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Geurts: Early Contract Awards During Pandemic Giving Navy Bandwidth to Plan for Possible Continuing Resolution

Geurts: Early Contract Awards During Pandemic Giving Navy Bandwidth to Plan for Possible Continuing Resolution

Attack boat Vermont (SSN-792) float-off on March 29, 2019. General Dynamics Electric Boats Photo

The Navy has created stability for the defense industrial base during the coronavirus pandemic by awarding contracts early to create a plentiful backlog of work, and the service’s acquisition chief said he doesn’t want to lose that stability heading into the new fiscal year, which could kick off with a continuing resolution. Read More

UPDATED: E-2C Hawkeye Crashes Near Wallops Island, Crew Recovered Safely

UPDATED: E-2C Hawkeye Crashes Near Wallops Island, Crew Recovered Safely

An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Atlantic Ocean, Dec. 6, 2019. US NAvy Photo

This post has been updated with an additional statement from the Navy.

A Navy command and control aircraft on a training flight crashed near the NASA flight center on Wallops Island, Va., service officials told USNI News on Monday. Read More

OPNAV N95: Expeditionary Sea Bases Ideal Ships to Operate Mine Countermeasure Mission Packages

OPNAV N95: Expeditionary Sea Bases Ideal Ships to Operate Mine Countermeasure Mission Packages

Capt. David Gray, the military detachment officer in charge of the Military Sealift Command expeditionary sea base USNS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB 4), gives guidance and direction to Sailors while leading a training evolution aboard one of the ship’s ridged-hull inflatable boats while the ship was at anchor in the Chesapeake Bay, Sept. 15, 2019. Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams is conducting mine countermeasures equipment testing. US Navy photo.

It’s growing more likely that components of the mine countermeasures mission package designed for the Littoral Combat Ship small combatant will end up also fielded on the Navy’s massive Lewis B. Puller-class expeditionary sea bases, the director of expeditionary warfare (OPNAV N95) said this week. Read More

Marines, Navy Already In Industry Studies for Light Amphibious Warship, In Bid to Field Them ASAP

Marines, Navy Already In Industry Studies for Light Amphibious Warship, In Bid to Field Them ASAP

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This post has been updated to add that the LAW ships would come out of the Navy shipbuilding budget.

The Navy and Marine Corps’ new Light Amphibious Warship program is already in industry studies, with the service pushing ahead as quickly as possible in an acknowledgement that they’re already behind in their transformation of the force. Read More

Surface Warfare Training Growing More Complex with Tougher Scenarios

Surface Warfare Training Growing More Complex with Tougher Scenarios

Chief Intelligence Specialist William Buller video records pre-aim calibration (PAC) fire maintenance on MK-45 MOD 4 5-inch 62 caliber lightweight gun aboard USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) on July 7, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s plans to create tougher advanced-phase training events for surface ships are made possible by improvements in individual-level training for surface warfare officers and sailors, according to the officers that oversee the spectrum of surface training. Read More