Navy: LX(R) Will Be Cheaper, More Capable Thanks To Using San Antonio LPD Design As Starting Point

Navy: LX(R) Will Be Cheaper, More Capable Thanks To Using San Antonio LPD Design As Starting Point

USS Arlington (LPD-24) under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo

USS Arlington (LPD-24) under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo

The Navy and Marine Corps were able to design an LX(R) dock landing ship replacement with greater capability for less money by starting with the higher-end San Antonio-class LPD-17 design, stripping away unneeded features and adding back in desired ones, service officials said last week. Read More

F/A-18 Depots See 40-Percent Increase In Productivity After Adapting New Work Model

F/A-18 Depots See 40-Percent Increase In Productivity After Adapting New Work Model

Sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet from the Romans of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in April 2013. US Navy photo.

Sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet from the Romans of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in April 2013. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s aviation depots have seen a 40-percent increase in fighter jet throughput since they changed how to approach repairing the legacy F/A-18C Hornets a year ago, the Navy’s director of air warfare told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Read More

Opinion: USS Lassen’s Transit of Subi Reef Was Not So ‘Innocent’

Opinion: USS Lassen’s Transit of Subi Reef Was Not So ‘Innocent’

USS Lassen (DDG-82) is underway in the Philippine Sea in 2013. US Navy Photo

USS Lassen (DDG-82) is underway in the Philippine Sea in 2013. US Navy Photo

Much has been made about the recent transit of the USS Lassen (DDG-82) within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef in the South China Sea. To review, that is because China has built an artificial island on top of Subi Reef, claims it as sovereign territory, and claims territorial rights to the seas around the reef. Read More

Navy: Half the Carrier Fleet Tied Up In Maintenance, Other 5 Strained To Meet Demands

Navy: Half the Carrier Fleet Tied Up In Maintenance, Other 5 Strained To Meet Demands

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) arrives pierside at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton prior to a planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. US Navy photo.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) arrives pierside at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton prior to a planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. US Navy photo.

The Navy has run its 10 aircraft carriers hard since USS Enterprise (CVN-65) decommissioned in December 2012 and is now paying the resulting maintenance bill, with half the fleet tied up in repairs and the other five trying to keep up with combatant commanders’ needs. Read More

Senate Panel Explores Speed of U.S. Military Technology, Weapons Development

Senate Panel Explores Speed of U.S. Military Technology, Weapons Development

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

The staggering rate of change and the unacceptable time it takes the Pentagon to introduce weapon systems is leading to “a steady erosion of U.S. technological superiority” over peer competitors and non-state actors such as the Islamic State. Those were consensus views at a Tuesday hearing on the future of warfare before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Read More

Marines' G/ATOR Radar May Face 1-Year Delay In IOT&E If Budget Cuts Can't Be Mitigated

Marines’ G/ATOR Radar May Face 1-Year Delay In IOT&E If Budget Cuts Can’t Be Mitigated

Visiting VIPs observe the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. on Oct. 8, 2014. US Marine Corps photo.

Visiting VIPs observe the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. on Oct. 8, 2014. US Marine Corps photo.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Marine Corps’ new Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) for aviation command and control may face up to a year delay in initial operational test and evaluation if the service cannot find a way to mitigate cuts in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. Read More