Monday, July 28, 2014
Ships & Submarines
Tracking the latest news on Navy shipbuilding and submarine programs
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.

DefenseAlert - 07/01/2014

The Navy will move forward with the refueling of the aircraft carrier George Washington, reversing a previous plan to decide next year whether to retire the vessel.

Inside the Navy - 06/30/2014

An overdue Navy-Marine Corps effort to assess options for modernizing the services' aging fleet of dock landing ships has been completed, according to a Marine Corps official.

Inside the Navy - 06/30/2014

The Marine Corps' new connector strategy with its focus on high-water speed capability will allow Marines to sidestep the full force of an enemy, instead penetrating its "seam," Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck said last week.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/26/2014

The Pentagon's advanced research arm is planning a proposers' day next month for a new program designed to create a very fast underwater vehicle, with a broad agency announcement to follow.

Inside the Navy - 06/23/2014

A six-month delay to an operational assessment for the Navy's Remote Mine Hunting System, an integral component to the Littoral Combat Ship's mine countermeasures mission package, has resulted in a "modest" cost impact to the program, according to a Navy official.

Inside the Navy - 06/23/2014

Senate authorizers intend to restore funding for two Ohio-class submarine training exercises that were cut in the fiscal year 2015 budget, according to the Senate's mark of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill.

Inside the Navy - 06/23/2014

The Navy is planning a solicitation of technology solutions from industry for rapid insertion into the Littoral Combat Ship's anti-submarine warfare mission package, according to a Navy official.

Inside the Navy - 06/16/2014

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert signed the capabilities development document for the Flight III variant of the Arleigh-Burke guided-missile destroyer last month, according to the program manager.

Inside the Navy - 06/16/2014

Lockheed Martin has submitted a proposal to the Navy for an option to upgrade its Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship with already designed modifications, a Lockheed official said last week.

DefenseAlert - 06/11/2014

The Office of Naval Research is soliciting ideas for technologies and concepts to enhance the transfer of Marines and their combat equipment from ships to the beach, requesting new approaches that could be immediately implemented as well as proposals for "connectors-after-next" capabilities.

DefenseAlert - 06/10/2014

The Navy is bracing for a six-month delay in the delivery of its next aircraft carrier, the John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), estimating in a report to Congress that shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries will complete the second Ford-class ship in March 2023.

Inside the Navy - 06/09/2014

The Navy is looking at designing exit routes on its newest flight of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to allow easier modernization of the ship's key combat systems, according to the program manager.

Inside the Navy - 06/09/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee last week blasted the Navy's plan to postpone a decision on whether or not to retire the aircraft carrier George Washington, recommending a provision that would prohibit the service from using fiscal year 2015 funds to inactivate the ship, according to a report that accompanied the committee's FY-15 defense authorization bill.

Inside the Navy - 06/09/2014

The Navy has reduced the scope of planned modernizations of its Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers due to affordability concerns and a high demand signal from the fleet, Inside the Navy has learned.

Inside the Navy - 06/09/2014

Swedish defense and security company Saab recently rolled out its new Sea Giraffe 4A radar, an upgraded version of the unit carried aboard Austal's Independence-class variant of the Littoral Combat Ship, with an eye toward eventually deploying the system on the Navy's follow-on LCS platform.

Inside the Navy - 06/09/2014

Senate authorizers are in agreement with their House counterparts that creating a separate fund for building Ohio-class replacement submarines and developing unmanned underwater vehicles are a critical national security interest, according to a report accompanying the Senate's mark of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill.

DefenseAlert - 06/03/2014

The Navy has set aside nearly $1.4 billion in advance procurement funding in fiscal year 2019 for a yet-to-be-formally approved extension of the Virginia-class submarine program, raising the total amount programmed for the effort in the service's five-year budget plan to $2.5 billion.

Inside the Navy - 06/02/2014

If Congress does not allow the Navy to go forward with its phased modernization plan for 11 Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers, any efforts to replace the service's aging fleet will be challenged in the next decade by the planned construction of the next-generation ballistic missile submarine fleet, the commander of Naval Sea Systems Command told reporters last week.

Inside the Navy - 06/02/2014

Naval Sea Systems Command in its new strategic business plan is renewing its focus on improving shipboard maintenance and rebuilding crew size in order to improve the readiness of its existing ships, NAVSEA Commander Vice Adm. William Hilarides told reporters last week.

DefenseAlert - 05/29/2014

A proposal to use the LPD-17 San Antonio-class amphibious vessel design as the basis for an LX(R) amphibious ship replacement program is "off the table" due to affordability concerns, according to the chief of Naval Sea Systems Command.

Inside the Navy - 05/26/2014

House and Senate authorizers are at odds over the fate of the Navy's proposal to save money by placing 11 of the 22 Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers, along with three amphibious ships, in reduced status while they are being modernized.

Inside the Navy - 05/26/2014

The Navy is preparing to begin ship-based testing of its new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, designed to replace the service's aging steam-driven catapults, the program manager told Inside the Navy last week.

DefenseAlert - 05/23/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee has authorized the Navy secretary to reprogram up to $650 million from other areas of the Navy's budget to pay for the refueling and complex overhaul of the aircraft carrier George Washington, despite the service's wishes to do otherwise.

DefenseAlert - 05/22/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee has passed a fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill authorizing $514 billion in base funding and protecting a variety of acquisition programs that were slated for budgets cuts, according to lawmakers who spoke at a May 22 press conference.

DefenseAlert - 05/19/2014

The chief of naval operations on Monday laid out the Navy's plan to increase its force presence in the Asia Pacific region over the next several years, noting that the Navy plans to increase the average number of ships in the area from 58 next year to 67 in 2020.

Inside the Navy - 05/19/2014

Operational testing of the Navy's new tactical afloat network has been delayed from April to August in yet another setback for a program that has been hampered by repeated delays.

Inside the Navy - 05/19/2014

The Office of Naval Research earlier this month successfully demonstrated a new lightweight ramp intended for use on the Navy's Joint High Speed Vessel that could potentially expand the mission sets of the vessel to include ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore transport.

Inside the Pentagon - 05/15/2014

U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Southern Command will not be sponsoring an oceanographic survey ship, intended to be used as a partner platform for counter-narcotics efforts, humanitarian assistance and security force assistance, according to Col. Greg Julian, public affairs chief at SOUTHCOM.

DefenseAlert - 05/12/2014

The Navy has tallied a $27.3 billion price tag for its recently announced five-year plan to buy 10 Virginia-class submarines, a sum that includes nearly $10 billion worth of major subsystems the government will procure for the boats beyond the $17.6 billion shipbuilding contract announced last month.

Inside the Navy - 05/12/2014

The House Armed Services Committee last week approved a measure to limit or withhold funding for Littoral Combat Ship mission modules until the Navy submits milestone B goals and until the Pentagon's top weapons tester certifies the need for additional modules.

Inside the Navy - 05/12/2014

The House Armed Services Committee in its markup of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization act rejected the Navy's proposal to save money by placing 11 of the 22 Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers, along with three amphibious ships, in reduced status while they are modernized.

Inside the Navy - 05/12/2014

The Navy portion of the House Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill, passed last week, fully funds the FY-15 costs associated with the refueling and complex overhaul of the George Washington carrier (CVN-73) in order to ensure the Navy keeps 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in its fleet.

Inside the Navy - 05/12/2014

Rear Adm. Thomas Rowden, currently serving as the Navy's surface warfare director in the office of the chief of naval operations (N96), has been tapped to take over for Vice. Adm. Thomas Copeman as the head of Naval Surface Forces, the Pentagon announced last week.

DefenseAlert - 05/07/2014

A proposed House Armed Services Committee bill would shift $6.8 billion among weapon system investment accounts in the Pentagon's fiscal year 2015 budget request and boost modernization spending by a total of $1.5 billion.

DefenseAlert - 05/07/2014

Despite tensions between the United States and Russia, the U.S. Navy is preparing to reduce its capability to deploy Trident II D5 missiles on ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) as part of the follow-on Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty signed by the two countries.

DefenseAlert - 05/05/2014

The House Armed Services Committee outlined its budgetary handiwork this week in the panel's full mark of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill, laying out acquisition program reductions and increases.

Inside the Navy - 05/05/2014

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee is looking to create a national sea-based deterrence fund to pay for the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine replacement program outside of the Navy's shipbuilding budget.

Inside the Navy - 05/05/2014

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee's mark of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill limits half of the funds authorized for the Office of the Secretary of Defense until the Pentagon obligates money for the planning and long lead procurement necessary to refuel the Navy's 11th aircraft carrier.

Inside the Navy - 05/05/2014

House Armed Services Committee members, in their mark of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill, will recommend adding $800 million in incremental funding for the construction of a 12th LPD-17 San Antonio-class amphibious warship, according to documents obtained by Inside the Navy.