Archive: Navy/USMC

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Navy Releases RFP For NGEN-R SMIT

The Navy released the final Service, Management, Integration and Transport (SMIT) Request for Proposals (RFP) on Thursday under the service’s Next Generation Enterprise Networks Re-compete (NGEN-R). SMIT is one of the two components in the NGEN-R, the follow-on to the Navy’s current enterprise-wide information technology services contract vehicle, NGEN. NGEN provides IT services to the […]

A rendering of the Knifefish unmanned underwater vehicle which will be deployed from the littoral combat ship to sweep mines. Illustration: General Dynamics.

NAVSEA Developing New MCM Unmanned Vessel

Annapolis, Md. — Last week Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) got the Pentagon’s approval to develop a new common mine countermeasures (MCM) unmanned surface vehicle (USV). The Navy is looking to make a common modular vehicle that can accommodate at least three counter-mine payloads: mine hunting; sweeping; and neutralization, a Navy official said here Tuesday […]

CyPhy’s Tethered Drones Provide Limitless Uptime to Army, Navy

Drones can be used for covert surveillance, attacks, refueling, patrolling, inspection, and any number of other tasks that benefit from a portable aircraft with an operator kept out of harm’s way. The U.S. Army and Navy Special Operations Forces use drones from CyPhy Works to get around one of the big hindrances with most unmanned […]

James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)). (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Geurts: Navy Needs To Use More OTAs, Rapid Acquisition

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy’s top acquisition official on Tuesday said the service needs to continue using more fast acquisition tools to better pivot to new threats. He singled out other transaction authorities (OTAs): acquisition instruments other than contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements that aim to provide more streamlined ways to work on prototype projects […]

Artist rendering of LHA 8 Bougainville amphibious assault ship. Huntington Ingalls said that increase volume on the Bougainville helped contribute to higher sales in the second quarter. Rendering by HII.

HII Starts Building Next Amphibious Assault Ship

Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] started fabrication of the future USS Bougainville (LHA-8) at its shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., on Oct. 15. The ship is largely being produced in the Pascagoula facility and it is scheduled to be delivered by 2024. LHA-8 is set to be the first Flight I LHA Replacement Program ship and third […]

BF-17, Major Richard "BC" Rusnok & BF-18, LtCol Jon "Miles" Ohma

Majority of F-35 Aircraft Cleared For Flight After Fuel Tube Tests

Less than a week after the Pentagon’s entire fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters was temporarily grounded to investigate a suspect fuel tube, the majority of the aircraft are back to flight-ready status, officials said Oct. 15. More than 80 percent of domestic and internationally based F-35s have been cleared and returned to flight operations, […]

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) transits the Atlantic Ocean in September 2018. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy Approves First 3D Printed Metal Component For Use On A Ship

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) approved the first ever additive manufacturing (AM) printed metal part for shipboard installation, the command said on Thursday.  Additive manufacturing is another term for 3D printing. The component in question is a prototype drain strainer orifice (DSO) assembly and it will be installed on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry […]

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-35s Grounded Worldwide For Fuel Tube Inspection

The U.S. military’s most sophisticated fighter aircraft fleet was temporarily suspended from operations beginning Thursday as the Defense Department worked to determine which of their platforms had a suspect part that could have caused the aircraft’s first-ever crash in September. The Pentagon’s F-35 joint program office announced Oct. 11 that flight operations would halt for […]

AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar array at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii. (Photo: Raytheon(

AMDR Tracks Multiple Targets And First Missile Through Intercept

Raytheon [RTN] on Wednesday said its new AN-SPY-6(V) air and missile defense radar (AMDR) has tracked multiple targets simultaneously as well as its first track of a ballistic missile through intercept in a test. The test occurred at the Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii in mid-September, where it detected, acquired, and tracked […]