Austal USA rendering of proposed EPF hospital ship. Austal USA
As Austal USA prepares to negotiate the contract for the final planned expeditionary fast transport (EPF) vessel, the shipbuilder is actively exploring how to keep the production line hot by pitching the hull as a solution for other Navy needs, such as providing medical services in austere coastal environments.
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The USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker is sponsored by CNA. These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of July 16, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More
Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, shakes hands with Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) 1st Class Timothy Saye, an MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft crew chief assigned to Airborne Command and Control and Logistics Wing (ACCLOGWING) Medium Tilt Rotor Training Squadron Detachment (VMTT Det.) 204, as he departs the first all-Navy Osprey flight from Naval Station Norfolk to Marine Corps Air Station New River. Navy Photo
For the first time ever, an all-Navy crew flew a MV-22B Osprey on Thursday, traveling from Naval Station Norfolk, Va. to Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, N.C.
NASSCO following July 11, 2018 flooding. via KGTV
A graving dock at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (GD-NASSCO) flooded on July 11, floating an under-construction Expeditionary Sea Base ship off its docking blocks and allowing the ship to take on water. Read More
The following is the July 3, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, Navy John Lewis (TAO-205) Class Oiler Shipbuilding Program: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
Top: Artist’s concept of Royal Australian Navy Hunter-class guided-missile frigate. Bottom: (left to right) U.K. Royal Navy Arrowhead Type 31e design, Austal USA FFG(X) design and Lockheed Martin FFG(X) design
CAPITOL HILL – The U.S. Navy is in talks with Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom in the hopes that all four navies will design and field frigates with common combat systems – or at least interoperable ones – the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for ships told USNI News. Read More
The following is the June 29, 2017 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Virginia (SSN-774) Class Attack Submarine Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
Adm. John S. McCain Sr., Adm. John S. McCain Jr., Sen. John S. McCain (R-Ariz.)
This post has been updated with a statement from Sen. John S. McCain.
When the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) was commissioned in 1994, it was named after Adm. John S. McCain, Sr. and Adm. John S. McCain, Jr. Today that list was expanded to include John S. McCain III. Read More
Artist’s concept of a DDG-51 Flight III with AMDR. Raytheon Photo
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy’s vision of what its next large surface combatant will look like still remains unclear, but that future hull will almost certainly run the DDG-51 Flight III’s combat system, the Program Executive Officer for Ships said today. Read More
Destroyer Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) underway during trials. BIW Photo
This post has been updated to include a statement from Rolls-Royce, and again to include a statement from Naval Sea Systems Command.
Zumwalt-class destroyer Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) will need to have a main turbine engine replaced before the ship can sail to San Diego for its combat system activation, after suffering damage to the turbine blades during acceptance trials, the Program Executive Officer for Ships told USNI News. Read More