Archive: Navy/USMC

The Raytheon AN/AQS-20 minehunting sonar system. (Artist’s concept: Raytheon).

Navy Sticks With Current LCS Synthetic Aperture Sonar Minehunters After Review

The U.S. Navy is sticking with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) program of record after finding no alternates provide adequate performance, according to a report to Congress. A provision of the FY ’18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) required the Defense Department to submit a report explaining SAS […]

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)

Pentagon Pushes China Out of 2018 RIMPAC

The U.S. Defense Department disinvited China from the forthcoming Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise due to militarization in the South China Sea and the Spratly Islands in particular, a department spokesperson said on Thursday. Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Logan said China’s “continued militarization of the South China Sea” is “inconsistent with the principles and […]

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

Super Hornet Program Directed To Install Auto Ground Collision System

The Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet program manager has gotten direction to pursue installing automatic ground collision avoidance systems (GCAS) into Block I and II models. Capt. David Kindley told reporters on Wednesday that he received the direction to pursue this from superiors after the House Armed Services Committee’s FY ’19 defense authorization bill included a […]

Artist's concept of the Sea Giraffe AMB placed atop the mast of a ship. (Image:  Saab)

Saab Providing Sea Giraffe Radar In FMS To Philippines

Sweden’s Saab said it will supply the Sea Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (ABM) naval radar system in a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) agreement between the U.S. and the Philippines. The AN/SPS-77 Sea Giraffe is planned to be installed in two Philippine Navy frigates: BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16). The ships are […]

Maj. Gen. Loretta Reynolds, nominee to be the next Marine Corps deputy commandant for information

New Marine Corps Information Warfare Leader Nominated

The Pentagon nominated Maj. Gen. Loretta Reynolds on May 18 to be the Marine Corps’ next deputy commander of information warfare. Pending Senate confirmation, Reynolds, the current commander of Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command, will receive and third star and oversee the service’s cyber, signals intelligence and electronic warfare operations. She is the second official […]

Spanish frigate Alvaro de Bazan (F-101) launches an ESSM missile to intercept a simulated enemy missile during the Formidable Shield 17 exercise. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Raytheon Awarded $77 Million ESSM Block 2 Transition Contract

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $77 million firm-fixed-price contract to transition the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) phase into low-rate manufacturing and production of missiles. The ESSM Is a medium-range ship-launched self-defense missile is an international cooperative upgrade of the RIM-7 Seasparrow missile among […]

The X-47B touches down on an aircraft carrier for the first time in July 2013. Photo: U.S. Navy

Navy Disestablishes DASN Unmanned Systems

The U.S. Navy has disestablished the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems (DASN UxS) a mere two and a half years after standing it up in October 2015. Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition (ASN RDA) James Geurts marked DASN UxS as disestablished effective May 7, according to […]

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)

GD Bath Iron Works Reaches Two Navy Vessel Milestones

Last week General Dynamics’ [GD] Bath Iron Works (BIW) marked milestones for two U.S. Navy vessels: the keel laying of the future Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Daniel Inouye (DDG-118) and the starts of fabrication of the future USS Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG-124). DDG-118 is named after World War II Medal of Honor recipient and […]

The Marine Corps' first CH-53K King Stallion arrives at Air Station New River in Jacksonville, N.C. (Photo by Dan Parsons)

Hail To The King: Marine Corps’ First CH-53K Lands At New River

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. – A light drizzle cleared just in time for the Marine Corps newest helicopter to land, five hours and one refueling stop from the Palm Beach facility where it was built. The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion, arrived a day later than planned because a tropical storm warning kept […]

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) firing an AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missile during a live-fire exercise off the coast of Virginia on May 11, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

LCS Missile Test Marks End Of First Missile Module Phase

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) conducted a live-fire missile exercise on May 11 that completed the first phase of the LCS Mission Modules (MM) program Surface-to-Surface Mission Module (SSMM) Developmental Testing, the Navy said Wednesday, The test had the Lockheed Martin [LMT] Freedom-variant LCS fire four Lockheed Martin AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missiles that […]