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

Navy Lays Bare F/A-18 Readiness Gaps, Could Take Year to Surge Air Wing

Navy Lays Bare F/A-18 Readiness Gaps, Could Take Year to Surge Air Wing

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, practices a touch-and-go landing on May 11, 2016. US Navy Photo

An F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, practices a touch-and-go landing on May 11, 2016. US Navy Photo

Three out of four F/A-18s are not ready to go to war and it could take up to a year for the Navy to pull together enough reserve fighters to field a surge force air wing, service officials told members of the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Read More

Expert: India, U.S. Relationship with China Make ‘Hard Actions’ Difficult in South China Sea, Indian Ocean

Expert: India, U.S. Relationship with China Make ‘Hard Actions’ Difficult in South China Sea, Indian Ocean

The Indian Navy guided-missile destroyer INS Ranvir (DDG-54), left, the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JDS Kurama (DDH-144) are underway during Exercise Malabar 2009, an annual exercise led by the Indian Navy. US Navy photo.

The Indian Navy guided-missile destroyer INS Ranvir (DDG-54), left, the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JDS Kurama (DDH-144) are underway during Exercise Malabar 2009, an annual exercise led by the Indian Navy. US Navy photo.

The strong economic ties the United States and India maintain with China inhibit Washington and New Delhi from taking “hard actions” when Beijing acts provocatively in the South China Sea or the Indian Ocean, one of India’s leading conservative strategic analysts said Wednesday. Read More

LRASM Set for More Air, Surface Tests This Year

LRASM Set for More Air, Surface Tests This Year

A F/A-18E flying with a black LRASM missile. Lockheed Martin Photo

A F/A-18E flying with a black LRASM missile. Lockheed Martin Photo

Operating under a $321 million contract from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Lockheed Martin is set to complete the critical design review (CDR) for the company’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) next month, company officials told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More