Archive: Navy/USMC

Vice Adm. Christopher Grady, commander of Sixth Fleet, deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe, and deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Africa. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

DoD Makes New Fleet Forces, Submarine Forces, And Fleet Cyber Command Nominations

Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced several Navy nominations on Tuesday including the commanders of U.S. Fleet Forces, Naval Submarine Forces, and Fleet Cyber Command. The administration nominated Vice Adm. Christopher Grady, commander of 6th Fleet, to be appointed full admiral and commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. If confirmed, Grady would replace Adm. Phil […]

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee

New McCain and Wicker Bill Seeks Surface Navy Readiness Reform

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chairman of the Senate Seapower Committee Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced new legislation Monday aimed at reforming and restoring Navy surface readiness. The bill, the Surface Warfare Enhancement Act of 2018, seeks to address some of the root causes that led to several Navy mishaps in 2017, […]


Navy Names Eight Competitors For C4I Engineering Product Contracts

The Navy on Friday awarded eight companies multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts ranging from $13 to $19 million to compete for orders on engineering products supporting command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) systems. The Defense Department specified the engineering products include software applications, web service development, and database or database management systems for current […]

Screenshot of a Huntington Ingalls Industries video of a superlift section of CVN-79 being hoisted to the ship in dry dock. (Image: HII)

HII: 70 Percent of CVN-79 Structural Work Finished

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ [HII] Newport News Shipbuilding has completed building 70 percent of the future John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) aircraft carrier, the company said.  The company specified it has built this amount “of the structures necessary to complete” the second Gerald R. Ford-class carrier. It is set to be launched in 2020. HII highlighted CVN-79 […]

An Mk 41 VLS launches an SM-6 off the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53). Photo: U.S. Navy.

State Department OKs Sale Of Naval Equipment And Weapons To Kuwait And Finland

The State Department approved two possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) on Tuesday to Kuwait for $100 million in fast patrol boats and Finland for $70 million in MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS), respectively. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certifications to Congress on Feb. 20. Kuwait requested 15 fast patrol boats […]

Artist's rendering of the LPD-29 San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock. (Image: Huntington Ingalls Industries)

HII Wins $1.4 Billion Contract To Build LPD-29

The Naval Sea Systems Command awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] a $1.4 billion fixed-price-incentive modification for the detail design and construction (DD&C) of San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock (LPD)-29 on Feb. 16. Work on this 13th LPD will largely occur in HII’s Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard and is expected to be finished by July 2023. The […]

Artist's concept of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship bid for Australia's SEA 5000 Future Frigate program. Image: BAE Systems.

Navy Awards FFG(X) Conceptual Design Contracts

The U.S. Navy awarded five $15 million conceptual design (CD) contracts for the new guided missile frigate (FFG(X) program today: Austal USA, Huntington Ingalls Industreis [HII], Lockheed Martin [LMT], Fincantieri’s Marinette Marine, and General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works [GD]. The CD awards are intended to reduce the program risk by allowing industry to mature designs […]

Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile. Photo: Lockheed Martin

NPR’s New Nuke SLCM May Not Be Submarine-Launched

The Defense Department has not yet decided what platform would launch the new nuclear- armed sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM) the administration is seeking in the recent nuclear posture review (NPR), the head of U.S. Strategic Command said on Friday. Air Force Gen. John Hyten said the Pentagon’s FY ’19 budget request has a tasking to […]

The Navy's test of the NSM on a Littoral Combat Ship last year. Photo: US Navy

Navy Budgets For First Eight LCS OTH Missiles

The Navy budgeted $18 million for the first eight Over The Horizon (OTH) missiles for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in its fiscal year 2019 Defense Department budget request. The OTH is intended to help give the LCS and the follow-on future guided-missile frigate, the FFG(X), a longer range anti-ship weapon. The Navy’s Request for […]

A Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet.  Photo: Boeing.

Boeing Awarded $220 Million For F/A-18 Fuel Tanks

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on Wednesday awarded Boeing [BA] a $220 million delivery order to design, develop, test, and integrate new conformal fuel tanks for the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. This cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order procures non-recurring efforts associated with the work. Conformal fuel tanks are additional tanks fitted close to the aircraft to […]