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Ships & Submarines

June 09, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon could soon advance development of a new class of military catamarans by approving the construction of five more of the multimillion-dollar vessels.

May 27, 2011 | Daily News

The House adopted legislation as part of the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill that would grant the Navy increased flexibility to align funding for aircraft carrier construction in the wake of the Pentagon's decision to shift from a four-year to five-year construction cycle.

May 26, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy's top acquisition official acknowledged yesterday that the LPD-17 amphibious ship class has suffered from an obsolete computer network and vulnerabilities in its combat systems, in addition to previously disclosed reliability issues caused by construction problems.

May 23, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy's newest DDG-51 destroyer caught fire during engine tests on May 20, causing an unknown amount of damage, according to Naval Sea Systems Command.

NAVSEA spokesman Chris Johnson wrote in a statement to Inside the Navy that the DDG-111 Spruance caught fire at the Bath Iron Works shipyard during “routine propulsion gas turbine engine tests.” A subsequent “system failure” caused flames in one of the engine uptakes, commonly known as stacks.

May 10, 2011 | Daily News

Unsatisfied with the Pentagon's explanation for why it reduced the number of ICBM tubes in the Ohio-class replacement submarine design from as many as 24 to 16, a powerful House lawmaker is proposing legislation that would limit Navy funding in fiscal year 2012 for designing the new strategic weapon system until detailed answers are provided to Congress.

May 06, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy has terminated its maintenance contract with Earl Industries for work on the LPD-17 San Antonio class of amphibious assault ships, citing improper work on the troubled ship and concerns about the company's quality assurance program, Naval Sea Systems Command announced today.

May 05, 2011 | Daily News

A new memorandum of agreement transferring the Army's Joint High Speed Vessels to the Navy states that the Army will provide funds to cover the vessels' basic operating costs, but the Navy will be responsible for mission costs.

According to a table attached to the MOA, which was signed by the Navy Secretary on May 2, the Army plans to transfer $605 million to the Navy to cover the cost of the JHSVs between FY-12 and FY-17.

May 05, 2011 | Daily News

The Army and Navy this week signed a memorandum of agreement transferring all five of the Army's Joint High Speed Vessels to the Navy, the Defense Department announced today.

“Initially, the JHSV program was envisioned to have five of the first 10 JHSVs assigned to the Army and the remainder to the Navy,” DOD's statement reads. “However, at the Army/Navy Warfighter Talks in December 2010, both services agreed to transfer the Army’s five JHSVs upon signing of this MOA; all 10 JHSVs will now be assigned to Navy.”

April 25, 2011 | Daily News

Multibillion-dollar efforts to build nuclear ballistic missile submarines, Army vehicles and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will spearhead a new Defense Department initiative challenging program managers to deliver weapons under budget.

April 22, 2011 | Daily News

The price tag for the Marine Corps' new big-deck amphibious assault ship, the LHA-6 America, could  exceed target costs and create a budget shortfall in the shipbuilding account, according to a new report to Congress.

April 22, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy suspended a set of tests for the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, a centerpiece of future aircraft carriers, after humidity caused the seal of a key component to leak, according to a new Pentagon report.

The action was disclosed in a Selected Acquisition Report for the CVN-78 aircraft carrier program, which also notes changes to the program schedule made in the last year to realign the shipbuilding program with Defense Secretary Robert Gates' 2009 decision to shift the construction cycle for the massive ships from a four- to five-year plan.

April 21, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is opposed to the idea of purchasing a dozen nuclear ballistic missile submarines outside the Navy's shipbuilding account, Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter said.

April 21, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The largest producer of multibillion-dollar U.S. warships is not moving fast enough to fix its management deficiencies, according to the office of the Navy's acquisition executive.

April 18, 2011 | Daily News

A Marine Corps mission package on the Littoral Combat Ship would carry between 30 and 100 troops and perform low-end missions, but would be too small to take the load off of the fleet's amphibious ships, top service officials said last week.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos told reporters on April 15 at an Institute of Foreign Policy Analysis and Tufts Fletcher School conference that such a small number of Marines would not approach the capabilities of an amphibious ship.

April 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Marines and the Navy have restarted conversations about a Marine Corps mission module for the Littoral Combat Ship, which would have to include a berthing module and a reinforced deck for Marine aircraft and could encompass an at-sea offloading method, a Corps official said today.

Lt. Gen. George Flynn, head of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, said at a conference that a Marine Corps LCS module would require embarkation equipment for a group of Marines, though he did not specify how many.

April 14, 2011 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is opposed to the idea of purchasing a dozen nuclear ballistic missile submarines outside the Navy's shipbuilding account, Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter said Wednesday.

April 11, 2011 | Daily News

The fiscal year 2011 spending agreement worked out between the White House and Congress to avert a government shutdown will allow the Navy to build two DDG-51 Aegis destroyers, according to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

In addition to the destroyers, the agreement made on Friday would also allow the Navy to build a mobile landing platform, Mabus told attendees of the annual Sea-Air-Space Symposium in Washington.

April 07, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Huntington Ingalls Industries President and CEO Mike Petters said this week the company is well positioned despite a persistent risk that the Defense Department could reduce its reliance on aircraft carriers due to fiscal pressure or new weapons that threaten the mammoth vessels.

April 07, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The head of Huntington Ingalls Industries, recently spun off from Northrop Grumman as an independent shipbuilding company, said he is skeptical about pursuing new classes of ships and plans to keep a flat revenue stream for at least the next five years, though HII may pursue the TAO(X) tanker.

April 04, 2011 | Daily News

The head of Huntington Ingalls Industries, recently spun off from Northrop Grumman as an independent shipbuilding company, said today he is skeptical about pursuing new classes of ships and plans to keep a flat revenue stream for at least the next five years, though HII may pursue the TAO(X) tanker.

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