Archive: Navy/USMC

The future Arleigh Burke-class USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) guided-missile destroyer during builder’s seat trials in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

HII Delivers DDG-114 To The Navy

Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] delivered its latest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer on Wednesday, the future USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114), the Navy said. DDG-114 was delivered at HII’s Pascagoula, Miss., facility following successful September in-port and at sea readiness trials conducted by the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). DDG-114 is named after a […]

A T-45C Goshawk training jet approaches an aircraft carrier. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)

2018 NDAA Establishes $10 Million Prize Option To Solve Physiological Episodes

The fiscal year (FY) 2018 compromise defense authorization bill would authorize the Secretary of Defense to establish a prize competition to help find the causes of and solutions to physiological episodes (PEs) in various military aircraft. The Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force have experienced numerous PEs over the past year in F/A-18 Hornets and […]

U.S. Navy aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), and USS Nimitz (CVN-68) along with their strike groups conduct operations with ships from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

U.S. Three-Carrier Group Conducted Training With Japan And South Korea Navies

The U.S. Navy held two separate international training exercises with Japan and South Korea this Sunday while conducting rare coordinated operations with three U.S. carrier strike groups in the Western Pacific. Last week the U.S. Navy announced the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) were conducting coordinated operations to […]

An MQ-9 Reaper. Photo: U.S. Air Force

MQ-9 Reaper Demonstrated Remote Detection Of Submerged Targets

The General Atomics [GA] MQ-9 Reaper/Predator B unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) successfully detected and tracked submerged contacts during an Oct. 12 U.S. Navy exercise, the company said on Monday. This exercise had the Navy deploy sonobuoys that gathered acoustic data to track underwater targets. The data was then transmitted to and processed aboard an MQ-9. […]

The USS Nimitz (CVN-68), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Carrier Strike Groups transit in formation during a joint photo exercise during exercise Valiant Shield 2007 off the coast of Guam, the last time three carrier groups conducted a joint exercise. Photo: (U.S. Navy)

Navy Uses Three Carriers For Western Pacific Exercise

The U.S. Navy is using three carrier strike groups in the Western Pacific as a chance for a combined strike force exercise over the next week, the 7th Fleet said Wednesday. The Navy explained that the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) will conduct coordinated operations “to demonstrate the […]

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NDAA Conference Report Boosts Navy And Missile Defense Spending

The fiscal year (FY) 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report released Nov. 8 strongly boosts Navy and Missile Defense spending over the Defense Department’s initial requests. The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) report summary highlights how it works to repair the military and restore readiness, which includes requiring the Secretary of the Navy […]

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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Navy Releases Final Future Frigate RFP

The Navy released the final conceptual design (CD) request for proposals (RFP) on Tuesday for its new future frigate program, the Guided-Missile Frigate (FFG(X)), in a post on FedBizOpps. Last month Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) issued a presolicitation notice outlining the uses and capabilities it wants in the new frigate. It aims to support […]

Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Louisiana (SSBN 743). Photo: U.S. Navy

Navy Reduced Columbia Submarine Cost By $80 Million Per Unit

The Navy has been able to reduce the cost of the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine by $80 million per unit and the program remains on schedule, a top Navy acquisition official said last week. Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley, Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Submarines, said Nov. 2 that after the Columbia program reached Milestone B in late 2016 and […]

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At Hearing Nominees Vow To Improve Navy Acquisition, Audit of Navy

Nominations for top Defense Department positions told the Senate Armed Services Committee at a Tuesday confirmation hearing they intend to support efforts to improve the Navy’s operations and acquisitions as well as Department-wide weapons testing and evaluations. Thomas Modly, nominated as Under Secretary of the Navy, acknowledged in his opening statement that he agrees the […]