Friday, October 31, 2014
Ships & Submarines
Tracking the latest news on Navy shipbuilding and submarine programs
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Citing concerns with outdated propulsion systems in its 34 Landing Craft Utility-2000 water vehicles, the service is looking to launch a service-life extension program for the vessels.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.

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.