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Ships & Submarines

August 01, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy plans to test-launch the Naval Strike Missile, a surface-to-surface missile developed by the Norwegian defense company Kongsberg, from a Littoral Combat Ship off the coast of Southern California in September, the Navy confirmed last week.

July 31, 2014 | Daily News

In a bid to limit the government's exposure to potential additional costs in the $22.6 billion Littoral Combat Ship program, congressional investigators are recommending the Pentagon's acquisition executive set three new criteria for the Navy to meet before soliciting bids for additional vessels in fiscal year 2016.

July 31, 2014 | Daily News

Senior Navy leadership is reviewing the preliminary findings of a small surface combatant task force set up to develop proposals for an alternative to the Littoral Combat Ship, a Navy official said on the day the task force was supposed to present its findings to top brass.

July 25, 2014 | Inside the Navy

As the requirements shape up for a notional LX(R) program to replace the Navy's aging dock landing ships, a Marine Corps official told Inside the Navy last week that the new fleet must be able to support an aviation detachment, as well as independent amphibious operations.

July 25, 2014 | Inside the Navy

In order to mitigate a shortfall in amphibious lift, the Marine Corps is looking at potentially expanding the mission of the Joint High Speed Vessel to include sea basing operations, a service official told Inside the Navy last week.

July 25, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy cannot move forward with the acquisition of a 12th San Antonio-class amphibious warship without full funding authority from Congress to complete construction of the vessel, the service's top acquisition official said last week.

July 25, 2014 | Inside the Navy

Although several officials have said a Navy and Marine Corps team has completed an analysis of alternatives for a notional LX(R) program to modernize the services' aging dock landing ships, the Navy's top acquisition official said Friday that the team is looking at a third and possibly a fourth "pass" on the effort.

July 23, 2014 | Inside the Pentagon

A senior official at U.S. Southern Command this week described to Inside the Pentagon the types of military assets his command is sorely lacking, which together have contributed to diminished abilities for SOUTHCOM to meet its mission needs.

July 23, 2014 | Daily News

The Marine Corps is weighing multiple options, both new and from the past, to improve its ship-to-shore capabilities in a fiscally austere environment, according to Brig. Gen. William Mullen.

July 18, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Senate Appropriations Committee's version of the fiscal
year 2015 defense spending bill would add $194 million more than the Navy
requested for the Joint High Speed Vessel program so the service can buy
additional ships, according to a report accompanying the bill.

July 15, 2014 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee has supported an array of Pentagon weapons programs in its $549.3 billion military spending bill for fiscal year 2015, including the Air Force's fleet of A-10 aircraft; the Army's combat vehicle industrial base; and the Navy's modernization of USS George Washington (CVN 73) and fleet of EA-18G Growlers.

July 11, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy intends to expand the scope of an existing studies contract with industry for LX(R), an amphibious ship replacement design, despite having recently completed an LX(R) analysis of alternatives, according to the service and a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

July 11, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy has revamped the organization that provides "cradle-to-grave" support for its surface ships by establishing two new offices charged with ship modernization and in-service readiness, according to an internal message sent out July 1.

July 07, 2014 | Daily News

The Navy's plan to simultaneously build a new ballistic missile submarine while modernizing the conventional fleet will require "funding at an unsustainable level" that drives the annual shipbuilding budget to more than $24 billion -- nearly twice the $13 billion historic average -- by fiscal year 2032, the service reveals in a new report to Congress.

July 02, 2014 | Daily News

The Navy will move forward with the refueling of the aircraft carrier George Washington, reversing a previous plan to decide next year whether to retire the vessel.

June 27, 2014 | Inside the Navy

An overdue Navy-Marine Corps effort to assess options for modernizing the services' aging fleet of dock landing ships has been completed, according to a Marine Corps official.

June 27, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Marine Corps' new connector strategy with its focus on high-water speed capability will allow Marines to sidestep the full force of an enemy, instead penetrating its "seam," Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck said last week.

June 25, 2014 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's advanced research arm is planning a proposers' day next month for a new program designed to create a very fast underwater vehicle, with a broad agency announcement to follow.

June 20, 2014 | Inside the Navy

A six-month delay to an operational assessment for the Navy's Remote Mine Hunting System, an integral component to the Littoral Combat Ship's mine countermeasures mission package, has resulted in a "modest" cost impact to the program, according to a Navy official.

June 20, 2014 | Inside the Navy

Senate authorizers intend to restore funding for two Ohio-class submarine training exercises that were cut in the fiscal year 2015 budget, according to the Senate's mark of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill.