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Top Stories 2016: U.S. Navy Acquisition

Top Stories 2016: U.S. Navy Acquisition

USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2016.

Though much effort in 2016 was devoted to planning the future Navy – through a new Force Structure Assessment, three simultaneous Future Fleet Architecture studies, an alternative carrier study, ongoing future surface combatant planning efforts and more – the year was also full of major news in research, development and acquisition. At the end of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ eight-year shipbuilding spree, where he put at least 86 ships on contract, the year was full of commissionings, testing, fielding and planning for ships, aircraft and weapon systems. Read More

Wasp ARG, 22nd MEU Return Home After Fighting Islamic State In Libya; USS Wasp Prepares For Move To Japan

Wasp ARG, 22nd MEU Return Home After Fighting Islamic State In Libya; USS Wasp Prepares For Move To Japan

An AV-8B Harrier, from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) on Dec. 5, 2016. The 22nd MEU, embarked on Wasp, is conducting precision air strikes in support of the Libyan Government aligned forces against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya, as part of Operation Odyssey Lightning. US Navy photo.

An AV-8B Harrier, from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) on Dec. 5, 2016. The 22nd MEU, embarked on Wasp, is conducting precision air strikes in support of the Libyan Government aligned forces against Islamic State targets in Sirte, Libya, as part of Operation Odyssey Lightning. US Navy photo.

The Wasp Amphibious Ready Group and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit have returned home from a six-month deployment that included conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State in Libya and supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Read More

Littoral Combat Ship Gabrielle Giffords Delivers to Navy

Littoral Combat Ship Gabrielle Giffords Delivers to Navy

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords waves to a crowd in front of the littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), during the ship's christening ceremony on June 13, 2015. US Navy photo.

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords waves to a crowd in front of the littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), during the ship’s christening ceremony on June 13, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Navy accepted delivery of Independence-class littoral combat ship Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) from shipbuilder Mobile Ala. Austal USA during a Friday ceremony, the service announced. Read More

Boeing Wins $207M International Harpoon Contract

Boeing Wins $207M International Harpoon Contract

An artist's representation of a Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile. Boeing Image

An artist’s representation of a Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile. Boeing Image

Boeing won a $207.5 million contract for 51 Lot 90 Harpoon anti-ship missile weapon systems for Egypt, South Korea and Brazil, according to a Wednesday contract announcement from the Pentagon. Read More

Interview: Capt. James Kirk and USS Zumwalt

Interview: Capt. James Kirk and USS Zumwalt

Capt. James Kirk, former Zumwalt commanding officer, on May 13, 2016. USNI News Photo

Capt. James Kirk, former Zumwalt commanding officer, on May 13, 2016. USNI News Photo

On Tuesday Capt. James Kirk turned over command of the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) to his executive officer and ended his tenure leading the crew of the Navy’s newest and most unique warship. Read More