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Navy's 'Project Overmatch' Structure Aims to Accelerate Creating Naval Battle Network

Navy’s ‘Project Overmatch’ Structure Aims to Accelerate Creating Naval Battle Network

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) steams in the Gulf of Oman at night on Sept. 8, 2020. Sterett is part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. US Navy photo.

As the Navy pursues a blueprint for its tactical data network to connect weapons and sensors across the battlefield, the service hopes the structure of its Project Overmatch initiative will help develop requirements for the new effort. Read More

Navy, Marines Eyeing Further Integration In Unit-Level Tactics, Budgetary Decisions

Navy, Marines Eyeing Further Integration In Unit-Level Tactics, Budgetary Decisions

Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Jason Thompson watches an amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) depart the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD-22) in 2016. US Navy Photo

The Navy and Marine Corps are further putting their money and their effort towards greater naval integration, as the services work together on tactics for blue-green operations and a spending plan that supports those new tactics. Read More

Joint Chiefs Chair Milley Marks 14th Annual 'Angels of the Battlefield' Awards

Joint Chiefs Chair Milley Marks 14th Annual ‘Angels of the Battlefield’ Awards

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks during the Armed Services YMCA 14th Annual Angels of the Battlefield award ceremony held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., on Oct. 27, 2020. DoD Photo

“You’re a medic first and a shooter always,” is how HM1 William McGrath described what happened earlier this year as his team of Marines were racing from their compound to an East African airfield that had come under attack. Read More

SECNAV Braithwaite Calls for Light Carrier, ‘Joint Strike Frigate’ ; Sounds Alarm Over Chinese Naval Expansion

SECNAV Braithwaite Calls for Light Carrier, ‘Joint Strike Frigate’ ; Sounds Alarm Over Chinese Naval Expansion

Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite speaks with U.S. sailors and Marines while visiting HMS Queen Elizabeth at sea off the coast of Flamborough, United Kingdom on Oct. 1, 2020. UK Royal Navy Photo

Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite made a full-throated call for U.S. naval expansion, citing the growing Chinese Navy as the prime driver of the need for a larger fleet. Read More

Navy Issues Revision to OFRP Deployment Scheme

Navy Issues Revision to OFRP Deployment Scheme

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Dominick ‘Onti’ Ontiveros, from Hesperia, Calif., on the bridge of USS Nimitz (CVN-68) operating in the Persian Gulf in Oct. 1, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy fleets signed out a revision to the Optimized Fleet Response Plan Instruction, the first such update since OFRP was introduced in 2014. Read More

Navy Issues Sikorsky $550.4 Million Modification for 6 CH-53Ks

Navy Issues Sikorsky $550.4 Million Modification for 6 CH-53Ks

CH-53K, K3, Piloted by Mr. Rob Pupalaikis and Maj Foxton, Flies an Aerial Refueling test with an External load on 28 Sep 2020 from NAS Patuxent River, MD. Sikorsky Photo.

This post has been updated to include a new photo of the CH-53K from Sikorsky.

The Navy has issued Lockheed Martin-owned Sikorsky a $550.4 million contract modification for the next lot of the Marine Corps’ new heavy-lift helicopter. Read More

Navy Focused on Strengthening Networks to Support Unmanned Operations

Navy Focused on Strengthening Networks to Support Unmanned Operations

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) Sailors Aviation Machinist’s Mate Second Class Salvatore Green, left, and Aviation Electronics Technician Third Class Jake Price prepare the MC-8C Fire Scout to launch from the Independence variant littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) on June 21, 2018. VX-1 Sailors embarked Coronado to conduct the first comprehensive Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for the MQ-8C Fire Scout, the Navy’s newest unmanned helicopter. US Navy photo.

As the Navy secretariat and the chief of naval operations’ staff continue to map out how unmanned platforms would contribute to distributed maritime operations, the value of a good network – including one that can be accessed by the joint force and allies – is becoming more and more apparent. Read More