Archive: Navy/USMC

Second Zumwalt Named For Fallen Navy SEAL

By Geoff Fein The Navy Wednesday named the second Zumwalt-class destroyer the USS Michael Monsoor after a Navy SEAL who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroic actions in Iraq in 2006. Navy Secretary Donald Winter told attendees at the Navy SEAL Warrior Fund Dinner in New York last night that Monsoor’s achievements […]

Defense Department Taps Three Industry Teams For Next Stage of JLTV

By Ann Roosevelt General Tactical Vehicles (GTV), comprised of General Dynamics [GD] and AM General; a Lockheed Martin [LMT]-BAE Systems team; and a BAE Systems-Navistar International Corp. [NAVZ], will take the next step in the potential $40 billion development of the Army-Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The three teams were chosen of seven […]

Marine Corps Eyeing Replacements For Aging Amphib Fleet

By Geoff Fein Demand for Marine Corps expeditionary forces is growing every month, and the service’s operational tempo is pretty high as it is used for both traditional and non-traditional missions, according to a top Marine Corps general. "The demand is big and it is growing every months," Maj. Gen. Thomas Benes, director, Expeditionary Warfare, […]

Irregular Warfare Official: SSGN Subs Are Navy’s Premiere Counterterrorism Tool

By Emelie Rutherford The SSGN cruise-missile submarine has become the Navy’s "premiere" irregular-warfare (IW) platform, and may soon launch new unmanned water and air vehicles in the fight, a senior service official said. Rear Adm. (sel.) Mark Kenny, director of the new Navy Irregular Warfare Office stood up in July, said last week that the […]

Flexibility And Affordability Will Be Major Focus Areas For Next Sub Design, Admiral Says

By Geoff Fein A major focus of the follow-on to the Trident (SSBN) submarines will need to be affordability, flexibility and underwater payload capacity, as well as taking lessons learned from the current Virginia-class build, according to a top Navy admiral. "Clearly a major emphasis of the Sea Based Strategic Deterrent (SBSD), the follow-on to […]

Taylor Vexed By Reports of DDG-51 Acquisition Weighted Toward GD

By Emelie Rutherford Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) said he is "troubled" about reports the Navy has weighed granting more of the work on a potential new batch of DDG-51 destroyers to General Dynamics’ [GD] Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Maine than to Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Ingalls shipyard in Mississippi. "I find it troubling that the […]

ATK’s AARGM Begins LRIP, Prepares For Fielding In 2010

ATK’s [ATK] AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) wrapped up a Milestone C review and received approval for entry into Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP), the company reported. Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley rendered the decision in a Sept. 30, 2008, Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM) signaling the program had demonstrated compliance with all milestone criteria, […]

Navy Needs To Begin R&D For Next SSBN In FY ’10 To Keep Pace With Deactivations

By Geoff Fein The Navy must start research and development for the next ballistic missile submarine in fiscal year ’10 if the service hopes to bring the follow-on to the Ohio-class boats into service by 2027, according to a top Navy admiral. The Navy plans to begin retiring the current fleet of Trident submarines in […]

Navy Issues LCS RFP And Solicitation For New Minehunting UUV

By Geoff Fein The Navy has issued its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) request for proposal (RFP) for construction of the Flight 0+ ships planned for fiscal years 2009 and 2010, including potential foreign military sales (FMS) requirements. Industry responses to the RFP are due Oct. 30. The Navy plans to award contracts for two FY […]

Hunter, Lumpkin House Race Shines Spotlight On Military

By Emelie Rutherford The two main candidates battling for California’s 52nd congressional district seat are no strangers to Congress, the Pentagon, the Global War on Terror, and defense spending. The Republican and fundraising frontrunner is Duncan D. Hunter, 31, a Marine Corps Reserve captain, former home builder, and son of the retiring Rep. Duncan Hunter […]