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January 24, 2014 | Inside the Navy

As the Navy is working to implement its new Optimized Fleet Response Plan (O-FRP) starting with its carrier strike groups this year, the service is already in talks with the Marine Corps about rolling out the plan for Amphibious Ready Group/Marine Expeditionary Units next, U.S. Fleet Forces Commander Adm. William Gortney said last week.

January 24, 2014 | Inside the Navy

Huntington Ingalls Industries' first big-deck America-class amphibious assault ship is undergoing acceptance trials this week, Inside the Navy has learned, and is slated for delivery later this year.

January 24, 2014 | Inside the Navy

As one of the key takeaways from the recently completed maiden deployment of the first Littoral Combat Ship -- the Freedom (LCS-1) -- in Singapore and the Western Pacific was a need for a more flexible maintenance schedule, and the Navy is now planning to have a second port for its next LCS deployment, according to a service official.

January 24, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy is planning an at-sea demonstration with an electromagnetic railgun on board a Joint High Speed Vessel sometime in fiscal year 2016, Inside the Navy has learned, and expects in the long run to deploy the weapon on destroyers also.

January 17, 2014 | Inside the Navy

Despite a news report last week that said the Pentagon has directed the Navy to cut 20 ships from the Littoral Combat Ship program of record, Navy officials haven't given up yet on the planned 52-ship buy.

January 17, 2014 | Inside the Navy

Despite sequester cuts that threatened to scuttle more than half of the Navy's scheduled surface ship maintenance availabilities this year, service officials told Inside the Navy last week that the service's maintenance program is fully funded through 2014.

January 17, 2014 | Inside the Navy

Huntington Ingalls Industries has pitched its National Security Cutter, built for the Coast Guard, to the Navy as a cost-effective program that would fill the service's potential need for a fast patrol vessel in the near future.

January 17, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy and the Marine Corps will integrate their requirements for the first time for amphibious vessels as part of the upcoming fiscal year 2016-2010 program objective memorandum, Maj. Gen. Robert Walsh said last week.

January 17, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy is looking into equipping the expected fleet of Afloat Forward Staging Base ships with Joint Strike Fighters and V-22 Ospreys, Inside the Navy has learned.

January 17, 2014 | Inside the Navy

A $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress last week clears the way for the Navy to award a 10th DDG-51 destroyer for the program's multiyear procurement contract, with an additional $100 million to fund the ship included in the measure.

January 17, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy's first Joint High Speed Vessel departed for its maiden deployment on Jan. 16, marking a major milestone for the program.

January 17, 2014 | Daily News

The fiscal year 2014 omnibus appropriations bill countermands recent Navy plans to retire major warships before the end of their planned service lives and instead provides $2.2 billion to upgrade seven large surface combatants and two amphibious ships.

January 15, 2014 | Daily News

Proponents of a Navy plan to stretch the design of future Virginia-class submarines by nearly 100 feet, which would make space for more than two dozen additional Tomahawk cruise missiles, have prevailed in convincing skeptical lawmakers to fully fund the Pentagon's $59 million request for the Virginia Payload Module in the fiscal year 2014 omnibus spending bill.

January 14, 2014 | Daily News

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who often laments Congress' inability to pass a budget and the resulting continuing resolutions, said today that if lawmakers had continued along this path, the Navy’s carrier fleet would have been affected.

January 10, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The investigation is complete and is now in the review process for the Navy cruiser that was hit by a BQM-74 Chukar, an aerial target drone, according to Navy spokeswoman Cmdr. Tamsen Reese.

January 10, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The United States is scheduled to begin reducing launch tubes on each of its Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines soon, according to a report published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

January 10, 2014 | Inside the Navy

With the return of the first Littoral Combat Ship -- the Freedom (LCS-1) -- from its maiden 10-month deployment in Singapore and the Western Pacific, the Navy is now taking note of lessons learned, specifically in terms of maintenance and manning.

January 10, 2014 | Inside the Navy

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus last week came out in staunch support of the Littoral Combat Ship, defending the program's record and its ability to perform its mission.

January 10, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy has made a final determination on expanding the training and testing activities in the region between Southern California and the Hawaiian Islands, authorizing an increased use of the new Littoral Combat Ship and the introduction of kinetic energy weapon systems.

January 10, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy christened the fourth Joint High Speed Vessel in a ceremony in Mobile, AL on Jan. 11.

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