Saturday, December 20, 2014
Ships Submarines
Tracking the latest news on Navy shipbuilding and submarine programs
Inside the Navy - 12/22/2014

The Navy's testing command rated the Littoral Combat Ship Freedom-variant with the surface warfare mission package as "not operationally suitable" due primarily to deficiencies in critical mission systems, according to a report to Congress submitted earlier this year.

Inside the Navy - 12/22/2014

Congress will work with the Navy over the next fiscal year to fill any cost gaps in the Navy's budget that may hinder the construction of the 12th LPD-17 San Antonio-class vessel as a bridge to the next-generation amphibioius ship, the chairman of the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee told Inside the Navy last week.

Inside the Navy - 12/22/2014

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit both experienced multiple maintenance issues during their nine-month deployment that included combat operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to service officials.

Inside the Navy - 12/22/2014

The chairman of the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee last week voiced criticism of the Navy's proposed small surface combatant, calling for an open competition and a downselect to one shipbuilder after the end of the first block buy of the Littoral Combat Ship.

Inside the Army - 12/22/2014

The Army will move ahead with replacing outdated propulsion systems in its 34 Landing Craft Utility-2000 water vehicles this fiscal year despite funding cuts in the omnibus spending package.

DefenseAlert - 12/18/2014

Congressional auditors estimate the first two ships of the Ford-class aircraft carrier program built by Huntington Ingalls Industries will exceed statutory cost caps by $1.7 billion, raising the prospect that lawmakers may have to loosen restraints designed to reign in the price tags of the Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) and the John F. Kennedy (CVN-79).

Inside the Navy - 12/15/2014

LAUREL, MD -- The Navy is applying the lessons learned from a painstaking effort to determine the basis of the service's next-generation amphibious ship to its other major programs in order to drive affordability, the service's top acquisition official said last week.

Inside the Navy - 12/15/2014

The $1.1 trillion fiscal year 2015 omnibus spending bill Congress has fashioned reflects major discrepancies between appropriations and authorization committees regarding the way ahead for the Navy, with appropriators adding more than $1 billion for additional F/A-18G Growlers and zeroing out funding for the Littoral Combat Ship's Remote Minehunting System.

Inside the Navy - 12/15/2014

For the new small surface combatant, the Navy will continue the dual-source approach it has used to buy the first 20 Littoral Combat Ships, splitting upcoming buys between shipbuilders Lockheed Martin and Austal, senior Navy officials told reporters last week.

DefenseAlert - 12/11/2014

The Navy plans to enhance the weapons, sensors and armor of its Littoral Combat Ship in answer to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's call for a more lethal and survivable small surface combatant, senior Navy officials told reporters late Thursday.

DefenseAlert - 12/11/2014

The Navy's modified Littoral Combat Ship will be a multimission platform with increases in survivability and lethality, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a Dec. 11 statement.

DefenseAlert - 12/10/2014

The $1.1 trillion fiscal year 2015 spending bill Congress has fashioned reflects major discrepancies between the appropriations and authorization committees regarding the way ahead for the Navy.

Inside the Navy - 12/08/2014

If Capitol Hill directs the Navy to begin the process of refueling the George Washington aircraft carrier in fiscal year 2015, Congress must be prepared to commit funding authority in future years to finish the job, a top service official said last week.

Inside the Navy - 12/08/2014

Additional delays in the shipboard test schedule for the Navy's new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System will directly impact the delivery date of the first Ford-class aircraft carrier, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office.

DefenseAlert - 12/02/2014

House and Senate negotiators in a compromise defense policy deal reached Tuesday deferred a decision on the Navy's proposal to place half of its cruiser fleet in reduced operating status while they are refurbished, directing the Navy to modernize just two vessels in fiscal year 2015.

DefenseAlert - 12/01/2014

The Navy is preparing to seek permission from the Office of the Secretary of Defense this month to overhaul its acquisition plan for the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), scrapping plans to install the Raytheon-built Dual Band Radar and paring back planned acquisition of numerous capabilities that will render the ship unable to accommodate the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft until 2027 at the earliest.

Inside the Army - 12/01/2014

The watercraft slated to replace the Army's 44 aging Landing Craft Mechanized-8 boats may have an ability to operate in icy seas, according to the deputy director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center.

Inside the Navy - 12/01/2014

NORFOLK, VA -- Navy Expeditionary Combat Command has a small boat shortfall and the service is conducting a capabilities-based assessment for a replacement vessel, according to a service official.

Inside the Navy - 12/01/2014

NORFOLK, VA -- The Navy is working to better plan ship availabilities in order to accommodate upkeep and modernization work, in part by extending the maintenance piece of a ship's basic training phase, a service official said earlier this month.

Inside the Navy - 12/01/2014

NORFOLK, VA -- Navy officials late last month laid out the service's plans to drive cost efficiencies into the next-generation amphibious ship, detailing a decision to reduce landing craft capacity in order to increase the new platform's aviation and command and control capability.

Inside the Navy - 11/24/2014

NORFOLK, VA -- The Navy is currently drafting the requirements document for a new fleet of amphibious vessels to replace its aging dock landing ships and anticipates approval of that document by July, according to a service official.

Inside the Navy - 11/24/2014

The Navy's plan to defer construction work on the first in a class of new aircraft carriers until after the ship has delivered "obscures visibility" on the full cost of the carrier and will result in the delivery of an unfinished vessel, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.

Inside the Navy - 11/24/2014

NORFOLK, VA -- The amphibious ship the Marine Corps will use for Joint Strike Fighter shipboard operational testing will come out of maintenance "shortly" and testing will be begin in May, according to a Navy official.

Inside the Navy - 11/24/2014

NORFOLK, VA -- The Navy recently completed an early step in the acquisition process for a replacement fleet of amphibious landing craft and is awaiting a decision memorandum that will officially approve the preferred alternative, according to a service official.

Inside the Navy - 11/24/2014

NORFOLK, VA -- The Navy is "considering" a proposal to build the 12th San Antonio-class ship as a bridge to a future amphibious replacement fleet in light of congressional movement and a recent decision to base the new LX(R) platform on the LPD-17 hull form, according to a service official.

DefenseAlert - 11/17/2014

Some Navy admirals specializing in surface warfare concur with a new study that suggests refocusing the surface force's ability to take and hold areas of ocean by destroying threats, rather than defending against missiles and torpedoes, according to an analyst pushing the concept.

Inside the Navy - 11/17/2014

The continued delay in the Navy's awarding of the primary construction contract for the next aircraft carrier, the John F. Kennedy, seriously threatens the viability of the carrier industrial base, according to one supplier.

Inside the Navy - 11/17/2014

The Navy is evaluating whether to install the new Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Service on future Littoral Combat Ships in place of the existing ship computer system due to cybersecurity concerns, according to a service official.

Inside the Navy - 11/17/2014

The Navy's plan to disestablish the National Defense Sealift Fund could open up competition for major ship components for the service's replacement fleet oiler TAO(X) to foreign manufacturers, potentially dealing a blow to the defense industrial base, according to representatives from one naval engine supplier.

Inside the Navy - 11/10/2014

The Navy has approved recent reviews of the weight requirements for both the Freedom and Independence variants of the Littoral Combat Ship, to see if the ships are holding the line on those specifications, according to service officials.

Inside the Navy - 11/10/2014

The president and chief executive officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries said he is "concerned" about the Navy's continued delay in awarding both the primary construction contract for the next aircraft carrier, the John F. Kennedy, and the advanced planning contract for refueling the carrier George Washington.

Inside the Navy - 11/10/2014

A new Republican majority in Congress means the Navy will continue to have to make tough choices on what the priorities are in its 30-year shipbuilding plan, according to a Defense Department official and defense analysts.

DefenseAlert - 11/06/2014

The president and chief executive officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries said he is "concerned" about the Navy's continued delay in awarding both the primary construction contract for the next aircraft carrier, the John F. Kennedy, and the advanced planning contract for refueling the carrier George Washington.

Inside the Navy - 11/03/2014

In the Navy's first bi-annual report to Congress, the service's acquisition chief described steps the service is taking to minimize costs on the Virginia Payload Module as directed by the most recent appropriations act.

Inside the Navy - 11/03/2014

A new Navy task force recently stood up to holistically review the service's cyber posture is conducting assessments on a number of ship platforms to create an enduring framework the Navy can use to analyze and defend against future cybersecurity threats, service officials said late last week.

Inside the Navy - 11/03/2014

The lead ship in the Navy's $12 billion next-generation Zumwalt-class destroyer program is 92 percent complete and the team recently finished up activation of the ship's computer system, according to the program manager.

Inside the Navy - 11/03/2014

The Navy's ship-to-shore connector program has successfully completed production readiness review, the latest in a series of major milestones achieved by the program.

DefenseAlert - 10/28/2014

U.S. naval forces and coalition partners will experiment with the Joint High Speed Vessel as well as employ cyber tactics during an amphibious exercise focused on high-level crisis response operations that begins tomorrow, according to a Marine Corps official.

Inside the Army - 10/27/2014

Citing concerns with outdated propulsion systems in its 34 Landing Craft Utility-2000 water vehicles, the service is looking to launch a service-life extension program for the vessels.

Inside the Navy - 10/27/2014

The Navy's top shipbuilding modernization priority, the Ohio-class replacement ballistic missile submarine, will not be impacted by the continuing resolution passed by Congress because the service convinced Pentagon officials of the importance of the program, according to a service official.

Inside the Navy - 10/27/2014

The Navy continues to catch up on nuclear maintenance work for submarines and aircraft carriers at public shipyards after last year's hiring freeze slowed down the process, according to senior service officials.

Inside the Navy - 10/27/2014

The Navy recently chartered a small team to propose a five-year plan for the service's new attack submarine program -- dubbed SSN(X) -- which will come online in 2034 in lieu of the eighth block of the Virginia-class submarine, according to a service official.

Inside the Navy - 10/27/2014

Huntington Ingalls Industries is reaffirming its support for a proposal to build LPD-28 as a bridge to the LX(R) replacement fleet, in light of a recent decision memorandum laying out the Navy's determination that a design based on the LPD-17 San Antonio-class hull form is the preferred alternative for LX(R).

Inside the Navy - 10/27/2014

The Navy has begun putting money toward modernizing the guided-missile cruiser Cowpens, one of 11 cruisers the service wants to upgrade beginning in fiscal year 2015, a document reviewed by Inside the Navy indicates.

DefenseAlert - 10/22/2014

The path ahead for the Navy's multibillion-dollar, Ohio-class replacement ballistic missile submarine has all the "ingredients for failure" due to its high level of complexity, according to a top service official.

Inside the Navy - 10/20/2014

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed a decision memorandum last week that lays out the service's determination that a design based off the LPD-17 San Antonio-class hull form is the preferred alternative for a notional LX(R) amphibious replacement fleet, according to the memo obtained by Inside the Navy.

Inside the Navy - 10/20/2014

The Littoral Combat Ship Coronado (LCS-4) recently completed dynamic interface testing with the Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle, which is planned to deploy as part of the LCS surface warfare and mine countermeasures mission packages, the Navy announced last week.

DefenseAlert - 10/17/2014

Lawmakers have rejected dozens of Pentagon-proposed changes to reallocate prior-year funds, forcing the U.S. military to scrap plans to immediately shift nearly $600 million between programs -- including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Ground-based Midcourse Defense efforts -- while protecting funds for key Army radio and helicopter modernization projects.

Inside the Navy - 10/13/2014

Senior Navy officials made the case to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in a briefing last week that a design based on the LPD-17 San Antonio-class hull form is the best option for a notional LX(R) amphibious replacement fleet, according to several defense sources.

Inside the Navy - 10/13/2014

The Navy successfully tested its swarmboat technology and is planning an operational demonstration of the technology within the year, which may be used in the future to escort billion-dollar ships, defend people, ports, waterways and commerce, according to a service official.