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Ships & Submarines

January 03, 2014 | Daily News

Military leaders have validated the Navy's Virginia Payload Module requirement, which could help the service satisfy powerful lawmakers who last summer raised concerns about the project and recommended cutting off funding for it.

January 03, 2014 | Inside the Navy

Littoral Combat Ship shipbuilder Austal, together with subcontractor General Dynamics, last month completed the launch of LCS-6, the third Independence-variant LCS ship built by the company, but the first of 10 Independence-variant ships Austal is building as a prime contractor for the Navy.

January 03, 2014 | Inside the Navy

Naval Sea Systems Command and Southwest Regional Maintenance Center divers recently completed the first full underwater waterjet seal and evaluation on a Littoral Combat Ship, the Navy announced last week.

January 03, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The repairs to a Navy cruiser that was hit by a BQM-74 Chukar, an aerial target drone, will cost the service about $30 million and take about 26 weeks to complete repairs, according to Navy spokeswoman Cmdr. Tamsen Reese.

January 03, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training an $84.6 million contract modification to upgrade the sonar systems installed on the service's submarine fleet.

December 20, 2013 | Inside the Navy

The Navy's Remote Mine Hunting System, integral to the Littoral Combat Ship's mine countermeasures mission package, cleared reliability hurdles in developmental testing last month and is moving on toward an operational assessment followed by ship integration slated for 2014.

December 18, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

Lawmakers have softened a requirement seeking information on Pentagon plans to launch a Conventional Prompt Global Strike weapon from a submarine in a fiscal year 2014 authorization bill proposal being debated by the Senate this week.

December 13, 2013 | Inside the Navy

In the House and Senate defense authorization agreement -- which was approved by the full House last week -- $492 million was added to the Virginia-class submarine program to restore reductions to the program due to fiscal year 2013 sequestration cuts, with lawmakers making other cuts and additions to various Navy weapons programs.

December 13, 2013 | Inside the Navy

A group of defense analysts told a House subcommittee last week that the Pentagon should develop a more focused strategy to counter the rapid modernization of China's naval force, particularly after China's recent declaration of an air defense zone over the East China Sea.

December 06, 2013 | Inside the Navy

The Navy has selected the design for the Virginia Payload Module -- it will carry up to 28 Tomahawk cruise missiles -- and intends to include it in the Block V Virginia-class submarine contract slated for award in December 2018.

December 04, 2013 | Daily News

The Defense Department has extended a Navy-Marine Corps effort to assess how to modernize the services' dock landing ship fleet, directing an "affordability deep dive" team to refine and revisit cost estimates for a notional LX(R) amphibious ship replacement program.

November 27, 2013 | Inside the Navy

The Navy recently completed the first full installation of its new tactical afloat network aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer McCampbell (DDG-85), the first of a number of installations underway for the network.

November 22, 2013 | Inside the Navy

The Navy is working to reduce the number of deficiencies identified during ship acceptance trials, the service said last week, following the release of a Government Accountability Office report that found the Navy continues to accept ships with a large number of open deficiencies.

November 22, 2013 | Inside the Navy

The shipbuilding industrial base remained generally stable in 2012, according to the Pentagon's latest Annual Industrial Capabilities Report to Congress, but it is unclear what impact extended budget sequestration may have on the sector in the long term.

November 22, 2013 | Inside the Navy

The Navy's Littoral Combat Ship lacks the communications abilities necessary to transmit critical data from ship to shore, according to an unreleased report from the Government Accountability Office.

November 20, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

The United States should invest in a sufficiently sized fleet of warships based in the Asia-Pacific region to protect American interests tied to territorial disputes in the waters to China's south and east, according to the latest report by the congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

November 20, 2013 | Daily News

The Navy has concluded key testing of the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System, a satellite-guided aircraft handling capability built by Raytheon that the service says will be integral to the ability of sea-based aircraft -- including the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter and the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike System -- to operate from big-deck ships.

November 15, 2013 | Inside the Navy

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) surface warfare mission package, which successfully completed the second phase of its developmental testing last month, is on track for operational tests expected in early 2014 ahead of achieving initial operational capability this fiscal year, according to a Navy official.

November 08, 2013 | Inside the Navy

The Navy expects to send a revised Test and Evaluation Master Plan for its newest aircraft carrier, Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), to the Pentagon in early December, according to a Navy official.

November 08, 2013 | Inside the Navy

The Navy's inability to control costs on a number of programs, such as the $2 billion cost overrun for the service's newest aircraft carrier, Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), undermine the arguments of service officials when they come to Capitol Hill to sound the alarm on sequestration, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said last week.

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