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Ships & Submarines

June 20, 2014

The Navy is planning a solicitation of technology solutions from industry for rapid insertion into the Littoral Combat Ship's anti-submarine warfare mission package, according to a Navy official.

June 13, 2014

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert signed the capabilities development document for the Flight III variant of the Arleigh-Burke guided-missile destroyer last month, according to the program manager.

June 13, 2014

Lockheed Martin has submitted a proposal to the Navy for an option to upgrade its Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship with already designed modifications, a Lockheed official said last week.

June 11, 2014

The Office of Naval Research is soliciting ideas for technologies and concepts to enhance the transfer of Marines and their combat equipment from ships to the beach, requesting new approaches that could be immediately implemented as well as proposals for "connectors-after-next" capabilities.

June 10, 2014

The Navy is bracing for a six-month delay in the delivery of its next aircraft carrier, the John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), estimating in a report to Congress that shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries will complete the second Ford-class ship in March 2023.

June 6, 2014

The Navy has reduced the scope of planned modernizations of its Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers due to affordability concerns and a high demand signal from the fleet, Inside the Navy has learned.

June 6, 2014

Swedish defense and security company Saab recently rolled out its new Sea Giraffe 4A radar, an upgraded version of the unit carried aboard Austal's Independence-class variant of the Littoral Combat Ship, with an eye toward eventually deploying the system on the Navy's follow-on LCS platform.

June 6, 2014

Senate authorizers are in agreement with their House counterparts that creating a separate fund for building Ohio-class replacement submarines and developing unmanned underwater vehicles are a critical national security interest, according to a report accompanying the Senate's mark of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill.

June 6, 2014

The Navy is looking at designing exit routes on its newest flight of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to allow easier modernization of the ship's key combat systems, according to the program manager.

June 6, 2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee last week blasted the Navy's plan to postpone a decision on whether or not to retire the aircraft carrier George Washington, recommending a provision that would prohibit the service from using fiscal year 2015 funds to inactivate the ship, according to a report that accompanied the committee's FY-15 defense authorization bill.

June 3, 2014

The Navy has set aside nearly $1.4 billion in advance procurement funding in fiscal year 2019 for a yet-to-be-formally approved extension of the Virginia-class submarine program, raising the total amount programmed for the effort in the service's five-year budget plan to $2.5 billion.

May 30, 2014

If Congress does not allow the Navy to go forward with its phased modernization plan for 11 Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers, any efforts to replace the service's aging fleet will be challenged in the next decade by the planned construction of the next-generation ballistic missile submarine fleet, the commander of Naval Sea Systems Command told reporters last week.

May 30, 2014

Naval Sea Systems Command in its new strategic business plan is renewing its focus on improving shipboard maintenance and rebuilding crew size in order to improve the readiness of its existing ships, NAVSEA Commander Vice Adm. William Hilarides told reporters last week.

May 29, 2014

A proposal to use the LPD-17 San Antonio-class amphibious vessel design as the basis for an LX(R) amphibious ship replacement program is "off the table" due to affordability concerns, according to the chief of Naval Sea Systems Command.

May 23, 2014

House and Senate authorizers are at odds over the fate of the Navy's proposal to save money by placing 11 of the 22 Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers, along with three amphibious ships, in reduced status while they are being modernized.

May 23, 2014

The Navy is preparing to begin ship-based testing of its new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, designed to replace the service's aging steam-driven catapults, the program manager told Inside the Navy last week.

May 23, 2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee has authorized the Navy secretary to reprogram up to $650 million from other areas of the Navy's budget to pay for the refueling and complex overhaul of the aircraft carrier George Washington, despite the service's wishes to do otherwise.

May 22, 2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee has passed a fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill authorizing $514 billion in base funding and protecting a variety of acquisition programs that were slated for budgets cuts, according to lawmakers who spoke at a May 22 press conference.

May 19, 2014

The chief of naval operations on Monday laid out the Navy's plan to increase its force presence in the Asia Pacific region over the next several years, noting that the Navy plans to increase the average number of ships in the area from 58 next year to 67 in 2020.

May 16, 2014

Operational testing of the Navy's new tactical afloat network has been delayed from April to August in yet another setback for a program that has been hampered by repeated delays.