Archive: Navy/USMC

Weld Issue Restricts

By Geoff Fein The Navy, General Dynamics [GD] and Northrop Grumman [NOC] are inspecting welds on all Virginia-class submarines after discovering a weakness in the process associated with non-nuclear piping welds, the Navy said Friday. "The Navy, Northrop Grumman Newport News, and General Dynamics Electric Boat are conducting a detailed assessment of completed welds through […]

Marine Corps Makes Recommendation To Limit MRAP Buys To JROC

By Geoff Fein The drop in attacks on Marines in Iraq has in part led the service to re-examine the number of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles it will buy as the Corps moves toward a mix of larger trucks and smaller uparmored Humvees, the Commandant of the Marine Corps said. The proposal by […]

Conferees Agree To Defense Authorization Bill

By Jen DiMascio Lawmakers yesterday signed off on a conference report for a bill to authorize defense spending in fiscal year 2008 that includes language mandating the Navy’s next-generation cruisers will be powered by nuclear energy. The bill had stalled because of a disagreement regarding a hate crimes provision that could have eroded support for […]

Navy, Industry, Tackle Unmanned Systems Operation From LCS

By Geoff Fein The Navy and Northrop Grumman [NOC] are working to develop, test and eventually integrate technologies onto both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) that will enable mission module crews to operate multiple unmanned systems from a common control station. The Program Executive Officer for Littoral and Mine Warfare (PEO LMW) has […]

U.S. Forces Need More Persistent ISR, Ability To Move Data Across Battlefield, Official Says

U. S. forces operating in Iraq and Afghanistan need more persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) as well as the ability to move data and images across the battlefield, according to the head of the Marine Corps’ special operations command (MARSOC). Marine Corps special operations forces have a limited persistent ISR capability, but they have […]

Raytheon’s SSDS Set For USS

By Geoff Fein Early next year, the Navy will install and begin testing Raytheon’s [RTN] ship self-defense system (SSDS) onboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) aircraft carrier, leading up to certification of the company’s ship self-defense systems. Additionally, this fall, Raytheon’s initial export approval has been received for SSDS. "That means we can partner with the […]

Large Number Of Aegis Ships Would Be Needed To Shield Europe: Admiral

It would take a large number of U.S. Navy Aegis weapons system ships to shield Europe against enemy missiles from the Middle East, if the United States attempted to use the sea-based system to guard Europe instead of the Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) system proposed for the Czech Republic and Poland. That was the […]

Large Number of Aegis Ships Would Be Needed To Shield Europe: Admiral

By Dave Ahearn It would take a large number of U.S. Navy Aegis weapons system ships to shield Europe against enemy missiles from the Middle East, if the United States attempted to use the sea-based system to guard Europe instead of the Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) system proposed for the Czech Republic and Poland. […]

ACR Conducts UAV Command And Control Tests From Unique Navy Ship

Advanced Ceramics Research (ACR) has been testing two of its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) from the Navy’s experimental test bed ship Stiletto to determine command and control capabilities and the ability to locate submerged mines. The two UAVs, Silver Fox, a rail-launched, 25-pound UAV that carries an Electro Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) camera, and Manta, a dual […]

Navy’s MDA Effort To Provide Greater ID of Ocean-Going Threats

Later next year, the Navy will launch the first spiral of its planned maritime domain awareness (MDA) effort that will initially link together the service, federal agencies and allies to provide a more robust picture of the maritime domain. The first spiral is dedicated to wiring together a variety of nodes, Deputy Under Secretary of […]