NAVSEA On ‘Road to Recovery’ To Rebuilding Naval Shipyard Workforce

NAVSEA On ‘Road to Recovery’ To Rebuilding Naval Shipyard Workforce

An undated photo of a worker at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. US Navy Photo

An undated photo of a worker at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. US Navy Photo

The Naval Sea Systems Command “is well down the road to recovery” in rebuilding the Navy’s shipyard civilian workforce, but there is a bow wave of experience that was lost three years ago—through a long hiring and pay freeze and across-the-board cuts to facilities—that it has to overcome, the Senate Armed Services Readiness and Management Support subcommittee was told Tuesday. Read More

Navy Requires $450 Million More to Complete Zumwalt-Class Due to Shipyard Performance

Navy Requires $450 Million More to Complete Zumwalt-Class Due to Shipyard Performance

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DDG-1000 under construction in 2013. US Navy Photo via General Dynamics Bath Iron Works

The procurement cost of the three-ship destroyer Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) has increased by $449.5 million since last years largely shipyard performance issues in the construction of the ships at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, several Navy and congressional sources told USNI News. Read More

Navy, USMC Establish Surface/Expeditionary Warfare 'Enterprise' To Coordinate Maintenance, Modernization

Navy, USMC Establish Surface/Expeditionary Warfare ‘Enterprise’ To Coordinate Maintenance, Modernization

MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft prepare to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), while in the background an landing craft air cushion (LCAC) approaches the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) in April 2015. US Navy photo.

MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft prepare to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), while in the background an landing craft air cushion (LCAC) approaches the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) in April 2015. US Navy photo.

The surface and expeditionary warfare community has adopted the aviation community’s “enterprise” approach to coordinating modernization and maintenance throughout the fleet, in an attempt to regain ship readiness that has declined since the 1990s, the director of expeditionary warfare (OPNAV N95) said last week. Read More

Japan Shifting Amphibious, Coastal Defense Units Closer to China; Australia Boosts its Own Capability

Japan Shifting Amphibious, Coastal Defense Units Closer to China; Australia Boosts its Own Capability

Sailors launch Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) and soldiers assigned the Japan Ground Self Defense Force from the well-deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during amphibious assault training in June 2015. US Navy photo.

Sailors launch Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) and soldiers assigned the Japan Ground Self Defense Force from the well-deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during amphibious assault training in June 2015. US Navy photo.

Japan is boosting its amphibious and coastal defense capabilities, shifting security personnel to outer islands and converting ground forces into amphibious units capable of defending those islands from attack. Read More

Ingalls Receives $117M Advance Procurement Funding For LPD-28

Ingalls Receives $117M Advance Procurement Funding For LPD-28

Ingalls Shipbuilding’s 10th amphibious transport dock, John P. Murtha (LPD 26), sails the Gulf of Mexico for Builder’s Trial in March 2016. Huntington Ingalls Industries photo.

Ingalls Shipbuilding’s 10th amphibious transport dock, John P. Murtha (LPD-26), sails the Gulf of Mexico for Builder’s Trial in March 2016. Huntington Ingalls Industries photo.

Ingalls Shipbuilding received a $117 million contract modification to continue procurement of long lead time material and advance construction activities on the last amphibious transport dock, the future Fort Lauderdale (LPD-28). Read More