Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Track to Meet 2015 Goal

Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Track to Meet 2015 Goal

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F-35B Lightning II aircraft lands aboard USS Wasp (LHD-1) in August 2013. US Navy Photo

F-35B Lightning II aircraft lands aboard USS Wasp (LHD-1) in August 2013. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35B short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) version of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is making good progress toward meeting its July 2015 initial operational capability (IOC) date according to company officials. Read More

U.S. Global Hawks Operate in U.K. and Japan

U.S. Global Hawks Operate in U.K. and Japan

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RQ-4 Global Hawk sits on the runway before beginning a nighttime mission. US Air Force Photo

RQ-4 Global Hawk sits on the runway before beginning a nighttime mission. US Air Force Photo

The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawks has been busy in recent days, touching down in Japan and participating in NATO exercises over the U.K. for the first time. Read More

Navy Carrier Refueling and More Growlers Funded in House Appropriation Mark

Navy Carrier Refueling and More Growlers Funded in House Appropriation Mark

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A sailor directs an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on May 21, 2014 US Navy Photo

A sailor directs an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on May 21, 2014 US Navy Photo

House appropriators side stepped proposed cuts to the Navy’s maritime and aviation fleets on Friday, unanimously approving plans to finance a slew of service-led shipbuilding and air programs in the upcoming fiscal year. Read More

NAVSEA: Affordability Prompted Second Look at LX(R)

NAVSEA: Affordability Prompted Second Look at LX(R)

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USS New York (LPD-21) in 2012. US Navy Photo

USS New York (LPD-21) in 2012. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s second look at the requirements and design of its next amphibious warship is walking the line between capability and affordability, the head of Naval Sea Systems Command told reporters Thursday at NAVSEA’s temporary headquarters. Read More

Navy Quietly Downscales Destroyer Upgrades

Navy Quietly Downscales Destroyer Upgrades

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USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) returns to her homeport of Mayport, Fla., following the completion of a six-month deployment in 2013. US Navy Photo

USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) returns to her homeport of Mayport, Fla., following the completion of a six-month deployment in 2013. US Navy Photo

The Navy has quietly reduced the scope of upgrades to its guided missile destroyers in a move that could make up to a quarter of the fleet a target of early decommissioning due to obsolescence, USNI News has learned.

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Two Billion Dollar DDG-1000 Cost Growth Explained

Two Billion Dollar DDG-1000 Cost Growth Explained

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The previously unexplained cost growth of the three ships of the Zumwalt (DDG-1000) class of ships found in the Navy’s shipbuilding account over the last five years is a result of funding practices implemented after the program’s 2010 restructure — at least in part. Read More