Category Archives: U.S. Navy

Moran Becomes 39th Vice Chief of Naval Operations; Burke Replaces Him as CNP

Moran Becomes 39th Vice Chief of Naval Operations; Burke Replaces Him as CNP

Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran is piped aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) in San Diego on Jan. 7, 2016, where he held an all hands call during his first stop on a Pacific Fleet tour. US Navy photo.

Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran is piped aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) in San Diego on Jan. 7, 2016, where he held an all hands call during his first stop on a Pacific Fleet tour. US Navy photo.

Adm. Bill Moran became the 39th vice chief of naval operations today in an informal change of office ceremony at the Pentagon. Read More

Interview: Ingalls President Brian Cuccias Discusses LPD Future, DDG Program Restart

Interview: Ingalls President Brian Cuccias Discusses LPD Future, DDG Program Restart

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Ship Sponsor Bonnie Amos christens the amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27) on May 21, 2016, accompanied by (left to right) U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Christopher Owens, director of the U.S. Navy’s expeditionary warfare division; Capt. Jeremy Hill, prospective commanding officer, Portland; Ted Waller, a World War II veteran who served on the first USS Portland (CA 33); and Brian Cuccias, president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls Industries photo.

In a precarious time for warship builders – when the Navy predicts a frigate downselect will force one of seven major U.S. warship builders out of business and most of the others depend on just one or two Navy contracts – business at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi is booming. Ten ships across four ship classes are under construction today, and the yard is looking forward to competing in several upcoming competitions with the Navy and Coast Guard.

Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias sat down with USNI News this month at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2016 to talk about business at the yard. Read More

As Navy Faces $848M O&M Shortfall, Picking What Maintenance To Skip Is Full Of Risk

As Navy Faces $848M O&M Shortfall, Picking What Maintenance To Skip Is Full Of Risk

Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conduct maintenance during a ship's restricted availability (SRA) period in Sasebo on April 14, 2016. US Navy photo.

Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conduct maintenance during a ship’s restricted availability (SRA) period in Sasebo on April 14, 2016. US Navy photo.

A mid-year review of Navy operations and maintenance funding found a $848-million shortfall, forcing the Navy to restrict flying hours, defer five ship maintenance availabilities until Fiscal Year 2017, defer continuous maintenance work for two amphibious ready groups and a carrier strike group – and nearly suspend work at the service’s largest regional maintenance center. Read More