Category Archives: U.S. Navy

SECNAV Mabus to Officially Designate First ORP Boat USS Columbia (SSBN-826)

SECNAV Mabus to Officially Designate First ORP Boat USS Columbia (SSBN-826)

The Blue crew of the ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) transits the Hood Canal as it returns home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a routine strategic deterrent patrol on Sept. 30, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Blue crew of the ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) transits the Hood Canal as it returns home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a routine strategic deterrent patrol on Sept. 30, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Navy will formally name the first-in-class ballistic missile submarine USS Columbia (SSBN-826) in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon. Read More

Navy Wants to Weave LCS, Unmanned Systems, Subs into New Battle Network

Navy Wants to Weave LCS, Unmanned Systems, Subs into New Battle Network

USS Coronado (LCS-4), an Independence-variant littoral combat ship, launches the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile. US Navy Photo

USS Coronado (LCS-4), an Independence-variant littoral combat ship, launches the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile. US Navy Photo

The Navy is looked to expand the web of connections currently linking its ships, planes and weapons to include submarines, smaller ships and unmanned systems to create a warfighting network that would be challenging for an adversary to bring down, the Navy’s surface warfare director (OPNAV N96) said. Read More

Marines, Army Studying Vertical Lift Technology Advancements Ahead of New Programs

Marines, Army Studying Vertical Lift Technology Advancements Ahead of New Programs

Artist's concepts of the Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant (above) and the Bell-Lockheed Martin V280 Valor.

Artist’s concepts of the Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant (above) and the Bell-Lockheed Martin V280 Valor.

As both the Marine Corps, Army and the Navy are looking to the next generation of vertical lift, potential adversaries are forcing the services’ to move their support facilities further and further away from the forward line of combatants, the head of Marine rotorcraft requirements told a Washington audience Friday. Read More

SECNAV Mabus Memo: Navy Budget Submission Built with Trump's Pentagon in Mind

SECNAV Mabus Memo: Navy Budget Submission Built with Trump’s Pentagon in Mind

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks Dec. 6, 2016 at an all-hands call at Walter Reed Bethesda (WRB). US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks Dec. 6, 2016 at an all-hands call at Walter Reed Bethesda (WRB). US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Outgoing Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has crafted the Fiscal 2018 Department of the Navy budget submission in line with the stated goals of the new Trump administration rather than the priorities of the current Department of Defense, according to a memo Mabus sent to Pentagon leaders on Thursday. Read More

Navy, Marines Eye 'Green' Solutions to Extend Operational Reach from the Sea

Navy, Marines Eye ‘Green’ Solutions to Extend Operational Reach from the Sea

Cables connected to a nearby tactical vehicle help recharge the batteries of the M777A2 lightweight towed 155mm howitzer. during a Marine Corps and Navy-sponsored operational energy capability exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., on Dec. 6. Gidget Fuentes Photo

Cables connected to a nearby tactical vehicle help recharge the batteries of the M777A2 lightweight towed 155mm howitzer. during a Marine Corps and Navy-sponsored operational energy capability exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., on Dec. 6. Gidget Fuentes Photo

MARINE CORPS AIR-GROUND COMBAT CENTER, Calif. – The new, high-tech gear, equipment, vehicles and weapons systems the Marine Corps wants for the future force require more batteries and fuel than what Marines had a decade ago. Infantry battalions retooled and equipped to conduct distributed operations now require more fuel to power their larger fleet of tactical vehicles and operate combat systems used by their small-level units. Read More

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