Archive: Navy/USMC

Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias speaks to reporters in front of the future USS Tripoli (LHA-7). (Photo: Defense Daily)

Ingalls Shipyard Says It’s Ready To Build More Ships

PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ [HII]  Ingalls Shipyard has room to produce more ships and likes the Navy’s plan to increase the fleet to 355 ships, according to the shipyard’s president Brian Cuccias. “I think it’s fantastic. We look forward to being able to deliver on the Navy’s increased demands. The 355-ship Navy that’s […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Lockheed Martin Awarded $1.46 Billion Mod For F-35 Long-Lead Material

The Naval Air Systems Command awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $1.46 billion modification for long-lead material and parts for F-35 aircraft, the Defense Department said Tuesday. This not-to-exceed modification on an earlier advance acquisition contract specifically covers low rate initial production (LRIP) F-35s. This includes 145 Lot 13 aircraft for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air […]

USS Washington (SSN 787), a Virginia-class submarine, completing initial sea trials. Photo: Ashley Major/Huntington Ingalls Industries.

GD Awarded $696 Million Contract For Virginia Submarine Long-Lead Materials

The Naval Sea Systems Command awarded General Dynamics’s [GD] Electric Boat a $696 million modification on Monday for long-lead time material for the FY ’19 and ’20 Virginia-class submarines. Two Virginia-class submarines are being procured in each year, the future SSN-802 and -803 in FY ’19 and SSN-804, and -805 for FY ’20. The administration’s […]

Heather Wilson testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on her nomination to be Air Force secretary. (Air Force photo)

Service Secretaries Share Science & Tech Notes Over Regular Breakfasts

Expanding on promises of “jointness” and cooperation on the battlefield, the military service senior civilian leaders are meeting regularly to trade notes on research efforts to reduce overlap and promote cooperation in basic scientific endeavors. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said the services are “on the cusp of becoming integrated, not just interdependent, not just […]

The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Hartford (SSN-768), surfaces near Ice Camp Sargo during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy Starts Submarine Arctic Ice Exercise

The U.S. Navy, in cooperation with British and Canadian partners, started its biennial ICEX (Ice Exercise) 2018 in the Arctic Ocean this week. ICEX is a five-week exercise that involves the Navy testing its operational readiness in the Arctic while training in the region and working with allies and partners. It notably features several submarine […]

A Missile Defense Agency Ground-Based Interceptor is launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base, Calif. as part of Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor (FTG)-15. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

Northrop Grumman Awarded $475 Million Contract To Model Missile Defense, MDA Director Says No GBI Tests In ‘18

Earlier this week the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Northrop Grumman a non-competitive contract worth up to $475 million to develop, integrate, test, and field missile defense modeling and simulation tools. The March 5 sole source contract covers task orders from March 2018 through March 2023. The MDA said the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) award includes the […]

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

Navy Reveals Only Seven T-45 PEs Since September, Found One Main Cause

The head of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) said Tuesday the Navy has made progress in reducing physiological episodes (PEs) in the T-45 trainer aircraft, having only seven since last September. Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags told the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower that of those seven cases, two were mechanical failures, one dealt with […]

The People's Liberation Army (Navy) hospital ship Peace Ark (T-AH 866), the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship  USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) and the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310) maneuver into formation for a photo exercise during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. (U.S. Navy photo)

Lawmakers Blast Navy Plan To Retire Hospital Ship

The U.S. Navy’s plan to retire one of its two hospital ships is drawing fire from lawmakers who say the vessels provide important services for overseas humanitarian missions and victims of domestic natural disasters. According to the lawmakers, the proposal to retire either the USNS Comfort or the USNS Mercy in 2020 is reflected in the Navy’s recently […]

The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on April 14, 2017, after returning from builder's sea trials. (Photo by U.S. Navy)

Navy And Congress Grapple With How To Increase Fleet And Maintain Shipbuilders

Members of Congress and Navy officials grappled this week with how to maintain shipbuilders, lower costs, and increase the size of the Navy towards the 355-ship goal given long timelines and limited shipyards. During a Tuesday hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, Rep. Mike Conway (R-Texas) inquired about changing […]