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Ships & Submarines

September 05, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

A recent classified assessment of design options for a new class of multibillion-dollar nuclear ballistic missile submarines endorses the current plan to build 12 subs, each with 16 missile tubes, according to Navy officials.

August 15, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Although House appropriators made funding the development of a dry combat submersible a priority, adding $35 million to the Defense Department's request, Senate appropriators disagreed, setting up a conference issue.

July 25, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy is greatly underestimating how much it will cost to build ships in the coming years, although the service is not off by as much as last year, according to the Congressional Budget Office's latest annual report on shipbuilding.

July 19, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Producers of the nation's multibillion-dollar warships have long struggled to comply with Defense Department management rules that last month triggered more contract penalties for Lockheed Martin, but recently the shipbuilders have either managed to prevent such penalties from escalating or dodged them altogether.

July 06, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy selected a Textron-led team to build the Ship-to-Shore Connector and awarded the team a contract worth $212 million for detail design and construction of the craft, the Defense Department announced today.

July 03, 2012 | Daily News

The price tag for Pentagon-proposed block buys of two big-ticket weapon systems -- Arleigh Burke destroyers and V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft -- will be significantly higher than sums the Defense Department outlined in requests to Congress earlier this year seeking legislative permission to enter into multiyear procurements, congressional budget experts find in a new report.

June 22, 2012 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee members Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Todd Akin (R-MO) today wrote to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert to express concerns about how the Obama administration's strategic pivot to the Pacific region may affect the Navy's carrier air wing construct.

June 13, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy's acquisition directorate is defending procurement plans for the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) program despite program delays and recent praise for another potential connector, the French-designed L-CAT catamaran.

June 06, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department has launched a mobility capabilities assessment of whether the Pentagon's planned cargo aircraft and cargo ship inventories are sufficient to execute the Obama administration's new defense strategy through 2018, an undertaking that could spell changes to the military's transportation fleet.

May 31, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Rather than follow the lead of the House authorizers and appropriators in recommending additional funding for U.S. Special Operations Command's Undersea Mobility Program, Senate authorizers shifted $8 million from the program's procurement account to related research and development.

May 31, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Current plans to slash the number of air-cushioned landing craft in the Navy could jeopardize the nation's capability to conduct amphibious assaults, according to a previously unreported naval assessment.

May 23, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

House
appropriators have joined House authorizers in approving an additional $35
million for special operations forces' undersea mobility platforms, boosting
the the $26 million requested by U.S. Special Operations Command to $64
million.

May 09, 2012 | Daily News

The average unit cost of Littoral Combat Ships, not including their mission modules, is $420 million, which is $118 million under the congressional cost cap for the program, LCS Program Executive Officer Rear Adm. James Murdoch told reporters in a teleconference today.

Murdoch said the ship construction cost across the current block buy is $357 million, whereas the congressional cost cap stands at about $538 million.

April 26, 2012 | Daily News

A House subcommittee is pushing to prevent the Navy from retiring three cruisers early in fiscal year 2013 by banning Defense Department funding for the effort, according to the panel's mark of the FY-13 defense authorization bill released today.

The House Armed Services readiness subcommittee's mark would prevent funds from being "obligated or expended to retire, prepare to retire, inactivate or place in storage a cruiser or dock landing ship." The full committee will take up the bill May 9.

April 25, 2012 | Daily News

A House subcommittee is recommending authorizing the Navy to enter into multiyear contracts to buy 10 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and 10 Virginia-class attack submarines over five years, rather than nine apiece as the Navy had requested, according to materials released today.

April 18, 2012 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Navy will cut back on traditional surface warfare ships operating near Latin America, Africa and Europe as the service shifts its focus to the Asia-Pacific region in the coming years, with Littoral Combat Ships and Joint High Speed Vessels taking their place, Navy Under Secretary Robert Work said here today.

Asked at a panel at the Navy League's annual SeaAirSpace symposium about budget challenges facing the Navy, Work said the service is prioritizing its assets and "shifting our focus to the Asia-Pacific region and the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf.

April 05, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The huge cost of building a new class of nuclear ballistic missile submarines cannot be borne by the Navy's shipbuilding account alone, acting Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall told lawmakers last week, raising new questions about whether the department will maintain plans to resource the multibillion-dollar program through that account.

March 29, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Recent dueling letters between Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus concerning soaring costs in the Navy's multibillion-dollar aircraft carrier construction program have no impact on the shipbuilder's financial outlook, Huntington Ingalls Industries President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Petters said Tuesday.

March 28, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy will look into the possibility of procuring 10 destroyers in its planned multiyear contract instead of the nine outlined in its 30-year shipbuilding plan, submitted to Congress today, according to a letter Navy Secretary Ray Mabus sent to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).

March 28, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy's latest 30-year shipbuilding plan, sent to Congress today, is affordable for the next five years but thereafter "presents a resourcing challenge" largely due to the multibillion-dollar investment requirements associated with building a new class of nuclear ballistic missile submarines, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has told lawmakers.

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