The first of class littoral combat ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), rear, and USS Independence (LCS 2) maneuver together during an exercise off the coast of Southern California on May, 2 2012.
US Navy Photo.
This post has been updated to include additional information from Lockheed Martin regarding the impact of the contracting decision to its production line.
The Navy on Tuesday awarded Austal USA $691 million for two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and Lockheed Martin $441 million for one LCS and advance procurement funding for a second ship next year. Each company’s contract modification also included an option for another ship in Fiscal Year 2016 which would be the 11th for each builder under a block buy. Read More
Guided missile corvette Tuo Jiang on December 2014. via wikipedia
The Republic of China Navy has commissioned the first in a planned class of a dozen domestically constructed guided missile corvettes in a Tuesday ceremony. Read More
USS Peleliu (LHA 5) is underway in the Philippine Sea in its last 2014 deployment. US Navy Photo
The last Tarawa-class big deck amphibious warship will decommission in a ceremony at Naval Station San Diego on Tuesday ahead of joining the Navy’s inactive reserve fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the service announced on Monday. Read More
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
The following is the list of unfunded priorities from all of the services for Fiscal Year 2016 issued to Congress on March 27, 2015. Read More
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.). Naval Institute Photo
The recent revision to the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard’s maritime strategy is ‘light years ahead’ of the 2007 original draft, the chairman of the House Armed Service Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces told USNI News last week. Read More
Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer (DDG-51) under construction. HII Photo
Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the first destroyer in four years at its yard in Pascagoula, Miss., on Saturday, marking the return of the ship class after being stopped and then restarted. Read More
An artist’s conception of the planned floating dry dock at BAE Systems. BAE Photo
BAE Systems is improving its ship repair facilities in San Diego, Calif. to include an additional dry dock as part of a $100 million expansion scheduled to open in 2017 , the company announced on Friday. Read More
The following is the March 24, 2015 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)/Frigate Program: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
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