Archive: Navy/USMC

Lawmakers Weigh Workforce Implications of Changing Navy’s DDG-1000 Destroyer Plans

By Emelie Rutherford As questions swirl on Capitol Hill about whether the Navy will halt its nascent DDG-1000 destroyer program and build more of the older and cheaper DDG-51s, an outspoken DDG- 1000 backer in the Senate said she is concerned about jobs dipping at Bath Iron Works shipyard if the program is terminated. Sen. […]

ONR Looking To Demo At-Sea Cargo Transfer Using T-Craft Scale Model

By Geoff Fein Later this summer, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is planning on conducting a demonstration of a cargo transfer operation between multiple vessels, using a government designed scale model of the T-Craft (Transformable-Craft), a proposed sea base to shore connector. "We really need to characterize the relative motion and forces between multiple […]

Navy To Begin Competition For Mobile Landing Platform In Coming Weeks

By Geoff Fein Over the course of the next month, the Navy will issue an unrestricted competitive solicitation for Systems Design Part 1 (SD1), with an option for SD2, for the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP), a key component of the service’s sea basing concept. According to the pre solicitation notice, posted at http://www.fbo.gov (N0002408R2270), Naval […]

Navy Realigns DASN IWS, Moves Efforts To DASN Ships

By Geoff Fein The Navy last week disbanded the office of Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Integrated Warfare Systems (DASN IWS) and created a new executive director position that will fall under DASN Ships. Personnel formerly under DASN IWS, will now report directly to the new Executive Director for Ships/Submarines, Integrated Warfare Systems, […]

With Navy Reportedly Warming To DDG-1000 Change, HASC Panel Calls Shipbuilding Hearing

By Emelie Rutherford Saying there is movement within the Navy to halt the DDG-1000 destroyer program and continue building DDG-51s, a shipbuilding panel chairman has called Navy officials to Capitol Hill for a hearing to air both sides of the procurement battle. "I am willing to give both sides a chance to make their best case," […]

DRS Wraps Up Successful Permanent Magnet Motor Testing

DRS Technologies [DRS] has successfully completed full-power testing, as required by the Navy, of its power-dense Permanent Magnet Motor (PMM) and drive at the Navy’s Integrated Power System (IPS) Land-Based Test Site (LBTS) in Philadelphia, Pa., the company said this week. Engineering, design and development of the motor and drive were contracted to DRS as […]

NASSCO Gets Potential $210 Million Contract For Amphib Modernization Work

The Navy awarded General Dynamics [GD] NASSCO a contract worth potentially $210 million to modernize San Diego-homeported LSD-41 and LSD-49-class amphibious assault ships, the company said yesterday. Under the contract, NASSCO will perform as many as six scheduled availabilities in San Diego. The work to be performed includes routine maintenance as well as shipboard alterations […]

Patience, Perseverance Led To Aviation Awards, Former Northrop Grumman Official Says

By Geoff Fein While there is considerable public awareness concerning the Air Force’s new KC(X) tanker program, especially after yesterday’s decision by DoD to recompete the program, what is not as prominent, yet quite a story in its own right, is how Northrop Grumman [NOC] prevailed in recent years to win three major military aircraft […]

Pentagon Preparing To Buy $1.7 Billion In MRAPs, Possibly Final Hurrah For Program

By Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon is expected to order 1,610 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in coming days, though the $1.7 billion purchase will not include the next-generation MRAP II vehicles, sources said. "It’s definite" the MRAP II vehicles will not be included in the order, likely to be placed with multiple companies, one […]