Naval warfare and procurement of naval weapons systems

Navy Builds Second America-Class Amphibious Assault Ship

By Kris Osborn on Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Navy Builds Second America-Class Amphibious Assault Ship

The Navy and Huntington Ingalls are nearly one-third complete with initial construction of the soon-to-be USS Tripoli, the second new America-class amphibious assault ship.

Forbes: U.S. Has No China Strategy

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Forbes: U.S. Has No China Strategy

The United States needs to step up its naval presence in the South China Sea, according to Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va.

Navy Defends Middle East Carrier-Gap Concern

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Navy Defends Middle East Carrier-Gap Concern

The Navy will increase its global carrier presence next year despite numerous reports it will experience a Middle East carrier-gap as soon as this Fall,

Navy Launches New Affordability Plan for Ford-Class Carriers

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Navy Launches New Affordability Plan for Ford-Class Carriers

The Navy plans to spend $25 million per year beginning in 2017 as a way to invest in techniques of lowering the cost of building the services’ new Ford-class aircraft carriers.

Drone-Maker Sees Growing Maritime Surveillance Market

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Drone-Maker Sees Growing Maritime Surveillance Market

The closely held company behind the successful Predator-series drones sees growing demand for maritime-surveillance missions.

Navy Sees Broader Role for Joint High Speed Vessel

By Kris Osborn on Monday, June 29th, 2015

Navy Sees Broader Role for Joint High Speed Vessel

The Navy has stepped up deployments of its new Joint High Speed Vessel in exercises around the globe as part of a broader effort to expand the mission, service officials said.

Navy Debuts New LCS Maintenance Strategy with USS Fort Worth

By Kris Osborn on Friday, June 26th, 2015

Navy Debuts New LCS Maintenance Strategy with USS Fort Worth

The Navy’s third Littoral Combat Ship is launching a new expeditionary maintenance capability while on deployment in the Pacific theater.

US Navy’s First Littoral Combat Ship Enters Dry Dock for Repairs

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

US Navy’s First Littoral Combat Ship Enters Dry Dock for Repairs

The USS Freedom, or LCS 1, has entered a three-to-four-month dry dock maintenance period wherein it will receive a series of upgrades and repairs.

HASC Chair: Ohio Sub Replacement Costs Crowding Out Navy Programs

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

HASC Chair: Ohio Sub Replacement Costs Crowding Out Navy Programs

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee raised questions Tuesday about the ballooning cost projections for the Ohio class ballistic submarine replacement program

Admiral ‘Frustrated’ by Delay in Competition to Build Carrier Drones

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Admiral ‘Frustrated’ by Delay in Competition to Build Carrier Drones

The head of air warfare for the U.S. Navy said he’s frustrated by a delay in the plan to build a fleet of aircraft carrier-based drones.

Mabus Says Pentagon Should Target Budget Cuts on Bureaucratic Overhead

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Mabus Says Pentagon Should Target Budget Cuts on Bureaucratic Overhead

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Pentagon and Congressional budget cutters should look at eliminating extra bureaucracy before slashing funds for sailors and ships.

Pentagon Estimates New Aircraft Carrier $370 Million Over Budget

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Pentagon Estimates New Aircraft Carrier $370 Million Over Budget

The cost estimate of the Navy’s second Ford-class aircraft carrier has already jumped even though Navy leaders have learned their lesson.

Submariner Adm. Richardson Picked As Next CNO

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Submariner Adm. Richardson Picked As Next CNO

President Obama nominates the second straight submariner as the Navy’s lead officer.

Next-Generation Harpoon Missile Offered to Navy

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Next-Generation Harpoon Missile Offered to Navy

Boeing is offering the Navy a new, all weather anti-ship and land attack weapon designed to double the range and improve the effects of the service’s existing Harpoon.

Navy Ramps Up SM-6 Production

By Kris Osborn on Friday, May 8th, 2015

Navy Ramps Up SM-6 Production

The Navy is ramping up production of its Standard Missile-6 as part of a broader effort to acquire up to 1,800 of the surface-to-air launched supersonic missiles, Raytheon officials said.

House Mandates Shorter Modernization Periods for Navy Cruisers

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, April 30th, 2015

House Mandates Shorter Modernization Periods for Navy Cruisers

House lawmakers want to limit the amount of time the Navy will be able to lay up portions of its fleet of cruisers from four years down to two years.

House Boosts Funds for Nuclear Submarines, Super Hornets and Amphibs

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

House Boosts Funds for Nuclear Submarines, Super Hornets and Amphibs

Nuclear submarines, F/A-18 Super Hornets, new amphibious assault ships, Tomahawk missiles and Littoral Combat Ships end up on the House Armed Services proposal.

Congress Adds Cash to Special Account to Build New Nuclear Submarines

By Kris Osborn on Monday, April 20th, 2015

Congress Adds Cash to Special Account to Build New Nuclear Submarines

Lawmakers will add money into a special fund established this year for the purpose of paying for the Ohio Replacement Program.

Navy Studies Building 3 Virginia-Class Attack Submarines per Year

By Kris Osborn on Friday, April 17th, 2015

Navy Studies Building 3 Virginia-Class Attack Submarines per Year

The Navy is investigating the prospect of building three new Virginia-class attack submarines per year instead of two.

Coast Guard Commandant Says U.S. Falling Far Behind Russia in Arctic

By Bryant Jordan on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Coast Guard Commandant Says U.S. Falling Far Behind Russia in Arctic

Adm. Paul F. Zukunft said the U.S. is practically a bystander in the region while Russia operates 27 icebreakers.

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