Archive: Navy/USMC

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., brief reporters on the current U.S. air strikes on Syria during a joint press conference at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Apr. 13, 2018. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

Mattis: Future ‘Maritime’ Defense Strategy Calls For More Ships Sooner

Defense Secretary James Mattis supports further increases to the Pentagon’s shipbuilding budget because the military is planning to adopt a maritime-based strategy to defend the United States homeland, he told the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 26. “I believe we’re moving toward a more maritime strategy in terms of our military strategy to defend […]

An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter prepares to land on the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) off the coast of Southern California.
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House Panel Pushing Navy For Three LCSs And Procuring Frigate Technical Data Rights

The House Armed Services subcommittee on seapower’s mark of the FY ’19 defense authorization bill authorizes three Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) and would push the Navy to procure the technical data rights to acquired frigate-class ships. The subcommittee mark is recommending the full committee authorize three LCSs for FY ’19, while the Navy only requested […]

The Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) after launching in 2012. Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

House Subcommittee Authorizes CVN-81

The House Armed Services subcommittee on seapower approved construction of the fourth Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, CVN-81, in its mark of the FY ’19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The authorization for CVN-81 starts in FY ’19 and is set to be the second carrier in a possible two-carrier buy the service is examining […]

An MH-60 Romeo flying near the USS Freedom (LCS-1). Photo: U.S. Navy

Spencer: Marinette Should Talk With Navy About How Its LCS Price Can Get More Competitive

The Navy Secretary said on Tuesday the leaders of Fincantieri Marinette Marine should talk with the Navy about how their Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) variant can have a more competitive price. Richard Spencer suggested the get-together while responding to an LCS question from Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) at a Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing. Marinette […]

Head of BWXT Nuclear Operations Group Leaving After June; Head Lawyer Also to Depart

Joseph Henry, president and chief operating officer of BWX Technologies’ Nuclear Operations Group, will retire June 30, the company disclosed Monday in a regulatory filing. It was not immediately clear who would succeed the retired Navy admiral at the helm of the Lynchburg, Va.-based company’s nuclear manufacturing and fuel-enrichment business. “We will announce [Henry’s] successor […]

The future Zumwalt-class destroyer USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001). (Photo: U.S. Navy)

GD Delivers DDG-1001 To Navy

The Navy officially accepted a hull, mechanical and electric (HM&E) delivery of the future Zumwalt-class destroyer USS. Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) from builder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) [GD] today. The Navy said the delivery came after “extensive tests, trials and demonstrations” of the destroyer’s HM&E systems. This covers boat handling, anchor and mooring systems […]

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Raytheon Awarded $83 Million Mine Neutralizer Contract, AMDR LRIP Unit

Raytheon [RTN] was awarded an $83 million Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) contract on Thursday to design, test, and deploy the Barracuda mine neutralization system. The company describes the Barracuda mine neutralization system as an expendable, autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle that aims to identify and neutralize three kinds of sea minds: bottom, near surface, and […]

Rear Adm. Danelle Barret, Navy Cyber Security Division director

Navy Seeking Data Management Capabilities

Navy officials are looking for new information technology (IT) capabilities to to make their data more manageable for warfighters and improve the mobility and security of system applications, according to the service’s lead cyber security official. Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett told attendees at a Friday AFCEA IT conference she is looking for industry data standardization […]

The future USS Portland (LPD-27), sails in the Gulf of Mexico during acceptance sea trials. (Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries)

New Ships Commissioned and Launched

The Navy plans to commission the latest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, the future USS Portland (LPD-27), on Saturday at its namesake city in Portland, Ore., while shipmakers launched and christened the latest Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in Wisconsin last week. Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan is set to deliver the Portland ceremony’s principal […]

The USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) at the start of its journey from Bath, Maine to its homeport of San Diego, Calif. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Merz: Navy Separating DDG-1000 Gun Ammo From Ship Effort

The Deputy Chief of Naval operations for warfare systems told a Senate panel last week the Navy has separated the DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class gun and overall ship efforts from each other to prevent Advanced Gun System (AGS) projectile work from dragging down deployment of the overall ship. Vice Adm. William Merz said, “what we found was […]