Category Archives: Surface Forces

Lockheed Martin Secures $2.7B NASA Contract for Orion Space Capsules

Lockheed Martin Secures $2.7B NASA Contract for Orion Space Capsules

Sailors from amphibious transport dock USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) and NASA personnel retrieve a Boilerplate Test Article on Nov. 1, 2018 during an Underway Recovery Test (URT). US Navy Photo

NASA has committed to buy three new Orion capsules that will include the spacecraft that will carry the next U.S. astronauts to the moon, the agency announced on Monday. Read More

USS George H.W. Bush CO Acknowledges String of Suicides

USS George H.W. Bush CO Acknowledges String of Suicides

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) grieve at a memorial service for Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Airman Juan G. Medina Reynaga on Sept. 18, 2019. US Navy Photo

Three sailors from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) took their lives last week, the ship’s commanding officer confirmed to the crew and community in a Facebook post late Monday. Read More

Navy, Marines Practice 'Littoral Combat Force' Construct in Alaska

Navy, Marines Practice ‘Littoral Combat Force’ Construct in Alaska

U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 set up at a forward arming and refueling point (FARP) as a CH-53E from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 flies overhead during Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise (AECE) in Adak, Alaska on Sept. 18, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been updated to include additional comments from U.S. 3rd Fleet.

The Navy and Marine Corps recently used a new Littoral Combat Force concept to command and control units spread over 2.2 million square miles of land and sea, in the latest demonstration of what a future operation near and on the shore might look like. Read More

Arrowhead Wins Cost Battle in U.K. Type-31 Frigate Competition

Arrowhead Wins Cost Battle in U.K. Type-31 Frigate Competition

Type-31 frigate design concept. Babcock Image

The following post has been updated to correct the cost of the Type-31 program. The U.K. plans to pay $1.6 billion for all five hulls, not $1.6 billion for each hull.

LONDON — The victory of the Babcock/Thales Arrowhead 140 design in Britain’s bargain-basement Type 31 frigate competition will give the Royal Navy a heavyweight fighter in the maritime security arena. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 23, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 23, 2019

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Sept. 23, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Marines, Navy Both Considering Something Like an Offshore Support Vessel to Supplement Amphibs

Marines, Navy Both Considering Something Like an Offshore Support Vessel to Supplement Amphibs

A Naval Sea Systems Command-developed Iraqi 60-meter Offshore Support Vessel. US Navy briefing material indicate that early versions of the service’s large unmanned surface vessels could be based on OSV designs. US Navy Photo

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO – As the Navy and the Marine Corps narrow in on what their future amphibious operations might look like, they are considering acquiring something akin to an Offshore Support Vessel to help Marines distribute around a littoral environment in a future fight. Read More