Author Archives: Rich Abott

Boeing Nabs $1.2 Billion Contract For 10 P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Boeing [BA] a $1.2 billion modification to a firm-fixed-price cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to build and deliver ten Lot 9 full-rate production P-8A Poseidon aircraft, according to a Dec. 20 contract announcement. The modification includes seven Poseidons for the U.S. Navy and three for Britain. The modification also provides for Lot 9 […]

BAE Wins Two Destroyer Depot Modernization Contracts

The Navy awarded Britain’s BAE Systems two firm-fixed-price contracts for fiscal year 2018 depot modernization period (DMP) availabilities on the USS Howard (DDG-83) and USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) Arleigh Burke-class destroyers worth a combined $90 million. A Dec. 26 Defense Department contract announcement said these contracts were awarded on Dec. 22. The Howard modernization is specified as an almost $48 million Chief of Naval […]

U.S. Navy Virginia-class Submarine. Photo: HII

House Sub Backers Push Appropriators For More Virginia-Class Funding

The co-chairs of the Congressional Submarine Caucus and 33 other House members released a letter to the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on Wednesday urging the fiscal year (FY) 2018 appropriations bill increase submarine funding to match levels in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report. Increasing funding for Virginia-class attack submarines (SSNs) in […]

The USS Howard (DDG-83) Arleigh Burke-class destroyer returns to Naval Base San Diego after a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean in 2014. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

BAE Wins Two Destroyer Depot Modernization Contracts

The Navy awarded Britain’s BAE Systems two firm-fixed-price contracts for fiscal year 2018 depot modernization period (DMP) availabilities on the USS Howard (DDG-83) and USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) Arleigh Burke-class destroyers worth a combined $90 million. A Dec. 26 Defense Department contract announcement said these contracts were awarded on Dec. 22. The Howard modernization is […]

The U.S. Navy submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS-40) transits the Pacific Ocean from Portland, Ore. as it heads back to its home port in Guam following eight months of repairs, maintenance, and improvements. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Submarine Tender USS Frank Cable Finishes Repairs And Heads To Guam

The USS Frank Cable (AS-40) submarine tender finished its planned dry-dock repair availability in Portland, Ore., and steamed to its homeport in Guam on Dec. 21, the Navy said Dec. 28. Vigor Industrial completed $56 million of improvements, maintenance, equipment repairs, and steel renewal over eight months in Portland. The Frank Cable is one of […]

The Triton arriving at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Sept. 18, 2014. Photo: U.S. Navy

Northrop Grumman $255 Million Contract For Three More MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft

The Naval Sir Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a $255 million modification to produce three Lot 3 low-rate initial production (LRIP) MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on Dec. 28. The Triton is planned to be the Navy’s unmanned maritime surveillance aircraft. Northrop Grumman delivered the first operational Triton in November at the […]

The USS Coronado (LCS 4) Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship sailing away. Photo: U.S. Navy

LCS-14 Completes Acceptance Trials

The Austal USA-built future USS Manchester (LCS-14) Littoral Combat Ship finished acceptance trials on December 15, the Navy said Dec. 27. The trials for the seventh Independence-variant LCS included intense comprehensive tests by Austal’s industry team while the ship was in-port and underway in the Gulf of Mexico. This demonstrated the successful operation of the […]

Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Louisiana (SSBN 743). Photo: U.S. Navy

GAO Report: New Columbia-Class Technology Risks May Postpone Deployment Of Lead Submarine

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to Congress found that several technologies for the Columbia-class submarine program need more development and testing to prevent cost and schedule delays that could delay deployment of the lead submarine beyond a 2031 deadline. Twelve Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) are planned to replace the existing 14 Ohio-class vessels […]

Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. Photo. U.S. Navy

Boeing Nabs $1.2 Billion Contract For 10 P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Boeing [BA] a $1.2 billion modification to a firm-fixed-price cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to build and deliver ten Lot 9 full-rate production P-8A Poseidon aircraft, according to a Dec. 20 contract announcement. The modification includes seven Poseidons for the U.S. Navy and three for Britain. The modification also provides for […]

Raytheon Completes Testing For Australian CEC Navy Sensor Net

Raytheon [RTN] finished the design, development, and testing of its Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) system and is ready for U.S. Navy certification to use in international installation, the company said Dec. 13. This sensor netting system distributes sensor-derived information to all CEC units. The CEC has been use on U.S. ships since the 1990s and is […]