Archive: Navy/USMC

Sailors assigned to the Virginia-class attack submarine USS California (SSN 781) prepare an MK-48 inert training torpedo during an expeditionary ordnance loading exercise onboard Naval Station Rota, Spain. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael C. Barton/Released).

Aerojet Rocketdyne Wins ONR Phase 1 Torpedo Propulsion Program, Lockheed Martin Wins MK48 Maintenance Contract

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is moving ahead with its Torpedo Advanced Propulsion System (TAPS) program as it awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne [AJRD] a $2.6 million Phase I contract to develop a prototype torpedo propulsion system, the company said Tuesday. TAPS aims to improve the engine efficiency of the U.S. Navy’s Mk 48 heavyweight torpedo. […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Raytheon Nabs Next-Gen F-35 DAS Sensor

Lockheed Marin [LMT] chose Raytheon [RTN] to develop and deliver the next generation Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, replacing the sensor’s incumbent Northrop Grumman [NOC]. Lockheed Martin highlighted this change in provider will reduce cost while adding capabilities. “The supply chain competition for the next generation F-35 Distributed Aperture System […]

The CH-53K King Stallion arrives at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River on June 30, 2017.  Photo courtesy U.S. Navy. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

Senate Suggests Sikorsky CH-53K For Navy Mine Hunting

Lawmakers want the U.S. Navy to consider buying a CH-53K King Stallion variant as a mine-hunting replacement for legacy MH-53E Sea Dragons, according to the U.S. Senate’s version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Within 90 days of the NDAA’s passage, the Navy is asked to submit a report on the “feasibility and impact […]

Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis, deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy (N3/N5), is recently nominated to be the commander of the U.S. 2nd Fleet. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Lewis Tapped For 2nd Fleet

Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis has been nominated as the commander of the newly reestablished U.S. 2nd Fleet, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Lewis currently serves as deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans, and strategy (N3/N5) and began the position in August 2017. This new position includes the reappointment as a three-star admiral. Lewis […]

The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on April 14, 2017, after returning from builder's sea trials. (Photo by U.S. Navy)

GAO: Delays and Rising Prices Mar Navy Shipbuilding In Last Decade

The Navy has had persistently poor shipbuilding outcomes, schedule delays, and cost overruns over the past decade because policy and processes allow the service to deviate from best practices, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says. Reviewing and updating a decade’s worth of reports and recommendations, the GAO found that the Navy has fallen […]

Photo: BAE Systems.

BAE Readying For Imminent Army AMPV Order, Final Marine Corps ACV Decision

PARIS–BAE SYSTEMS officials are looking to move past testing phases for two design vehicles in anticipation of two imminent award announcements for an expected Army contract for Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles to Europe and a final decision on the Marines’ Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV) program, officials told Defense Daily Monday. The Army’s order for up to […]

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

Boeing Awarded Super Hornet Contract

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Boeing [BA] a $862 million contract modification to procure 15 F/A-18E single-seat and three F/A-18F dual-seat Lot 42 full rate production Super Hornets for the Navy. Work will mostly occur in El Segundo, Calif., (41 percent), and St. Louis (22 percent) and is expected to be finished by […]

Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) provides a material resupply
for Marines assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 8, based at Marine Corps
Base Camp Lejeune, NC during the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab Expeditionary
Hybrid Logistics experiment conducted in conjunction with Integrated
Training Exercise 3-18 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms,
CA, May 14, 2018.

Robotic Rotorcraft Brain Resupplies US Marines During Live Exercise

During a recent exercise in California, Marines at a simulated combat outpost were resupplied by a robotic rotorcraft that could locate, fly to and land at their position without human input. Although a human pilot was in the cockpit of the Bell [TXT] UH-1 Huey, that Marine was not in control of the aircraft as it […]

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom (LCS-1). Photo: U.S. Navy

House Appropriators Match Authorizers To Fund Three LCS

The House Appropriations Committee’s draft FY 2019 Defense Appropriations bill funds 12 Navy ships at $22.7 billion, including three Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs). This is nearly a billion dollars more than the Navy’s FY ’19 shipbuilding budget request of $21.9 billion (Defense Daily, Feb. 12). The appropriations panel released the subcommittee draft on Wednesday before […]

Artist's rendering of a Navy Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite.
Photo: Lockheed Martin

Marine Corps To Field Improved Mobile SATCOM Capability Across Radios By Fall

The Marine Corps is set to become the first service to widely deploy the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite communication capability for the battlefield as it looks to install the system across its radios by this fall, officials said on Wednesday. MUOS capabilities will be fielded to the Marines’ AN/PRC-117G radios through the fourth […]