Category Archives: Submarine Forces

Electric Boat Preparing for Columbia-Class, But Supply Base Remains a Challenge

Electric Boat Preparing for Columbia-Class, But Supply Base Remains a Challenge

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

GROTON, Conn. – General Dynamics Electric Boat broke ground on a Columbia-class submarine assembly facility at its Groton yard on Friday, kicking off one of the final facilities improvement projects the company needs ahead of a massive increase in submarine construction work in the coming decades. Read More

NAVSEA Harnessing Big Data to Dig Out of Ship Maintenance Backlog

NAVSEA Harnessing Big Data to Dig Out of Ship Maintenance Backlog

Rear Adm. Stephen Evans, left, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 and Rear Adm. Sara A. Joyner, right, take a tour of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Aug. 26, 2019. US Navy Photo

The following post has been updated to correct the name of a submarine refered to in the story. On Friday, Vice Adm. Tom Moore refered to attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN-758) not USS Nashville.

The heads of the Navy’s ship maintenance efforts want to get destroyer work back on track using new data tools and an under-development predictive schedule to prevent another major backlog in repair work. Read More

General Dynamics Taps New Leader for Electric Boat

General Dynamics Taps New Leader for Electric Boat

The Virginia-class attack submarine North Dakota (SSN-784) is rolled out of an indoor shipyard facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. US Navy Photo

General Dynamics announced a change in leadership at its Electric Boat subsidiary, just as the company ramps-ups its production to build Virginia-class and Columbia-class nuclear submarines. Read More

Taiwan Wants Updated Submarine Force

Taiwan Wants Updated Submarine Force

Taiwan Hai Lung-class submarine in 2009

A modern submarine force to deter China’s ambitions to take over Taiwan tops the island’s unmet defense needs, its first civilian defense minister told a Washington, D.C., audience on Wednesday.

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New U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Takes Charge

New U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Takes Charge

Vice Adm. Bill Merz delivers remarks to the audience during the change of command ceremony for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet at the Fleet Theater on board Yokosuka Naval Base on Sept. 12, 2019. US Navy Photo


Vice Adm. Bill Merz formally took command of U.S. 7th Fleet on Thursday in a ceremony in Yokosuka, Japan. Read More

DSEI: New Carriers Sparking Royal Navy Renaissance

DSEI: New Carriers Sparking Royal Navy Renaissance

HMS Queen Elizabeth sailing from her home in Portsmouth on Feb. 2, 2019. U.K. MoD Photo

LONDON — The Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters are spearheading a revival of British sea power unparalleled since the end of the Second World War, the country’s top admiral said on Tuesday. Read More

The State of LCS: Navy Moving to Add Firepower, Capability to Both Classes

The State of LCS: Navy Moving to Add Firepower, Capability to Both Classes

USS Detroit (LCS-7) receives regularly scheduled maintenance and upkeep during a scheduled dry-dock maintenance availability phase at BAE Systems shipyard in Jacksonville, Fla., March 29, 2019. US Navy Photo

This is the second of a two-part series on the current state of the Littoral Combat Ship program.

This post has been updated to note that the Mk 48 Mod II Gun Weapon Control System will upgrade the current 57mm gun on the LCS. 

WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – With both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship in serial production at two yards and those ships now kicking off an enduring multi-ship overseas presence, the Navy is turning its focus to increasing the lethality and survivability of the hulls. Read More