Archive: Navy/USMC

F-35Bs belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps fly in formation alongside South Korean and Japanese aircraft during a show-of-force mission over the Korean Peninsula on Aug. 28. (Photo by Republic of Korea Air Force)

F-35B Flies In Show-Of-Force Mission Over Korean Peninsula

Participating for the first time in exercises with South Korea and Japan, the Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighters flew in a show-of-force flyover in direct response to North Korea’s recent provocative missile launch. On Aug. 30, the short-takeoff and vertical-landing version of the jet flew as part of a “sequenced bilateral mission” with other […]

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Lockheed Wins Two Submarine Contracts Worth $101 Million Total

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] $101 million combined in two contract actions for previously awarded contracts in support of submarine systems, according to Wednesday Defense Department announcements. The company won a firm-fixed-price undefinitized contract action (UCA) modification for up to $71 million as part of a previously awarded contract for electronic warfare equipment in […]

The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3). Photo: U.S. Navy.

Navy Ships To Support Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

The commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command ordered the amphibious assault ship the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) to get underway from their Virginia homeports to support post-Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, the Navy said Wednesday. Adm. Phil Davidson said the ships were set to leave from their homeports in […]

Visible damage to the USS John S. McCain’s (DDG-56) port side following a collision with the Alnic MC near the Straights of Malacca and Singapore. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released.

Navy Releases Details of Comprehensive Review After Collisions

The U.S. Navy released a memo last Thursday evening detailing the responsibilities for the new head of the Navy’s comprehensive review following the series of ship collisions in the Pacific theater. The Aug. 24 memo is directed to Adm. Philip Davidson, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and comes from Adm. William Moran, Vice Chief […]

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GD Wins $101 Million In Navy Contracts For Submarine Acoustic Detection And Command And Control System

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics [GD] two awards totaling $101 million for both submarine acoustic detection capabilities and the Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S), the Department of Defense announced Thursday. The Naval Sea Systems Command specifically awarded GD’s Electric Boat Corp. $64.2 million for a large vertical array (LVA) fixture, LVA first […]

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Col. Kanae Tamakoshi, liaison officer to Pacific Air Forces, simulates flying an F-35 Lighting II fighter aircraft in the a cockpit demonstrator during the Pacific F-35 Symposium at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 14, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Stewart)

Navy Requires Open Architecture In New Air Combat Training System

Written into the contract for the Navy’s newest combat aircraft training system is a requirement for industry bidders to use a government-established standard communication software architecture. The $142 million contract holds Rockwell Collins [COL] and Leonardo DRS to implementing the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) version 4.1 when building the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II […]

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Norwegian Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide visit the Eckernförde maritime base. (Photo: Jane Schmidt/German Army)

Germany And Norway Start Cooperation On New Submarines and Naval Missiles

Germany and Norway officially launched a new long-term naval defense material cooperation agreement for new submarines and naval missiles on Aug. 22 during a visit by the Norwegian Defense Minister to her counterpart in Germany. In February the Norwegian government chose Germany as a strategic partner with which to procure new submarines and later additional […]

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Amphibious Assault Vehicle Upgrades Enter Production

Upgraded versions of the Marine Corps’ legacy amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) were cleared for production this week under a milestone C decision that also resulted in an $11 million contract for Science Applications International Corp. [SAIC] to begin the work. The AAV survivability upgrade program entered low-rate initial production (LRIP) on Aug. 17, according to […]

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander U.S. 7th Fleet, speaks to the press on June 18 about the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) after a collision with a merchant vessel. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart/Released.

Seventh Fleet Commander Relieved After Collisions; HII To Repair USS Fitzgerald

The Defense Department relieved Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the Seventh Fleet, in the wake of two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers colliding with commercial vessels this summer. The Navy announced in a brief statement that Aucoin was relieved by Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, “due to a loss of confidence in his […]

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DARPA Launches Development Of Plug-And-Play Counter-Drone System

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has hired three firms to find ways of defeating the small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) that have become one of the most pervasive threats to the military at home and abroad. Three teams – Dynetics Inc., Saab Defense and Security USA and nonprofit development firm SRC Inc. – […]