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April 04, 2014 | Inside the Navy

Representatives from companies that supply materials to Newport News Shipyard for carrier refueling expressed concern late last month that a delay or cancellation of the aircraft carrier George Washington's refueling and complex overhaul would drive up costs and could result in a long-term loss of the skilled workers needed to execute an overhaul.

April 04, 2014 | Inside the Navy

In a war game meant to probe the concept of operations for the Littoral Combat Ship, the Navy focused primarily on the anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities of the ship class in the open ocean, according to a Navy official.

April 04, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal forecasts a $750 million total price tag to stretch the design of future Virginia-class submarines by at least 70 feet, a sum that could allow the Virginia Payload Module program -- if needed -- to incur nearly 20 percent cost growth before hitting non-binding cap stipulated by Pentagon brass and lawmakers.

April 04, 2014 | Inside the Navy

Lockheed Martin, one of the shipbuilders for the Littoral Combat Ship, is looking to potential international customers as the program faces a Defense Department-imposed "pause" in ship contracting domestically.

April 04, 2014 | Inside the Navy

As the Navy looks to begin work on a notional LX(R) amphibious ship replacement program, officials say the LPD-17 hull form is the best fit for the platform in terms of future Marine Corps lift requirements.

April 02, 2014 | Daily News

The Navy's unfunded priority list, which was sent to Congress on Tuesday, does not include funding in fiscal year 2015 for the aircraft carrier George Washington's refueling and complex overhaul.

April 02, 2014 | Daily News

The Marine Corps is looking for a high water speed "connector" like the Joint High Speed Vessel to ferry its next-generation amphibious vehicle ashore, the service's top requirements officer said today.

April 01, 2014 | Daily News

In a war game meant to probe the concept of operations for the Littoral Combat Ship last week, the Navy focused primarily on the anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities of the ship class in the open ocean, according to a Navy official.

March 31, 2014 | Daily News

The Defense Department has established a new baseline for the Navy's effort to develop and acquire mission packages for the Littoral Combat Ship, estimating a $7.2 billion price tag beyond the cost of the ships to acquire 64 sets of weapons and sensors that can be launched from MH-60 helicopters and unmanned vehicles -- a 120 percent increase above a 2007 estimate.

March 28, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy's small surface combatant task force, meant to develop proposals for a new lethal small surface combatant as an alternative to the Littoral Combat Ship, has not yet set an affordability target to work with, according to a top Navy official.

March 28, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Marine Corps is looking to revamp its amphibious connector program by accelerating scheduled upgrades to its Landing Craft Air Cushions, building a new, more capable ship-to-shore connector and conducting an analysis of alternatives for a replacement Landing Craft Utility, officials told Inside the Navy last week.

March 28, 2014 | Inside the Navy

Even if the Navy's nuclear aircraft carrier fleet drops down from 11 to 10 carriers, U.S. Pacific Command chief Adm. Samuel Locklear says he is confident that there will still be a carrier forward deployed in the Asia-Pacific and specifically in Japan.

March 28, 2014 | Inside the Navy

Although a contract award for a 10th DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer option ship awarded earlier this month may make the DDG-51 program ostensibly whole, a lot of work remains to be done and funding appropriated to truly restore the holes introduced by across-the-board sequestration cuts in 2013.

March 28, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy plans to buy up front all the materials needed to perform a hull, mechanical and electrical upgrade on 11 of its 22 guided missile cruisers, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said on Capitol Hill last week, in the hope of reassuring lawmakers that the service's controversial plan to lay up the vessels is not the first step toward decommissioning half of the fleet.

March 21, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy remains fundamentally at odds with the Pentagon's top weapons tester over the operational testing plan for the Flight III DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, specifically related to the need for a Self Defense Test Ship in order to conduct this testing adequately.

March 21, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy's plan to delay any decision on the fate of the George Washington aircraft carrier to fiscal year 2016 does not square with the shipbuilder's plan to execute the refueling and complex overhaul necessary to keep the ship in the fleet, a Newport News Shipbuilding official told Inside the Navy last week.

March 21, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy's Flight III DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the Zumwalt-class DDG-1000 destroyer program could inform a broader effort in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations looking at a future surface combatant.

March 21, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy is taking another look at the ongoing analysis of alternatives for a notional LX(R) amphibious ship replacement effort in order to gain a better understanding of the cost element of the program, the commander of Naval Sea Systems Command told Inside the Navy last week.

March 21, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy has put together a task force to develop alternative proposals for a new lethal small surface combatant, the service detailed in a memo obtained by Inside the Navy last week.

March 18, 2014 | Daily News

The Navy has put together a task force to develop alternative proposals for a new lethal small surface combatant, according to a memo obtained by Inside the Navy.

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