Category Archives: U.S. Navy

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

Panel: Pentagon's Future Vertical Lift Program Should Form Detailed CONOPS Sooner Than F-35 Did

Panel: Pentagon’s Future Vertical Lift Program Should Form Detailed CONOPS Sooner Than F-35 Did

AVX Aircraft Company, Bell Helicopter, Sikorsky-Boeing Team, and Karem Aircraft all promise to build a Future Vertical Lift aircraft that is faster, more agile, can travel father and cost less than today's helicopters. Image courtesy of Karem Aircraft via U.S. Army.

AVX Aircraft Company, Bell Helicopter, Sikorsky-Boeing Team, and Karem Aircraft all promise to build a Future Vertical Lift aircraft that is faster, more agile, can travel father and cost less than today’s helicopters. Image courtesy of Karem Aircraft via U.S. Army.

The Future Vertical Lift program officials will need to develop the variants’ concepts of operations early in the process if they want to maximize commonality and cost-savings throughout the program’s life, a defense official said in a July 22 panel discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Read More

SECNAV Mabus Names Ship After Home of National Baseball Hall of Fame

SECNAV Mabus Names Ship After Home of National Baseball Hall of Fame

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. During his speech Mabus announced the name of the future Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS-23) as USS Cooperstown. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. During his speech Mabus announced the name of the future Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS-23) as USS Cooperstown. US Navy Photo

The Navy is naming a Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS) after the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and in honor of the 64 U.S. veterans enshrined in one of the sports most well-known sites, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced in a Saturday speech. Read More