Archive: Navy/USMC

Navy’s P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft Begins Production

The U.S. Navy and its Poseidon industry team marked the beginning of the P-8A production last month at Spirit AeroSystems’ [SPR] Wichita, Kan., the Navy said. The P-8A is the first Navy aircraft to be produced on an existing commercial production line, the Navy said. The P-8A fuselage, a derivative of Boeing’s Next Generation 737-800, […]

Navy Exploring Ideas For Cutting Down On Ship Components

By Geoff Fein The Navy is looking at a variety of ways to cut down on the number of components it buys for surface ships to help lower the cost of ship construction, a service official said. The two biggest varieties of components in the fleet are circuit breakers and valves, Rear Adm. Charles Goddard, […]

Northrop Grumman Study Shows Mod Repeat For CG(X) Is Best Approach For Navy

By Geoff Fein A Northrop Grumman [NOC]-funded effort has determined that the Navy would be best served by building a scalable and flexible cruiser that takes advantage of the DDG-1000 hull form. Additionally, the Navy has completed the CG(X) Analysis of Alternatives and the document is currently being staffed by Navy leadership, a Navy spokesman […]

Rear Adm. Landay Designated New Test & Evaluation Executive

By Geoff Fein The Navy is realigning the functions of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (DASN RDT&E) and creating the Department of the Navy Test and Evaluation (DoN T&E) Executive, according to a memo written last week. The Jan. 7 memo from John Thackrah, acting DASN research, development […]

MTC, Marine Corps Cancel Tier II UAS Concept Demonstrator

By Geoff Fein MTC Technologies [MTCT] will return $683,000 in performance-based payments and pay $474,000 in program costs to the Marine Corps after entering into a cancellation agreement relating to the company’s Tier II Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) concept demonstration program, the company said last week. "Marine Corps Systems Command and MTC Technologies cancelled their […]

CNO Says Shipyard Visit Shows Companies Can Build More Ships

By Geoff Fein The nation’s shipyards have the capacity to build more Navy ships and upgrades the sites have made will make the yards much more efficient, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) said last week. "I really do believe that the capacity is there, and it’s a function of a balanced shipbuilding program with […]

Northrop Grumman Gets $595 Million For Continued Work On CVN-78

The Navy Friday awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] Newport News, Newport News a $595.9 million modification to previously awarded contract for the continuation of CVN-78 class design effort; long-lead time material procurement; and non-nuclear advance construction for the USS Gerald R. Ford lead ship of the class, according to the service. The contract includes system development, […]

In Two Years Demand Grows Strong For NECC’s Capabiltiies, Official Says

By Geoff Fein In just its second year of operation, the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) has seen a high demand for its capabilities as the organization is finding itself employed from Iraq to Central America, a Navy official said. The first year of NECC was about realigning the forces, standing up new commands, new […]

Rising China Threat Unmet If U.S. Navy Doesn’t Seek Funds To Counter It, Analysts Say

By Dave Ahearn Perhaps the most daunting obstacle to the Navy getting the funds it needs is…the Navy. That is the view of Ronald O’Rourke, a preeminent defense analyst with the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS). The Navy in recent years has failed to seek sufficient funds in its annual budget requests, O’Rourke said Wednesday. […]

Current Operations Provide Lessons For Future Sea Basing Plans

By Geoff Fein While the Navy and Marine Corps won’t begin actual sea base operations until the 2020 time frame, when they take delivery of all the required platforms, the services have been demonstrating, in real world conditions, their sea basing concept. From the tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia to last year’s disaster relief in […]