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Small Crews, Technical Complexity Makes Operating Modern Warships in Pandemic Tough

Small Crews, Technical Complexity Makes Operating Modern Warships in Pandemic Tough

Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Rhandy Domigpe, from Oxen Hill, Md., communicates with the bridge watch team during low visibility watch aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG-59). US Navy Photo

The increased technical complexity of systems and reduced manning make U.S. warships less able to operate if a disease breaks out on a ship than the previous ships that weathered the 1918 influenza outbreak, a panel of experts said last week. Read More

Indian Navy Expanding Anti-Submarine Warfare Stable with Initial $904M MH-60R Buy

Indian Navy Expanding Anti-Submarine Warfare Stable with Initial $904M MH-60R Buy

An MH-60R Sea Hawk Helicopter assigned to the ‘Grandmasters’ of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46 takes off from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG-94) on June 13, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Indian Navy is expanding its fleet of anti-submarine warfare helicopters with a $904-million buy of 24 Sikorsky MH-60Rs, company officials said on Friday. Read More

How USS Makin Island, Fleet Medical Team Responded to COVID-19 Outbreak on USS Kidd

How USS Makin Island, Fleet Medical Team Responded to COVID-19 Outbreak on USS Kidd

Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) underway in the eastern Pacific on April 20, 2020. US Navy Photo

When a COVID-19 outbreak hit USS Kidd (DDG-100) last month, the Navy sent a medical team with specialized lab equipment to the guided-missile destroyer to test for novel coronavirus among the crew. An outbreak at sea could easily and quickly overwhelm a warship’s small medical department, in this case an independent-duty corpsman and two hospital corpsmen in a crew of about 330. Read More

Naval Health Researchers at Center of Fleet's Battle Against COVID-19

Naval Health Researchers at Center of Fleet’s Battle Against COVID-19

NHRC Operational Infectious Diseases lab technician aliquotting specimens for COVID-19 testing within the biological safety cabinet. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO — Before leaving Southern California last week for predeployment training, the crew of aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) spent most of April isolated to prevent a viral outbreak before their scheduled deployment. Read More

GAO: Navy Seeing Improvements in Surface Ship Maintenance Costs, But Schedule is Still An Issue

GAO: Navy Seeing Improvements in Surface Ship Maintenance Costs, But Schedule is Still An Issue

BAE Systems has received $170.7 million in contracts from the U.S. Navy to perform simultaneous maintenance and repair on two Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided-missile destroyers in its San Diego shipyard. Under the awarded contracts, the shipyard will tandem dry-dock the USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Decatur (DDG 73) in October. The synchronized two-ship docking will be a first for the company’s newest dry-dock in San Diego. The contracts include options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $185 million. BAE Systems photo.

The ship maintenance contracting strategy the Navy adopted in 2015 has addressed many quality and cost challenges the service had faced, but the Navy continues to see schedule overruns despite the other benefits of the Multiple Award Contract-Multi Order (MAC-MO) contracting approach, the Government Accountability Office found in a new report. Read More