Friday, October 24, 2014
Ships & Submarines
Tracking the latest news on Navy shipbuilding and submarine programs
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.

Inside the Navy - 09/01/2014

The Navy awarded General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works a contract Aug. 22 worth up to $100 million to provide maintenance and modernization work for both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship.

Inside the Navy - 08/25/2014

The Navy awarded five individual contracts last week totaling $2.5 billion for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services production units and intends to make the effort competitive throughout the eight-year period of performance, according to a service official.

DefenseAlert - 08/22/2014

The Navy is deferring key actions on the Remote Minehunting System until the third quarter of fiscal year 2015 following the delay of a crucial Office of the Secretary of Defense review that was scheduled for May 2014.

Inside the Navy - 08/18/2014

The Navy anticipates costs for the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer to increase between fiscal years 2017 and 2019 due to "estimating errors," according to the Pentagon's latest Selected Acquisition Report.

Inside the Navy - 08/18/2014

The Navy is implementing several design and engineering improvements to its Littoral Combat Ship program using lessons learned from the construction of the first two vessels, according to a service spokesman.

Inside the Navy - 08/18/2014

Results from a recently completed analysis of alternatives to replace the Navy's aging dock landing ships lead the Navy to focus on either using a modified LPD-17 San Antonio-class amphibious ship as the basis of the notional LX(R) program, or designing a new vessel altogether.

Inside the Navy - 08/18/2014

The Navy awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding a $25 million contract modification to complete 40 design and construction changes to the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78).

Inside the Pentagon - 08/14/2014

The Pentagon's acquisition chief has waived a competitive prototyping requirement for the Navy's Fleet Replenishment Oiler program to prevent acquisition costs from soaring and the program from being delayed.

Inside the Navy - 08/11/2014

Due to a delay in the contract award that officially begins the advanced planning process to refuel the aircraft carrier George Washington, the ship will start its refueling and complex overhaul six months later than originally planned, a Huntington Ingalls Industries official told Inside the Navy last week.

Inside the Navy - 08/11/2014

The Navy has not decided what type of contracting strategy to use -- sole-source or a joint venture -- for the multibillion dollar Ohio-class replacement ballistic missile submarine program, according to a business executive.

Inside the Navy - 08/11/2014

Even if sequestration cuts return in fiscal year 2016, a Huntington Ingalls Industries official expressed confidence that the Navy will "find a way" to pay for the refueling and complex overhaul of the aircraft carrier George Washington (CVN-73), either by reapportioning existing funds or securing an additional source of cash.

DefenseAlert - 08/04/2014

The Navy has awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding division a $49.6 million contract to begin planning work associated with defueling the aircraft carrier George Washington, a move HII hopes is the first step toward an award of the full refueling contract.

Inside the Navy - 08/04/2014

The lead ship in the LX(R) class that is scheduled to begin replacing the Navy's aging dock landing ships in the mid-2020s will likely cost less than $2.02 billion, the estimated cost to build a 12th LPD-17 amphibious vessel, according to a defense official associated with amphibious ship capabilities development.

Inside the Navy - 08/04/2014

The analysis of options to replace the Navy's aging fleet of amphibious landing craft is completed, according to slides from a June presentation to industry that also detailed the initial requirements for the program.

Inside the Navy - 08/04/2014

The Navy plans to test-launch the Naval Strike Missile, a surface-to-surface missile developed by the Norwegian defense company Kongsberg, from a Littoral Combat Ship off the coast of Southern California in September, the Navy confirmed last week.

DefenseAlert - 07/31/2014

In a bid to limit the government's exposure to potential additional costs in the $22.6 billion Littoral Combat Ship program, congressional investigators are recommending the Pentagon's acquisition executive set three new criteria for the Navy to meet before soliciting bids for additional vessels in fiscal year 2016.

DefenseAlert - 07/31/2014

Senior Navy leadership is reviewing the preliminary findings of a small surface combatant task force set up to develop proposals for an alternative to the Littoral Combat Ship, a Navy official said on the day the task force was supposed to present its findings to top brass.

Inside the Navy - 07/28/2014

As the requirements shape up for a notional LX(R) program to replace the Navy's aging dock landing ships, a Marine Corps official told Inside the Navy last week that the new fleet must be able to support an aviation detachment, as well as independent amphibious operations.

Inside the Navy - 07/28/2014

In order to mitigate a shortfall in amphibious lift, the Marine Corps is looking at potentially expanding the mission of the Joint High Speed Vessel to include sea basing operations, a service official told Inside the Navy last week.

Inside the Navy - 07/28/2014

The Navy cannot move forward with the acquisition of a 12th San Antonio-class amphibious warship without full funding authority from Congress to complete construction of the vessel, the service's top acquisition official said last week.

Inside the Navy - 07/28/2014

Although several officials have said a Navy and Marine Corps team has completed an analysis of alternatives for a notional LX(R) program to modernize the services' aging dock landing ships, the Navy's top acquisition official said Friday that the team is looking at a third and possibly a fourth "pass" on the effort.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/24/2014

A senior official at U.S. Southern Command this week described to Inside the Pentagon the types of military assets his command is sorely lacking, which together have contributed to diminished abilities for SOUTHCOM to meet its mission needs.

DefenseAlert - 07/23/2014

The Marine Corps is weighing multiple options, both new and from the past, to improve its ship-to-shore capabilities in a fiscally austere environment, according to Brig. Gen. William Mullen.

Inside the Navy - 07/21/2014

The Senate Appropriations Committee's version of the fiscal year 2015 defense spending bill would add $194 million more than the Navy requested for the Joint High Speed Vessel program so the service can buy additional ships, according to a report accompanying the bill.

DefenseAlert - 07/15/2014

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee has supported an array of Pentagon weapons programs in its $549.3 billion military spending bill for fiscal year 2015, including the Air Force's fleet of A-10 aircraft; the Army's combat vehicle industrial base; and the Navy's modernization of USS George Washington (CVN 73) and fleet of EA-18G Growlers.

Inside the Navy - 07/14/2014

The Navy intends to expand the scope of an existing studies contract with industry for LX(R), an amphibious ship replacement design, despite having recently completed an LX(R) analysis of alternatives, according to the service and a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

Inside the Navy - 07/14/2014

The Navy has revamped the organization that provides "cradle-to-grave" support for its surface ships by establishing two new offices charged with ship modernization and in-service readiness, according to an internal message sent out July 1.

DefenseAlert - 07/06/2014

The Navy's plan to simultaneously build a new ballistic missile submarine while modernizing the conventional fleet will require "funding at an unsustainable level" that drives the annual shipbuilding budget to more than $24 billion -- nearly twice the $13 billion historic average -- by fiscal year 2032, the service reveals in a new report to Congress.