Archive: Navy/USMC

Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy. Photo: U.S. Navy.

Navy Strategic Review Calls For Better Readiness Standards, Less Bureaucratic Overlap

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer’s Strategic Readiness Review focused on four major recommendation types to prevent future Naval mishaps due to longstanding issues: focusing on readiness as a priority, more realistically matching supple and demand in naval forces, streamline command and control structures for better responsibility and accountability, and foster a culture of a […]

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

NASA Urges More Data Collection To Help Fix F/A-18 Oxygen Woes

A congressionally mandated review has been unable to determine why air crews of Navy F/A-18 Hornets and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets have experienced an increase in oxygen deprivation and other physiological episodes (PEs) over the past few years, according to a report by NASA’s Engineering and Safety Center (NESC), which performed the study. But NASA offered […]

A T-45C Goshawk training jet approaches an aircraft carrier. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)

All Navy T-45 Trainers To Get A New Oxygen-Monitoring System, Wicker Says

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower said Wednesday the Navy is working to equip every T-45C Goshawk trainer aircraft with a new oxygen-monitoring system by February. In a statement, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said this and other new upgrades “should help alert pilots to dangerous declines in oxygen production or pressure […]

A Lockheed Martin rendering of LRASM.

LRASM Completes Another Successful Flight Test

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin [LMT] successfully completed a production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) flight test on Dec. 8 to complete another program milestone, the service said Tuesday. In the test, an Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber crew simultaneously launched two LRASMs against several moving maritime targets for the first time over Point […]

Marines from 2d Law Enforcement Battallion II Marine Headquarters Group, conduct a field user evaluation for the IDS-MC, in Dahlgren, Va. Photo: Marine Corps

Marines Deploy Tactical Biometrics System

The Marine Corps has completed fielding of a new handheld, multimodal biometrics data collection system that gives Marines the ability to quickly connect with databases to help identify individuals encountered during various types of operations. The Identity Dominance System-Marine Corp (IDS-MC) includes the handheld multimodal biometric Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit (SEEK), produced by Crossmatch Technologies, […]

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Canada Declines Last Minute FREMM Proposal For Future Frigate

The Canadian government’s procurement agency rejected a last-minute bid by France’s Naval Group and Italy’s Fincantieri to propose their FREMM frigate to satisfy the country’s new frigate project. Canada closed bids on the bids for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program on Nov. 30. The government previously said there were 12 eligible bidders for this […]

Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy. Photo: U.S. Navy.

Navy Leaders Say Budget Delays Cost Billions, Set Up Oversight Board For Mishap Recommendation

Top Navy officials on Monday clarified how much budget delays have cost the service and revealed a new oversight board to implement various recommendations meant to prevent future ship mishaps. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer reiterated the common element defense and congressional defense committee officials raise regarding the billions of dollars continuing resolutions (CRs) have cost […]

Thomas B. Modly was sworn in as under secretary of the Navy on Dec. 4, 2017. Photo: (U.S. Navy)

Spencer Swears In Navy Under Secretary And Assistant Secretary RDA

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer early this week swore in two top service officials: Thomas Modly as Under Secretary of the Navy and James Geurts as Assistant Secretary for Research, Development, and Acquisition (RDA). In a statement posted to his Facebook [FB] account early Monday, Secretary Richard Spencer said he was excited to have Modly join […]

The U.S. Navy's new DDG-1000 destroyer visits Baltimore for its commissioning ceremony. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Navy Will Focus Zumwalt On Offensive Surface Strike

The Navy is working to change the requirements of the often troubled Zumwalt DDG-1000 destroyers to focus the ship on offensive surface strike missions, a service official said. The Navy is convening a team similar to one used to help create the guided-missile future frigate FFG(X) to also alter the direction of the Zumwalt-class destroyers, […]

The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3). Photo: U.S. Navy.

GAO And Navy Agree Lack of Available Amphibious Ships Limits Training

A top Navy official agreed with a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that the service’s dearth of amphibious ships is decreasing its ability to train for many amphibious priorities. Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, deputy chief of naval operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5), told a House Armed Services readiness subcommittee hearing Dec. 1, that […]