Archive: Navy/USMC


Leonardo: Single Engine TH-119 Packs Twin-Engine Punch For Navy Trainer

With the TH-119, Leonardo Helicopters is offering the U.S. Navy twin-engine performance, power and safety in a single-engine package that is less expensive to buy and maintain. “With the TH-119, we are delivering what we are calling a full-spectrum training helicopter,” Andrew Gappy, Leonardo’s director of Navy, Marine Corps and federal programs, told sister publication RW&I. […]

Last Legacy Super Cobra Enters US Marine Corps Maintenance Program

The last legacy AH-1W Super Cobra entered the Navy’s integrated maintenance program at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in mid-July. Continuing the attack aircraft’s legacy snake nomenclature, W-model Super Cobras are being replaced with the AH-1Z Viper “The technology is more advanced in the Z than the W,” said Cary Mocanu, who manages Fleet Readiness Center Southwest […]

Artist's rendering of a Navy Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite.
(Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Navy Starts Expanding MUOS Use

The Navy late last week said its next generation narrowband five satellite constellation communication system was approved by U.S. Strategic Command for expanded operational use. This means early-adopted commands in the Navy and Marine Corps can start using the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) while on deployment by the fall, mostly in the Pacific region. […]

The U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel USNS City of Bismarck (EPF-9) is launched in Mobile, Ala. On June 7, 2017. (Photo: David Stoltz, U.S. Navy).

EPF-10 Finishes Acceptance Trials

The U.S. Navy’s 10th Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport, the future USNS Burlington (T-EPF-10), successfully finished acceptance trials, the Navy said on Friday. The EPF ships, built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., are non-combat ships that are meant to on or off-load personnel and vehicles at shallow-draft ports and waterways. They are used for maneuver […]

Artist rendering of the first Flight II San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, LPD-30. (Image: HII)

HII Awarded $165.5 Million For First LPD Flight II Long-Lead Materials

The Navy on Thursday awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries’ [HII] Ingalls Shipbuilding a $165.5 million contract to procure long-lead time materials and non-recurring engineering activities for the first LPD Flight II San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, LPD-30. The Navy chose HII as the winner of the LX(R) replacement program in April. The company will build […]


Multi-Domain Before It Was Cool: Walsh On Why The U.S. Needs A Marine Corps

QUANTICO, Va. — As seemingly happens after every major U.S. conflict, Congress is again questioning why the nation should maintain the Marine Corps as an amphibious force when joint warfighting, multi-domain operations and proliferating cruise missiles make another Iwo Jima unlikely. Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, who as deputy commandant for combat development and integration oversaw […]

U.S. Marines with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force—Crisis Response—Central Command, conduct fast rope training from an MV-22 Osprey while deployed to Southwest Asia, Sept. 16, 2015.

Don’t Go It Alone: A Top U.S. Marine’s Advice For Modernizing On A Budget

QUANTICO, Va. — As the Marine Corps continues to, shiplike, slowly turn itself away from the insurgent wars it has fought for nearly two decades toward old-school strategic competition, it must lean on larger sister services for major platform development and spend its own money only on Marine-specific gear, according to Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh. […]

A Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet.  Photo: Boeing.

GE Nabs $630.5 Million Contract To Support Super Hornet And Growler Engines

The U.S. Navy awarded General Electric [GE] a $630.5 million contract to repair, replace, and support hundreds of engine components used on the F/A-18 E/F Super Horner and EA-18G Growler aircraft. This firm-fixed-price performance-based logistics award is supporting 773 F414 engine components. The Navy said GE was the only firm solicited in a non-competitive contract […]

A Standard Missile (SM)-2 missile being launched from a naval vessel. Photo: Raytheon.

State Department Approves $321 Million In European Naval Weapons Sales

The State Department approved two potential Foreign Military Sales (FMS) for Denmark and the Netherlands to buy a total of $321 million in naval weapons this week. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of these FMSs on July 31. The Danish sale entails 46 Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) Block IIIA All-Up-Rounds and associated equipment […]

The future USS Tulsa (LCS-16) Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship is launched in Mobile, Ala. in March 2016. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

LCS-18 Finishes Acceptance Trials

The ninth Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Charleston (LCS-18), finished acceptance trials earlier this month, the Navy said on Wednesday.  The Independence-variant ships are built by Austal USA in Mobile Ala., working under prime integrator General Dynamics [GD]. The acceptance trials finished on July 19 in the Gulf of Mexico, after a […]