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Ships & Submarines

February 04, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy has temporarily maneuvered around a threat hanging over its plans to double production of the Virginia-class submarine program in fiscal year 2011 -- a top Pentagon modernization goal that cannot be executed under limits on increasing procurement rates stipulated in the stopgap spending measure funding Defense Department operations, according to service officials.

February 03, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Acquisition Board has endorsed a plan for the SSBN(X) class of Ohio-replacement ballistic missile submarines that involves 12 hulls at $4.9 billion a piece, each with 16 87-inch missile tubes designed to carry the D5 missile, the Navy announced today.

The existing Ohio class includes 14 hulls, each with 24 missile tubes of the same size.

The announcement states that the decision was approved on Jan. 10, following a meeting of the board on Dec. 9 and the issuance of an acquisition decision memorandum.

February 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon has scheduled a pair of Defense Acquisition Board meetings this month to consider advancing the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship and Mobile Landing Platform programs to the next phase of development.

February 02, 2011 | Daily News

Navy and Marine Corps efforts to plow savings from efficiencies into investment accounts will permit the purchase of additional aircraft and eliminate the services' strike fighter shortfall, add $400 million to accelerate by three years the procurement of the Marine Personnel Carrier and a nearly $500 million boost to radio and small arms accounts, according to Navy Under Secretary Robert Work.

January 11, 2011 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition leaders are working to keep one of the Navy's top procurement goals for fiscal year 2011 -- doubling the production of Virginia-class submarines -- from being scuttled as a result of spending limitations required under the temporary appropriations measure now financing Defense Department activities.

January 10, 2011 | Daily News

The chances that the Navy will rip out and replace any part of the Littoral Combat Ship's combat systems to increase commonality between the two variants are slim to nonexistent, according to the program executive officer for ships.

Rear Adm. David Lewis told Inside the Navy on Jan. 7 that the dual-buy approach will leave two sets of 12 ships with common combat systems at the end of the recently awarded 10-ship contracts, which is comparable to a typical ship class.

January 06, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon will buy an additional destroyer and Littoral Combat Ship, disband 2nd Fleet, significantly slash Marine Corps end strength and kill the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program while funding an EFV replacement, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced today.

January 03, 2011 | Daily News

Operating under a continuing resolution may stall the Navy's efforts to increase the size of its fleet, according to the assistant secretary of the Navy for acquisition, research and development.

Sean Stackley told reporters in a roundtable last week that living under a continuing resolution at least until March is going to make acquisition management harder across the service. Before breaking for the holidays, Congress passed a continuing resolution that funds government operations through March 4.

December 30, 2010 | Daily News

The Littoral Combat Ship contract award drama came to an end yesterday when the Navy awarded Lockheed Martin-Marinette Marine and Austal USA contracts to construct 10 more ships each between now and fiscal year 2015.

The service was finally able to reveal the price data it has been dancing around for months as it tried to convince Congress to switch from a downselect strategy between the two bidders to a dual award. Lockheed was awarded almost $437 million for the block of ships, and Austal’s approved bid came in at $432 million.

December 22, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's acquisition directorate is poised to approve the start of construction for two multimillion-dollar San Antonio-class LPD-17 amphibious ships.

December 20, 2010 | Daily News

The Japanese government plans to increase the number of ballistic missile defense-capable Aegis destroyers from four to six, according to documents released this week.

To date, four Kongo-class Aegis destroyers have been BMD-equipped. Inside Missile Defense reported last December that Japan had been thinking about expanding Aegis BMD to its two Atago-class destroyers.

December 20, 2010 | Daily News

The Senate Majority Leader has introduced a continuing resolution that would approve the dual-block-buy approach for the Littoral Combat Ship.

The bill, which was officially proposed yesterday, would continue funding for various government functions until March 4. It devotes a single sentence to LCS, stating: “Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary of the Navy may award a contract or contracts for up to 20 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).”

December 16, 2010 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee's recently completed omnibus appropriations package includes one more short take-off and landing Joint Strike Fighter variant and one more carrier variant than the defense bill the panel proposed earlier this year, as well as one more Littoral Combat Ship.

December 16, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is poised to launch the acquisition process for a multibillion-dollar program to build new nuclear ballistic missile submarines.

December 15, 2010 | Daily News

A bill authorizing the Navy's proposed dual-block buy of Littoral Combat Ships passed the House of Representatives by voice vote this morning, but is likely to face stiff opposition from the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

December 13, 2010 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin-Marinette Marine and Austal USA have officially agreed to extend their price guarantees for the Littoral Combat Ship until Dec. 30, giving Congress more time to pass legislation approving the Navy's dual-block buy plan, according to an announcement the service released this morning.

December 09, 2010 | Daily News

Due to unexpected cost increases, the Coast Guard has been forced to dip into long-lead materials for its fifth National Security Cutter to pay for NSC-4, and may be forced to deal with operational gaps with both the NSC and Offshore Patrol Cutter, according to an acquisition official.

December 09, 2010 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office is concerned that the Defense Department's requirement for Joint High Speed Vessels may outstrip the demand in even the most intense scenarios, according to a report released Wednesday.

The report addresses the Mobility Capabilities and Requirements Study 2016, completed in February. The goal behind the study was to assess whether the Defense Department has what it needs to move troops and assets where they need to go in a strategically pressed environment.

December 09, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department will hold a major meeting today to determine the way ahead for a multibillion-dollar program to build new nuclear ballistic missile submarines.

December 08, 2010 | Daily News

(Editor's note: This story has been revised to reflect the fact that the Government Accountability Office reported that net savings from the dual-buy approach would be offset by $295 million in increased total ownership costs -- not that the savings would total $295 million.)

The Government Accountability Office has greeted the Navy's new dual-buy strategy for the Littoral Combat Ship with a healthy degree of skepticism, according to a report released today.