Naval warfare and procurement of naval weapons systems

Congress Questions Plan to Pay for 11-Carrier Navy

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Congress Questions Plan to Pay for 11-Carrier Navy

The USS George Washington isn’t saved until the Pentagon figures out how to pay for the carrier’s Refueling Complex Overhaul.

Group Claims Amphibious Shipbuilding Industry in Danger

By Kris Osborn on Monday, February 10th, 2014

Group Claims Amphibious Shipbuilding Industry in Danger

A shipbuilding advocacy group issued a letter to Congress requesting the U.S. buy the twelfth San Antonio-class amphib.

Navy Alerted to Ford-class Carrier Reliability Issues

By Kris Osborn on Friday, January 31st, 2014

Navy Alerted to Ford-class Carrier Reliability Issues

A Pentagon weapons report says technologies being developed for the Navy’s new next-generation aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, are not reliable.

Navy Set to Accept First Virginia-Class Block III Sub

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Navy Set to Accept First Virginia-Class Block III Sub

Electric Boat is set to deliver the first Virginia-class Block III ahead of schedule this spring.

Top Weapons Buyer Disputes P-8 Testing Woes

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Top Weapons Buyer Disputes P-8 Testing Woes

Kendall responded to questions from Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., who cited a forthcoming report that concluded the aircraft isn’t effective at its main missions.

Navy Buys New Landing Craft Air Cushion for Amphibs

By Kris Osborn on Monday, January 20th, 2014

Navy Buys New Landing Craft Air Cushion for Amphibs

Navy is about to begin production of its first nine new LCACs as part of a broad effort to recapitalize existing shore connectors.

Navy Bringing Well Decks Back to Amphibs

By Kris Osborn on Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Navy Bringing Well Decks Back to Amphibs

The Navy has begun early design work and planning with industry partners for its third big-deck America-Class Amphibious Assault Ship.

Navy Still Expects to Build 52 Ship LCS Fleet

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Navy Still Expects to Build 52 Ship LCS Fleet

The Navy’s acquisition executive said the service’s Littoral Combat Ship request for a 52 ship fleet is “solid” and on track.

Navy Ordered to Drop LCS Fleet by 20 Ships

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Navy Ordered to Drop LCS Fleet by 20 Ships

Budget Guidance from the White House led to the decision to shrink the LCS fleet from 52 to 32 ships.

Mabus: Budget Deal Prevents Halt to Shipbuilding

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Mabus: Budget Deal Prevents Halt to Shipbuilding

The Navy Secretary explained what could have happened had Congress not passed a budget agreement.

DDG 1000 Preps for Heavy Weather Trials

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

DDG 1000 Preps for Heavy Weather Trials

The heavy weather trials will involve placing instrumentation on the ship and testing how it reacts to high winds, stormy seas and adverse weather conditions.

Ospreys and F-35s on Japan’s $240B Shopping List

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Ospreys and F-35s on Japan’s $240B Shopping List

Japan unveiled its first national defense strategy which includes a significant buy of U.S. weaponry as tensions rise with China.

Will Aircraft Carriers Remain Useful in Future Wars?

By Bryant Jordan on Monday, December 16th, 2013

Will Aircraft Carriers Remain Useful in Future Wars?

Defense analyst questions if Pentagon leaders are willing to be honest about the makeup of future wars and what the military will need to win.

Navy, Marine Corps Build New Sea-Basing Ships

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Navy, Marine Corps Build New Sea-Basing Ships

The sea services are set to take final delivery of a set of sea basing ships as the Pentagon continues its pivot to the Pacific.

Bechtel Wins $7 Billion Nuclear Propulsion Deal

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Bechtel Wins $7 Billion Nuclear Propulsion Deal

The contract topped a list of 200 awards the Pentagon announced in November, with a combined potential value of more than $30 billion.

Navy Addresses Problems Found on LCS 1’s Maiden Deployment

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Navy Addresses Problems Found on LCS 1’s Maiden Deployment

The Navy is making mechanical changes to its fleet of LCS following the maiden deployment of the USS Freedom.

Hagel Asked About DDG 1000’s Future

By Kris Osborn on Monday, November 25th, 2013

Hagel Asked About DDG 1000’s Future

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is asked whether the Pentagon plans to reverse its decision to buy more Arleigh Burkes rather than DDG 1000s.

Navy Prepares Fleet for More Arctic Missions

By Kris Osborn on Monday, November 18th, 2013

Navy Prepares Fleet for More Arctic Missions

The opening of waterways in the arctic has forced the U.S. Navy to re-evaluate its strategy toward preparing its fleet for more arctic missions.

Navy Christens New Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, November 11th, 2013

Navy Christens New Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier

The ship is designed to allow air wings to operate with fewer personnel by relying on systems that require less maintenance. The upgrades have come at a cost, though.

Navy Leaders Warn of Submarine Shortfall

By Kris Osborn on Friday, October 25th, 2013

Navy Leaders Warn of Submarine Shortfall

“Combatant commander demand for these ships far exceeds what we can supply,” said Vice Adm. Mike Connor, Commander, Submarine Forces.

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