March 1st 2007: DON Budget
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The nation’s top Navy
and Marine Corps leaders told members of Congress March 1 that
the Department of the Navy’s (DoN) proposed $139.8 billion
budget request for fiscal year 2008 (FY08) fully supports near
and long-term warfighting requirements and will help win the
global war on terror (GWOT).
Through the Fleet Response Plan, we continue to meet the demands
of the Combatant Commanders for trained, flexible and
sustainable forces, with six Carrier Strike Groups available on
30 days notice and an additional Carrier Strike Group ready to
surge within 90 days,” Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike
The proposed budget represents a $12 billion increase from last
year’s baseline appropriations. It provides for improved
facilities for schools and child care and a three percent
across-the-board pay increase for service members.
The FY08 ship construction and aviation procurement plan
includes the first CVN-21 aircraft carrier, a Virginia-class
submarine, one amphibious assault ship, one logistics ship and
three Littoral Combat Ships. It also calls for 18 EA-18Gs; 24
F/A-18E/Fs; 21 MV-22 Ospreys, unmanned aerial vehicles,
mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles (MRAP vehicles) and the
continued development and procurement of F-35 joint strike
The budget allots $14.7 billion for
shipbuilding, an increase of about $3.2 billion over this year.
The V-shaped-bottom MRAP vehicle is
designed to fill the gap between the flat-bottomed Humvees being
used today and the Joint Tactical Light Vehicle, which is
designed to offer greater protection against IEDs.
February 28th 2007: Ronald Reagan Awarded
First Battle "E" USS RONALD REAGAN, At
Sea (NNS) -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) earned the 2006
Commander Naval Air Force Carrier Battle Efficiency “E” award
for the West Coast, the first Battle "E” ever for the Navy’s
newest aircraft carrier.
The Ronald Reagan CSG departed San Diego
Jan. 27 on a surge deployment in order to fill the role of USS
Kitty Hawk (CV 63), the Navy’s only permanently forward deployed
aircraft carrier, as it undergoes scheduled maintenance in
February 28th 2007: Big E Underway
USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- The nuclear-powered aircraft
carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) left its homeport Feb. 28 for
the first time since returning from its regularly scheduled
six-month deployment in November.
For the next few weeks, Enterprise, along with embarked Carrier
Air Wing (CVW) 1, will conduct carrier qualifications while
underway in the Atlantic to maintain combat readiness.
The Big E is the centerpiece of the Enterprise Carrier Strike
Group (CSG), which also includes USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), USS
Stout (DDG 55), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), USS James E.
Williams (DDG 95), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Philadelphia (SSN
690) and the fast combat supply ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6).