Category Archives: Submarine Forces

SECNAV Mabus Reflects on Time in the Pentagon

SECNAV Mabus Reflects on Time in the Pentagon

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks during an all-hands call at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Oct. 21, 2016. US Navy

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks during an all-hands call at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Oct. 21, 2016. US Navy

The biggest surprise Navy Secretary Ray Mabus had when he took office was how slowly the bureaucracy moves and the different tactics it uses to kill a program it doesn’t want. Read More

Navy Adds Transparency, Strategy Provisions to Budget Process

Navy Adds Transparency, Strategy Provisions to Budget Process

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Department of Navy's fiscal year 2017 budget and posture. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Department of Navy’s fiscal year 2017 budget and posture. US Navy Photo

Navy leadership will change how it crafts its budget in an effort to focus on strategic needs rather than starting the process with spending limits front and center, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran told USNI News last week. Read More

U.K. Revives Dreadnought Name for Successor SSBNs

U.K. Revives Dreadnought Name for Successor SSBNs

An artist’s conception of the U.K.’s Successor-class future planned ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). UK Ministry of Defense Photo

An artist’s conception of the U.K.’s Successor-class future planned ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). UK Ministry of Defense Photo

LONDON — The first of the Royal Navy’s future ballistic nuclear missile submarines will be known as HMS Dreadnought, the UK Ministry of Defence announced on Friday. Read More

Unmanned Warrior 2016 Exercise In U.K. Puts Emerging Technology In Warfighters' Hands

Unmanned Warrior 2016 Exercise In U.K. Puts Emerging Technology In Warfighters’ Hands

The Unmanned Survey Vehicle (USV-2600) from Defence Research and Development Canada takes part in the first-ever Unmanned Warrior (UW), a research and training exercise designed to test and demonstrate the latest in autonomous naval technologies while simultaneously strengthening international interoperability. Unmanned Warrior is part of Joint Warrior, a semiannual Kingdom-led training exercise designed to provide NATO and allied forces with a unique multi-warfare environment in which to prepare for global operations. US Navy photo.

The Unmanned Survey Vehicle (USV-2600) from Defence Research and Development Canada takes part in the first-ever Unmanned Warrior (UW), a research and training exercise designed to test and demonstrate the latest in autonomous naval technologies while simultaneously strengthening international interoperability. Unmanned Warrior is part of Joint Warrior, a semiannual Kingdom-led training exercise designed to provide NATO and allied forces with a unique multi-warfare environment in which to prepare for global operations. US Navy photo.

Dozens of unmanned systems have been operating off the northwest coast of Scotland as part of the first-ever Unmanned Warrior exercise, held in conjunction with the 18-nation Joint Warrior 2016 exercise. Read More

Destroyer Zumwalt's Commissioning Ceremony Latest in Long Tradition

Destroyer Zumwalt’s Commissioning Ceremony Latest in Long Tradition

Capt. James A. Kirk, commanding officer of future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) answers questions from the media ahead of the ship's commissioning on Saturday. US Navy Photo

Capt. James A. Kirk, commanding officer of future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) answers questions from the media ahead of the ship’s commissioning on Saturday. US Navy Photo

On Saturday, the guided missile destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) will formally enter the U.S. Navy fleet in Baltimore in an act of pageantry that goes back thousands of years – the commissioning ceremony. Read More

Interview: Rear Adm. Robert Girrier on the Future of the Navy’s Unmanned Systems

Interview: Rear Adm. Robert Girrier on the Future of the Navy’s Unmanned Systems

Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, director, unmanned warfare systems, discusses the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) Sea Hunter on April 7, 2016. US Navy Photo

Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, director, unmanned warfare systems, discusses the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) Sea Hunter on April 7, 2016. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — One year into his job as the inaugural director of unmanned warfare systems (OPNAV N99), Rear Adm. Robert Girrier has overseen progress on three key unmanned platforms, begun work on a common-control system to plan and execute missions in multiple domains, and set priorities for out-year budgets. Read More

Columbia Class Milestone B Decision Set For November After Shipyard Deep Dive This Week

Columbia Class Milestone B Decision Set For November After Shipyard Deep Dive This Week

A deck view, looking toward the bow, of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine OHIO (SSBN-726) with its missile tubes opened during precommissioning activities. The submarine, built by General Dynamics Corp., carries Trident C-4 (UGM-96) submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

A deck view, looking toward the bow, of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine OHIO (SSBN-726) with its missile tubes opened during precommissioning activities. The Navy is moving ahead with its Ohio Replacement Program, recently named the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine program, to achieve lead boat construction in 2021, delivery in 2029 and deployment in 2031.

Navy and Pentagon acquisition officials this week spent a day at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Connecticut and Rhode Island, taking a close look at the Columbia class — formerly the Ohio Replacement Program — ahead of a Milestone B decision this fall, the Navy’s acquisition chief told USNI News. Read More

Navy Awards $101M To Electric Boat To Build SSBN Missile Tubes; UK Enters Manufacturing Phase On Successor-Class

Navy Awards $101M To Electric Boat To Build SSBN Missile Tubes; UK Enters Manufacturing Phase On Successor-Class

Workers stand pose for a photo in the four-tube "quad-pack" built for the U.S. Ohio Replacement-class and U.K. Successor-class. General Dynamics Electric Boat Photo via US Navy

Workers stand pose for a photo in the four-tube “quad-pack” built for the U.S. Ohio Replacement-class and U.K. Successor-class. General Dynamics Electric Boat Photo via US Navy

The U.S. Navy and U.K. Royal Navy’s replacement ballistic missile submarine programs both took steps forward this week, with the Navy awarding $101.3 million to General Dynamics Electric Boat to produce the first 22 missile tubes under the Common Missile Compartment program, and the Brits cutting steel on the first boat in the Successor-class program. Read More