Sequestration Will Not Delay Next Generation Boomer

Sequestration Will Not Delay Next Generation Boomer

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Artists concept of the Ohio Replacement ballistic nuclear missile submarine. US Navy Photo

Artists concept of the Ohio Replacement ballistic nuclear missile submarine. US Navy Photo

The Ohio Class Replacement nuclear ballistic submarine (SSBN) program will not be delayed due to Navy budget cuts from mandated sequestration budget cuts, program manager Capt. Bill Brougham said Tuesday at a briefing at Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2013 at National Harbor, Md. Read More

Navy Filling Personnel Gaps

Navy Filling Personnel Gaps

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Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s personnel chief says the service has been making steady progress in reducing the 10,000 skill-set gaps between sea and shore billets by incentivizing people “to return to sea” and increasing the recruiting mission in undermanned ratings.
Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, speaking on 9 April at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2013 at National Harbor, Md., said 7,000 gaps at sea remain and asked the Fleet “to be patient” as the recruits move through the schoolhouse. “We still have to do some cross-decking” to keep the appropriately rated sailors on board ships. Read More

Zumwalt Deckhouse Decision to Come Later This Year

Zumwalt Deckhouse Decision to Come Later This Year

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The deckhouse of the future destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is craned toward the deck of the ship to be integrated with the ship's hull at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. US Navy Photo

The deckhouse of the future destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is craned toward the deck of the ship to be integrated with the ship’s hull at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. US Navy Photo

Naval Sea Systems Command will decide if the third Zumwalt-class DDG-1000 will have a steel or composite deck house by the end of the year, NAVSEA officials told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

USN Supply Chief: Military Can't Lose 'Crown Jewels' to Industry

USN Supply Chief: Military Can’t Lose ‘Crown Jewels’ to Industry

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Rear Adm. Mark F. Heinrich, commander, of Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers, address members of the Naval Air Station North Island in 2011. US Navy Photo

Rear Adm. Mark F. Heinrich, commander, of Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers, address members of the Naval Air Station North Island in 2011. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s top supply officer told attendees at a special symposium on warfighter resilience and logistics, “You can’t make a tough decision if you don’t know the parameters of the problem” in a weapon system because the service no longer is engaged in its manufacture or its sustainability. Read More

Navy to Deploy Anti-UAV, Small Boat Laser Next Year to Gulf

Navy to Deploy Anti-UAV, Small Boat Laser Next Year to Gulf

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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 Navy will deploy a laser weapon designed to counter small boats and unmanned aerial vehicles to the Middle East in 2014, chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder and Naval Sea Systems Command chief engineer Rear Adm. Tom Eccles said in a joint Monday briefing at the Navy League Sea Air Space Exposition 2013 at National Harbor, Md. Read More

Greenert: Forward Deployed Ships, F-35s USN's Future

Greenert: Forward Deployed Ships, F-35s USN’s Future

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Adm. Jonathan Greenert addressing a crowd in March. US Navy Photo

Adm. Jonathan Greenert addressing a crowd in March. US Navy Photo

In a time of fiscal “reduced visibility” the Navy’s strategy remains “to be where it matters,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said on Monday in a speech to the Navy League Sea Air Space Exposition 2013 at National Harbor, Md. Read More

New LCS Sonar and Missile to be Competed Next Year

New LCS Sonar and Missile to be Competed Next Year

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The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam for a scheduled port visit. US Navy Photo

The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam for a scheduled port visit. US Navy Photo

In the next year the Navy will begin competition for the follow on sonar and surface-to-surface missile system for the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Surface Warfare (SuW) mission packages of the Littoral Combat Ship, Capt. John Ailes, head of the LCS mission module program for Naval Sea Systems Command said at a briefing at the Navy League Sea Air Space Exposition 2013 at National Harbor, Md. Read More

Jolly Roger Super Hornet Down in Arabian Sea

Jolly Roger Super Hornet Down in Arabian Sea

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An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Jolly Rogers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). U.S. Navy Photo.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Jolly Rogers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). U.S. Navy Photo.

The Navy is reporting a F/A-18-F Super Hornet attached to the USS Dwight Eisenhower (CVN-69) carrier strike group went down at 12:20pm local time in the North Arabian Sea on Monday. Read More

Carrier Critics

Carrier Critics

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CFF1Dec12Why does the United States maintain a fleet of aircraft carriers?

The answer to that question could appear self-evident. Or, based on much of the discussion over the past few years, one might think the Navy’s carrier fleet is the most expensive, most vulnerable and most foolish extravagance in modern history. Read More

Making Sense of Massive China-Russia Arms Deal

Making Sense of Massive China-Russia Arms Deal

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A Su-35 Flanker tactical fighter. Sukhoi Photo

A Su-35 Flanker tactical fighter. Sukhoi Photo

Numerous reports have appeared in the media of late regarding a deal whereby Russia would export 24 Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker fighters and four Ladas-class submarines to China. The Russian government has officially denied these reports. Numerous unofficial sources, however, indicate that S-400 antiaircraft missiles and IL-476 transport planes could be included as part of a large deal. That would be the largest China-Russia sale package since 2002. Read More