Category Archives: Surface Forces

Stackley Defends LCS-To-Frigate Transition Plan During Contentious Hearing

Stackley Defends LCS-To-Frigate Transition Plan During Contentious Hearing

Navy's top acquisition official Sean Stackley testifies before the HASC on March, 23 2016. CSPAN Image

Navy’s top acquisition official Sean Stackley testifies before the HASC on March, 23 2016. CSPAN Image

The Navy defended its plan to move heel-to-toe from its Littoral Combat Ship into the LCS-based frigate program despite a Government Accountability Office report released today that suggested the frigate program could be slowed to await more details about the frigate’s design and cost. Read More

How Elvis Helped Save the USS Arizona Memorial

How Elvis Helped Save the USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona underway.

USS Arizona underway.

The Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 inflicted a brutal blow on the U.S. Pacific fleet but only two active ships were a total loss – U.S.S. Oklahoma and U.S.S. Arizona. Oklahoma was eventually refloated but was too badly damaged to repair and return to service. Arizona, however, had been devastated by a cataclysmic explosion caused by a bomb crashing through the deck and igniting the ship’s forward magazine. Nearly 80 percent of Arizona’s 1,512 crewmen were lost with most of them being entombed in the sunken ship. Read More

New Continuing Resolution Would Allow Ohio Replacement Program To Move Forward

New Continuing Resolution Would Allow Ohio Replacement Program To Move Forward

Architect of the Capitol photo.

U.S. Capitol on May 15, 2014. Architect of the Capitol Photo

The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee introduced a continuing resolution today that would fund the government through April 28, 2017, at last fiscal year’s spending levels – with several critical exceptions, among them a provision that would allow work to continue uninterrupted on designing the Ohio Replacement Program ballistic missile submarines. Read More

Navy Says LCS Shock Trials Had Positive Results; Pentagon Still Has Concerns

Navy Says LCS Shock Trials Had Positive Results; Pentagon Still Has Concerns

USS Jackson (LCS 6) successfully completed the first of three scheduled full ship shock trials June 10. US Navy photo.

USS Jackson (LCS 6) successfully completed the first of three scheduled full ship shock trials June 10. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Full ship shock trials on both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship proved the ships are survivable and will only need “relatively minor modifications,” according to Navy written testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, but the Pentagon’s top operational tester warned in his written testimony that the shocks were performed at reduced severity due to concerns about excessive damage to the ships. Read More

Panetta, Thornberry: Political Cooperation Needed for a Pentagon Budget That Works

Panetta, Thornberry: Political Cooperation Needed for a Pentagon Budget That Works

A United States Marine Corps helicopter is seen flying through this scene of the full Moon and the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 from Arlington National Cemetery. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

A United States Marine Corps helicopter is seen flying through this scene of the full Moon and the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 from Arlington National Cemetery. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

The key to rebuilding the military and establishing American credibility internationally is getting back to a Washington that works and building a predictable budget for the Pentagon, the current chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a former defense secretary agreed Thursday. Read More