Archive: Navy/USMC

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) […]

GWOT Supplemental Includes Funds For Super Hornets

By Emelie Rutherford The dual-year war-supplemental bill House and Senate lawmakers are expected to address next week includes at least $42 billion for buying systems including F/A-18 Super Hornet strike aircraft and an array of tactical vehicles. Aides said the version of the bill the Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to mark up next week […]

Navy Needs To Regain ASW Proficiency, Official Says

By Geoff Fein The Navy has lost a lot of its proficiency in anti-submarine warfare (ASW), at a time when the threat from diesel-electric subs is growing, according to a senior service official. Since the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the threats from submarines have changed from the […]

VH-71 Is Getting Back On Track, Navy Says

By Geoff Fein The Navy is in the process of preparing to release a request for proposal (RFP) in June for Increment II of its presidential helicopter, as the service looks to put the troubled program back on track The RFP is required because of the changes the Navy has made in Increment II, Capt. […]

Deep Blue Gives Way To Bolstered Director Navy Staff Office

By Geoff Fein Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead has directed the establishment of a permanent Navy organization to undertake both the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and the QDR Review of Department of Defense Roles and Missions (QRM), a move that effectively sunsets the Deep Blue office. Rear Adm. (Select) Bill Burke will lead […]

Lockheed Martin Protests Navy’s BAMS Award

By Geoff Fein Lockheed Martin [LMT] yesterday filed a protest of the Navy’s award of a $1.16 billion contract to Northrop Grumman [NOC] for the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial system (UAS). The service awarded Northrop Grumman the contract to develop the persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance UAS for maritime security on April […]

Navantia Shipyard Demonstrates Efficiencies, Best Practices

By Geoff Fein During his tenure as Navy Secretary, Donald Winter has made it a point to visit foreign shipyards when the opportunity presents itself. The visits have enabled Winter to see best practices of the shipyards as well as some of the platforms the yards are producing. On his most recent trip to Israel […]

Navy Nominee Awaits Senate Nod

The White House last week sent Sean Stackley’s name to the Senate for nomination as the Navy’s top weapons buyer. However it’s unknown when the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) will take the matter up. Stackley, a SASC staff member, would oversee a number of troubled programs including the Littoral Combat Ship, Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, […]

New Pictures Of Chinese Missile Firing Sub Show Underground Base

In an ominous development, new pictures of an advanced Chinese long-range-missile-carrying submarine also show China is building a major base for its subs at Hainan Island, including underground tunnels. Those pictures, taken by DigitalGlobe, were published by Jane’s. Chinese Jin Class submarines are nuclear powered, with limitless range that can move them near any nation, […]

Navy Deploys ASDS From SSGN For First Time

By Geoff Fein The Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS), a small submersible capable of deploying Special Operations Command (SOCOM) from a submarine operated for the first time from one of the Navy’s newest SSGN’s, the USS Michigan (SSGN-727), according to Northrop Grumman [NOC]. SOCOM had been banking on Northrop Grumman’s effort to build a small […]