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

Navy Endorsed Extending Truman Carrier Deployment Due to Significant Air Strike Capacity

Navy Endorsed Extending Truman Carrier Deployment Due to Significant Air Strike Capacity

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Pukin’ Dogs” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, lands on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on April 30, 2016. US Navy photo.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Pukin’ Dogs” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, lands on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on April 30, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include comments from U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

The Navy endorsed the decision by Defense Secretary Ash Carter to extend the Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group deployment to the Middle East by 30 days, a Navy spokesman said, but the service is still committed to avoiding extended deployments and keeping to the new Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) construct. Read More

UPDATED: Edward Lin Laywer Asks Navy Not to Take Espionage Case to Court Martial; Family Says Lin is ‘No Spy’

UPDATED: Edward Lin Laywer Asks Navy Not to Take Espionage Case to Court Martial; Family Says Lin is ‘No Spy’

Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin

Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin

This story has been updated with additional comments from Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin’s family.

The defense team and family of the U.S. Navy officer accused of giving secrets to China and Taiwan are declaring his innocence and don’t want his case to go to court martial, according to a Monday statement provided to USNI News. Read More

Bath Iron Works Will Build First Flight III Arleigh Burke DDG

Bath Iron Works Will Build First Flight III Arleigh Burke DDG

An artist's conception of the AMDR AN/SPY-6(v) radar onboard an Arleigh Burke Flight III guided missile destroyer (DDG-51). Raytheon Image

An artist’s conception of the AMDR AN/SPY-6(v) radar onboard an Arleigh Burke Flight III guided missile destroyer (DDG-51). Raytheon Image

The first Flight III Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer will be built at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, according to a Sunday statement from the Navy to USNI News. Read More

USS Coronado To Deploy With Upgraded Fire Scout UAV Control System

USS Coronado To Deploy With Upgraded Fire Scout UAV Control System

Sailors aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) prepare to launch an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system on Aug. 15, 2015. US Navy photo.

Sailors aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) prepare to launch an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system on Aug. 15, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) is now outfitted with the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle and with Raytheon’s newly upgraded Fire Scout ground control system, ahead of an upcoming Coronado maiden deployment to Singapore. Read More