Vice Chiefs: House Plan to Avoid Sequester With Higher OCO Funding Presents Readiness Challenges

Vice Chiefs: House Plan to Avoid Sequester With Higher OCO Funding Presents Readiness Challenges

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard and Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. John Paxton testified at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, March 25 and the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, March 26 to discuss the readiness of the force. US Navy photo.

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard and Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. John Paxton testified at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, March 25 and the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, March 26 to discuss the readiness of the force. US Navy photo.

The House of Representatives may attempt to fund military at the Defense Department’s requested overall level but shift about $20.5 billion to the Overseas Contingency Operations account to get around sequestration-level spending caps – a move that the four service vice chiefs say will not help them improve readiness. Read More

Big Deck Amphib Wasp Completes Combat Systems Qualification, Will Deploy Next Summer After 11 Year Pause

Big Deck Amphib Wasp Completes Combat Systems Qualification, Will Deploy Next Summer After 11 Year Pause

USS Wasp (LHD 1) transits the Elizabeth River from BAE Systems Norfolk to Naval Station Norfolk. Wasp completed a year-long dry dock phased maintenance availability period which included upgrades to her combat systems, engineering spaces and flight deck on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Wasp (LHD 1) transits the Elizabeth River from BAE Systems Norfolk to Naval Station Norfolk. Wasp completed a year-long dry dock phased maintenance availability period which included upgrades to her combat systems, engineering spaces and flight deck on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

After more than ten years without deploying, the big deck amphibious warship USS Wasp (LHD-1) is ready to ship out to lead an amphibious ready group (ARG) deployment next summer, the Navy said on Thursday. Read More

New Chinese Nuclear Sub Design Includes Special Operations Mini-Sub

New Chinese Nuclear Sub Design Includes Special Operations Mini-Sub

A Computer generated image of a Type-93T or Shang-class nuclear attack submarine

A computer generated image of a Type-93T or Shang-class nuclear attack submarine

China’s latest nuclear submarine design appear to include a shelter capable of holding a miniature submarine for special operations forces (SOF) not unlike vehicles used to deliver Navy SEALs to shore from U.S. nuclear attack boats, according to an image in wide circulation in Chinese online networks. Read More

Attack Boat La Jolla Arrives at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for Moored Training Ship Conversion

Attack Boat La Jolla Arrives at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for Moored Training Ship Conversion

The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS La Jolla (SSN 701) departs the submarine piers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the last time on Oct. 15, 2014. US Navy photo.

The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS La Jolla (SSN-701) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the last time on Oct. 15, 2014. US Navy photo.

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS La Jolla (SSN-701) recently arrived at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia for conversion to a Moored Training Ship (MTS), according to Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Read More

Japan Commissions Largest Warship Since World War II

Japan Commissions Largest Warship Since World War II

An undated photo of JS Izumo (DDH-183) underway. The ship commissioned on March 25, 2015. JMSDF Photo

An undated photo of JS Izumo (DDH-183) underway. The ship commissioned on March 25, 2015. JMSDF Photo

A 24,000-ton helicopter carrier has formally entered the fleet of Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) on Wednesday making the ship the largest warship Japan has fielded since the close of World War II. Read More

McCain Weighs in on UCLASS Debate, Current Navy Requirements ‘Strategically Misguided’

McCain Weighs in on UCLASS Debate, Current Navy Requirements ‘Strategically Misguided’

Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air Systems Demonstration (UCAS-D). US Navy Photo

Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air Systems Demonstration (UCAS-D). US Navy Photo

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) is calling on the Department of Defense and the Navy to develop a stealthy and lethal unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft, according to a Tuesday letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter obtained by USNI News. Read More

Document: McCain Letter to SECDEF Carter on UCLASS

Document: McCain Letter to SECDEF Carter on UCLASS

The following is a March 24, 2015 letter from Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) chair Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS). Read More

Commandant Zukunft: Coast Guard's Offshore Patrol Cutter Underfunded by $69M

Commandant Zukunft: Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter Underfunded by $69M

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell testify on the Coast Guard’s Fiscal Year 2016 in February budget request. US Coast Guard Photo

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell testify on the Coast Guard’s Fiscal Year 2016 in February budget request. US Coast Guard Photo

The Coast Guard’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget request falls $69 million short of fully funding the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and instead relies on a funding transfer authority that would let Department of Homeland Security leadership provide the additional funding if the program is deemed affordable and on track, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday. Read More

NAVSEA: Fifth Joint High Speed Vessel Completes Acceptance Trials

NAVSEA: Fifth Joint High Speed Vessel Completes Acceptance Trials

USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) rolls out in preparation for launch at Austal USA shipyard on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) rolls out in preparation for launch at Austal USA shipyard on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

The fifth Joint High Speed Vessel has completed its acceptance trials ahead of a planned delivery to U.S. Military Sealift Command later this year, according to a Tuesday statement from Naval Sea Systems Command. Read More