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Ships & Submarines

October 18, 2011 | Daily News

ABOARD THE USS WASP (LHD-1) -- As it wraps up the initial round of at-sea testing of the Marine Corps' short-take-off, vertical-landing variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Navy is finding that JSFs do not appear to cause significantly more "downwash" effects on ship decks than the service's legacy AV-8B Harriers.

The Navy sent an F-35B test aircraft to the Wasp (LHD-1) on Oct. 3. Today, service officials were continuing to check off test points through a series of short takeoffs and vertical landings witnessed by reporters flown out to the Wasp.

October 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy is slashing the number of multimillion-dollar catamarans it plans to acquire from Mobile, AL-based shipbuilder Austal USA, a move that could terminate the Joint High Speed Vessel program years earlier than previously planned.

October 13, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is advocating a big boost in the number of warships the Navy buys annually, but there are doubts about the proposal's realism given the nation's fiscal constraints.

October 07, 2011 | Daily News

In one of his first acts as deputy defense secretary, Ashton Carter has established a new senior-level governance body -- the Deputy's Management Action Group -- to guide decisions on critically important issues like the Pentagon's five-year investment plan, force structure, global posture and key capabilities such as space and nuclear deterrence.

September 26, 2011 | Daily News

Six Virginia lawmakers are asking Adm. Jonathan Greenert, who took over as chief of naval operations on Sept. 23, to re-assess the Navy's 2008 decision to relocate a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier now homeported at Norfolk, VA, to Naval Station Mayport in Florida, arguing the move makes no economic sense at a time when the Pentagon is looking to cut $450 billion from its budget over the next decade.

September 22, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Shipyards building the nation's multibillion-dollar warships have management deficiencies more serious and widespread than previously reported, according to the Defense Department.

September 01, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

To save billions of dollars in the coming years, the Navy may keep fewer cruisers and aircraft carriers in its fleet while preserving major investments in attack submarines, destroyers and littoral warships, according to former service officials and industry sources.

August 25, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy could place a guided-missile payload module aboard a Virginia-class attack submarine hull as a way to replace the four modified Ohio-class SSGN subs when they go out of service, Vice Adm. John Richardson, commander of submarine forces, told reporters today.

While the Navy wouldn't be able to put an entire SSGN payload on the smaller Virginia-class hull, "a smaller version of that would be this payload module, and then you recover the volume by stretching the number of Virginias or something like that," Richardson said at a Pentagon briefing.

August 24, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This article has been updated to include comments made by a DOD official at a Pentagon press briefing.)

China could begin construction on its first "fully indigenous" aircraft carrier this year and deploy the new warship by 2015, the Pentagon reports in its new assessment of Beijing's military power which concludes that the People's Liberation Army is on track to field a "modern, regionally focused military by 2020."

August 11, 2011 | Daily News

Huntington Ingalls Industries believes it will cost 12.5 percent less to close operations at the Avondale shipyard than originally thought, and the company plans to submit a revised proposal to the Navy later this month, company officials said in a second-quarter 2011 earnings teleconference call today.

July 27, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy and General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works yesterday reached agreement on contract terms for completing work on the last two DDG-1000 destroyers at the Maine shipyard, concluding months of negotiations and committing the Pentagon to spend billions of dollars on two ships that some speculated might not be built.

July 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department is seeking congressional permission to immediately boost funding for a high-priority Navy effort to give aircraft carriers and other high-value ships the ability to defend against  torpedo attacks, something they lack today.

Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale, in a May 8 reprogramming request not made public by the Defense Department, told lawmakers DOD wants to shift $8 million into Navy research-and-development accounts to support rapid prototyping of the Anti-Torpedo Torpedo Defense System (ATTDS).

July 13, 2011 | Daily News

Lawmakers are calling on the Pentagon's acquisition executive to account for waivers to statutory requirements to the Littoral Combat Ship program in the wake of revelations that the hulls of the new Navy ships are cracking and rapidly rusting.

June 30, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate authorizers are pressing the Pentagon's procurement chief to take the reins of U.S. Special Operations Command's latest effort to develop new submersibles for Navy SEALs.

June 24, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy estimates it will cost $11.6 billion to develop the lead ballistic missile submarine of the Ohio Class Replacement program, a 28 percent increase over the service's $9 billion estimate last year, however the projected average unit cost for the new 12-boat fleet will be $6.1 billion, 17 percent less than predicted earlier, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

June 24, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy is underestimating the long-term costs of new ship construction by an average of $4.4 billion annually, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) of the service's fiscal year 2012 to 2041 modernization plan.

CBO calculates that the service requires average yearly expenditures of $19.8 billion, while the Navy estimate is $15.4 billion, 6 percent lower than the FY-11 estimate of $16.3 billion.

June 21, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy will send the Austal-made Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-2) to a Florida shipyard to undergo repairs into next month after the service discovered corrosion problems on the vessel, according to Naval Sea Systems Command spokesman Chris Johnson.

June 16, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is preparing an acquisition decision memorandum to approve the construction of more multimillion-dollar Joint High Speed Vessels, according to service sources.

June 13, 2011 | Daily News

(Correction: The story has been updated to refelct the correct spelling of the name of the LCS program manager, Capt. Jeff Riedel.)

The Pentagon has waived the statutory requirement for full-up, system-level survivability testing of the Littoral Combat Ship because it would be "unreasonably expensive" and "impractical," a decision blessed by the Defense Department's top weapons tester, DOD officials say.

June 10, 2011 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee has raised concerns about Navy shipbuilding in its version of the fiscal year 2012 defense appropriations bill, pointing out numerous problems stretched across many ship classes potentially caused by a lack of proper oversight, according to a document reviewed by InsideDefense.com.