LCS Mine Countermeasures Package May Reach IOC By September After July IOT&E

LCS Mine Countermeasures Package May Reach IOC By September After July IOT&E

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) while testing the ship's mine countermeasures mission package (MCM) off the southern California coast in August 2013. Austal USA photo.

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) while testing the ship’s mine countermeasures mission package (MCM) off the southern California coast in August 2013. Austal USA photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – USS Independence (LCS-2) got underway Tuesday to prepare for its mine countermeasures mission package technical evaluation (TECHEVAL), which will be followed by initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) in July and likely a declaration of initial operational capability (IOC) by the end of September, the program executive officer for Littoral Combat Ships told USNI News. Read More

NORAD Chief: North Korea Has Ability to Reach U.S. With Nuclear Warhead on Mobile ICBM

NORAD Chief: North Korea Has Ability to Reach U.S. With Nuclear Warhead on Mobile ICBM

A mockup of a KN-08 ICBM in a parade in Pyongyang in 2012 or 2013.

A mockup of a KN-08 ICBM in a parade in Pyongyang in 2012 or 2013.

PENTAGON — North Korea has the ability to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the West Coast of the U.S. with a nuclear weapon from a mobile launcher, according to a Department of Defense intelligence assessment cited by the head of NORAD in a Tuesday press briefing. Read More

Navy Pitching Congress on Expanding Sailor Career Intermissions Ahead of Wider Personnel Reforms

Navy Pitching Congress on Expanding Sailor Career Intermissions Ahead of Wider Personnel Reforms

Sailors stand in formation during a change of command ceremony held aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in 2006. US Navy Photo

Sailors stand in formation during a change of command ceremony held aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in 2006. US Navy Photo

The Navy is asking Congress to expand a pilot service sabbatical program ahead of a broader slate of internal personnel reforms Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is expected to announce next month. Read More

Long-Range Ship Plan: Navy to Pursue Block Buys for DDGs in 2018, SSNs in 2019

Long-Range Ship Plan: Navy to Pursue Block Buys for DDGs in 2018, SSNs in 2019

Virginia-class attack submarine Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction in 2012. US Navy Photo

Virginia-class attack submarine Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction in 2012. US Navy Photo

The Navy told Congress it would pursue a 10-ship multiyear procurement contract for its Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in Fiscal Year 2018 as part of its newest long-range shipbuilding plan, which also announced a nine-ship attack submarine block buy and delays in several auxiliary ship programs. Read More

Panel: ISIS, Al Qaeda Franchising Efforts Changed the Face of Terrorism

Panel: ISIS, Al Qaeda Franchising Efforts Changed the Face of Terrorism

Members of the hardline al Shabaab Islamist rebel group hold their weapons in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, January 1, 2010. Somalia’s hardline Islamist rebel group al Shabaab said on Friday it was ready to send reinforcement to al Qaeda in Yemen should the U.S. carry out retaliatory strikes, and urged other Muslims to follow suit. Reuters Photo

Creating franchises among groups claiming affiliation with al Qaeda or the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is among the biggest change in international terrorism, two leading experts told the Atlantic Council on Thursday. Read More