Category Archives: Surface Forces

Navy Interested in Guided Rounds for Surface Ships Pending Price Reductions

Navy Interested in Guided Rounds for Surface Ships Pending Price Reductions

USS Porter (DDG-78) fires its MK 45 5-inch lightweight gun during a weapons training exercise on April 3, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Porter (DDG-78) fires its MK 45 5-inch lightweight gun during a weapons training exercise on April 3, 2015. US Navy Photo

PENTAGON — The Navy is still interested in pursuing guided rounds for naval guns on its surface fleet but waiting for the technology to get cheaper before moving forward, the director of surface warfare said Wednesday in a press briefing with reporters. Read More

LCS Mine Countermeasures Package May Reach IOC By September After July IOT&E

LCS Mine Countermeasures Package May Reach IOC By September After July IOT&E

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) while testing the ship's mine countermeasures mission package (MCM) off the southern California coast in August 2013. Austal USA photo.

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) while testing the ship’s mine countermeasures mission package (MCM) off the southern California coast in August 2013. Austal USA photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – USS Independence (LCS-2) got underway Tuesday to prepare for its mine countermeasures mission package technical evaluation (TECHEVAL), which will be followed by initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) in July and likely a declaration of initial operational capability (IOC) by the end of September, the program executive officer for Littoral Combat Ships told USNI News. Read More

Navy Pitching Congress on Expanding Sailor Career Intermissions Ahead of Wider Personnel Reforms

Navy Pitching Congress on Expanding Sailor Career Intermissions Ahead of Wider Personnel Reforms

Sailors stand in formation during a change of command ceremony held aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in 2006. US Navy Photo

Sailors stand in formation during a change of command ceremony held aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in 2006. US Navy Photo

The Navy is asking Congress to expand a pilot service sabbatical program ahead of a broader slate of internal personnel reforms Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is expected to announce next month. Read More

Long-Range Ship Plan: Navy to Pursue Block Buys for DDGs in 2018, SSNs in 2019

Long-Range Ship Plan: Navy to Pursue Block Buys for DDGs in 2018, SSNs in 2019

Virginia-class attack submarine Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction in 2012. US Navy Photo

Virginia-class attack submarine Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction in 2012. US Navy Photo

The Navy told Congress it would pursue a 10-ship multiyear procurement contract for its Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in Fiscal Year 2018 as part of its newest long-range shipbuilding plan, which also announced a nine-ship attack submarine block buy and delays in several auxiliary ship programs. Read More

Navy Continues Advocating Cruiser Modernization Plan Despite Previous Rejections in Congress

Navy Continues Advocating Cruiser Modernization Plan Despite Previous Rejections in Congress

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) transits the Strait of Gibraltar on March 31, 2015, as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. US Navy photo.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) transits the Strait of Gibraltar on March 31, 2015, as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. US Navy photo.

Navy leadership is continuing to push for its preferred guided missile cruiser modernization plan — which would put 11 of the 22 CGs in reduced operating status until the other 11 near retirement — despite Congress rejecting the plan during last year’s budget negotiations.
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Navy Awards 2 LCSs to Austal, 1 and Advance Procurement Funding to Lockheed Martin

Navy Awards 2 LCSs to Austal, 1 and Advance Procurement Funding to Lockheed Martin

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.

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.
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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