Archive: Navy/USMC

Heather Wilson testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on her nomination to be Air Force secretary. (Air Force photo)

Service Secretaries Share Science & Tech Notes Over Regular Breakfasts

Expanding on promises of “jointness” and cooperation on the battlefield, the military service senior civilian leaders are meeting regularly to trade notes on research efforts to reduce overlap and promote cooperation in basic scientific endeavors. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said the services are “on the cusp of becoming integrated, not just interdependent, not just […]

The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Hartford (SSN-768), surfaces near Ice Camp Sargo during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy Starts Submarine Arctic Ice Exercise

The U.S. Navy, in cooperation with British and Canadian partners, started its biennial ICEX (Ice Exercise) 2018 in the Arctic Ocean this week. ICEX is a five-week exercise that involves the Navy testing its operational readiness in the Arctic while training in the region and working with allies and partners. It notably features several submarine […]

A Missile Defense Agency Ground-Based Interceptor is launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base, Calif. as part of Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor (FTG)-15. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

Northrop Grumman Awarded $475 Million Contract To Model Missile Defense, MDA Director Says No GBI Tests In ‘18

Earlier this week the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Northrop Grumman a non-competitive contract worth up to $475 million to develop, integrate, test, and field missile defense modeling and simulation tools. The March 5 sole source contract covers task orders from March 2018 through March 2023. The MDA said the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) award includes the […]

A T-45C Goshawk training jet approaches an aircraft carrier. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)

Navy Reveals Only Seven T-45 PEs Since September, Found One Main Cause

The head of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) said Tuesday the Navy has made progress in reducing physiological episodes (PEs) in the T-45 trainer aircraft, having only seven since last September. Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags told the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower that of those seven cases, two were mechanical failures, one dealt with […]

The People's Liberation Army (Navy) hospital ship Peace Ark (T-AH 866), the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship  USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) and the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310) maneuver into formation for a photo exercise during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. (U.S. Navy photo)

Lawmakers Blast Navy Plan To Retire Hospital Ship

The U.S. Navy’s plan to retire one of its two hospital ships is drawing fire from lawmakers who say the vessels provide important services for overseas humanitarian missions and victims of domestic natural disasters. According to the lawmakers, the proposal to retire either the USNS Comfort or the USNS Mercy in 2020 is reflected in the Navy’s recently […]

The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on April 14, 2017, after returning from builder's sea trials. (Photo by U.S. Navy)

Navy And Congress Grapple With How To Increase Fleet And Maintain Shipbuilders

Members of Congress and Navy officials grappled this week with how to maintain shipbuilders, lower costs, and increase the size of the Navy towards the 355-ship goal given long timelines and limited shipyards. During a Tuesday hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, Rep. Mike Conway (R-Texas) inquired about changing […]

A F-35C on the USS Nimitz during 2014 testing. Photo: Navy.

F-35’s Next Development Phase Could Cost Nearly $11 Billion

The follow-on development phase for the U.S. Department of Defense’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is expected to cost about $10.9 billion over seven years, the program’s leader said March 7. If the development plan is approved by DoD and service leaders, the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy will cover $7.2 billion of the […]


Navy Backers In Congress Unsatisfied With Navy’s FY ’19 Budget

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, called the Trump administration’ FY ’19 Navy budget shipbuilding request not “robust” enough compared to what he thinks it needs. The Navy requested about $22 billion to build 10 ships in FY ’19, which is only a modest increase over the FY […]

An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 touches down on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), marking the first time the aircraft has deployed aboard a U.S. Navy ship and with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Pacific.  VFMFA-121, assigned under the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, will remain embarked aboard Wasp for a regional patrol meant to strengthen regional alliances, provide rapid-response capability, and advance the Up-Gunned ESG concept. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released)

F-35B Makes Maiden Voyage Aboard USS Wasp Amphib In Pacific

In a first for the short-takeoff vertical-landing capable aircraft, several Marine Corps F-35Bs landed on the USS Wasp (LHD-1) for deployment aboard the Navy big-deck amphibious assault ship. The detachment of F-35s, assigned to Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), alit on the Wasp’s deck March 5 to begin a deployment in the Asia-Pacific with the […]


Navy Requests Relatively Modest $1.5 Billion In Unfunded Priorities List

The Navy requested a relatively modest $1.5 billion in spending in its FY ’19 unfunded priorities list, with no additional aircraft or ships requested. The annual list sent to Congress in late February with projects not funded under the formal budget request process is much smaller than the $5.3 billion FY ’18 list. That one […]