Archive: Navy/USMC

General Dynamics Delivers First ASW USV For LCS To Navy

General Dynamics [GD] Robotic Systems earlier this month delivered the first 11-meter "Fleet" class Anti-Submarine Warfare Unmanned Surface Vehicle (ASW USV) to the Navy as part of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission package, the company said. General Dynamics has worked in partnership with a Navy team that includes PEO-Littoral & Mine Warfare (LMW), PMS-420 […]

‘Pressure Hull Complete’ For USS New Mexico

Northrop Grumman [NOC] this past weekend completed the final hull welds of the Virginia-class submarine USS New Mexico (SSN-779), the last major milestone before the ship’s christening later this year, the company reported. This accomplishment, known as "pressure hull complete," signifies the hull sections being joined to form a single unit. The New Mexico, the […]

Marine Corps Will Buy More Humvees Until JLTV Arrives

By Geoff Fein To continue to provide tactical mobility, the Marine Corps will have to continue buying Humvees until the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) makes its debut, a Marine Corps official said. Additionally, there is a concern with the ability to provide volume fires and surface fire support to Marines on the ground since […]

ONR Making Advances In Autonomous Mine Hunting UUVs

By Geoff Fein The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is making investments to develop autonomous underwater mine hunting systems and to improve the ability of those systems to communicate through water, as well as remain on station longer, according to an ONR official. "The leading edge issue is autonomy… the artificial intelligence that’s onboard [an […]

Navy, Sikorsky Overcoming Challenges To CH-53K Design

By Geoff Fein The Navy is making design changes to its CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter to adjust the center of gravity and to switch to a new rotory damper that will continue to provide increased reliability for the aircraft, a Navy official said. Additionally, the Navy is continuing to trim down Sikorsky’s [UTX] CH-53K, looking to […]

Hawaii Heads To PSA Following First Successful Deployment

By Geoff Fein Advances in design, systems and technology make USS Hawaii (SSN-776) more reliable, easier to maintain and combat ready, according to the submarine’s commander. After wrapping up her first deployment, the Hawaii will be heading into post shakedown availability (PSA) for required upgrades and modifications later in May. The Hawaii was commissioned one […]

Lockheed Martin Delivers 5,000th Guided MLRS Rocket

By Ann Roosevelt Lockheed Martin [LMT] last week held ceremonies marking the delivery of the 5,000th Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rocket at company manufacturing facilities in Camden Ark. "The success of this system speaks for the quality work that our team is doing every day," Col. David Rice, Army project manager for Precision […]

Marine Corps Capitalization Funding Must Climb To Avoid Historical Shortfalls, Official Says

By Geoff Fein The Marine Corps must continue to increase investment in recapitalizing its force, not only to sustain current levels, but to meet future needs, according to a top Marine Corps official. Looking back 20 years, the Marine Corps was spending on average about $1.4 billion a year in investments…capitalization, said Lt. Gen. John […]

Pentagon Begins Review of Service Roles And Missions

By Geoff Fein Defense officials are beginning a review of the roles and missions of the armed forces that will explore how the services handle unmanned aerial systems (UAS), intra-theater lift, cyber and irregular warfare, according to a senior defense official. This is the first quadrennial review of the roles and missions of the armed […]

House Authorizers Want More Ships, Irregular Warfare Executive Agent

By Emelie Rutherford Three House panels yesterday recommended changes to the White House’s proposed defense budget including tacking on up to four additional Navy ships, calling for irregular- warfare organizational changes in the Pentagon and adding nearly $1 billion for equipment readiness. The fiscal year 2009 ship changes recommended by the House Armed Services (HASC) […]