Archive: Navy/USMC

The X-47B touches down on an aircraft carrier for the first time in July 2013. Photo: U.S. Navy

Navy Disestablishes DASN Unmanned Systems

The U.S. Navy has disestablished the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems (DASN UxS) a mere two and a half years after standing it up in October 2015. Assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition (ASN RDA) James Geurts marked DASN UxS as disestablished effective May 7, according to […]

The future Arleigh Burke-class USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) guided-missile destroyer during builder’s seat trials in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

GD Bath Iron Works Reaches Two Navy Vessel Milestones

Last week General Dynamics’ [GD] Bath Iron Works (BIW) marked milestones for two U.S. Navy vessels: the keel laying of the future Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Daniel Inouye (DDG-118) and the starts of fabrication of the future USS Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG-124). DDG-118 is named after World War II Medal of Honor recipient and […]

The Marine Corps' first CH-53K King Stallion arrives at Air Station New River in Jacksonville, N.C. (Photo by Dan Parsons)

Hail To The King: Marine Corps’ First CH-53K Lands At New River

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. – A light drizzle cleared just in time for the Marine Corps newest helicopter to land, five hours and one refueling stop from the Palm Beach facility where it was built. The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion, arrived a day later than planned because a tropical storm warning kept […]

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) firing an AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missile during a live-fire exercise off the coast of Virginia on May 11, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

LCS Missile Test Marks End Of First Missile Module Phase

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) conducted a live-fire missile exercise on May 11 that completed the first phase of the LCS Mission Modules (MM) program Surface-to-Surface Mission Module (SSMM) Developmental Testing, the Navy said Wednesday, The test had the Lockheed Martin [LMT] Freedom-variant LCS fire four Lockheed Martin AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missiles that […]

The USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) fires a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) during a military exercise on June 14, 2015. Photo: U.S. Navy.

Raytheon Awarded $242 Million RAM Block 2 Contract

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on Thursday awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $242 million contract for a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 guided missile round pack destined for the U.S. Navy and Qatar. The RAM system is designed to provide anti-ship missile defense for various naval platforms. The contract covers the missile round pack, […]

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

Wittman Sketches Shipbuilding Challenges: Maintain $26 Billion But Add $3 Billion When Columbia Subs Start

The chair of the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) seapower panel on Thursday said the FY ’18 shipbuilding authorization of $26.2 billion should be maintained before adding $3 billion when the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) starts production. “I think even the Navy hasn’t been as direct as they need to be with the 30-year […]

Federal Aviation Administration National Capital Region No Drone Zone signage. Graphic: Federal Aviation Administration.

Mattis To Congress, FAA: Military Needs More Authority To Shoot Down Drones Over Bases

Privately owned drones routinely violate restricted airspace over military bases, ships and airfields and the Pentagon wants more authority to shoot them down, Defense Secretary James Mattis on May 9 told lawmakers. The military can disrupt or destroy small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) over certain secure facilities with restricted airspace but has limited authority to […]

The Air Force's F-35A conventional variant. Photo: Air Force.

DoD, Lockheed Martin Agree To Resume F-35 Deliveries

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has resumed delivering F-35 Lightning IIs to the U.S. Department Defense after a corrosion problem halted those shipments for over a month. The “acceptance hold,” which was put in place March 29, was lifted May 1, DoD’s F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) said May 8. The JPO and Lockheed Martin both indicated […]

Example of an APKWS being shot. Image: BAE Systems

BAE Awarded $175 Million Navy Contract For More Laser-Guided Rockets

Britain’s BAE Systems was awarded a $175 million U.S. Navy award to produce 7,000 more Advance Precision Kill Weapio System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets, the company said Tuesday. This award falls under a $600 million 2016 Navy indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract as a vehicle to supply the APKWS to the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and allied […]

The Military Sealift Command, dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) steams by while conducting an underway replenishment with the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19).  (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy Issues RFI For Common Hull Auxiliary Sealift Ship Featuring Modules, Will Hold Industry Day

The Navy on Monday  issued a Request for Information (RFI) and announced an Industry Day to help develop the replacement for the service’s old sealift and auxiliary ships. The notice, posted to FedBizzOpps, said the program manager for the Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Office (PMS-385) is conducting market research as it develops the requirements […]