Category Archives: Budget Industry

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

Navy MQ-4 Triton Flying Operational Missions From Guam

Navy MQ-4 Triton Flying Operational Missions From Guam

Navy MQ-4C Triton taxis at Andersen Air Force Base on April 29, 2020. US Navy Photo

Almost three months after arriving in Guam, a pair of MQ-4C Triton autonomous, unmanned aircraft have integrated into fleet operations and training flights and stretched the Navy’s maritime domain awareness across the Indo-Pacific, according to the Navy. Read More

Acting SECNAV McPherson Ends Navy Future Carrier Study; Nominee Braithwaite Gives Full Support to Ford Program

Acting SECNAV McPherson Ends Navy Future Carrier Study; Nominee Braithwaite Gives Full Support to Ford Program

Sailors assigned to the air department aboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) prepare to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 during flight operations, March 29, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s secretary nominee has embraced a vision of the future naval fleet that is larger and includes new hull types in support of distributed maritime operations – but he also fully embraces the Ford-class aircraft carrier, in contrast to one of the main efforts being considered by former Acting Secretary Thomas Modly to attempt to trim costs to evolve the fleet amid flat budgets. Read More

GAO Report on Navy Ship Maintenance

GAO Report on Navy Ship Maintenance

The following is the May 11, 2020 Government Accountability Office report, Navy Ship Maintenance: Evaluating Pilot Program Outcomes Could Inform Decisions to Address Persistent Schedule Challenges. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 11, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 11, 2020

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of May 11, 2020, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

CNO Gilday in Quarantine After Exposure to COVID-19 Positive Family Member

CNO Gilday in Quarantine After Exposure to COVID-19 Positive Family Member

Acting Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) James McPherson, right, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike M. Gilday and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith are briefed by Recruit Training Command (RTC) staff members at Freedom Hall on May 7, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s top officer will be in quarantine this week after coming into contact with a member of his family who had tested positive for COVID-19, the Pentagon announced late on Sunday. Read More

Hospital Ship Mercy No Longer Treating Patients, Remains in L.A. for COVID-19 Support

Hospital Ship Mercy No Longer Treating Patients, Remains in L.A. for COVID-19 Support

Pfc. Arnoldo RomeroVelazco, with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, post security to secure the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 27, 2020. US Navy Photo

Six weeks after arriving in Los Angeles to help regional hospitals cope with the COVID-19 outbreak, hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) discharged its final patient on Tuesday, five days after it stopped receiving patients, USNI News has learned. Read More