Archive: Navy/USMC

CNO Says Shipyard Visit Shows Companies Can Build More Ships

By Geoff Fein The nation’s shipyards have the capacity to build more Navy ships and upgrades the sites have made will make the yards much more efficient, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) said last week. "I really do believe that the capacity is there, and it’s a function of a balanced shipbuilding program with […]

Rising China Threat Unmet If U.S. Navy Doesn’t Seek Funds To Counter It, Analysts Say

By Dave Ahearn Perhaps the most daunting obstacle to the Navy getting the funds it needs is…the Navy. That is the view of Ronald O’Rourke, a preeminent defense analyst with the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS). The Navy in recent years has failed to seek sufficient funds in its annual budget requests, O’Rourke said Wednesday. […]

In Two Years Demand Grows Strong For NECC’s Capabiltiies, Official Says

By Geoff Fein In just its second year of operation, the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) has seen a high demand for its capabilities as the organization is finding itself employed from Iraq to Central America, a Navy official said. The first year of NECC was about realigning the forces, standing up new commands, new […]

HASC Seapower Subcommittee To Continue Focus On Larger Fleet In New Year

By Jen DiMascio Continuing to purchase more ships and reining in the cost of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program are high on the list of priorities for the House Armed Services seapower subcommittee this year. Part of buying more ships is turning around the cost growth on the LCS program, ranking member Rep. Roscoe […]

Current Operations Provide Lessons For Future Sea Basing Plans

By Geoff Fein While the Navy and Marine Corps won’t begin actual sea base operations until the 2020 time frame, when they take delivery of all the required platforms, the services have been demonstrating, in real world conditions, their sea basing concept. From the tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia to last year’s disaster relief in […]

Navy EOD Division Surveys for Vehicle IED Detection

The Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technology Division is seeking information on technologies and sources for commercial off-the-shelf explosive detection equipment capable of finding improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in cargo and vehicles that pose hazards to military operations. The EOD Division plans to select vehicle screening explosive detection equipment systems for comparative testing and evaluation […]

Marine Corps Tests Look To Extend Life of CH-53 Engines

By the end of 2007 the Marine Corps will begin the first of two tests on the CH-53 engine that the service hopes will add another 800 hours of operation time before an engine overhaul is required, according to a Marine Corps official. Although engine tests are not typically big news, the accelerated simulation mission […]

Coast Guard Invites ICGS To Negotiate A Settlement Over 123-Foot Boat Issue

By Geoff Fein The Coast Guard is hoping to get the Deepwater Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) team to negotiate a settlement to the service’s attempts to seek $96 million in repayment for the 123-foot patrol boat conversion effort that was eventually canceled after the vessels showed design defects. The Coast Guard sent ICGS a […]

Gates: Helicopters, Trainers Among Top Needs In Afghanistan

The Defense Department is seeking a number of helicopters and trainers for police and military forces in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told lawmakers recently. The need is for 20 helicopters–14 for lift and six for attack–that can withstand the harsh temperatures and altitudes in the central Asian country, he told members of the House […]

Navy, Marine Corps Gaining Better Understanding of Sea Basing Requirements

By Geoff Fein The Navy and Marine Corps have spent the past year working to better define the requirement for sea base operations, looking at platform needs and how best to move warfighters and their equipment from ship to shore, a Marine Corps official said. The cornerstone of the sea basing effort is the Navy’s […]