Category Archives: U.S. Navy

SECNAV Ray Mabus Defends Shipbuilding Record

SECNAV Ray Mabus Defends Shipbuilding Record

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on Jan. 14, 2016 addressing the Surface Navy Association symposium. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on Jan. 14, 2016 addressing the Surface Navy Association symposium. US Navy Photo

A month after a terse memo from the Office of the Secretary of Defense that accused the Navy of spending too many resources to plus up its ship numbers, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus defended his seven-year shipbuilding record in a speech at the Surface Navy Association symposium on Thursday. Read More

Navy to Begin LCU Affordability Talks With Industry After Procurement Accelerated

Navy to Begin LCU Affordability Talks With Industry After Procurement Accelerated

A Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1664 approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during a September 2015 exercise. US Navy photo.

A Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1664 approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during a September 2015 exercise. US Navy photo.

The Navy and industry will soon begin work on the Landing Craft Unit replacement program two years ahead of the original schedule, forcing some concurrent design and model testing but delivering a much-needed replacement sooner. Read More

A Year Into Distributed Lethality, Navy Nears Fielding Improved Weapons, Deploying Surface Action Group

A Year Into Distributed Lethality, Navy Nears Fielding Improved Weapons, Deploying Surface Action Group

USS Preble (DDG-88) conduct an operational tomahawk missile launch while underway in a training area off the coast of California in 2010. US Navy photo.

USS Preble (DDG-88) conduct an operational tomahawk missile launch while underway in a training area off the coast of California in 2010. US Navy photo.

One year ago, Navy surface warfare leaders announced a new concept, distributed lethality, that promised to add more fire power to all manner of Navy vessels and operate them in a way that would spread thin enemy defenses. Read More

3rd Marine Division Experimenting With Using MSC Ships In Higher Level Operations

3rd Marine Division Experimenting With Using MSC Ships In Higher Level Operations

Marines from 3rd Marine Division surveyed the USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) in order to plan for future operations aboard the ship, maximizing the ship’s potential for Marines to operate at sea as they did in the past. US Marine Corps photo.

Marines from 3rd Marine Division surveyed the USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) in order to plan for future operations aboard the ship, maximizing the ship’s potential for Marines to operate at sea as they did in the past. US Marine Corps photo.

The 3rd Marine Division is exploring ways to not only put Marines infantry on non-traditional ships but to push those vessels into higher-level military operations, the division commanding general told USNI News. Read More

Lockheed Martin Could Have More Flexibility to Build Planned Saudi Ships If Proposed LCS Trim Goes Through

Lockheed Martin Could Have More Flexibility to Build Planned Saudi Ships If Proposed LCS Trim Goes Through

An artist’s conception for variants of the Freedom-class LCS design provided to USNI News. Lockheed Martin Image

An artist’s conception for variants of the Freedom-class LCS design provided to USNI News. Lockheed Martin Image

A potential bright side for Lockheed Martin — if Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s proposed trim of Littoral Combat Ship and frigates goes through – is its Wisconsin shipyard could have more flexibility to build four planned ships for the Royal Saudi Arabian Navy, a Lockheed official told reports on Monday. Read More