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U.S. Attack Boat North Dakota Commissions Following Third Party Vendor Investigation

U.S. Attack Boat North Dakota Commissions Following Third Party Vendor Investigation

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A quartermaster raises the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) flag above the Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Dakota (SSN-784) on Oct. 25, 2014. US Navy Photo

A quartermaster raises the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) flag above the Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Dakota (SSN-784) on Oct. 25, 2014. US Navy Photo

The first of a new block of U.S. nuclear Virginia-class (SSN-774) attack submarines commissioned on Saturday, after a five-month delay amidst an investigation into suspected material deficiencies in third party components on the boat. Read More

Navy Starting Work on New SSN(X) Nuclear Attack Submarine

Navy Starting Work on New SSN(X) Nuclear Attack Submarine

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Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-commissioning unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) on Sept. 1, 2014. US Navy Photo

Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-commissioning unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) on Sept. 1, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is starting early preparation work to design a new nuclear attack submarine to replace the Virginia-class boats (SSN-774) in the 2030s. The new attack boat would become operational in 2044 after the last Block VII Virginias are built. Read More

NAVSEA: Submarines Control Systems are at Risk for Cyber Attack

NAVSEA: Submarines Control Systems are at Risk for Cyber Attack

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Virginia-class attack boat North Dakota during recent sea trials. US Navy Photo

Virginia-class attack boat North Dakota during recent sea trials. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated from a previous post to amend comments made by Naval Sea Systems commander, Vice Adm. William Hilarides, based on new information provided to USNI News in an interview subsequent to this posting. The revised information can be found in brackets behind the original text.

The head of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) warned that the U.S. Navy will have to
ramp up its cyber-security efforts to secure the controls systems of its submarines.

“It is the threat to our control systems,” Vice Adm. William Hilarides, commander of NAVSEA, told an audience at the Naval Submarine League Symposium in Falls Church, Va. on Wednesday. Read More

Russia Playing Politics With Alleged Submarine Confrontations

Russia Playing Politics With Alleged Submarine Confrontations

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Oyashio-class submarine

Oyashio-class submarine

CORRECTION: This post has been amended to revise the description of the Oyashio-class submarine. A previous version of this post incorrectly described the Oyashio-class with the characteristics of the newer Soryu-class. USNI News regrets the error.

Confrontations—and alleged confrontations—between the Russian armed forces and those of the United States, Europe and Japan have been on the uptick in recent weeks. The encounters have paced a general decline in relations between Russia and the West over events in the Ukraine. Read More

NAVSEA: North Dakota Attack Boat Investigation Complete

NAVSEA: North Dakota Attack Boat Investigation Complete

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North Dakota (SSN 784) is rolled out of an indoor shipyard facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. US Navy Photo

North Dakota (SSN 784) is rolled out of an indoor shipyard facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. US Navy Photo

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has concluded an investigation into questionable third party components of its latest Virginia-class attack boat — North Dakota (SSN-784) — clearing the way for the submarine to commission in late October, NAVSEA told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

U.S. Denies Attack Submarine ‘Expelled’ From Barents Sea

U.S. Denies Attack Submarine ‘Expelled’ From Barents Sea

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An April 2014 photo of a Russian Ilyushin Il-38 Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) aircraft. The U.S. denied reports a similar aircraft chased off a U.S. Virginia-class submarine from the Barents Sea.

An April 2014 photo of a Russian Ilyushin Il-38 Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) aircraft. The U.S. denied reports a similar aircraft chased off a U.S. Virginia-class submarine from the Barents Sea.

Reports that a U.S. Navy submarine was chased from away from Russian controlled waters by Russian anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft on Aug. 7 are false, U.S. European Command (EUCOM) officials told USNI News on Monday. Read More

U.S. Navy Awards ‘Largest Shipbuilding Contract’ in Service History

U.S. Navy Awards ‘Largest Shipbuilding Contract’ in Service History

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USS Mississippi (SSN-782) conducts alpha trials in the Atlantic Ocean in 2012. US Navy Photo

USS Mississippi (SSN-782) conducts alpha trials in the Atlantic Ocean in 2012. US Navy Photo

U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command awarded a $17.8 billion contract for ten Block IV Virginia-class attack submarines (SSN-774) to prime contractor General Dynamic Electric Boat in the largest single shipbuilding contract in the service’s history, NAVSEA said on Monday in a late afternoon statement. Read More

Navy Delays Commissioning of Latest Nuclear Attack Submarine

Navy Delays Commissioning of Latest Nuclear Attack Submarine

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North Dakota (SSN 784) is rolled out of an indoor shipyard facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. US Navy Photo

North Dakota (SSN 784) is rolled out of an indoor shipyard facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. US Navy Photo

The Navy is delaying the commissioning of the first Block III Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine — North Dakota (SSN-784) — pending an investigation into material from a third party vendor that included material in the bow and stern of the boat as well as additional design and certification work on the boat’s redesigned bow, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) officials told USNI News Thursday.

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Opinion: Nation Must Preserve Shipbuilding Industry

Opinion: Nation Must Preserve Shipbuilding Industry

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USS San Antonio (LPD 17) prepares to moor in Norfolk, Va. in 2013. US Navy Photo

USS San Antonio (LPD 17) prepares to moor in Norfolk, Va. in 2013. US Navy Photo

In the 1960s our nation was fixated with President John F. Kennedy’s vision to have a man on the moon before the end of the decade. The country was wholly supportive of his goal. With bipartisan support from Congress, the government approved the funding for NASA that was needed and the nation’s “best and brightest” engineers and scientists flocked to the space industry. Millions of Americans were glued to their television sets in July 1969 and cheered when Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and the words of Astronaut Neil Armstrong will always be remembered as he made that first step on the lunar surface: “That’s one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind.” Read More