Archive: Navy/USMC

A Lockheed Martin rendering of LRASM.

BAE Starts Producing LRASM Sensor

Britain’s BAE Systems started producing the sensor technology for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) after winning a $40 million order from prime program contractor the Lockheed Martin [LMT], the company said Wednesday. BAE’s advanced mid-course sensor, sometimes called a “seeker” according to a company spokesman, allows the missile to seek and target specific maritime […]

Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, chief of staff, J5, Joint Staff at the Pentagon. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy Commander Changes With Sixth Fleet

Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced Tuesday the president has nominated Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti to be appointed as vice admiral and assigned as commander of the Sixth Fleet. If confirmed, Franchetti will be the first woman appointed to the position and will replace Vice Adm. Christopher Grady to lead the Sixth Fleet as well […]

The VA001 landing after 5 days of flight at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. (Photo: NASA)

Vanilla Aircraft’s UAV Finishes Five Day Flight

Vanilla Aircraft’s VA001 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) finished the longest unmanned internal combustion powered flight ever, the company said last Thursday. The over five-day flight occurred over 7,000 miles, ending at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The aircraft carried several payloads, including NASA’s multi-spectral imager and a Defense Department-furnished sensor and radio. The company […]

The USNS Lewis B. Puller, (T-ESB 3), the first Expeditionary Mobile Base in the formerly Mobile Landing Platform program. Photo: General Dynamics.

Officials Tout Ship Acquisition And Evolutionary Changes

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Several officials from Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships spoke at a conference last about what they have been able to accomplish and how the Navy is evolving its designs as it moves towards a 355-ship goal. Clif Mitchell, deputy program manager of PMS 385 (Strategic and Theater Lift) said his office has two […]

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GAO Sustains Protest On Operation Of Navy Towed-Array Facility

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Oct. 16 sustained a protest by L3 Technologies’ [LLL] Unidyne, Inc.,  unit on a Navy contract to Leidos [LDOS] to operate the service’s towed array facility, the office said last Wednesday. L3 protested the issuance of a task order on the basis that the Navy misevaluated proposals, unreasonably failed to […]

A rendering of the Knifefish unmanned underwater vehicle which will be deployed from the littoral combat ship to sweep mines. Illustration: General Dynamics.

GD Knifefish Unmanned Undersea Vessel Finishes Contractor Trials

General Dyanimcs [GD] completed contractor trials for the U.S. Navy’s Knifefish mine countermeasure (MCM) unmanned undersea vessel (UUV), the company said Thursday. In tests managed by GD off the coast of Boston, the Knifefish operated in multiple mine test target fields at-sea, which used buried, bottom, and volume style Navy mine-test targets. GD said the […]

Maintenance staff inspect one of the 10 Luke AFB F-35s sent to Nellis AFB for a training deployment, April 15, 2015. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

F-35 Sustainment Woes Hurting Readiness, GAO Says

The U.S. Department of Defense’s new fleet of F-35 Lightning IIs is experiencing spare parts shortages and other sustainment problems that are hurting the readiness of the fighter jets, according to a report released Oct. 26 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). “Squadron officials at multiple F-35 locations that we visited expressed enthusiasm for the unique […]

Dale Bennett, Lockheed Martin executive vice president (left), shakes hands with Navantia President Esteban García Vilasánchez after signing a renewed Memorandum of Agreement between the companies to continue to collaborate in new business opportunities in surface ships and naval combat systems. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin And Navantia Renew Surface Vessel Collaboration In MoA

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Spain’s Navantia signed a memorandum of Agreement (MoA) renewing their partnership supplying surface vessels, Lockheed said Thursday. The companies first started to collaborate 20 years ago by building and delivering the Aegis Combat System to Spain in the F-100 frigate. Lockheed highlighted the F-100 was the first frigate to incorporate Aegis […]

Finding a replacement for older amphibious dock transport ships such as the USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49), above, is among the issues the Marine Corps, Navy and industry are working through right now regarding the amphibious ship fleet. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps.

Marine Corps’ Next High-Speed Ship-To-Shore Connector Could Be Unmanned

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – When Marines next storm a beach in wartime, they likely will be preceded by robots of all sorts, including autonomous or semi-autonomous high-speed amphibious vehicles, according to a senior Marine Corps official. Robotics and autonomy may even be the answer to the Marine Corps’ lengthy but fruitless search for an amphibious vehicle […]

Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, Commander of Naval Surface Forces. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Naval Surface Forces Undergoing Assessments, Starting With Japan-Based Ships

Commander of Naval Surface Forces, Vice Adm. Tom Rowden ordered Ready For Sea Assessments (RFSA) for all surface vessels beginning last week, the Navy said Oct. 18. The Navy began conducting RFSAs in September, focusing on evaluating “foundational skills necessary to operate surface warships safely” in addition to assessing areas like navigation, propulsion, steering, communications, […]