Archive: Navy/USMC

HASC Seapower Subcommittee To Continue Focus On Larger Fleet In New Year

By Jen DiMascio Continuing to purchase more ships and reining in the cost of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program are high on the list of priorities for the House Armed Services seapower subcommittee this year. Part of buying more ships is turning around the cost growth on the LCS program, ranking member Rep. Roscoe […]

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 […]

Navy EOD Division Surveys for Vehicle IED Detection

The Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technology Division is seeking information on technologies and sources for commercial off-the-shelf explosive detection equipment capable of finding improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in cargo and vehicles that pose hazards to military operations. The EOD Division plans to select vehicle screening explosive detection equipment systems for comparative testing and evaluation […]

Gates: Helicopters, Trainers Among Top Needs In Afghanistan

The Defense Department is seeking a number of helicopters and trainers for police and military forces in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told lawmakers recently. The need is for 20 helicopters–14 for lift and six for attack–that can withstand the harsh temperatures and altitudes in the central Asian country, he told members of the House […]

Navy, Marine Corps Gaining Better Understanding of Sea Basing Requirements

By Geoff Fein The Navy and Marine Corps have spent the past year working to better define the requirement for sea base operations, looking at platform needs and how best to move warfighters and their equipment from ship to shore, a Marine Corps official said. The cornerstone of the sea basing effort is the Navy’s […]

Marine Corps Tests Look To Extend Life of CH-53 Engines

By the end of 2007 the Marine Corps will begin the first of two tests on the CH-53 engine that the service hopes will add another 800 hours of operation time before an engine overhaul is required, according to a Marine Corps official. Although engine tests are not typically big news, the accelerated simulation mission […]

Coast Guard Invites ICGS To Negotiate A Settlement Over 123-Foot Boat Issue

By Geoff Fein The Coast Guard is hoping to get the Deepwater Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) team to negotiate a settlement to the service’s attempts to seek $96 million in repayment for the 123-foot patrol boat conversion effort that was eventually canceled after the vessels showed design defects. The Coast Guard sent ICGS a […]

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The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Campaign Report. An overflow crowd at BAE Systems in Nashua, N.H., turned out last week to listen to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), fresh from a solid finish in the Iowa caucuses, said Clark Dumont, vice president of communications for BAE’s Electronics & Integrated Solutions […]

Navy SDD Effort Putting Data Links On Harpoon, JSOW

By Geoff Fein The Navy has begun a Systems Design and Development (SDD) effort to incorporate a data link into Boeing’s [BA] Harpoon missile and Raytheon’s [RTN] Joint Stand-Off Weapon making the two systems the first true network enabled development efforts, a Navy official said. The goal is to develop a better target selectivity capability […]

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Launches USS

The future USS New York (LPD-21), the fifth ship of the San Antonio-class of amphibious ships, was launched last month from Northrop Grumman [NOC] Ship Systems in Avondale, La., the company said. Throughout 2008, Northrop Grumman will continue to complete this 684-foot-long warship. Key milestones such as electrical generator, combat systems, and main engine light-offs […]