Friday, November 28, 2014
Ships Submarines
Tracking the latest news on Navy shipbuilding and submarine programs
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.

Inside the Navy - 10/06/2014

Senior Navy leadership was briefed last week on analysis for the notional LX(R) amphibious ship replacement program in a meeting that is expected to lead to a consensus on the preferred platform.

Inside the Navy - 10/06/2014

A task force established to develop alternatives to the embattled Littoral Combat Ship has not yet briefed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on its findings, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told reporters last week.

Inside the Navy - 10/06/2014

The assistant commandant of the Marine Corps last week stressed the limitations of leveraging alternative platforms to support amphibious operations, pointing in particular to shortfalls of the Littoral Combat Ship and the Joint High Speed Vessel.

Inside the Navy - 10/06/2014

The Navy last week awarded Textron Systems a contract to develop an unmanned mine-hunting system that will equip the service's Littoral Combat Ship.

Inside the Navy - 09/29/2014

The Marine Corps and the Office of Naval Research have extended their request for information to solicit ideas from industry for technologies and concepts that will enhance the transfer of Marines and their combat equipment from ships to the beach, service officials said last week.

Inside the Navy - 09/29/2014

The Navy is planning to station the first two Mobile Landing Platforms in Diego Garcia and Guam, a service official told Inside the Navy last week.

DefenseAlert - 09/24/2014

The Navy successfully launched the Naval Strike Missile, a surface-to-surface missile developed by the Norwegian defense company Kongsberg, from a Littoral Combat Ship on Sept. 23, the service announced.

Inside the Navy - 09/22/2014

A high-level assessment of the LX(R) amphibious ship replacement program was recently canceled in favor of a "paper review" where Navy officials will examine documentation independently.

Inside the Navy - 09/22/2014

The Navy is trying to hold the operational tempo of its submarine forces "pretty close to normal" in Europe and the Middle East, Submarine Forces Commander Vice Adm. Michael Connor told Inside the Navy last week, despite increased military ground operations in those regions.

Inside the Navy - 09/15/2014

Lockheed Martin and Austal USA have submitted to the small surface combatant task force set up to develop alternatives to the Littoral Combat Ship proposals that would enhance the survivability and lethality of the existing hull forms, industry representatives said last week.

Inside the Navy - 09/15/2014

A new report released last week on amphibious shipping examines the advantages and drawbacks of leveraging the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship to support amphibious operations, noting that the vessel's shortfalls in executing such missions could be mitigated by operating in combination with other ships.

Inside the Navy - 09/15/2014

The Navy must inspect six Virginia-class submarines for questionable third-party vendor components that were discovered on the first two Block III subs, but the service does not anticipate the inspections will impact ship delivery schedules.

Inside the Navy - 09/15/2014

The Navy recently awarded Textron Inc. a contract modification to build the first operational craft of the ship-to-shore connector program, which is planned to replace the existing fleet of Landing Craft, Air Cushion vehicles.

Inside the Navy - 09/08/2014

Foreign militaries have shown interest in purchasing some of the systems on board the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship, but the Navy is not seeing as much international interest in the LCS hull design, a service official said last week.

Inside the Navy - 09/08/2014

The Navy is investigating all cost-effective contracting options for the Ohio-class replacement submarine acquisition strategy and will finalize that strategy in the fall of 2016 as part of a milestone B decision, according to a service spokeswoman.

Inside the Pentagon - 09/04/2014

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acquisition chief, said this week he is most concerned about preserving the engineering aspects of three specific components of the defense industrial base: ground combat vehicles, high-performance aircraft and surface combat ships.