Archive: Navy/USMC

Ship Crews Finding Fuel Conservation A Rewarding Experience

By Geoff Fein With the cost of oil continuing to rise and no limit on how high the dollar per barrel figure might go, sailors in the Navy’s fleet have begun to take matters into their own hands seeking out ways to cut back on fuel consumption. One effort touted by Naval Sea Systems Command […]

BAE-Lockheed Martin Partner To Develop ERM For Navy

By Geoff Fein Banking on their experience and success with the Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP) and the Advanced Gun System (AGS), BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin [LMT] are partnering to develop a 5-inch precision-guided Extended Range Munition (ERM) for the Navy. The partnership, made public yesterday, will rely on lessons the two companies […]

For CG(X) To Be Successful It Should Be A Mod Repeat of DDG-1000, Official Says

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s next-generation cruiser, CG(X), must be built as a mod repeat, its subsystems should be flexible and the ship and the combat systems should be developed as an integrated effort, a former Northrop Grumman [NOC] official said. Speaking at last month’s American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) conference in Arlington, Va., […]

Boeing Installs Engines On First P-8A Poseidon

Boeing [BA] last month installed two CFM56-7B engines on the Navy’s first P-8A Poseidon, closely following the aircraft’s wing-to-body join and "power on" milestones, according to Boeing. Following final functional checks, the Boeing-led Poseidon industry team will conduct initial engine runs. Boeing will deliver the first test aircraft to the Navy in 2009, the company […]

Marine Corps Board Reviewing Delayed Marine Personnel Carrier

By Emelie Rutherford A Marine Corps board is expected to sign off this month on a new plan for the future Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC), a medium-weight armored vehicle program recently delayed by two years because of fiscal constraints. Service officials decided in April to halt plans to allow the MPC to enter into the […]

Navy Efforts To Reduce Ship Fuel Use Showing Positive Results

By Geoff Fein The Navy is turning to commercial technologies to find ways to reduce fuel consumption in the fleet. Naval Sea Systems Command has two efforts, one looking at what the Navy is doing now to help reduce fuel consumption and the other looking at technologies that the commercial industry might be using that […]

Relevancy of Submarines Won’t Diminish As Global Interest In Undersea Platforms Grows

By Geoff Fein The question as to whether submarines are still relevant in today’s post Cold War environment can easily be answered by looking at the number of countries obtaining submarines, a top Navy official said. Rear Adm. Cecil Haney, director, Submarine Warfare Division, recently took a trip to South Africa where he saw that […]

Navy Nears Crucial Point Where Reaching 313 Ships Fleet Becomes Difficult

By Dave Ahearn The Navy for years has built far fewer than the average number of ships annually required to expand the U.S. fleet to 313 vessels, and now is reaching a point where it would be quite difficult to exceed that average level by a wide enough margin so that the 313-ships goal can […]

Requirements For CG(X) Are Unclear, Navy Secretary Says

By Geoff Fein The requirements for the Navy’s next-generation cruiser CG(X) remain unclear as service officials hash out the detailed specifications for the ship and define what exactly the Navy wants to build, a top service official said. Defining the requirements for CG(X) is as much a political process as it is a technical process, […]