Archive: Navy/USMC

ARL-PSU Penn State Navy research lab

Navy Awards Penn State $1 Billion Contract For Undersea and Maritime R&D

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded the Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University (ARL/PSU) a $1 billion contract for research, development, engineering and test and evaluation for programs throughout the Defense Department, focused on maritime issues. This indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract focuses on research and development in core competency areas ARL/PSU has already been […]

The USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) sailing out of San Diego in route to Singapore. Photo: U.S. Navy

Navy Awards Multiple Award Contracts To Sustain LCS In San Diego

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded numerous multiple-award contracts (MAC) to support sustainment for Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) based in San Diego on Wednesday. The Navy awarded MACs to BAE Systems, Vigor Marine LLC, General Dynamics [GD] National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO), Marine Group Boat Works LLC, Pacific Ship Repair and Fabrication Inc., […]

An F-35 firing an AMRAAM. Photo: Raytheon.

F-35 Program Office, Contractor To Discuss Fighter Jet’s Deficiencies

The U.S. Defense Department’s F-35 Lightning II joint program office (JPO) plans to hold a “consideration summit” with prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] in the “spring-summer timeframe” to discuss how to fix about 200 deficiencies that have been identified with the fighter jet and related equipment, according to the JPO’s leader. The shortfalls involve capabilities that […]

Vice Adm. Mat Winter. Photo: U.S. Navy

F-35 Program To Update Older Jets To Boost Reliability

The U.S. Defense Department’s F-35 Lightning II joint program office plans to modify more than 200 early-production jets to bring them up to newer configurations, the program’s leader said Feb. 28. Aircraft from Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lots 2 through 8 will receive a mix of hardware and software updates to reflect design improvements that […]

Vice Adm. Christopher Grady, commander of Sixth Fleet, deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe, and deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Africa. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

DoD Makes New Fleet Forces, Submarine Forces, And Fleet Cyber Command Nominations

Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced several Navy nominations on Tuesday including the commanders of U.S. Fleet Forces, Naval Submarine Forces, and Fleet Cyber Command. The administration nominated Vice Adm. Christopher Grady, commander of 6th Fleet, to be appointed full admiral and commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. If confirmed, Grady would replace Adm. Phil […]

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee

New McCain and Wicker Bill Seeks Surface Navy Readiness Reform

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chairman of the Senate Seapower Committee Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced new legislation Monday aimed at reforming and restoring Navy surface readiness. The bill, the Surface Warfare Enhancement Act of 2018, seeks to address some of the root causes that led to several Navy mishaps in 2017, […]


Navy Names Eight Competitors For C4I Engineering Product Contracts

The Navy on Friday awarded eight companies multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts ranging from $13 to $19 million to compete for orders on engineering products supporting command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) systems. The Defense Department specified the engineering products include software applications, web service development, and database or database management systems for current […]

Screenshot of a Huntington Ingalls Industries video of a superlift section of CVN-79 being hoisted to the ship in dry dock. (Image: HII)

HII: 70 Percent of CVN-79 Structural Work Finished

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ [HII] Newport News Shipbuilding has completed building 70 percent of the future John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) aircraft carrier, the company said.  The company specified it has built this amount “of the structures necessary to complete” the second Gerald R. Ford-class carrier. It is set to be launched in 2020. HII highlighted CVN-79 […]

An Mk 41 VLS launches an SM-6 off the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53). Photo: U.S. Navy.

State Department OKs Sale Of Naval Equipment And Weapons To Kuwait And Finland

The State Department approved two possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) on Tuesday to Kuwait for $100 million in fast patrol boats and Finland for $70 million in MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS), respectively. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certifications to Congress on Feb. 20. Kuwait requested 15 fast patrol boats […]