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Ships & Submarines

December 06, 2010 | Daily News

Austal USA and Lockheed Martin-Marinette Marine have proposed per-platform prices for Littoral Combat Ships that fall somewhere between $220 million and the $480 million price cap set by earlier legislation, according to the lawmaker who put forward a bill to authorize the purchase of ships from both.

December 06, 2010 | Daily News

The Congressional Research Service has expressed concerns about how quickly a decision about the new dual-buy approach for the Littoral Combat Ship has been foisted on Congress, according to a new report written by analyst Ronald O'Rourke.

December 03, 2010 | Daily News

Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS), outgoing head of the House Armed Services seapower subcommittee, has introduced a bill that would approve the Navy's proposed dual-block buy of the Littoral Combat Ship.

The Navy declared last month that it wants to change its acquisition strategy for LCS, buying 10 ships of each design proposed by the competing shipbuilders Lockheed Martin-Marinette Marine and Austal USA. That marked a departure from the previous plan, which called for a downselect to one design and one shipbuilder.

December 01, 2010 | Daily News

The Navy's hope of a dual-buy strategy for the Littoral Combat Ship program isn't dead yet, despite the passage of a continuing resolution without it, according to the service.

The Navy declared last month that it wants to change its acquisition strategy for LCS, buying 10 ships of each design proposed by the competing shipbuilders, Lockheed Martin-Marinette Marine and Austal USA. That marked a departure from the previous plan, which called for a downselect to one design and one shipbuilder.

November 30, 2010 | Daily News

The Coast Guard today awarded Northrop Grumman a contract worth about $480 million for the fourth National Security Cutter.

The fixed-price contract includes long-lead materials for the fifth and sixth vessels in the class, as well as an option for the construction of NSC-5.

According to Coast Guard spokeswoman Maureen Schumann, NSC-4 is expected to be delivered in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

November 24, 2010 | Daily News

After wringing $4 billion in total acquisition costs from the Virginia-class submarine program in recent years, the Navy estimates an additional $1.8 billion is needed to acquire a fleet of 30 attack subs -- an increase that will not affect near-term unit costs nor plans to boost production rates to two boats per year, according to program manager Capt. Michael Jabaley.

November 24, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Months after rejecting a pair of Navy plans for testing and developing new nuclear ballistic missile submarines, the Pentagon has approved one of the multibillion-dollar SSBN(X) program's key strategies.

November 18, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon has approved a new milestone for the Navy's Zumwalt-class DDG-1000 destroyer program, confirming construction plans and setting short-term spending limits for the multibillion-dollar shipbuilding endeavor now in the midst of contract negotiations.

November 12, 2010 | Daily News

(Correction: The original version of this story said Mabus' comments followed an address to the Carnegie Foundation. The correct name of the group is the Carnegie Council; the story has been updated to reflect the change.)

The Navy is proposing the addition of as many as five new ships and approximately 30 new aircraft to its forthcoming five-year investment plan, punching up its procurement portfolio with funds harvested by reducing headquarters operations and implementing other "efficiencies," according to DOD sources.

November 10, 2010 | Daily News

The diminishing ice in the Arctic will force the Navy to make adjustments to how ships are designed and configured to handle cold weather, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead said at the National Press Club in Washington today.

November 03, 2010 | Daily News

The Navy is considering awarding both Austal USA and Lockheed Martin-Marinette Marine 10-ship buys for the Littoral Combat Ship, a service official said today.

The Navy had long planned to downselect between the two to bring the program's costs under control, leading to fierce sniping between the two contractor teams.

According to Navy spokeswoman Lt. Courtney Hillson, the sea service is working with the armed services committees in Congress to determine whether congressional authorization for the double buy would be feasible.

October 28, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

High costs have prompted U.S. Special Operations Command to cancel plans to build a successor to the troubled Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) minisub.

October 28, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Northrop Grumman shipyard that builds multibillion-dollar aircraft carriers and submarines is breaking more Defense Department management rules than two other yards that DOD labeled "high risk" earlier this year, Inside the Pentagon has learned.

October 21, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Northrop Grumman shipyard responsible for building multibillion-dollar aircraft carriers and submarines is violating at least half the Pentagon's core rules for managing the cost and schedule of major acquisition programs.

October 18, 2010 | Daily News

With only 31 amphibious ships in the fleet and with five of those facing material problems, the Navy is hard-pressed to meet the needs of the combatant commands, and the issue could be exacerbated by changes to plans for the Mobile Landing Platform.

October 15, 2010 | Daily News

Northrop Grumman today filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to pave the way for a potential spin-off of the contractor's shipbuilding business.

The filing is the first step toward executing a possible spin-off that would have Northrop divest itself of its shipyards, which would then operate as a separate entity, the company said. The registration statement was filed under the name "New Ships, Inc," which Northrop spokesman Randy Belote told Inside the Pentagon is a placeholder.

October 14, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Northrop Grumman shipyard that builds all U.S. aircraft carriers and co-produces every new American submarine is suffering from management problems, according to a previously undisclosed Pentagon assessment.

September 30, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A three-star admiral wants a new review of the readiness of warships charged with performing ballistic missile defense missions to ensure White House goals are met, according to an internal memorandum.

September 30, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

House and Senate appropriators want to add millions of dollars to the Pentagon's latest budget request to combat the corrosion of weapons systems, a problem that costs taxpayers billions of dollars annually.

September 27, 2010 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee wants to terminate the most advanced variant of the Air Force's Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system and has slashed $1.2 billion from previously appropriated modernization programs, some of which have not adhered to full-funding financial regulations, according to previously unreported details of the panel's new military spending proposal.

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