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Ships & Submarines

March 30, 2011 | Daily News

If a ship is cut from the Navy's fiscal year 2011 budget under a full-year continuing resolution, the Navy would likely add the hull to a later budget request, possibly FY-13's, the vice chief of naval operations said today.

Adm. Jonathan Greenert told reporters at a Center for Naval Analyses conference that losing a ship is a possibility the Navy is prepared to work with.

March 29, 2011 | Daily News

The price tag for the Pentagon's $1.7 trillion weapon system acquisition portfolio has jumped $135 billion -- 9 percent -- over the last two years, with nearly half of the projected increase attributable to the 10 largest Defense Department programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, the CVN-21 aircraft carrier and the DDG-51 destroyer program, according to the Government Accountability Office.

March 24, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy's multibillion-dollar program to buy a dozen nuclear ballistic missile submarines in the 2020s will be funded within the shipbuilding account, not in a separate account as the sea service's top admiral has advocated, according to Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter.

March 23, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy could consider cutting one major ship from its budget this year if Congress does not pass a defense spending bill, according to the service's top budget official. However, the chief of naval operations said today that he has not yet received proposals to deal with the shortfall.

March 22, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy's lead submarine builder has agreed to extend until April 21 its contract terms for two Virginia-class subs -- including 2008 pricing commitments -- that the Pentagon hopes to begin building in fiscal year 2011, a concession that grants the government four additional weeks to find a way to keep longstanding modernization plans from unraveling.

March 21, 2011 | Daily News

Operations in Libya and Japan are unlikely to incur extra costs for the Navy, according to the service's top budget officer.

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments think tank estimated in a report earlier this month that a full no-fly zone over Libya could cost up to $1 billion, or about $100 million to $300 million per week. However, Rear Adm. Joseph Mulloy, deputy assistant secretary for the budget, told Inside the Navy in an interview today that the costs for the sea service would be practically negligible, despite heavy Navy involvement in the operation.

March 17, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy has awarded funds for its planned fiscal year 2011 purchase of Littoral Combat Ships, according to an announcement released today.

When it finalized the dual block buy strategy at the end of last year, the Navy said it would award two ships in the FY-11 budget.

The FY-11 purchase technically modifies the contracts for the FY-10 buys from Austal USA and the Marinette Marine-Lockheed Martin teams, which included options for the FY-11 buy. The first two ships from Lockheed and Austal cost $436.9 million and $432 million, respectively.

March 16, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy is working to extend again the terms of a 2008 pact with submarine builder General Dynamics Electric Boat that would preserve until April contractual terms essential to plans for building two Virginia-class boats in fiscal year 2011, one of the Pentagon's top acquisition goals this year.

March 16, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy has endorsed Northrop Grumman's decision to spin off two of its shipyards into a new entity called Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.

The company announced earlier today that its board had approved the spinoff, which will consist of its Huntington yard in Newport News, VA and the Ingalls yard in Pascagoula, MS. Northrop has said it plans to close its third yard, Avondale, near New Orleans, LA, though there have been media reports that a buyer has expressed interest in the facility.

March 15, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect that the Navy expects to compete the contract for the LSD amphibious ship replacement in fiscal year 2017, not 2016 as previously reported.)

The Navy is confident that the ships it has under contract with Northrop Grumman will be built whether the company's proposed spinoff of its shipyards proceeds or not, a service official said today.

March 11, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy is underestimating the total cost of its 30-year shipbuilding plan by nearly 20 percent, according to the Congressional Budget Office, which estimates the average annual expenditures needed to execute the 2011-to-2040 shipbuilding plan will be $20.9 billion. The Navy's estimate is $17.8 billion.

March 10, 2011 | Daily News

Fiscal year 2011 contracts for the Littoral Combat Ship line are on hold due to uncertainty over the continuing resolution that controls Pentagon spending, according to the Navy's acquisition czar.

The Navy had planned to buy one ship each from Austal USA and Lockheed Martin-Marinette Marine in FY-11 and is permitted to do so under the continuing resolution because the contracts would not constitute a new program or a build increase.

March 09, 2011 | Daily News

A continuing resolution that lasts through the summer could negate the Navy's work to reduce costs on Virginia-class submarines, bring about cost growth that could lead to "additional scrutiny" from Congress and put the entire program's future into question, according to John Casey, president of General Dynamics Electric Boat, one of the two builders of attack subs.

February 25, 2011 | Daily News

Hoping to reduce the costs of its submarine programs over the next decade, the Navy will consider consolidating the procurement contracts for its Ohio Replacement Program and its Virginia-class subs during the mid 2020s, when both efforts production plans are slated to synchronize, according to a senior Navy official.

February 23, 2011 | Daily News

The head of the U.S. 7th fleet revealed plans this week for an increased naval presence in the Asia-Pacific region, divulging details about the deployment of Ohio-class guided missile submarines, the doubling of the Navy's mine countermeasures ships in the area and added submarine maintenance facilities in Guam and Diego Garcia, as well as the use of civilian shipyards in Vietnam for maintenance on Navy ships.

February 23, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon's acquisition executive has challenged the Navy to wring $7.7 billion from the cost estimate for the Ohio-class submarine replacement program by 2014, a reduction of more than 12 percent from current estimates that is likely to drive deliberations about what technologies might be shed from the new sub class.

February 17, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Buying and
operating a dozen new nuclear ballistic missile submarines will cost the
Defense Department $347 billion over the life of the boats, according to a memo
signed this month by the Pentagon's acquisition chief.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy heavily boosted Fire Scout buys, added seven P-8As to the future years defense plan and made the expected additions and subtractions to its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet procurement and Joint Strike Fighter buys, according to the president's fiscal year 2012 budget proposal rolled out today.

February 11, 2011 | Daily News

NEW YORK -- The Navy's top officer believes his service should not foot the bill for the SSBN(X) submarine program, an extraordinarily expensive effort to replace the Ohio-class ballistic missile sub fleet -- officially launched in December -- that threatens to eventually siphon away funds needed to recapitalize other parts of the Navy in the next decade, including attack submarines, destroyers and aircraft carriers.

February 09, 2011 | Daily News

If Congress fails to pass a fiscal year 2011 defense appropriations bill, the Navy will be faced with significant funding challenges in key areas including new destroyers, aircraft carriers, mobile landing platforms, submarines and nuclear cores required to refuel subs and carriers, according to a senior Navy official.