NAVY Press Release

7th Fleet Destroyer Transits Taiwan Strait

TAIWAN STRAIT  –  The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit July 28 (local time) through international waters in accordance with international law. The ship's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows.

MDA Test Intercepts Target

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, conducted Flight Test Aegis Weapon System 33 in the broad ocean area northwest of Hawaii, July 24.

NIPO Holds Change of Command Ceremony

WASHINGTON – Rear Adm. Anthony Rossi relieved Rear Adm. Francis D. Morley as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for international programs, at the Navy International Programs Office (NIPO), in a change of command ceremony July 16 at the Washington Navy Yard Base in Washington, D.C. Secretary Jay Stefany, acting assistant secretary of the Navy (research, development and acquisition) (ASN(RD&A)), was the presiding official.

Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness visited Navy Exchange Norfolk and Navy Lodge Norfolk

Virginia Penrod, Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, visited NEX Norfolk and Navy Lodge Norfolk, Virginia, on July 15, 2021, to see first-hand how the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) supports the quality of life of its patrons. Accompanying Penrod during her visit was retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, Chief Executive Officer of NEXCOM.

USS Thomas Hudner Returns from Deployment

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), a ship of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG), returned to its homeport of Naval Station Mayport on July 17 after a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operation.

Navy Helicopter Crew Rescued After Crash Near Mt Hogue, CA

NAVAL AIR STATION FALLON, Nev. — A Navy MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter crashed near Mt. Hogue, California at approximately 5 p.m. on July 16, while conducting search and rescue (SAR) operations. All four crewmembers survived the crash without injury and have been safely recovered.

DON, SUNY Lead Virtual Discussion on Building Healthy Institutions

The Department of the Navy and the State University of New York (SUNY) hosted a virtual discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment with America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies July 14-15. The critical conversations are occurring as the military assesses its culture and all major institutions explore how best to measure and positively impact organizational climate.