Archive: Navy/USMC

Compromise DoD Authorization Bill Moves To House, Approps Deal Takes Shape

By Emelie Rutherford House and Senate appropriators reached an unofficial conference agreement on the fiscal year 2009 defense appropriations bill last Friday, and agreed to include partial procurement funding for a DDG-1000 destroyer and an LPD-17 amphibious ship, House Appropriations Defense subcommittee Chairman John Murtha (D-Pa.) said yesterday. In addition, House-Senate negotiators on the defense […]

Navy’s MPF(F) Alive And Well And Moving Forward

By Geoff Fein The Navy has no plans to terminate the Maritime Preposition Force Future (MPF(F)) program, a key component of the service’s sea base concept, a Navy official said. In June the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) gave approval to the Navy to proceed with Phase I of the MPF(F), which is made up of […]

Navy Seeing Improvements In LHD, LPD-Class Ships, Official Says

By Geoff Fein After facing a bevy of negative survey results for the first two LPD-17-class ships, the Navy appears to be headed in the right direction, moving away from incomplete work and into serial production, a Navy official said. Earlier this year, the USS New Orleans (LPD-18) came under fire for a poor showing […]

DHS, Navy Say Drug Smugglers Increasingly Turning To Semi-Submersible Craft

By Calvin Biesecker Through the first nine months of Fiscal Year 2008 United States Government homeland security forces have reported thwarting 62 events involving the use of semi-submersible craft to smuggle drugs into the country, a sharp increase in the use of the relatively stealthy vessels over the past seven years. Of note, on Sept. […]

Defense Authorization Conferees Weighing Changes To LCS Cost Cap

By Emelie Rutherford As the Navy struggles with industry proposals for building the next batch of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), a key lawmaker said late last week he was not convinced the $460 million-per-ship cost cap should be lifted. House-Senate negotiators hammering out a conference report on the fiscal year 2009 defense authorization bill had […]

Lightly Amended Senate Defense Authorization Bill Heads To Conference

By Emelie Rutherford The Senate’s Wednesday night passage of a sparsely amended defense authorization bill kicked into high gear House-Senate negotiations over differences between each chamber’s version of the legislation for fiscal year 2009, which starts in two weeks. Because of the unique nature of the conference committee talks–being held as the House eyes a wrap-up date […]

LCS-1 Delivered To Navy

By Geoff Fein One month after a Navy inspection team recommended the service go forward with delivery of Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Freedom (LCS-1), the Navy yesterday was handed the "keys" to its first Littoral Combat Ship ((LCS). Now the first LCS crew will move aboard Freedom and prepare the ship for commissioning on Nov. 8 […]

Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Open Architecture Not A Proprietary System, Official Says

By Geoff Fein Between the ongoing debate over whether to build more DDG-1000s, beyond the two under contract, or build more DDG-51s, and the recent installation of the open architecture configuration onto the guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Aegis combat system has been drawing quite a bit of attention as […]

Air Force, Navy Sign MoA To Streamline Global Hawk Acquisition Process

Navy and Air Force Global Hawk-based unmanned aircraft system (UAS) program officials have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to streamline their joint acquisition processes, according to the Navy. The MoA, signed Aug. 28, strengthens the services’ efforts to leverage development, production, sustainment and upgrade efforts for the RQ-4- based programs managed by the Air […]