Austal USA Awarded Long Lead Contract for 12th EPF

Austal USA Awarded Long Lead Contract for 12th EPF

USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) rolls out in preparation for launch at Austal USA shipyard on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) rolls out in preparation for launch at Austal USA shipyard on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

Austal USA has been awarded a $18.5 million long lead contract from the Navy for the 12th Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, the company announced on Thursday. Read More

UPDATED: U.S. Officials Describe Fight That Killed Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV

UPDATED: U.S. Officials Describe Fight That Killed Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego. US Navy Photo

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional photos and a map of where the fighting occured.

THE PENTAGON – The Navy SEAL who was killed in a Tuesday firefight with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants was part of a quick reaction force sent in to assist a U.S. advise-and-assist team and Kurdish Peshmerga forces who were overwhelmed by a surprise ISIS offensive in Northern Iraq, an Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman told reporters on Wednesday. Read More

Navy to Demo Harpoon Missile on LCS at RIMPAC; NSM on USS Freedom by Next Deployment

Navy to Demo Harpoon Missile on LCS at RIMPAC; NSM on USS Freedom by Next Deployment

A Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) is launched from the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) during missile testing operations off the coast of Southern California in September 2014. US Navy photo.

A Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) is launched from the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) during missile testing operations off the coast of Southern California in September 2014. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include additional information from Naval Sea Systems Command.

The Littoral Combat Ship program is poised to make big strides this year in its strike capability, both with over-the-horizon missiles and the shorter-range Longbow Hellfire missile. Read More

Opinion: U.S. Mine Countermeasures Forces Should Train Like They Fight

Opinion: U.S. Mine Countermeasures Forces Should Train Like They Fight

Mineman 3rd Class Brandon Workman, attached to Commander, Task Group 56.1, inspects the Seabotix robot after recovering it from a night dive during the International Mine Countermeasure Exercise (IMCMEX) 16 on April 13, 2016. US Navy Photo

Mineman 3rd Class Brandon Workman, attached to Commander, Task Group 56.1, inspects the Seabotix robot after recovering it from a night dive during the International Mine Countermeasure Exercise (IMCMEX) 16 on April 13, 2016. US Navy Photo

“Train like we fight . . . fight like we train!” This has been a military maxim for eons. Two decades into the 21st century, nowhere is this more compelling than in the Navy’s mine countermeasures (MCM) capabilities and capacities needed to defeat our adversaries’ weapons that await. Read More

GAO: Rampant Maintenance Delays Caused By Contracting, Workforce Issues

GAO: Rampant Maintenance Delays Caused By Contracting, Workforce Issues

Tugboats guide the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) from her dry dock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard to a nearby pier in August. US Navy Photo

Tugboats guide the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) from her dry dock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard to a nearby pier in August 2014. US Navy Photo

When the Navy rolled out its Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) in 2014 and began inducting its first aircraft carriers into the force generation model last year, leaders made clear that it would take some time to fully implement the plan and regain full carrier strike group readiness.

Those leaders spoke anecdotally about maintenance availabilities running long, forcing ship crews to compress training so they could deploy on time – but the Government Accountability Office this week released a report that quantifies those struggles, highlighting the importance of keeping OFRP implementation on track. Read More

LCS-4 Deployment Will Evaluate Ship Capabilities Ahead of 2018 Frigate Downselect

LCS-4 Deployment Will Evaluate Ship Capabilities Ahead of 2018 Frigate Downselect

Sailors assigned to Surface Warfare Mission Package Detachment 2 prepare to be hoisted out of the water by the littoral combat ship USS Coronado's (LCS 4) twin-boom-extensible crane following a visit, board, search and seizure training exercise on Aug. 15, 2015. US Navy photo.

Sailors assigned to Surface Warfare Mission Package Detachment 2 prepare to be hoisted out of the water by USS Coronado’s (LCS-4) twin-boom-extensible crane following a visit, board, search and seizure training exercise on Aug. 15, 2015. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – As the Navy shifts from a two-variant frigate acquisition plan to a competition between the two Littoral Combat Ship builders, getting USS Coronado (LCS-4) out on its first deployment ahead of the frigate downselect will go a long way in validating the ship’s advertised capabilities, the Program Executive Officer for Littoral Combat Ships told USNI News. Read More