Category Archives: Surface Forces

UPDATED: Lockheed Martin Awarded Design Contract for Saudi Frigates

UPDATED: Lockheed Martin Awarded Design Contract for Saudi Frigates

Artist’s concept of a Lockheed Martin Multi-Mission Surface Combatant. US Navy

This post has been updated to include additional information on the contract award.

Lockheed Martin Corp. has received a $450 million award for complex design work and some long-lead materials for the construction of four new frigates for the Royal Saudi Arabian Navy, part of the kingdom’s multi-billion dollar shipbuilding plan. Read More

Rep. Courtney: U.S. Needs Comprehensive National Maritime Strategy Soon

Rep. Courtney: U.S. Needs Comprehensive National Maritime Strategy Soon

A sailor explains the layout and functionality of Ford’s flight deck to Rep. Joe Courtney in 2016. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States has not had a maritime strategy that would allow Congress to “look at maritime issues in a logical way” since the Roosevelt administration, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee said on Wednesday. Read More

Future Ships Classes Will Need Hands-On Trainers Like LCS, DDG-1000 Systems

Future Ships Classes Will Need Hands-On Trainers Like LCS, DDG-1000 Systems

Lt. Caroline Stanton, an instructor at the Littoral Combat Ship Training Facility aboard Naval Station Mayport, teaches Sailors how to simulate navigating an LCS as part of a tour for the annual Reserve Leadership Symposium hosted by Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 2 on Jan. 26, 2018. US Navy photo.

Future classes of surface ships ought to come with advanced training systems that allow maintenance sailors to practice hands-on troubleshooting, much like the trainers for the Littoral Combat Ship and the DDG-1000, the Program Executive Officer for Ships said last week. Read More

UPDATED: USS Harry S. Truman Now Operating in Cold War Era Submarine Hot Spot

UPDATED: USS Harry S. Truman Now Operating in Cold War Era Submarine Hot Spot

USS Normandy (CG-60) steams alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Jul 8, 2018. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) is operating in the North Atlantic over the old stomping grounds of the Soviet submarine force, in the latest twist of a deployment that has broken with almost 20 years of U.S. carrier tradition, USNI News has learned. Read More

Austal USA Considering the Future of the EPF Design

Austal USA Considering the Future of the EPF Design

 

Austal USA rendering of proposed EPF hospital ship. Austal USA

As Austal USA prepares to negotiate the contract for the final planned expeditionary fast transport (EPF) vessel, the shipbuilder is actively exploring how to keep the production line hot by pitching the hull as a solution for other Navy needs, such as providing medical services in austere coastal environments.

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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 16, 2018

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 16, 2018

USNI News Graphic

The USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker is sponsored by CNA. These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of July 16, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More