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December 19, 2014 | Inside the Navy

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.

December 19, 2014 | Inside the Navy

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.

December 19, 2014 | Inside the Navy

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.

December 19, 2014 | Inside the Navy

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 amphibious ship, the chairman of the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee told Inside the Navy last week.

December 19, 2014 | Inside the Army

The Army will move ahead with replacing outdated propulsion systems in its 34 Landing Craft Utility-2000 water vehicles this fiscal year despite funding cuts in the omnibus spending package.

December 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).

December 12, 2014 | Inside the Navy

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.

December 12, 2014 | Inside the Navy

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.

December 12, 2014 | Inside the Navy

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.

December 12, 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.

December 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.

December 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.

December 05, 2014 | Inside the Navy

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.

December 05, 2014 | Inside the Navy

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.

December 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.

December 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.

November 26, 2014 | Inside the Army

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.

November 26, 2014 | Inside the Navy

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.

November 26, 2014 | Inside the Navy

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.

November 26, 2014 | Inside the Navy

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.

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