Archive: Navy/USMC

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 […]


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 […]

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.

Administration Asks Congress for Billions More To Fund Extra Missile Defense, Ship Repairs, And Troops

The Trump administration sent Congress a set of Defense Department Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget amendments on Monday to increase funding for missile defense, repair damaged Navy ships, and increase Afghanistan troop levels. The letter introducing the request covers about $4 billion in additional efforts to defend against the threat of North Korean missiles through […]

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).

Expeditionary Transport Finishes Acceptance Trials

The ninth Austal USA-built Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel, the USNS City of Bismark (EPF-9), finished acceptance trials in October, the company said last Friday. The trials included “intense comprehensive tests” in the Gulf of Mexico by the Austal-led team while the ship was underway, demonstrating the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. […]

Bell UH-1Y Huey. Photo: Bell

Marines Field New Open Architecture Helicopter Mission Computer

The Marine Corps has fielded the first open-architecture mission-systems computer aboard the UH-1Y utility helicopter and AH-1Z gunship. Northrop Grumman [NOC] manufactured and delivered its Tech Refresh Mission Computer (TRMC) as part of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program, which is replacing UH-1N and AH-1W helicopters with upgraded aircraft with improved capability, commonality, reliability and […]

Visible damage to the USS John S. McCain’s (DDG-56) port side following a collision with the Alnic MC near the Straights of Malacca and Singapore. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released.

Navy Releases Comprehensive Review Report On Surface Force Mishaps

The U.S. Navy released the over 170-page Comprehensive Review of surface force incidents and incidents at sea Thursday, a day after releasing separate reports on two specific ship collisions (Defense Daily, Nov. 1). On Aug. 24 the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson directed Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, to […]

Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Photo: U.S. Navy.

Pacific Fleet Head Establishes Organization To Oversee West Pacific Readiness

Adm. Scott Swift, the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet (CPF), established a new organization to oversee training and certification for forward deployed surface vessels on Tuesday. This CPF Detachment Naval Surface Group Western Pacific (CPF Det NSGWP) is an interim detachment forward deployed to Japan and has the authority to determine if a ship is […]

Visible damage to the USS John S. McCain’s (DDG-56) port side following a collision with the Alnic MC near the Straights of Malacca and Singapore. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released.

Navy Releases First Report On DDG Collisions, Finds Crew Failures

The Navy on Wednesday released the first official report explaining the specific actions leading up to and causes of the separate collisions of two Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers in the Pacific this past summer. In a direct telling of the events it plainly explained how crew leaders and members made numerous mistakes leading up […]

The first time a KC-130 Hercules tanker refuels an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye in a test on July 14. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

First E-2D Aerial Refueling Test Occurred This Summer

Northrop Grumman [NOC] said Tuesday that the first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft over the summer successfully received a first in-flight fuel transfer from a tanker. During a four-hour flight on July 14, pilots conducted 10 dry and two wet plugs connecting the first E-2D equipped with aerial refueling capability to a KC-130 Hercules tanker. The […]

A Lockheed Martin rendering of LRASM.

BAE Starts Producing LRASM Sensor

Britain’s BAE Systems started producing the sensor technology for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) after winning a $40 million order from prime program contractor the Lockheed Martin [LMT], the company said Wednesday. BAE’s advanced mid-course sensor, sometimes called a “seeker” according to a company spokesman, allows the missile to seek and target specific maritime […]