Naval warfare and procurement of naval weapons systems

Navy Lays Keel of Second Ford-Class Carrier

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Navy Lays Keel of Second Ford-Class Carrier

The U.S. Navy laid the keel of its second next-generation Ford-class aircraft carrier, the USS John F. Kennedy, slated to enter service by 2023.

LCS to Boost U.S. Presence in Disputed South China Sea

By Kris Osborn on Friday, August 21st, 2015

LCS to Boost U.S. Presence in Disputed South China Sea

New Pentagon report says the speed, maneuverability and shallow draft of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship makes it ideally suited for operations in the South China Sea.

US Navy Details Future Carrier Air Wing

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

US Navy Details Future Carrier Air Wing

Stealth fighter jets, carrier-launched drones, V-22 Ospreys, submarine-detecting helicopters and electronic jamming are vital for future naval air power, an admiral said.

Admiral’s View: The Case for Aircraft Carriers and Air Wings

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Admiral’s View: The Case for Aircraft Carriers and Air Wings

Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker, commander of Naval Air Forces, argues that aircraft carriers and air wings provide flexible strategic options for the U.S. military.

Marine Corps Can’t Account for $800 Million

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Marine Corps Can’t Account for $800 Million

The Marine Corps didn’t appropriately account for nearly $1 billion in 2012 — the year the Pentagon celebrated its first financial audit.

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.

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