Navy Axes Griffin Missile In Favor of Longbow Hellfire for LCS

Navy Axes Griffin Missile In Favor of Longbow Hellfire for LCS

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Longbow AGM-114L Hellfire

Longbow AGM-114L Hellfire

The Navy has traded Raytheon’s Griffin IIB missile for Lockheed Martin’s Longbow Hellfire AGM-114L for the surface-to-surface missile for early increments and testing for the surface warfare (SuW) mission package for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the outgoing program manager for LCS Mission Modules (PMS 420), Rear Adm. John Ailes told reporters on Wednesday. Read More

Navy and Marines Still Unclear How Army Will Fit Into Pacific Pivot

Navy and Marines Still Unclear How Army Will Fit Into Pacific Pivot

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A US Army CH-47 Chinook lands on the USS Tarawa (LHA-1) during deck qualification in the Pacific Ocean, July 19, 2013. US Army Photo

A US Army CH-47 Chinook lands on the USS Tarawa (LHA-1) during deck qualification in the Pacific Ocean, July 19, 2013. US Army Photo

The key to success for operations in the Pacific is mobility, but having sufficient resources to meet the vast requirements—even for training—across the next five years is in serious question. Read More

Classified UCLASS Draft Request for Proposal Due at End of April

Classified UCLASS Draft Request for Proposal Due at End of April

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An artist's concept of the Lockheed Martin's bid for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS). Lockheed Martin Image

An artist’s concept of the Lockheed Martin’s bid for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS). Lockheed Martin Image

The U.S. Navy expects to release a classified draft request for proposals (RFP) for its Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft before the end of April, according to the service. Read More

Navy and Coast Guard Eyeing 3D Printing

Navy and Coast Guard Eyeing 3D Printing

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A ship model created using additive manufacturing, a process both the Coast Guard and Navy are investigating. US Navy Photo

A ship model created using additive manufacturing, a process both the Coast Guard and Navy are investigating. US Navy Photo

The Navy and Coast Guard are getting closer to incorporating additive manufacturing — commonly known as 3D printing — into their respective services, Navy and U.S. Coast Guard officials said during a panel discussion at the Navy League’s 2014 Sea Air Space exhibition at National Harbor, Md. on Tuesday. Read More

HII: George Washington 'Will Not Come In On Time' If Pentagon Delays Decision on Refueling

HII: George Washington ‘Will Not Come In On Time’ If Pentagon Delays Decision on Refueling

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USS George Washington (CVN 73) returns to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan in 2013. US Navy Photo

USS George Washington (CVN 73) returns to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan in 2013. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon’s delay in deciding whether to scrap or refuel nuclear aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) will add almost a year of delay in refueling if the Department of Defense decides to keep the carrier, officials with Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) told reporters in a briefing on Tuesday. Read More

How U.S. Sea Services Plan to Operate Forward

How U.S. Sea Services Plan to Operate Forward

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U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team. US Coast Guard Photo

U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team. US Coast Guard Photo

One way to counter the drawdown in defense spending at home and with allies and partners is to look at programs such as the Joint Strike Fighter as ways to close the seams in meeting future security challenges, the vice chief of naval operations for plans, policies and operations said on Monday. Read More

Sea Service Officials Talk Future Energy Needs

Sea Service Officials Talk Future Energy Needs

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USS Denver (LPD-9) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204). US Navy Photo

USS Denver (LPD-9) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204). US Navy Photo

Storage and the ability to move energy from “one platform to another,” be it to a laser weapon or a rail gun as a package or payload is “the holy grail” and the “critical piece” in the sea services’ efforts in looking at energy for future operations, the Navy’s senior officer for fleet readiness and logistics said on Monday. Read More