Archive: Navy/USMC

Navy Deploys First Atlantic Fleet-Based BMD Destroyer

By Geoff Fein The Navy today will make its first-ever deployment of an Atlantic Fleet-based ballistic missile defense (BMD) capable destroyer, as the USS Ramage (DDG-61) heads to the Mediterranean for a six-month tour, a Navy official said. "This is the first operational deployment of a BMD ship on the Atlantic Fleet to the Mediterranean. […]

Conway Wants More Marines, But Not Big MRAPs, In Afghanistan

By Emelie Rutherford As the Marine Corps eyes a shift from Iraq to Afghanistan, its commandant indicated yesterday he does not favor having more of the current iteration of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles there. Commandant Gen. James Conway, in comments to Pentagon reporters, did not specifically talk about a recent Joint Urgent Operational […]

Serco’s $423 Million Deal For SI International Boosts Federal Presence

By Calvin Biesecker Serco Group said yesterday that its United States-based division Serco Inc., has agreed to acquire federal services provider SI International [SINT] for $423 million in cash in a deal that would create a $1 billion-plus federal contractor serving the Defense Department, federal civilian agencies and intelligence community. For United Kingdom-based Serco Group, […]

Freedom Is A Sound, More Capable Ship, Navy Official Says

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) came through its first round of acceptance trials, receiving fewer trial cards than many first of class surface combatants get during their Navy Board of Inspection (InSurv) test. Pre Commission Unit (PCU) Freedom (LCS-1), built by a Lockheed Martin [LMT]-led team, wrapped up her four-day […]

Former Navy Admiral Rep. Sestak Probing Navy’s Altered Destroyer Plans

By Emelie Rutherford Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), a former three-star Navy admiral, said he hopes the service’s recent decision to seek one more DDG-1000 destroyer next year will give him more time to gather the intelligence and analysis driving the Navy’s request to stop the nascent ship’s production. The freshman lawmaker said in an interview […]

Navy Conducts Successful Test of Trident II D-5 Ballistic Missiles

The Navy Monday conducted a successful test launch of two unarmed Trident II D-5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles (FBMs), Lockheed Martin [LMT] reported. The Lockheed Martin-built missiles were launched from the USS Louisiana (SSBN-743) in the Pacific Ocean. The Trident II D-5 missile now has achieved 124 consecutive successful test launches since 1989-a record unmatched by […]

Raytheon Stays On Course For Zumwalt Plan of Record, Eyes Issues For DDG-51 Rebuild

By Geoff Fein While there has been much speculation over how many more DDG-51s the Navy might ask for in its new path forward for surface combatants, a top Raytheon [RTN] official notes the program of record still calls for seven DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class ships to be built. "Let’s begin in the beginning. The plan of […]

Hellfire II Missile Production Extended Under $357 Million Army Contract

By Ann Roosevelt Lockheed Martin [LMT], under HELLFIRE Services Limited Liability Company (HSLLC), will produce additional combat-proven Hellfirer II precision- strike, laser-guided air-to-ground missiles for U.S. and international armed forces under a $357 million Army contract. "Hellfire is a good precision fire weapon. We use it for many different applications because it’s very versatile," Col. […]

First UH-1Y Detachment Reports To Miramar For Training, AH-1Z Faces Two-Year Delay

By Geoff Fein Although the Navy’s efforts to develop the AH-1Z helicopter are now facing a two-year schedule slip, service officials point out that the UH-1Y just achieved its initial operational capability (IOC) and the first three aircraft are beginning special operations training all in preparation for their first deployment in January 2009. Yesterday, the […]

Reliability Issues Continue To Delay Navy’s AMCM OPEVAL For MH-60S

By Geoff Fein Issues with the Navy’s MH-60S Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) system has led to a two-year delay in the program and landed the effort on the Pentagon’s Selected Acquisition Reports (SAR) for this reporting period. But the Navy points out that the Sikorsky [UTX] MH-60S, or Sierra, is working just fine. Roughly 120 […]