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Navy Has Started Two Cruiser Modernizations, Long Term Plan Still Pending

Navy Has Started Two Cruiser Modernizations, Long Term Plan Still Pending

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Guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), returns to Naval Station Mayport after a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet on April 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

Guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), returns to Naval Station Mayport after a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet on April 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

While the Navy’s long range cruiser program is still in flux, the modernization effort for the Navy’s Ticonderoga-class (CG-47) guided missile cruisers has begun with USS Cowpens (CG-63) and USS Gettysburg (CG-64), the service told USNI News this week. Read More

Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Money for 15 Growlers, 12th San Antonio

Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Money for 15 Growlers, 12th San Antonio

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An EA-18G Growler from the "Shadowhawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) in 2013 US Navy Photo

An EA-18G Growler from the “Shadowhawks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) in 2013 US Navy Photo

The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill from Congress includes $1.46 billion for 15 Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft and $1 billion to start work on a 12th San Antonio-class (LPD-17) amphibious warship, according to a summary of the bill released late Tuesday. Read More

Compromise Defense Bill Restricts Navy UCLASS Funds

Compromise Defense Bill Restricts Navy UCLASS Funds

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X-47B tail number 501 flies over USS Theodore Roosevelt on Aug. 17, 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

X-47B tail number 501 flies over USS Theodore Roosevelt on Aug. 17, 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

The 2015 compromise defense bill, released on Wednesday, imposes restrictions on funding for the Navy’s planned production carrier-launched unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over concerns the platform would lack sufficient stealth, survivability and weapons payload, according to the bill’s language. Read More

Defense Bill Punts on Navy Plan to Mothball Cruisers, Adds Money for 12th LPD, Growlers

Defense Bill Punts on Navy Plan to Mothball Cruisers, Adds Money for 12th LPD, Growlers

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USS Antietam (CG-54) is underway off the coast of Japan near Mt. Fuji. US Navy Photo

USS Antietam (CG-54) is underway off the coast of Japan near Mt. Fuji. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to amend the amount the compromise 2015 NDAA included for EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. House and Senate staffers yesterday said the amount was $350 million. The final number for the aircraft in the bill reported out Wednesday morning was $450 million.

The compromise 2015 defense bill between the House and the Senate will allow the Navy to move ahead with putting two Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers in mothballs but stops short of endorsing the service’s plan to layup half of the cruiser force, according to a Tuesday background briefing to reporters from House and Senate staffers. Read More

Document: Report to Congress on U.S. Navy Ship Names

Document: Report to Congress on U.S. Navy Ship Names

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and ship's sponsor, Dr. Jill Biden, watch as Vice President Joe Biden puts on a USS Delaware ball cap at the Pentagon announcing the name the future Virginia-class attack submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791) on Nov. 19, 2012. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and ship’s sponsor, Dr. Jill Biden, watch as Vice President Joe Biden puts on a USS Delaware ball cap at the Pentagon announcing the name the future Virginia-class attack submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791) on Nov. 19, 2012. US Navy Photo

The following is the Oct. 22, 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Ship Names: Background for Congress. Read More

Reports: Hagel Stepping Down Over ISIS Fight

Reports: Hagel Stepping Down Over ISIS Fight

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Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel addresses the crew of the Ticonderoga-Class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) in June.

Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel addresses the crew of the Ticonderoga-Class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) in June, 2014.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will be stepping down from his position as the civilian in charge of the Pentagon over concerns of his leadership in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to several Monday morning press reports. Read More

Document: Report to Congress on Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

Document: Report to Congress on Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1A interceptor is launched from the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73) on Sept. 9, 2013. US Navy Photo

A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1A interceptor is launched from the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73) on Sept. 9, 2013. US Navy Photo

The following is the Nov. 7, 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More

Navy Starts Design Work On Next Generation Amphibious Warship

Navy Starts Design Work On Next Generation Amphibious Warship

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USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk on Oct. 31, 2014 as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group following a deployment. US Navy Photo

USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk on Oct. 31, 2014 as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group following a deployment. US Navy Photo

NORFOLK, VA — Early design work on the Navy’s next generation amphibious warship — based on the San Antonio-class (LPD-17) hull — has begun ahead of a planned 2020 procurement, Navy officials said on Wednesday. Read More