Archive: Navy/USMC

Artist's conception of the Sikorsky S-92 that will become the new presidential helicopter. Photo: Navy.

New VH-92 Presidential Helo Performed Test Landings at White House In September

With surprisingly little notice or fanfare, a developmental VH-92 Presidential Helicopter flew from Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland in September and landed on the White House South Lawn. The Sikorsky [LMT] VH-92A helicopter conducted landing and take-off testing at the White House South Lawn on Sep. 22, 2018, according to Navy Air Systems […]

Graphic model of the Saudi Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC). (Image: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Gets Another $282 Million For MMSC

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] another $282 million undefinitized modification on Nov. 16 for more long-lead-time material and detail design to build four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships in a sale to Saudi Arabia. The MMSC is based on the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship, built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Wisconsin. The […]

USS Boise (SSN-764) arrives at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division to begin its extended engineering overhaul. (Photo: HII)

GAO Finds Navy Spent $1.5 Billion on Attack Subs Idling for 61 Months

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that since FY 2008 the Navy has spent over $1.5 billion on 14 attack submarines sitting idle waiting to enter a shipyard for maintenance and those delayed n finishing maintenance. At the same time, those submarines also spent a total combined 61 months sitting idle waiting to […]

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Raytheon, Palantir To Test Software For Navy’s Future Logistics System

The Navy has awarded Raytheon [RTN] and Palantir contracts to test their software offerings for potential use in the service’s next-generation logistics system, officials announced last Wednesday. Both companies are tasked with forming a prototype Integrated Data Environment (IDE) from their respective software architecture as part of the Naval Operational Business Logistics Enterprise (NOBLE) program. […]

The U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel USNS City of Bismarck (EPF-9) is launched in Mobile, Ala. On June 7, 2017. (Photo: David Stoltz, U.S. Navy).

Navy Accepts Tenth Expeditionary Fast Transport Vessel

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Burlington (EPF-10) from Austal USA on Nov. 15. The EPFs are non-combat ships geared to on and off-load personnel and vehicles in shallow-draft ports and waterways. The ship can hold up to one fully loaded Abrams tank, has a flight deck, and […]

The future USS Sioux City (LCS-11) finishing acceptance trials in Lake Michigan in May 2018. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Upgrading LCS RHIB Ramp

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A Lockheed Martin [LMT] official said they are modifying the rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) ramp on Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) as an upgrade to let the boats be stored directly on the ramps at higher ship speeds. “Part of the lessons learned from the deployments of LCS was we’d like […]

Photo: Polaris Industries.

Marine Corps Looking For New Ultra-Light Tactical Vehicle

The Marine Corps has opened its search for a new ultra-light all-terrain tactical vehicle intended to replace the Polaris [PII] MRZR around the fiscal year 2022 timeframe. Program Executive Office – Land Systems (PEO LS) released a request for information notice Nov. 9 for the Ultra-Light Tactical Vehicle (ULTV), which officials said must be capable […]

Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Next-Gen SLBM Not Completely New, Trade Studies Start in 2020

A top Navy official on Thursday said the next-generation submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) to be featured on the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine will incorporate some elements of the current Trident D5 Life Extension (D5LE) weapon. Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, director of Strategic Systems Programs (SSP), told the Naval Submarine League’s annual symposium on Thursday the […]

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

Navy Undersea Warfare Head Sees Columbia Production Line Options And More VPM Loads

The Navy is looking at options to keep the Columbia-class submarine production line hot past a 12th boat and diversify what is loaded into the Virginia Payload Module, the service’s Director of Undersea Warfare said Thursday, The Navy’s 12 Columbia-class nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) are set to replace the current 14 Ohio-class SSBNs that […]