Category Archives: Submarine Forces

Navy’s $2.7B Unfunded List to Congress Topped By Electronic Warfare Upgrades, Destroyer Modernization and Aircraft Buys

Navy’s $2.7B Unfunded List to Congress Topped By Electronic Warfare Upgrades, Destroyer Modernization and Aircraft Buys

An F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter on Nov. 3, 2014. The Navy included eight of the aircraft and 12 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in its FY 2016 Unfunded Priorities List to Congress. US Navy Photo

An F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter on Nov. 3, 2014. The Navy included eight of the aircraft and 12 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in its FY 2016 Unfunded Priorities List to Congress. US Navy Photo

Upgrading the electronic warfare capabilities on ships and aircraft, modernizing destroyers and adding almost $2 billion in new aircraft topped the Navy’s list of wants in its unfunded priorities wish list to Congress. Read More

Chief of Naval Research Winter: 87 Percent of Science and Technology Funding Transitions into Acquisitions

Chief of Naval Research Winter: 87 Percent of Science and Technology Funding Transitions into Acquisitions

Ben McGlasson, a mechanical engineer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, talks with Rear Adm. Mat Winter, chief of naval research on Feb. 4, 2015. US Navy Photo

Ben McGlasson, a mechanical engineer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, talks with Rear Adm. Mat Winter, chief of naval research on Feb. 4, 2015. US Navy Photo

The chief of naval research told the House Armed Services Committee that 87 percent of the service’s science and technology spending “transitions into acquisition” and the remainder “provides new capabilities” for the future. Read More

New Chinese Nuclear Sub Design Includes Special Operations Mini-Sub

New Chinese Nuclear Sub Design Includes Special Operations Mini-Sub

A Computer generated image of a Type-93T or Shang-class nuclear attack submarine

A computer generated image of a Type-93T or Shang-class nuclear attack submarine

China’s latest nuclear submarine design appear to include a shelter capable of holding a miniature submarine for special operations forces (SOF) not unlike vehicles used to deliver Navy SEALs to shore from U.S. nuclear attack boats, according to an image in wide circulation in Chinese online networks. Read More

Attack Boat La Jolla Arrives at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for Moored Training Ship Conversion

Attack Boat La Jolla Arrives at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for Moored Training Ship Conversion

The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS La Jolla (SSN 701) departs the submarine piers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the last time on Oct. 15, 2014. US Navy photo.

The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS La Jolla (SSN-701) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the last time on Oct. 15, 2014. US Navy photo.

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS La Jolla (SSN-701) recently arrived at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia for conversion to a Moored Training Ship (MTS), according to Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Read More

Stackley: NASSCO Will Be ‘In Peril’ Absent New Contracts

Stackley: NASSCO Will Be ‘In Peril’ Absent New Contracts

The first Mobile Landing Platform at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, Calif. NASSCO Photo

The first Mobile Landing Platform at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, Calif. NASSCO Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The California shipyard the U.S. Navy relies on to build its auxiliary ships and some potential future amphibious warships is “one contract away,” from “peril,” the Navy’s top shipbuilder told a Senate panel on Wednesday. Read More

Opinion: The Navy Needs a Wider Look at Wargaming

Opinion: The Navy Needs a Wider Look at Wargaming

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Under the auspices of the Defense Innovation Initiative, announced by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel before he left office, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work has sounded a call to revive the practice of wargaming in the Department of Defense. In a memo issued Feb. 9, Work announced plans to “reinvigorate, institutionalize, and systematize wargaming across the Department.”

This memo is a vital first step, and should instigate a Navy wide re-examination of when, why, and how we conduct these evolutions across the force. Lessons learned a century ago demonstrate that the Navy should take the memo’s intent on board, but must go even further than Mr. Work’s suggestions in order to maximize the warfighting ability and innovative spirit of the fleet. Read More