Category Archives: Budget Industry

Shipbuilders Studying Adding More Punch to Littoral Combat Ships

Shipbuilders Studying Adding More Punch to Littoral Combat Ships

Freedom-class LCS St. Louis (LCS-19), left, in Marinette, Wisc., on Dec. 15, 2018, as Billings (LCS-15) is under construction and preparing for commissioning. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Littoral Combat Ship builders are researching how to cram in additional lethal power into the existing Freedom- and Independence-variant ships. Read More

Raytheon Awarded $16.8 Million To Repair Electronics On Fire-Damaged USS Oscar Austin

Raytheon Awarded $16.8 Million To Repair Electronics On Fire-Damaged USS Oscar Austin

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Fredericksen Coulter stands the optical sight systems watch in the combat information center aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79). US Navy Photo

The Navy recently awarded Raytheon a $16.8-million contract to repair the AN/SPY-1D transmitters suite aboard USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79), providing a hint at the type of work required to bring the fire-damaged Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer back to the fleet.

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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 20, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 20, 2019

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 20, 2019, 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

Navy Awards Sikorsky $1.13B for Next 12 CH-53K Heavy-Lift Helicopters

Navy Awards Sikorsky $1.13B for Next 12 CH-53K Heavy-Lift Helicopters

The CH-53K King Stallion lifts a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, January 18, 2018. The purpose of this exercise was to show the Capabilities of the CH-53K. US Marine Corps photo.

The Department of the Navy awarded Sikorsky a $1.13-billion contract for 12 CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters, the Defense Department announced on Friday. Read More

Study Says Navy Logistics Fleet Would Fall Short in High-End Fight

Study Says Navy Logistics Fleet Would Fall Short in High-End Fight

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) conducts a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) on April 12, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Navy is struggling to find support to buy new logistics ships, even as a new study finds the Navy’s current plans to recapitalize that logistics fleet are insufficient to support distributed operations in a high-end fight against China or Russia. Read More

Navy Must Retain 80 Percent of First-Term Sailors Annually to Grow Fleet

Navy Must Retain 80 Percent of First-Term Sailors Annually to Grow Fleet

Cmdr. Pavao Huldisch, head of the Air department aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), addresses sailors on the flight deck during a department quarters on Nov. 23, 2018. US Navy Photo

This post was updated with additional re-enlistment information.

The Navy needs to retain for the foreseeable future close to 80 percent of its first-term sailors reaching the end of their initial enlistment contracts if it hopes to meet staffing requirements of its growing fleet, the service’s personnel chief told lawmakers on Thursday.

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Merz: Navy Nearly Out of Readiness Pit; Future Budgets Will Balance Readiness, Size, Capability

Merz: Navy Nearly Out of Readiness Pit; Future Budgets Will Balance Readiness, Size, Capability

Vice Adm. William Merz, middle, deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems, is greeted by Capt. John Cummings, right, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), after being rung aboard for an official visit on April 22, 2019. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy believes it is almost out of the readiness hole it found itself in over the last few years, and budget requests going forward will be marked by an attempt to balance readiness, capability and capacity. Read More