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Ships & Submarines

September 27, 2010

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee has added nine F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to mitigate a projected strike fighter shortfall and inserted funding for a Mobile Landing Platform to bump shipbuilding procurement to 10 vessels, according to a draft report on the panel's mark of the fiscal year 2011 defense spending bill.

The committee increased procurement of Super Hornets from 22 to 31 aircraft in the bill, which the panel passed in July. InsideDefense.com obtained a copy of the bill report late last week. The full committee has not considered the bill yet.

September 23, 2010

The Pentagon is poised to approve a new milestone for the Navy's Zumwalt-class DDG-1000 destroyer program, the construction of the third ship in the class and future funding plans for the multibillion-dollar shipbuilding endeavor.

September 15, 2010

The Navy has pulled from operation all five Cyclone-class coastal patrol ships operating in the Fifth Fleet due to structural damage.

According to an announcement from Naval Sea Systems Command, inspections of the ships revealed frame buckling, hull damage and corrosion.

“As a result of the damage found during these inspections, the Navy has decided to cease operations of the vessels in the Persian Gulf until they can be permanently repaired and restored to designed capability over the next couple of months,” the Navy said in a statement.

September 2, 2010

Defense Secretary Robert Gates' push for efficiencies has prompted the Navy to launch a new study of its prepositioning program, according to a directive from Navy Under Secretary Robert Work.

August 31, 2010

Procurement of the anti-submarine warfare mission package for the Littoral Combat Ship has been suspended due to a Navy analysis showing that it would not add significantly to the fleet's existing capabilities, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

The ASW mission package was slated to contain a multifunction towed array, a remotely towed active source, a multistatic off-board source, the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle and an unmanned surface vehicle with a dipping sonar and a towed array system.

August 23, 2010

The Navy has re-opened negotiations with the two teams competing for the Littoral Combat Ship contract, the service said today.

August 20, 2010

The Navy has revised its cost estimate for the CVN-78 aircraft carrier program, bumping $2.2 billion in procurement costs from the price tag of the first two ships in the new vessel class from a previous estimate this spring and lowering cost increases stemming from Defense Secretary Robert Gates' April 2009 decision to shift the ship construction from a four- to five-year cycle.

August 19, 2010

Senior Navy and Marine Corps officials are having a major debate over whether to lay up two of the three maritime prepositioning squadrons to address Defense Secretary Robert Gates' efficiencies initiative, service sources tell Inside the Pentagon.

August 18, 2010

The Defense Department has adjusted its $1.6 trillion portfolio of major weapon systems being developed and acquired, formally ushering in 11 new programs and completing paperwork on four major efforts whose procurement runs are complete or nearly finished.

August 16, 2010

While China's economic progress has enhanced the country's international standing and its military's ability to shift focus from border protection to power projection and a blue-water navy, great uncertainties about the country's long-term aspirations remain, according to a Defense Department report released today.

July 28, 2010

The amphibious assault ship Green Bay (LPD-20) had problems with engine contaminants and had to undergo extensive modifications this spring, a Navy official told lawmakers today.

Earlier this month, the Navy released a report investigating similar problems on the lead ship in the class, the San Antonio (LPD-17). That report placed blame on both the Navy and shipbuilder Northrop Grumman, pointing to a host of issues, including design problems, inadequate government oversight during new construction, lack of cleanliness and an absence of proper training.

July 22, 2010

The Pentagon's acquisition directorate plans to approve the start of full-rate production for the multibillion-dollar, Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine program, clearing the way for a doubling of the production rate.