Archive: Navy/USMC

Hull Technician Fireman Keriyate Lewis welds metal aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on Aug. 14, 2018 while the ship undergoes a Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

CVN-69 Repair Time Extended Into 2019

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) will keep undergoing maintenance at least through early 2019, almost a year beyond the original six-month availability. On Sept. 22, CVN-69’s commanding officer, Capt. Kyle Higgins, said in a message on the ship’s Facebook [FB] community page that while he could not specifically cite how long the […]

A rendering of the General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (GD-NASSCO) John Lewis-class T-AO-205 fleet replenishment oiler. (Image: GD-NASSCO)

NASSCO Starts Building First John Lewis-Class Oiler

General Dynamics [GD] National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) held a ceremony on Sept. 20 marking the start of construction of the first of the new John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oilers, the future USNS John Lewis (T-AO-205). The Naval Sea Systems Command said before construction started the Navy conducted a production readiness review (PRR) to […]

State Department Approves $90 Million SDV Submersible Deal With U.K.

The State Department has approved a possible $90 million deal with the U.K. for three MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersible (SWCS) SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDVs). The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on Sept. 19. The U.K. has requested three SDV MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles […]

The USS Manchester (LCS-14) while completing acceptance trials in Dec. 2017. (Photo: U.S. Navy courtesy of Austal USA).

Navy Awards Two LCSs To Austal, One To Lockheed Martin

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) this week awarded two fixed-price firm target modifications to Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Austal USA for one and two FY 2018 Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), respectively. The Navy said it would not release the contract values because it may release a competitive solicitation for additional LCSs in FY 2019 […]

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) leads a formation of Carrier Strike Group Five ships as U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircrafts and U.S. Navy F/A-18s pass overhead for a photo exercise during Valiant Shield 2018. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

U.S. Starts Valiant Shield Exercise In Marianas Islands And Guam

U.S. military forces have started the 2018 iteration of the biennial Valiant Shield field training exercise held around the Marianas Island Range Complex and on Guam this week. The service features integration of joint training for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. The exercise includes 15 surface ships like the aircraft carrier USS Ronald […]

An artist's rendering of the U.S. Navy's future Columbia-class submarine. (Photo: U.S. Navy )

GD Wins $481 Million Mod For More Columbia Work

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded General Dynamics [GD] Electric Boat (GDEB) a $481 million modification on last Thursday for more Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) program long-lead time work. The cost-plus-fixed-fee modification is in preparation for FY 2019 and 2020 lead-ship advance procurement, advance construction, and long-lead time material funding for the Columbia-class. […]

The future USS Wichita (LCS-13) conducts acceptance trials in Lake Michigan in July 2018. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Final FY ’19 Appropriations Bill Funds Three LCSs, More Shipbuilding

The FY ’19 defense appropriations bill conference report funds three Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), conditional approval of a two-aircraft carrier buy, and kicks in some extra money for the submarine industrial base. Most notably, the conferees agreed to funds three more LCSs at a total of $1.6 billion, two ships and $925 million over the […]

The Bell-Boeing MV-22. (Photo: Bell)

Consensus Defense Funding Bill Boosts Army, Navy Rotorcraft Procurement

A consensus spending bill agreed to by U.S. House and Senate budgeters would fully fund military rotorcraft procurement programs and boost funding for Army helicopters and Marine Corps tiltrotors. The conference report on the 2019 Defense Appropriations Act approves a total $41 billion and change in aircraft procurement funding for the Air Force, Army and […]

The MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system approaches the runway at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., after completing its inaugural cross-country flight from California. The Navy will conduct Triton flight tests at Patuxent River in preparation for an operational deployment in 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Kelly Schindler)

Navy Suspends Triton Flights After Crash Landing

The Navy has ordered an operational stand down of its first MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19 following a recent crash landing at the Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), Calif. During a test flight on Wednesday, one of two Tritons posted to the base experienced an inflight mechanical issue. Pilots shut down the engine […]

Equipment is secured for sea on a landing craft utility in the well deck aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael R. Sanchez/Released)

Military Has Florence Surrounded With Ships, Aircraft To Ensure Quick Response

Two U.S. Marine Corps amphibious ships, loaded with 16 helicopter and six V-22s, are tailing Hurricane Florence as it barrels toward the Carolinas so they can deploy inland and immediately begin disaster relief efforts as the storm moves inland, according to the chief of U.S. Northern Command. The USS Kearsarge, a big-deck amphibious assault ship, […]