Category Archives: Budget Industry

Navy to Trump: We Need Maintenance Funded Before New Ships

Navy to Trump: We Need Maintenance Funded Before New Ships

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Moran delivers remarks at the 2016 Future Strategy Forum at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., US Navy Photo

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Moran delivers remarks at the 2016 Future Strategy Forum at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. US Navy Photo

The message Navy leaders are sending to President-elect Donald Trump’s team is: We need money to keep the current 274 ships in the fleet maintained and modernized first and then give us the money to buy more ships. Read More

First Marine Corps F-35B Squadron Leaves for Japan

First Marine Corps F-35B Squadron Leaves for Japan

USS AMERICA, At Sea - An F-35B Lightning II aircraft completes Envelope Expansion Testing during a Short Take-off Vertical Landing aboard USS America, Oct. 30, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

USS AMERICA, At Sea – An F-35B Lightning II aircraft completes Envelope Expansion Testing during a Short Take-off Vertical Landing aboard USS America, Oct. 30, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been updated with an additional comment from VMFA-121’s operation officer.

Ten of the Marine Corps’ newest fighter jets took off from the runway at Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, Ariz., on Monday and began the long trans-Pacific flight to their squadron’s new home in Japan, service officials announced today. Read More

Expert to SASC: Mattis Will Be ‘Stabilizing’ Force in Trump Cabinet

Expert to SASC: Mattis Will Be ‘Stabilizing’ Force in Trump Cabinet

Retired U.S. Marine Gen. James Mattis

Retired U.S. Marine Gen. James Mattis

Two experienced national security experts told the Senate Armed Services Committee that a waiver of the seven-year requirement before a general officer could serve as Defense secretary would be appropriate in the case of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, but stressed that this should be the exception not the rule in considering future nominees. Read More

N95: Navy, Industry Ready To Ramp Up Amphib Construction If Administration, Congress Provide Money

N95: Navy, Industry Ready To Ramp Up Amphib Construction If Administration, Congress Provide Money

Ingalls Shipbuilding lands the 700-ton deckhouse on the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) on July 9, 2016. Ingalls Shipbuilding photo.

Ingalls Shipbuilding lands the 700-ton deckhouse on the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) on July 9, 2016. Ingalls Shipbuilding photo.

THE PENTAGON – The Navy and industry could act quickly to ramp up amphibious warship production if the Congress and new administration support the Navy’s new call for 38 amphibs, the director of expeditionary warfare (OPNAV N95) told USNI News. Read More

Lockheed Martin Advocates Accelerating Aegis, SPY-1 Upgrades

Lockheed Martin Advocates Accelerating Aegis, SPY-1 Upgrades

USS Lassen (DDG-82) underway in the Philippine Sea in 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Lassen (DDG-82) underway in the Philippine Sea in 2015. US Navy Photo

Lockheed Martin would like to accelerate both its Aegis cruiser and destroyer modernization efforts and its AN/SPY-1 radar refurbishment program, in the hope of closing a “capability capacity gap” the surface navy faces, the company’s director of Aegis U.S. Navy Programs said Monday. Read More

USS Harry S. Truman Maintenance On Track Despite Previous Avail Being Cut Short

USS Harry S. Truman Maintenance On Track Despite Previous Avail Being Cut Short

Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Elizabeth river from its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk to Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Aug. 25, 2016. US Navy photo.

Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Elizabeth river from its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk to Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Aug. 25, 2016. US Navy photo.

Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman’s (CVN-75) 10-month maintenance availability is progressing on schedule despite its last maintenance period being greatly curtailed to accommodate an unexpected deployment swap. Read More

Destroyer USS Mahan Fires Warning Shots in Standoff with Iranian Forces

Destroyer USS Mahan Fires Warning Shots in Standoff with Iranian Forces

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72) on July 16, 2016. US Navy Photo

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72) on July 16, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. 5th Fleet.

The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72) fired three warning shots to ward off four armed attack boats coming at the ship at high speed, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Monday. Read More