Navy Sinks Former Frigate USS Reuben James in Test of New Supersonic Anti-Surface Missile

Navy Sinks Former Frigate USS Reuben James in Test of New Supersonic Anti-Surface Missile

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship's aegis weapons system on June 19, 2016. US Navy Photo

USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) launches a Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship’s aegis weapons system on June 19, 2014. US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: Due to an editing error a previous version of this post had the incorrect hull number for the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones. The ship is designated DDG-53 — not DDG-32. The designation DDG-32 was assigned to the decommissioned Forrest Sherman-class destroyer also named John Paul Jones.

The former frigate USS Reuben James (FFG-57) was sunk in January during a test of the Navy’s new anti-surface warfare (ASuW) variant of the Raytheon Standard Missile 6 (SM-6), company officials told USNI News on Monday. Read More

Pentagon Officials Outline, Defend Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Submission

Pentagon Officials Outline, Defend Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Submission

brac_pentagonThe emphasis in the Fiscal Year 2017 $583 billion Pentagon spending request is to deliver effects from range, knowing innovation is not just new technologies but also how to better use existing ones and leverage areas of sanctuary—including at sea or underwater—to deter potential adversaries, a senior Pentagon budget official said on Monday. Read More

Former CNO Roughead: Chinese Expansion in South China Sea Concerns Japan, U.S.

Former CNO Roughead: Chinese Expansion in South China Sea Concerns Japan, U.S.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) transits alongside Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Izumo-class helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH 183) and JMSDF Akizuki-class destroyer JS Teruzuki (DD 116) on Oct. 18, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) transits alongside Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Izumo-class helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH 183) and JMSDF Akizuki-class destroyer JS Teruzuki (DD 116) on Oct. 18, 2015. US Navy Photo

When looking to the future of U.S. and Japanese security “the importance of the periphery to China cannot be overstated,” a former U.S. chief of naval operations said. Read More

Navy Submits $5B Fiscal Year 2017 Unfunded Priorities List Topped by Super Hornets, F-35s, Destroyer Funds

Navy Submits $5B Fiscal Year 2017 Unfunded Priorities List Topped by Super Hornets, F-35s, Destroyer Funds

A F/A-18E Super Hornet over the Gulf of Oman near the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). US Navy Photo

A F/A-18E Super Hornet over the Gulf of Oman near the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). US Navy Photo

The Navy submitted a Fiscal Year 2017 unfunded requirements list to Congress this week that mirrors last year’s priorities but requests about twice as much money for items that couldn’t be squeezed into the official Fiscal Year 2017 President’s Budget request. Read More

Navy: Affordability, Commonality Needed To Address Near, Long-Term Shipbuilding Challenges

Navy: Affordability, Commonality Needed To Address Near, Long-Term Shipbuilding Challenges

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), front, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), the Republic of Korea navy destroyer ROKS Eulji Mundeok (DDH 972), and the Ulsan-class frigate ROKS Jeju (FF 958) participate in a joint photo exercise during Foal Eagle 2015. Both the DDGs and LCSs are under construction now but will need replacement programs beginning in the mid-2030s. US Navy photo.

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3), front, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) and USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), the Republic of Korea navy destroyer ROKS Eulji Mundeok (DDH-972), and the Ulsan-class frigate ROKS Jeju (FF-958) participate in a joint photo exercise during Foal Eagle 2015. Both the DDGs and LCSs are under construction now but will need replacement programs beginning in the mid-2030s. US Navy photo.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy is in the midst of a massive shipbuilding spree, with 65 ships across eight shipyards under contract or in construction today – but maintaining that pace in the short-term and trying to replicate or even accelerate it for the next generation of surface combatants presents the Navy and industry with some serious challenges, officials said. Read More

Navy ‘Very Comfortable’ With Plan To Sustain Current Ohio-Class SSBNs

Navy ‘Very Comfortable’ With Plan To Sustain Current Ohio-Class SSBNs

USS Nevada (SSBN-733) transits the Washington state Puget Sound on its way to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor on Jan. 14, 2016. US Navy Photo

USS Nevada (SSBN-733) transits the Washington state Puget Sound on its way to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor on Jan. 14, 2016. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s director of strategic systems programs said “we’re very comfortable” with the roadmap laid out to keep the aging Ohio-class ballistic submarine fleet meeting mission requirements until its replacements are built and commissioned. Read More