Category Archives: Surface Forces

Boeing Will Offer Modified Harpoon Missile for Littoral Combat Ships

Boeing Will Offer Modified Harpoon Missile for Littoral Combat Ships

An artist's representation of a Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile. Boeing Image

An artist’s representation of a Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile. Boeing Image

Hoping to build off of the Navy’s extensive inventory of existing anti-surface missiles, Boeing plans to compete a modified version of the Harpoon RGM-84 anti-ship missile (ASM) for the over the horizon ASM capability for the Littoral Combat Ship and the modified LCS Frigate program, the company announced on Tuesday during the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2015. Read More

Frigate Will Leverage Littoral Combat Ship Testing, Focus on New Combat Systems

Frigate Will Leverage Littoral Combat Ship Testing, Focus on New Combat Systems

USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) on Nov. 25, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) on Nov. 25, 2014. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Navy’s new frigate will go through the requirements-generation and testing processes as a flight upgrade rather than a new-start program, helping save time and money and allowing the program office to focus on what will be different from the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to the frigate upgrade, frigate program manager Capt. Dan Brintzinghoffer said on Wednesday. Read More

Navy Further Extending Life of Already-Extended LCACs Until Replacement Delivers in 2017

Navy Further Extending Life of Already-Extended LCACs Until Replacement Delivers in 2017

A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) assigned to Amphibious Craft Unit (ACU) 4 approaches shore to perform a beach landing on Oct. 25, 2013. US Navy Photo

A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) assigned to Amphibious Craft Unit (ACU) 4 approaches shore to perform a beach landing on Oct. 25, 2013. US Navy PhotoLCAC

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Navy is further extending the life of Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCACs) that have already gone through their Service Life Extension Programs (SLEPs), with the oldest craft set for retirement this year and the replacement not ready for its first delivery until 2017. Read More

Lockheed Martin Examining Anti-Air Warfare Capability for Aegis Ashore

Lockheed Martin Examining Anti-Air Warfare Capability for Aegis Ashore

An artist's conception of an Aegis Ashore battery. Lockheed-Martin Photo

An artist’s conception of an Aegis Ashore battery. Lockheed-Martin Photo

Since the following story was posted, Lockheed Martin has said it was not currently studying adding an anti-air warfare (AAW) capability to Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense (BMD) sites for the Missile Defense Agency. Read the follow-on story here.

Lockheed Martin is studying adding an anti-air warfare (AAW) capability to Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense (BMD) sites, company officials told reporters on Friday. Read More

USS Fort Worth Successfully Tested Overseas Maintenance Outside of Singapore Hub

USS Fort Worth Successfully Tested Overseas Maintenance Outside of Singapore Hub

USS Fort Worth (LCS-3), bottom, the guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) in the Java Sea on Jan. 14, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Fort Worth (LCS-3), bottom, the guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) in the Java Sea on Jan. 14, 2015. US Navy Photo

The second Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) has proven so much more reliable than the first that the Navy has been able to experiment with a new expeditionary maintenance model to extend the reach of the ship, the program executive officer for LCS told USNI News last week. Read More

Navy Frigate Requirements Will Be Finalized Soon, Will Inform Decision on Hull Downselect

Navy Frigate Requirements Will Be Finalized Soon, Will Inform Decision on Hull Downselect

The guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG-51), top, and the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) conduct a photo exercise off the coast of Central America in January. US Navy photo.

The guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG-51), top, and the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) conduct a photo exercise off the coast of Central America in January. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Program Executive Office for Littoral Combat Ships (PEO LCS) is working with both its shipbuilders to determine how to bring the current LCS designs into a more lethal and survivable frigate design, while it works with other Navy offices to finalize the frigate requirements. Read More

PEO LCS Looking at 2016 Deployment of Anti-Sub Package Ahead of Reaching IOC

PEO LCS Looking at 2016 Deployment of Anti-Sub Package Ahead of Reaching IOC

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter embarked aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) passes by USS Independence (LCS 2) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. US Navy photo.

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter embarked aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) passes by USS Independence (LCS 2) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Program Executive Officer for Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) hopes to send a version of the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission package out to sea before officially reaching initial operational capability, as earlier testing showed “phenomenal” capability compared to current systems. Read More