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Navy Embracing Quicker Software Development Model to Leverage New HM&E Data Collection

Navy Embracing Quicker Software Development Model to Leverage New HM&E Data Collection

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Brent Vigil, from San Diego, runs diagnostic testing on an antenna aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70) during a replenishment-at-sea. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO – The Navy’s chief engineer thinks the Navy could make better use of ship-readiness data if the service could adopt a faster process to write and field software, and he’s eyeing the upcoming launch of a new readiness-monitoring system as an opportunity to be more agile in software development.

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Marines Declare Initial Operational Capability for JLTV

Marines Declare Initial Operational Capability for JLTV

U.S. Marines with 3d Marine Regiment drive a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) during a JLTV field training exercise, Marine Corps Training Area Bellows on July 29, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps is set to use its first Joint Light Tactical Vehicles in the field after the service declared the program had achieved initial operational capability earlier this month. Read More

Navy Reverting DDGs Back to Physical Throttles, After Fleet Rejects Touchscreen Controls

Navy Reverting DDGs Back to Physical Throttles, After Fleet Rejects Touchscreen Controls

IBNS helm controls on USS Dewey (DDG-105). US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO – The Navy will begin reverting destroyers back to a physical throttle and traditional helm control system in the next 18 to 24 months, after the fleet overwhelmingly said they prefer mechanical controls to touchscreen systems in the aftermath of the fatal USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) collision. Read More

Navy Considering More Advanced Burke Destroyers as Large Surface Combatant Timeline Slips

Navy Considering More Advanced Burke Destroyers as Large Surface Combatant Timeline Slips

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) launches a Standard Missile (SM) 2 Block IIIA on Nov. 18, 2018. Bainbridge is underway with Norfolk-based cruiser-destroyer (CRUDES) units from Carrier Strike Group 12 conducting a Live Fire With a Purpose (LFWAP) event. US Navy photo.

SAN DIEGO – The Navy is looking at “something beyond even a Flight III” combat capability for its new-build destroyers, as its plans for transitioning from building the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to the future Large Surface Combatant continue to evolve and the LSC procurement date continues to slide. Read More

USS Porter Enters the Black Sea

USS Porter Enters the Black Sea

USS Porter (DDG-78) on Aug. 8, 2019, entering the Black Sea. Cem Devrim Yaylalı Photo used with permission

Guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) entered the Black Sea on Thursday and is the sixth U.S. ship to operate in the region this year. Read More

Contractors Fixing Hurricane-Damaged Marine Housing Went Months Without Being Paid

Contractors Fixing Hurricane-Damaged Marine Housing Went Months Without Being Paid

Blue tarps line the roof of a home in Paradise Point on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. on Feb. 1, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

After Hurricane Florence dumped more than two feet of rain on Camp Lejune, N.C., last year contractors from across the East Coast came to repair damaged buildings and infrastructure on the Marine Corps base. However as the work has gone on, companies contracted to do the housing repair work have gone months without pay. Read More

Navy Says Africa Mission More About Building Partnerships, Less About Countering China

Navy Says Africa Mission More About Building Partnerships, Less About Countering China

Master-at-Arms 1st Class Michael Welch, a tactical supervisor assigned to the Embarked Security Team deployed from Task Force 68 aboard the Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7) stands watch as the ship departs Tema, Ghana, July 26, 2019. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — The current African Partnership Station mission in the Gulf of Guinea aboard the USNS Carson City (T-EPF-7) seeks to help partner nations improve their security and prosperity, not to rival the economic encroachment of China in Africa, a leader of that mission said on Wednesday. Read More