Archive: Navy/USMC

An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter prepares to land on the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) off the coast of Southern California.
Photo: U.S. Navy

Geurts Says More LCSs in FY ’20 Does Not Change FFG(X) Number

The possibility that Congress may tell the Navy to procure additional Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in FY ’19 is not changing the Navy’s plans for buying at least 20 future guided-missile frigates (FFG(X)), the Navy’s top weapons buyer said on Wednesday. “We have not changed our requirements for the frigate. Our intent is still a […]

James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)). (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Geurts Pushing to Decentralize Navy Acquisition

The Navy’s top weapons buyer is pushing to decentralize acquisition and procurement to the lowest possible level as part of an effort to better pivot between challenges. James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development & acquisition, said the Navy and Defense Department have been given two years of buffering of funding by […]

Lt Gen Robert Walsh Chief of Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps)

New Strategy Puts Marines On Aggressive Modernization Path, General Says

A top Marine Corps official on Tuesday said the service is embarking on an aggressive modernization path bolstered by a recent budget increase. Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, chief of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration, said the service’s seven percent increase in total obligation authority has resulted […]

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)

Lockheed Martin Gets $1.4 Billion Contract To Sustain F-35

The U.S. Defense Department’s F-35 Lightning II program has awarded prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $1.4 billion contract to sustain the stealthy fighter jet for another year, the Pentagon announced late April 30. The contract will provide maintenance and other support activities for aircraft delivered to the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy […]

The future USS Tulsa (LCS-16) Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship is launched in Mobile, Ala. in March 2016. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Austal USA Delivers LCS-16 To Navy

Austal USA delivered the future Littoral Combat Ship USS Tulsa (LCS-16) to the U.S. Navy during a ceremony at the company’s shipyard in Mobile, Ala., on Monday. Austal USA builds the even-numbered Independence-variant LCSs, which feature a trimaran hull. LCS-16 is the 13th LCS delivered to the Navy and the eighth Independence-variant. The delivery of […]

A forward section of the future USS John F. Kennedy’s main deck is lifted into place at Huntington Ingalls Industry’s Newport News Shipbuilding. (Photo: John Walen/HII).

CVN-79 Is 75 Percent Structurally Finished, HII Says

The next Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), is 75 percent structurally complete, shipbuilding Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] said on Monday. HII said this amount was achieved when it installed the 750-metric ton forward area of the ship’s main deck in the dry dock. CVN-79 is being built with […]

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).

DOD OIG Finds EPF Does Not Achieve Performance Capabilities

A new Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report finds the Navy’s Strategic Theater Sealift program office did not reach required performance capabilities for the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF). The OIG report said the program office obligated $2 billion for the EPF program but the vessels had deficiencies on two main performance […]


Testing Complete, Marines To Choose Amphibious Combat Vehicle In June

Following a record-short three months of operational testing, the Marine Corps is tabulating the performance of two Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV) and plans to choose one for its next swimming troop transport sometime in June. Testing non-developmental vehicles outfitted with mature technologies against consistently stable requirements allowed the Marine Corps to proceed on an “aggressive […]

The USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) arrives in the port of Pascagoula, Miss.on Jan. 19 aboard the heavy lift vessel MV Transself as it heads to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ shipyard for repairs and upgrades. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

HASC Readiness Mark Pushes Surface Force Changes

The House Armed Services subcommittee on readiness addressed several issues raised by reviews of Navy destroyer collisions in the Pacific last summer in its mark of the FY ’19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The mark would require the Secretary of the Navy to limit the forward deployment of Navy vessels to 10 years. However, […]

The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for routine operations. General Dynamics' sales in the quarter benefited from work on the Block IV version of the class. Photo: U.S. Navy

HASC Subcommittee Mark Includes Subs And Multi-Year F-18 Pacts

The House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) seapower and projection forces panel conducted a markup of its portion of the FY ’19 National Defense Authorization Act Thursday, adding several ships to the Trump administration’s budget request. The mark supports 13 ships, three above the request. This includes two Virginia-class attack submarines (SSNs), three DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class […]