Lockheed Martin to Buy Sikorsky, Including Navy's MH-60 Line, For $9 Billion

Lockheed Martin to Buy Sikorsky, Including Navy’s MH-60 Line, For $9 Billion

Lockheed Martin will buy Sikorsky later this year, giving the company full control over the MH-60R and S lines. Lockheed Martin photo.

Lockheed Martin will buy Sikorsky later this year, giving the company full control over the MH-60R and S lines. Lockheed Martin photo.

This post has been updated to include comments from Lockheed Martin regarding how the acquisition of Sikorsky will affect the Navy’s MH-60 program.

Lockheed Martin announced it will acquire Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp for $9 billion, inheriting both military and commercial rotary-wing aircraft lines, including the Navy’s MH-60 Seahawk. Read More

Analysis: Growing The Philippines South China Sea Outpost

Analysis: Growing The Philippines South China Sea Outpost

An undated photo of BRP Sierra Madre, grounded on the Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratley Islands

An undated photo of BRP Sierra Madre, grounded on the Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratley Islands

The Philippines government has begun efforts to reinforce the tiny outpost of BRP Sierra Madre, a dilapidated World War II-era landing ship deliberately beached on Second Thomas Shoal in 1999. Due in no small part to extensive media coverage, the vessel is a well-known symbol of the ongoing territorial dispute over the mineral- and resource-rich Spratleys Island group. Read More

USS Porter Leaves Black Sea, Rota Destroyer USS Ross Returns From 4 Month Patrol

USS Porter Leaves Black Sea, Rota Destroyer USS Ross Returns From 4 Month Patrol

USS Porter (DDG-78), left, and the Romanian naval ship ROS Marcellariu (265), right, transit through the Black Sea during a passing exercise on July 14, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Porter (DDG-78), left, and the Romanian naval ship ROS Marcellariu (265), right, transit through the Black Sea during a passing exercise on July 14, 2015. US Navy Photo

The guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) left the Black Sea after a series of exercises as part of the U.S. and NATO’s ongoing presence mission in the region while forward deployed destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) has completed a four-month European patrol. Read More

Pentagon Asks Congress to Reverse Decision to Add 12 Super Hornets for Navy

Pentagon Asks Congress to Reverse Decision to Add 12 Super Hornets for Navy

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 launches at sunset from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on July 10, 2015. US Navy photo.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 launches at sunset from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on July 10, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Office of the Secretary of Defense has asked Congress to remove the dozen Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets lawmakers added to the defense authorization bills, hoping that $1.15 billion could pay for other priorities. Read More

Britain’s Top Admiral: U.S., U.K Planning For ‘Closer and Stronger’ Naval Alliance

Britain’s Top Admiral: U.S., U.K Planning For ‘Closer and Stronger’ Naval Alliance

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy Adm. Sir George Zambellas participate in a moderated talk focused on the future of the British-American naval alliance at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs on July 15, 2015. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy Adm. Sir George Zambellas participate in a moderated talk focused on the future of the British-American naval alliance at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs on July 15, 2015. US Navy Photo

LONDON — Five years ago the Royal Navy was reeling from the impact of the British government’s 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), a financially-driven undertaking that resulted in the scrapping of the last two Invincible-class light aircraft carriers, the withdrawal from service of their Harrier jets, the sale of one amphibious-dock ship and the mothballing of another and severe cuts to the destroyer and frigate force. Read More

UPDATED: Four Marines Dead in Chattanooga Shooting, Three Injured

UPDATED: Four Marines Dead in Chattanooga Shooting, Three Injured

Law enforcement officials outside of Naval Operations Support Center Chattanooga.

Law enforcement officials outside of Naval Operations Support Center Chattanooga.

This post will be updated as new information becomes available.

Four Marines were killed and three others — including a police officer — were injured in a series of Thursday shootings at a Navy support center and a joint recruiting station in Chattanooga, Tenn., the U.S. Marines annouced on Thursday. Read More