Category Archives: Surface Forces

HII: George Washington 'Will Not Come In On Time' If Pentagon Delays Decision on Refueling

HII: George Washington ‘Will Not Come In On Time’ If Pentagon Delays Decision on Refueling

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USS George Washington (CVN 73) returns to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan in 2013. US Navy Photo

USS George Washington (CVN 73) returns to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan in 2013. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon’s delay in deciding whether to scrap or refuel nuclear aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) will add almost a year of delay in refueling if the Department of Defense decides to keep the carrier, officials with Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) told reporters in a briefing on Tuesday. Read More

Sea Service Officials Talk Future Energy Needs

Sea Service Officials Talk Future Energy Needs

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USS Denver (LPD-9) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204). US Navy Photo

USS Denver (LPD-9) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204). US Navy Photo

Storage and the ability to move energy from “one platform to another,” be it to a laser weapon or a rail gun as a package or payload is “the holy grail” and the “critical piece” in the sea services’ efforts in looking at energy for future operations, the Navy’s senior officer for fleet readiness and logistics said on Monday. Read More

Opinion: Nation Must Preserve Shipbuilding Industry

Opinion: Nation Must Preserve Shipbuilding Industry

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USS San Antonio (LPD 17) prepares to moor in Norfolk, Va. in 2013. US Navy Photo

USS San Antonio (LPD 17) prepares to moor in Norfolk, Va. in 2013. US Navy Photo

In the 1960s our nation was fixated with President John F. Kennedy’s vision to have a man on the moon before the end of the decade. The country was wholly supportive of his goal. With bipartisan support from Congress, the government approved the funding for NASA that was needed and the nation’s “best and brightest” engineers and scientists flocked to the space industry. Millions of Americans were glued to their television sets in July 1969 and cheered when Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and the words of Astronaut Neil Armstrong will always be remembered as he made that first step on the lunar surface: “That’s one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind.” Read More

What's in the Navy's $10 billion Unfunded List

What’s in the Navy’s $10 billion Unfunded List

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E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft conduct a test flight in 2009. The Navy included one more E-2D in its unfunded priorities list submitted to Congress this week. US Navy Photo

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft conduct a test flight in 2009. The Navy included one more E-2D in its unfunded priorities list submitted to Congress this week. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy’s $10.023 billion unfunded priorities list for fiscal year 2015 — submitted to Congress on April 1 — seems to further the service’s aims to defeat an adversary in a high-end air war. Read More

Navy: Decision to Pull Unfunded Carrier Refueling Request was CNO’s Choice

Navy: Decision to Pull Unfunded Carrier Refueling Request was CNO’s Choice

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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testifies during a posture hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March, 27 2014. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testifies during a posture hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March, 27 2014. US Navy Photo

The head of the U.S. Navy decided to cut an unfunded request to Congress to start purchasing long lead items for the refueling and overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) to better align with budget planning over the next five years, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert wrote in a March, 31 letter addressed to Congress and obtained by USNI News.

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Document: Report to Congress on Navy Shipboard Lasers

Document: Report to Congress on Navy Shipboard Lasers

Laser Weapon System (LaWS) aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-105) in San Diego, Calif. in 2012. US Navy Photo

Laser Weapon System (LaWS) aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-105) in San Diego, Calif. in 2012. US Navy Photo

The following is the April, 1 2014 report from the Congressional Research Service, Navy Shipboard Lasers for Surface, Air and Missile Defense. Read More

Marines Prepare for Smaller Force Due to Budget Woes

Marines Prepare for Smaller Force Due to Budget Woes

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An infantry Marine with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, walks across a field during a security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

An infantry Marine with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, walks across a field during a security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps is preparing for its new normal with a force of 175,000, that plans to operate under the constraints of sequestration, the assistant commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, told a key Senate subcommittee on Wednesday. Read More

Updated: Navy Unfunded Request for Carrier Refueling Removed

Updated: Navy Unfunded Request for Carrier Refueling Removed

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USS George Washington (CVN 73) is moored pier side in Yokosuka, Japan on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS George Washington (CVN 73) is moored pier side in Yokosuka, Japan on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

The headline and post have been updated to reflect comments from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

A $796 million line item that would go toward the refueling and overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) was removed from the Navy’s unfunded requirements list, several sources confirmed to USNI News.

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UCLASS Could Be Used as Tanker for Carrier Air Wing

UCLASS Could Be Used as Tanker for Carrier Air Wing

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An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator conducts a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator conducts a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is considering using its forthcoming Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft as an aerial refueling tanker to free up its fleet of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets for more strike missions, several sources told USNI News. Read More