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Ships & Submarines

January 18, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy
decided not to fund the worst-case $1.1 billion estimate for the cost overrun
on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), according to Navy acquisition
executive Sean Stackley.

January 18, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy might retire two of its amphibious ships due to budget constraints, Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, deputy commandant for combat development and integration, told reporters today.

Following a Navy League breakfast in Arlington, VA, Mills said the service faces "budgetary pressures" that will force it "to make some very, very tough decisions across the board with all the ships."

He added that the Marines "certainly hold tight on the fact we need 33 amphibious ships."

January 13, 2012 | Daily News

Military leaders are rushing new weapons into operational testing despite signs the systems are not ready, the Pentagon's top tester warns in a new report that spotlights big problems threatening to undermine an array of major programs.

The latest annual report from J. Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department's operational testing chief, counsels the armed services to conduct rigorous developmental testing, aimed at early detection of software and hardware problems, before moving on to trials in an operationally realistic environment.

January 12, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy decided not to fund the worst-case $1.1 billion estimate for the cost overrun on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), Navy acquisition executive Sean Stackley said today.

"We did not budget to the worst case," Stackley told reporters at the Surface Navy Association's annual conference, noting the department instead budgeted to the most likely estimate for the overrun. Bloomberg first reported last month that the worst-case estimate was $1.1 billion and the program manager's "most likely" estimate was $884.7 million.

January 12, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Funding for the lead ship in a new class of LSD(X) landing-dock vessels may be in jeopardy in the Pentagon's fiscal year 2013 long-term budget, but the department is sticking by plans to build the LHA-7 big-deck amphibious ship, according to service sources.

January 12, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's staff has directed the Navy to revisit the idea of crewing warships on a rotational basis to boost the fleet's forward presence, according to the service's top admiral.

January 10, 2012 | Daily News

About 15 percent of Navy ships are delivered to the fleet late, a number that industry needs to improve, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said today at the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium in Arlington, VA.

While the delivery of Virginia-class attack subs has been stellar, surface ships have not fared so well, which forces the Navy to spend more money on keeping aging ships afloat, Greenert said.

January 10, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon's strategic pivot toward the Asia-Pacific region will not require a major surge in the number of Navy ships there, nor will it diminish the fleet's presence in the Middle East, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said today.

On any given day, 50 of the Navy’s 285 ships are underway in the Western Pacific, Greenert said, noting about half of those are forward deployed naval forces in and around Japan.

January 04, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy and
the Defense Contract Management Agency have signed a new agreement designed to
clear up confusion over how to apply key management rules to major shipbuilding

December 21, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Justice Department and the Navy have secured an extension from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to respond to L-3's multimillion-dollar lawsuit concerning an experimental catamaran. Meanwhile, the case is scheduled to enter a dispute-resolution process to explore the potential for a settlement.

December 15, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The White House is pressing the Pentagon's multibillion-dollar nuclear ballistic missile submarine program to heed full-funding rules, limiting the Navy's options for blunting the costly project's impact on other shipbuilding endeavors.

December 08, 2011 | Daily News

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) today asked the newly appointed fiscal year 2012 defense authorization conference committee to keep the House's language that bans funding for upgrades to a naval station in Mayport, FL, where the Navy intends to move one of the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, VA.

December 01, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

A long-simmering contract dispute between L-3 and the Navy concerning an experimental catamaran has erupted into a multimillion-dollar lawsuit in federal court.

November 23, 2011 | Daily News

The Marine Corps' plan to modernize its amphibious warfare ship fleet will cost $50 billion over three decades, the Congressional Budget Office estimates in a new report, a recapitalization plan that would leave the service five ships shy of what Marines say is required to execute its most-demanding future mission: launching two expeditionary brigades ashore from the sea.

November 18, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department has added the Air Force's VC-25A Presidential Aircraft program as well as an unnamed National Security Agency effort to a list of priority military projects permitted to cut ahead of other military and commercial customers for industrial materials and parts.

On Aug. 3, William Lynn -- then the deputy defense secretary -- approved adding the programs to the Defense Department's list of high-priority "DX" rated program, expanding the list from 11 to 13, according to a Pentagon official.

November 15, 2011 | Daily News

Sequestration cuts would hammer the Defense Department's top weapons programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, the Littoral Combat Ship and the Air Force's new bomber, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told lawmakers today.

November 10, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy will penalize shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries for management problems by withholding millions of dollars under new Pentagon rules that crack down on contractors' deficient business systems.

November 01, 2011 | Daily News

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert responded to Virginia lawmakers seeking to keep a full fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in Norfolk, writing in an Oct. 21 letter that the decision to move one carrier to Florida was strategically smart but would be re-examined in the context of budget cuts.

October 20, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy is developing its "increment 1" Littoral Combat Ship surface warfare mission package around the Griffin missile -- replacing the canceled Non-Line-of-Sight missile despite not meeting all of the Navy's specifications -- and could begin looking for an increment 2 Griffin upgrade as early as next year.

October 20, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy plans to extend the Virginia-class attack submarine program to 45 or 50 subs rather than end it at 30 boats and start building a replacement in the early 2020s, Capt. Michael Jabaley, Virginia-class program manager, said today.

"Next year will be the year we actually go through the acquisition process to change the baseline," Jabaley, who has been selected for his first star, told reporters following his address at the annual Naval Submarine League symposium in McLean, VA.