Destroyer USS The Sullivans Damaged After Missile Explodes After Launch, No Injuries Reported

Destroyer USS The Sullivans Damaged After Missile Explodes After Launch, No Injuries Reported

The resulting fire on USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) following the explosion of a Raytheon SM-2 Block IIIA guided missile. US Navy Photo obtained by USNI News

The resulting fire on USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) following the explosion of a Raytheon SM-2 Block IIIA guided missile. US Navy Photo obtained by USNI News

This post has been updated with additional information from NAVSEA.

A Navy guided missile destroyer was damaged after a missile exploded shortly after launch during an exercise off the U.S. Atlantic coast on Saturday, Navy officials have confirmed to USNI News. Read More

Navy to Invest Up to $228 Million to Support Unmanned Mine Countermeasures Vehicles

Navy to Invest Up to $228 Million to Support Unmanned Mine Countermeasures Vehicles

Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class Robert Carlson, left, and Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Melvin Lankford, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1, deploy a MK 18 MOD 2 Swordfish to survey the ocean floor during the International Mine Countermeasure Exercise (IMCMEX) in the Gulf of Oman on November 4, 2014. US Navy photo.

Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class Robert Carlson, left, and Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Melvin Lankford, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1, deploy a MK 18 MOD 2 Swordfish to survey the ocean floor during the International Mine Countermeasure Exercise (IMCMEX) in the Gulf of Oman on November 4, 2014. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to clarify the nature of the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts for unmanned maritime systems support. In this case, the minimum value is $0 and the maximum is $228.5 million. Each of the seven companies is allowed to compete for task orders but is not guaranteed to win any, and not all companies are qualified to compete for all task orders. The largest contract awarded — to Exelis, and worth $135.6 million or up to $228.5 million if options are exercised — therefore represents the maximum award possible for the whole program, and would be available to Exelis only if it won all task orders. The other companies’ earning potential is smaller, based on the work the Navy has deemed them qualified to do.

The Navy will spend as much as $228.5 million in the next several years on unmanned surface and subsurface vehicles to conduct mine countermeasures missions. Read More

Destroyer Named for MCPON Delbert D. Black Starts Fabrication

Destroyer Named for MCPON Delbert D. Black Starts Fabrication

Ima Black reacts after starting a plasma cutter machine at Ingalls Shipbuilding, officially beginning construction of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), which is named in honor of her late husband. HII Photo

Ima Black reacts after starting a plasma cutter machine at Ingalls Shipbuilding, officially beginning construction of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), which is named in honor of her late husband. HII Photo

Huntington Ingalls Industries and the Navy marked the start of fabrication for a guided missile destroyer named after Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Delbert Black in a Tuesday ceremony. Read More

Lockheed Martin to Buy Sikorsky, Including Navy's MH-60 Line, For $9 Billion

Lockheed Martin to Buy Sikorsky, Including Navy’s MH-60 Line, For $9 Billion

Lockheed Martin will buy Sikorsky later this year, giving the company full control over the MH-60R and S lines. Lockheed Martin photo.

Lockheed Martin will buy Sikorsky later this year, giving the company full control over the MH-60R and S lines. Lockheed Martin photo.

This post has been updated to include comments from Lockheed Martin regarding how the acquisition of Sikorsky will affect the Navy’s MH-60 program.

Lockheed Martin announced it will acquire Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp for $9 billion, inheriting both military and commercial rotary-wing aircraft lines, including the Navy’s MH-60 Seahawk. Read More

Analysis: Growing The Philippines South China Sea Outpost

Analysis: Growing The Philippines South China Sea Outpost

An undated photo of BRP Sierra Madre, grounded on the Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratley Islands

An undated photo of BRP Sierra Madre, grounded on the Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratley Islands

The Philippines government has begun efforts to reinforce the tiny outpost of BRP Sierra Madre, a dilapidated World War II-era landing ship deliberately beached on Second Thomas Shoal in 1999. Due in no small part to extensive media coverage, the vessel is a well-known symbol of the ongoing territorial dispute over the mineral- and resource-rich Spratleys Island group. Read More