Archive: Navy/USMC

Navy Will Benefit From Northrop Grumman Shipyard Consolidation, Official Says

By Geoff Fein The recent decision by Northrop Grumman [NOC] to consolidate its shipbuilding sector into one unit should, over time, provide benefits to the Navy, a service official said. In January, Northrop Grumman combined its two shipbuilding sectors, Newport News and Ship Systems, into a single operating sector. The move will enable Northrop Grumman […]

Murtha Points To Difficulties With Possibility of Skipping DDG-1000s

By Jen DiMascio The chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee indicated yesterday there are problems with an effort to have the Navy "jump over" its next-generation destroyer in favor of building nuclear cruisers. The Navy wants $2.55 billion in fiscal year 2009 to fund the third DDG-1000 destroyer made by General Dynamics [GD] Bath […]

Navy Hoping For Spring Milestone Review For MPF(F) Ships

By Geoff Fein The Navy is hoping to head into a Milestone review this spring for additional T-AKE cargo ships and the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP), both important vessels in the service’s sea basing fleet. Currently, the Navy has been given permission from the Pentagon to obtain option prices on the current T-AKE contract, Allison […]

MRAP Orders Expected Soon

By Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon is expected to soon order potentially thousands of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP ) vehicles from multiple truck builders, bringing it close to wrapping up orders for the fast-paced acquisition program that began in late 2006. Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM), managing the multi-contractor effort for all the services, is […]

Coast Guard Sustainment Effort Extending Life of Some 110, 210 and 270-Foot Cutters

By Geoff Fein While the Coast Guard’s effort to convert eight 110-foot cutters to 123-foot vessels continues to draw the attention and ire of lawmakers and watchdogs, the service has been successfully renovating 20 of its 110 fleet to keep them in service until the Fast Response Cutter (FRC) arrives. The Coast Guard is also […]

Boeing Reports Success In UAV Bio-Collection Tests

By Calvin Biesecker Boeing [BA] said yesterday it has successfully completed a series of tests using modified ship-based ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to track simulated biological plumes, collect the airborne agents, return the craft to the ship to retrieve the samples and then re-launch the aircraft. The tests, which began last November and ended […]

Coast Guard Agrees With AA On Almost All Recommendations

By Geoff Fein With the exception of a recommendation to pursue a composite patrol boat, the Coast Guard is in agreement with the results of a study examining Deepwater assets and the service anticipates signing off on the document before delivery of the National Security Cutter (NSC). "I have written a decision memo for the […]

New Coast Guard Cutter Nearly Out of Margin On Weight, Cantwell Says

By Calvin Biesecker The weight margin designed into the first Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC) is nearly used up and the ship may not have room to grow as currently designed, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), chairman of a Senate panel that oversees the Coast Guard, said yesterday. Citing Coast Guard officials, Cantwell said "most […]

Taylor Offers Shipbuilding Deal To Navy Leadership

By Jen DiMascio The leader of a House subcommittee yesterday presented the Navy Secretary and Chief of Naval Operations with a deal on shipbuilding. The Navy wants to waive an agreement it made last year to maintain a fleet of 11 aircraft carriers. Noting that such a proposal "would probably be dead on arrival in […]

Navy Needs More Info On CG(X) Before Propulsion Discussions Begin, Admiral Says

By Geoff Fein Any discussions as to whether the Navy’s next cruiser should be equipped with a nuclear propulsion plant is akin to putting the cart before the horse, a top Navy official said. "In some ways we may be getting the cart before the horse in the discussion of nuclear versus non-nuclear," Adm. Kirkland […]