. allies.

US, Philippine warships train in South China Sea ahead of ‘dangerous’ maneuvers report

U.S. and Philippine warships trained together in the South China Sea on Friday, two days before Manila accused Beijing of dangerous maneuvers by vessels there.

Navy adds confidential sexual harassment reporting with access to help

A new sexual harassment reporting option for Navy sailors allows them to keep their identity confidential but still receive counseling and other support, according to the service.

Navy fires commander of Destroyer Squadron 2

Capt. William Harkin, the commanding officer of Destroyer Squadron 2, was relieved of command Saturday because of a loss of confidence in his ability to perform his duties, the Navy said in a statement.

US launches more self-defense strikes against drones, anti-ship missiles in Yemen

The U.S. has launched another round of self-defense strikes against drones and anti-ship missiles in Yemen, according to a U.S. Central Command statement Sunday.

Australia sends sailors to Guam for US Navy nuclear submarine training

A second, larger contingent of Australian sailors is training alongside U.S. counterparts on Guam as part of an agreement to create a nuclear-powered submarine force for the Australian navy.

US, Australian, Japanese ships maneuver for short exercise in South China Sea

A flotilla of US, Australian and Japanese warships recently trained together in the South China Sea, an operation that coincided with several large-scale exercises underway in the region.

Military’s shortage of mental health workers causing long waits for care

The military’s shortage of mental health workers and an increase in demand for care has forced troops to seek help off base and sometimes wait a month for appointments, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

2 new US strikes made against attempted Houthi missile launches, CENTCOM says

U.S. forces carried out two more preemptive strikes on missiles that Houthi militants in Yemen were preparing to launch in their ongoing campaign of attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea.

USNS Brunswick returns stateside after 7-year Pacific deployment that included historic first

After more than seven years of Pacific operations and over 21,600 nautical miles, including the first circumnavigation of the world by an expeditionary fast transport, the USNS Brunswick arrived last week at its new home port at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Fort Story, Va.

Navy destroyer to visit Mobile for Mardi Gras; free tours offered

On Friday, Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook will be at Mobile to serve as the city’s 2024 Mardi Gras ship, offering free tours during the holiday weekend.

Navy looks to test drinking wells for potential ‘forever chemicals’ from Chesapeake, Va., base

At a public meeting Tuesday, the Navy informed residents that decades ago, toxic “forever chemicals” had potentially contaminated groundwater at the St. Juliens Creek Annex in Chesapeake and trickled into nearby neighborhoods.

USS Theodore Roosevelt sailors roam free on Guam for first time since COVID-19 outbreak

The USS Theodore Roosevelt steamed into Guam’s Apra Harbor on Tuesday for a scheduled port call, where its crew may explore the island for the first time since it was sidelined there during a major COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.

Navy team carves aircraft carrier out of snow for Sapporo winter display

A new class of aircraft carrier — one carved from snow — is appearing at the 74th annual Sapporo Snow Festival, a world-renowned stage in Japan for cold weather sculptors.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support Unit 2 receives Battle ‘E’ Award

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support Unit 2 was presented the Battle “E” Award for fiscal year 2023 during a ceremony held Monday at the unit’s headquarters at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

Navy sacks USS Howard commander, marking 2nd ouster for destroyer’s skipper in 6 months

Cmdr. Cameron Dennis was dismissed as commander of the USS Howard by Capt. Justin Harts, the commodore of Yokosuka Naval Base’s Destroyer Squadron 15, for “a loss of confidence in his ability to perform his duties,” the Navy announced in a brief statement.

US says it launched strikes in Yemen against 2 explosive drone boats

The U.S. military says it struck two Houthi sea drones in Yemen, as the Iran-backed group’s attacks around the Red Sea continue causing havoc in the shipping world.

Another 2,200 plaintiffs sue Navy over contamination of Hawaii water by jet fuel

Another 2,200 individuals filed suit in federal court Monday seeking compensation for illnesses, distress and financial hardship they say stem from exposure to petroleum-tainted Navy tap water in Hawaii.

Traffic near Navy bases in Hampton Roads may increase during 2-week exercise, officials say

This week, Navy bases across the country begin Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2024, leaders said. The annual training exercise includes realistic simulated scenarios like active shooter threats.