Author Archives: Rich Abott

Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy. Photo: U.S. Navy.

Senate Takes Turn To Grill Navy Officials Over Ship Collisions

Senate Armed Services Committee members were at times frustrated as they questioned the top Navy leaders Tuesday over a series of ship collisions resulting in severe damage and deaths. This was the second hearing this month inquiring into recent naval collisions, with the first being on the House side (Defense Daily, Sept. 7). The USS […]

The future USS Portland (LPD-27), sails in the Gulf of Mexico during acceptance sea trials. (Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries)

Navy Accepts Another LPD And LCS

The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of the future Amphibious Transport Dock USS Portland (LPD-27) and future Littoral Combat Ship USS Omaha (LCS-12), the Navy said Monday. LPD-27 completed acceptance trials last month and Huntington Ingalls Industries’ [HII] Ingalls Shipbuilding builder’s trials in July. This is the 11th San Antonio-class Amphibious Transport Dock the Navy […]

Rear Adm. Charles Williams. (Photo: U.S. Navy.)

New Head Of Seventh Fleet Relieves Two More Commanders

Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, the new commander of the Seventh Fleet, relieved the commander of Task Force 70 (CTF-70) and commander of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON)-15, the Navy said Monday. Sawyer relieved CTF-70 Commander Rear Adm. Charles Williams and DESRON-15 Commodore Capt. Jeffrey Bennett “due to a loss of confidence in their ability to command,” the […]

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Defense Watch

SASC Navy. The Senate Armed Services Committee hosts a hearing on Sept. 19 to discuss recent naval incidents with top naval personnel. Witnesses include Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer; Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, and John Pendleton, director for Defense Force Structure and Readiness Issues at the Government Accountability Office. This comes […]

The U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel USNS City of Bismark (EPF-9) is launched in Mobile, Ala. On June 7, 2017. (Photo: David Stoltz, U.S. Navy).

Expeditionary Transport Finishes Builder’s Trials

The ninth Austal USA-built Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel, the USNS City of Bismark (EPF-9) finished builder’s trials last Thursday, the Navy said. The tests, which occurred over two days while the vessel was in the Gulf of Mexico, demonstrated various ship systems including calibration of communication and navigational systems, ship propulsion, ride control, and pollution […]

Diagram of Ocean Aero's Submaran unmanned underwater and surface vessel . (Diagram: Ocean Aero.)

Lockheed Martin Investing In Ocean Aero, Developer Of Unmanned Sea Vessel

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Friday its venture unit is making a “strategic investment” in unmanned maritime vehicle developer Ocean Aero as its second significant investor. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. San Diego-based Ocean Aero develops autonomous, persistent, energy scavenging, solar/wind-powered vessels. It is known for developing the Submaran unmanned underwater (UUV) and surface vessel for […]

Roll-Royce Unveils Medium-Sized Autonomous Naval Vessel Concept

Britain’s Rolls-Royce revealed plans to offer a a large autonomous naval vessel for single-role missions on Sept. 12. Unlike small drones or unmanned undersea submersibles, the company described the vessel as being able to operate over-the-horizon for over 100 days, reach speeds over 25 knots, and conduct various single-role missions like patrol and surveillance, mine detection, and […]

Lockheed Martin And Elbit Team Up For UK Maritime EW Program

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Israel’s Elbit Systems [ESLT] signed a strategic teaming agreement to work together on the UK Royal Navy’s Maritime Electronic Warfare Program (MEWP), the companies said Sept. 13. MEWP is a procurement upgrade to the Royal Navy’s electronic warfare (EW) capabilities. It will be delivered in increments and is planned to be fielded on frigates, […]

Boeing Wins $677 Million F-18 Contract and Sale of Super Hornets To Canada

The U.S. government the week of Sept. 10 awarded Boeing [BA] a modification to a previously awarded Navy contract for full-rate production of 14 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft while also approving the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 18 F-18s to Canada along with weapons and support equipment. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) award is for nearly […]

A Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet.  Photo: Boeing.

Boeing Wins $677 Million F-18 Contract and Sale of Super Hornets To Canada

The U.S. government this week awarded Boeing [BA] a modification to a previously awarded Navy contract for full-rate production of 14 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft while also approving the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 18 F-18s to Canada along with weapons and support equipment. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) award is for nearly $676.6 […]