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Ships & Submarines

March 22, 2012 | Daily News

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the top Republican on the Senate Armed Service Committee, is urging Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to provide a detailed plan for controlling soaring costs in the multibillion-dollar program to build new aircraft carriers.

In the coming weeks, the Navy and shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries "must develop a credible plan to control costs" for the lead ship in the new carrier class, the Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), and the following two ships, McCain counsels Mabus in a March 21 letter.

March 22, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

L-3's multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the government concerning an experimental Navy catamaran has been transferred from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts.

March 16, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy's new ship floor is likely to drop to around 300 once its force structure assessment, set to be presented to the Navy secretary "within a week," goes public, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert told reporters today at a breakfast hosted by the Defense Writers Group.

If confirmed, the number would mark a departure from the Navy's previous floor of 313 ships, a move that Greenert said was driven by strategy rather than budget.

March 15, 2012 | Daily News

Part of the Navy's fiscal year 2013 budget request includes funds to send four minesweeping ships and four MH-53 mine countermeasures helicopters into the Arabian Gulf as a way of "setting the theater" to better counter the threat posed by Iran, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

March 15, 2012 | Daily News

Cost growth in the lead ship of the Gerald Ford-class of carriers, CVN-78, has ballooned beyond $1 billion over the original estimate, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told the Senate Armed Services Committee today. He added that the Navy plans to ask for legislative relief on the congressionally mandated cost cap next year.

March 09, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department must make "tough" cuts to major investments to accommodate the huge cost of replacing Ohio-class submarines that provide nuclear deterrence worldwide, according to Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale.

There are no easy solutions to the looming fiscal challenge presented by the Ohio-class replacement program, also known as SSBN(X), Hale told reporters Thursday at the Credit Suisse/McAleese defense program conference in Arlington, VA.

March 08, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy will increase its presence in the Asia-Pacific region consistent with the administration's greater strategic emphasis on the area, senior defense officials said today.

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the fleet would boost the share of ships deployed to the Pacific. It is "now an East Coast-West Coast balance of 48-52 and that will change over the next few years to about 40-60," Carter said at a conference in Arlington, VA.

March 01, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy will wrap up a force-structure assessment that lays out the new ship floor -- or confirms the old 313-ship goal -- by the end of this fiscal year, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told the House Appropriations defense subcommittee today. The Navy had indicated in the past that it planned to finish the review in the spring.

"The force-structure assessment will be done by the end of this fiscal year because you know we have to put it against the strategy, put it against the particular plans as well," Mabus said.

March 01, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Settlement prospects have dimmed for L-3's multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the government concerning an experimental catamaran as the two sides wrangle over whether a federal judge should dismiss the contractor's complaint, according to court documents.

February 16, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

An internal audit spotlighting management problems at the shipyard responsible for building all U.S. aircraft carriers is spurring the Navy and industry to take new corrective actions.

February 14, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy will not move forward with plans to move a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to Naval Station Mayport in Florida for at least five years, though it will send a three-ship amphibious readiness group to Mayport in 2015 instead.

"The Navy will demonstrate its continued commitment to strategic dispersal by moving a three-ship amphibious ready group in 2015, four years earlier than planned for the carrier," Navy spokeswoman Lt. Courtney Hillson told Inside the Navy today.

February 14, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy will be "taking risk" by planning toward a fleet of just 30 amphibious ships, one of many areas where the service will have to tighten its belt in the coming years, Rear Adm. Joseph Mulloy, the Navy's deputy assistant secretary of the budget, said today.

February 09, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department's developing AirSea Battle concept should provide operational and materiel benefits for the Air Force and Navy across several platforms, such as between the stealthy B-2 and submarine fleets the two services maintain, the Air Force's senior military official said today.

January 31, 2012 | Daily News

The commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command told reporters today that the Ponce (LPD-15) will be renovated into an afloat forward staging base for U.S. Central Command to support mine countermeasures, not special operations forces.

Adm. John Harvey, speaking at a Defense Writers Group breakfast, said reports that the ship would be used as "an alternate command ship" or "a special operating forces Death Star Galactica coming through the Gulf" were untrue.

January 30, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy's new budget plan will reverse a move announced last year to accelerate the production of a new fleet of oilers, a decision that strips three of four vessels from the service's earlier plan and resets the start date for construction of the new logistics ship to fiscal year 2017, according to sources familiar with the Pentagon's new budget plan.

January 27, 2012 | Daily News

For its "new afloat forward staging base," the Defense Department will overhaul one of three Mobile Landing Platforms -- ships long a part of the Navy's modernization blueprint -- to meet a "longstanding" U.S. Central Command need, according to officials familiar with Navy plans.

As an interim solution, however, DOD will extend the service life of the Ponce -- an amphibious transport dock that had been slated for retirement in March -- and modify the vessel to provide commanders in the Middle East a means of projecting forces ashore from the sea, according to Navy officials.

January 26, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy is retiring seven CG-47 Ticonderoga-class cruisers early and slipping the construction of numerous ships to later budget years, the Defense Department announced today.

January 26, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department's $525 billion fiscal year 2013 budget request cuts F-35 Joint Strike Fighter procurement quantities, reduces funding for the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program because of a delay caused by a contract dispute, and curtails the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Elevated Netted Sensor System due to concerns about its cost and operational mobility, states a DOD white paper released today.

January 26, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department's plan to buy two multibillion-dollar nuclear attack submarines annually in the coming years appears to be in jeopardy as the Pentagon prepares to unveil its fiscal year 2013 budget request, according to industry sources.

January 24, 2012 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office is questioning the Navy's move to rely on the DDG-51 destroyer as its preferred surface combatant of the future, saying the service's pick of the ship over the DDG-1000 may not have "a sufficient analytical basis for a decision of this magnitude."