Category Archives: U.S. Navy

CNO Nominee Richardson: Ford Carrier Cost Growth ‘Unacceptable’

CNO Nominee Richardson: Ford Carrier Cost Growth ‘Unacceptable’

Adm. John Richardson during his July 30, 2015 nomination hearing for the position of Chief of Naval Operations.

Adm. John Richardson during his July 30, 2015 nomination hearing for the position of Chief of Naval Operations.

The presumptive next head of the Navy called the billions in cost growth for the service’s next generation aircraft carrier program “unacceptable” during his Thursday nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC). Read More

U.S. Navy Lessons from Libya Informed Australian EA-18G Growler Modifications

U.S. Navy Lessons from Libya Informed Australian EA-18G Growler Modifications

The Royal Australian Air Force's first EA-18G Growler during its first flight on July 13. Boeing Photo

The Royal Australian Air Force’s first EA-18G Growler during its first flight on July 13. Boeing Photo

This post has been updated to correct a mention of a system found on the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler. It fields an ALQ-218 Radar Warning Receiver / Electronic Support Measures / Electronic Intelligence (RWR/ESM/ELINT) Sensor System, not an ALQ-210. 

ST. LOUIS, MO.— The lessons learned from the U.S. Navy’s strikes in Libya informed features on Australia’s planned fleet of a dozen Boeing E/A-18G Growler electronic attack jets, U.S. Navy officials and the former head of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) officials told reporters on Wednesday. Read More

LCS Mine Countermeasures Package Final Evaluation Delayed Due To Reliability Concerns

LCS Mine Countermeasures Package Final Evaluation Delayed Due To Reliability Concerns

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.

The Littoral Combat Ship’s mine countermeasures (MCM) mission package will not reach initial operational capability (IOC) by the end of September as planned, after reliability issues forced the program to stretch out the test period and delay Pentagon-level initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E). Read More

Vice Adm. Grosklags Nominated To Serve As Next NAVAIR Commander

Vice Adm. Grosklags Nominated To Serve As Next NAVAIR Commander

Rear Adm. Paul Grosklags, vice commander, Naval Air Systems Command, visits Sikorsky Aircraft Wednesday, April 27, 2011 for the celebration of the delivery of the 100th Sikorsky-built MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and the near completion of the 200th MH-60S Seahawk helicopter at the Military Helicopter Assembly Center at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Conn. Photo courtesy Connecticut Post.

Rear Adm. Paul Grosklags, vice commander, Naval Air Systems Command, visits Sikorsky Aircraft Wednesday, April 27, 2011 for the celebration of the delivery of the 100th Sikorsky-built MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and the near completion of the 200th MH-60S Seahawk helicopter at the Military Helicopter Assembly Center at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Conn. Photo courtesy Connecticut Post.

Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags was nominated to take command of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the Defense Department announced. Read More

Navy Pursuing Upgraded Railgun, Higher-Power Laser Gun By 2020

Navy Pursuing Upgraded Railgun, Higher-Power Laser Gun By 2020

One of two electromagnetic railgun prototypes on display aboard joint high speed vessel USS Millinocket (JHSV 3) in port at Naval Base San Diego on July 8, 2014. US Navy photo.

One of two electromagnetic railgun prototypes on display aboard joint high speed vessel USS Millinocket (JHSV 3) in port at Naval Base San Diego on July 8, 2014. US Navy photo.

The Navy is pursuing a multi-pronged approach to fielding energy weapons by the end of the decade, with the hopes of upgrading its 30 kilowatt laser gun to 100 kw or more, and giving its electromagnetic railgun a higher repetition rate. Read More

Mabus: Adversaries Showing Interest in Directed Energy; Navy Needs to Move Faster

Mabus: Adversaries Showing Interest in Directed Energy; Navy Needs to Move Faster

Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS). US Navy Photo

Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS). US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional comments from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and NAVSEA chief engineer Rear Adm. Bryant Fuller.

The Navy has already seen potential adversaries using directed energy against the fleet and therefore needs to push forward with its DE weapons development faster than the acquisition system has previously allowed, the Navy secretary said. Read More