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

Document: Destroyer Report to Congress

Document: Destroyer Report to Congress

USS Spruance (DDG-111) is pierside at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., Jan, 2012. US Navy Photo

USS Spruance (DDG-111) is pierside at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., Jan, 2012. US Navy Photo

The following is the May 21, 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Navy DDG-51 and DDG-1000 Destroyer Programs. Read More

The Sinking of USS Squalus — 75 Years Later

The Sinking of USS Squalus — 75 Years Later

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USS Squalus (SS-192) getting pulled up from the bottom of the ocean. US Navy Photo

USS Squalus (SS-192) getting pulled up from the bottom of the ocean. US Navy Photo

In 1939 the Sargo-class submarine USS Squalus (SS-192) sank off the coast of New Hampshire during a test dive. On May 23, the diesel-electric submarine went down resulting in the death of 26 sailors. Thirty-three survived. Read More

House Preserves George Washington Carrier Refueling Plan

House Preserves George Washington Carrier Refueling Plan

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USS George Washington (CVN-73) on Nov. 24, 2013.

USS George Washington (CVN-73) on Nov. 24, 2013.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post indicated an amendment that would restrict money to fund a complex refueling and overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) offered by Reps. Jared Polis (Colo.)and Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) had passed. That amendment did not pass in the final House version of Fiscal Year 2015 defense bill. USNI News regrets the error.

House lawmakers preserved a legislative effort to keep the USS George Washington (CVN-73) to fund the start the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the carrier as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 defense bill. Read More

Ukrainian Navy is Slowly Rebuilding

Ukrainian Navy is Slowly Rebuilding

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Matka-class missile boat Priluki in April. RIA/Novosti Photo

Matka-class missile boat Priluki in April. RIA/Novosti Photo

Ukraine has recovered 28 ships from the Russian government following the Russian occupation of Crimea in March, according to information from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. Read More

U.S. Conducts First Aegis Ashore Live Missile Test

U.S. Conducts First Aegis Ashore Live Missile Test

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 The deckhouse for the Aegis Ashore system at the Pacific Missile Range Facility. This is the test asset for the Aegis Ashore system on Jan. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

The deckhouse for the Aegis Ashore system at the Pacific Missile Range Facility. This is the test asset for the Aegis Ashore system on Jan. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have conducted the first test launch from an Aegis Ashore test complex in Kauai, Hawaii, officials with Lockheed Martin told USNI on Wednesday. Read More