Last week a Navy official said an ongoing study on the future amphibious ship force structure is due to be complete in March. The study “will evaluate what our requirement and the way of quantities for amphibs will be going forward into the future,” Capt. Cedric McNeal, program manager for the ...

The commander of 5th Fleet last week said the Navy is expanding unmanned operations under his command, leading up to the largest unmanned exercise in the world later this month. “Two weeks from now…we’ll be commencing IMX 22, International Maritime Exercise ‘22. It’s our largest exercise, ...

A Navy official last week said the service and Lockheed Martin [LMT] are still negotiating the cost sharing to fix the combining gear problem on the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships. “Not a whole lot has changed since [Rear] Adm. [Casey] Moton held a roundtable with all of you. We’re still ...

Lockheed Martin [LMT] this week said it is packaging a laser weapon system that is set to be installed on the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Preble (DDG-88) this year. The company’s High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) system completed testing at Wallops ...

The Navy is planning to have four Ship to Shore Connectors (SSCs) delivered per year and is progressing through testing before initial capability planned for 2023. “We’re positioned very well where we’re going to be at four deliveries per year going forward. We think that’s achievable. We’ ...