Archive: Navy/USMC

Newport News Making Investments For Block III Virginia-Class, Exploring SSBN(X)

By Geoff Fein NEWPORT NEWS, Va.–Although contract award for construction of Block III of the Virginia class submarines is not expected until the end of the year, both General Dynamics [GD] Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman [NOC] Newport News (NGNN) have already begun building prototypes of systems planned for the next series of eight submarines. […]

Fincantieri To Acquire U.S. Shipbuilder Manitowac Marine

By Calvin Biesecker Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri said on Monday that it has agreed to acquire United States shipbuilder Manitowac Marine Group (MMG) for $120 million, expanding the company’s naval business overseas. Lockheed Martin [LMT], which is teamed with MMG’s Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard on the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program, has agreed to […]

Northrop Grumman, Navy Working Out Best Path Forward Following Report On Sub Welds

By Geoff Fein NEWPORT NEWS, Va.–The Navy and Northrop Grumman [NOC] Newport News (NGNN) are still working out how the service and the company will proceed forward following a report on interior welding issues first discovered last year on the USS New Hampshire (SSN-778), a company official said. NGNN sent the first of its three-volume […]

Improving Processes Helping Northrop Grumman Cut Costs, Schedule For Sub Construction

By Geoff Fein As the Navy and its industry partners prepare to begin building two Virginia-class submarines a year, Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Newport News (NGNN) facility is instituting a number of efforts to lower the cost and trim the schedule in how it builds subs. NGNN and General Dynamics’ [GD] Electric Boat are building the […]

Navy Tells Congress It Wants A DDG-51 In FY ’09, Though No Formal Request Made

By Emelie Rutherford While the Navy’s new destroyer-building proposal to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) calls for building eight more DDG-51s starting in fiscal year 2010, service officials told lawmakers last week they also would like funding for an addition DDG-51 in FY ’09. The chances of lawmakers authorizing and appropriating those […]

CVN-77 Delivery Moved To December, Newport News On Track For January Commissioning

By Geoff Fein NEWPORT NEWS, Va.–Delivery of CVN-77, the George H.W. Bush, will be approximately one month late, but Northrop Grumman [NOC] will have the ship ready for the January commissioning, according to a company official. The last of the Nimitz-class carriers is in the final throws of construction at Northrop Grumman’s Newport News (NGNN) […]

New Threat Assessment Helped Drive Navy Destroyer Change, Service Tells Hill

By Emelie Rutherford The Navy’s new plan to stop buying DDG-1000 destroyers in favor of older DDG-51 combattants results partly from a threat assessment showing a need for combating foes who have improved blue-water capabilities and ballistic missiles, service officials told lawmakers yesterday. The shipbuilding leaders gave a partially skeptical crowd of House members–including some concerned […]

HAC-D Deletes FY ’09 DDG-1000 Ship, But Doesn’t Fully Back New Destroyer Plan

By Emelie Rutherford The House Appropriations defense subcommittee’s fiscal year 2009 defense bill includes no money for buying a Navy DDG-1000 destroyer, yet its chairman expressed doubts yesterday about the sea service’s new plan to stop building the destroyers and restart production of older DDG-51 combatants. The $487.7 billion bill the HAC-D marked up yesterday […]

Freedom Performing Better Than Expected, Lockheed Martin Official Says

By Geoff Fein Over the remaining nine days, Lockheed Martin [LMT] and the Navy will put the  Freedom (LCS-1) through her paces preparing the vessel for acceptance trials slated to begin next month, a company official said. Freedom, the first of the new class of Littoral Combat Ships designed to carry interchangeable mission packages, transforming […]

Lockheed Martin’s Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom Begins Builder’s Trials

By Geoff Fein Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] USS Freedom (LCS-1), the first of a new breed of multi-mission Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), began builders trials Monday, nearly two years since she was side launched into the Menominee River in Marinette, Wis. The trials–which are a coordinated effort between the Navy and the Lockheed Martin team–will include […]