Stackley: Arleigh Burke Flight III Destroyer, Air Missile Defense Radar Development On Track

Stackley: Arleigh Burke Flight III Destroyer, Air Missile Defense Radar Development On Track

An artist's conception of a Raytheon's SPY-6 radar on a Flight III Arleigh Burke destroyer . Raytheon Image

An artist’s conception of a Raytheon’s SPY-6 radar on a Flight III Arleigh Burke destroyer . Raytheon Image

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy’s chief acquisition officer said despite recent shifts in its destroyer acquisition outlook – the service’s program to put a next generation radar on a Flight III Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer (DDG-51) hull is on track. Read More

Navy Could Accelerate LX(R) to 2019 Start, Industry's 2018 Request Not Feasible

Navy Could Accelerate LX(R) to 2019 Start, Industry’s 2018 Request Not Feasible

San Antonio-class amphib Portland launches at Ingalss Shipbuilding on Saturday. HII Photo

San Antonio-class amphib Portland launches at Ingalls Shipbuilding on Saturday. HII Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Navy could pull the first LX(R) dock landing ship replacement up a year, from Fiscal Year 2020 to 2019, to address vendor needs, but it could not buy the ship in 2018 as an industrial base coalition has requested, the service’s acquisition chief said Wednesday in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. Read More

NAVSEA On ‘Road to Recovery’ To Rebuilding Naval Shipyard Workforce

NAVSEA On ‘Road to Recovery’ To Rebuilding Naval Shipyard Workforce

An undated photo of a worker at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. US Navy Photo

An undated photo of a worker at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. US Navy Photo

The Naval Sea Systems Command “is well down the road to recovery” in rebuilding the Navy’s shipyard civilian workforce, but there is a bow wave of experience that was lost three years ago—through a long hiring and pay freeze and across-the-board cuts to facilities—that it has to overcome, the Senate Armed Services Readiness and Management Support subcommittee was told Tuesday. Read More

Navy Requires $450 Million More to Complete Zumwalt-Class Due to Shipyard Performance

Navy Requires $450 Million More to Complete Zumwalt-Class Due to Shipyard Performance

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DDG-1000 under construction in 2013. US Navy Photo via General Dynamics Bath Iron Works

The procurement cost of the three-ship destroyer Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) has increased by $449.5 million since last years largely shipyard performance issues in the construction of the ships at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, several Navy and congressional sources told USNI News. Read More

Navy, USMC Establish Surface/Expeditionary Warfare 'Enterprise' To Coordinate Maintenance, Modernization

Navy, USMC Establish Surface/Expeditionary Warfare ‘Enterprise’ To Coordinate Maintenance, Modernization

MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft prepare to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), while in the background an landing craft air cushion (LCAC) approaches the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) in April 2015. US Navy photo.

MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft prepare to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), while in the background an landing craft air cushion (LCAC) approaches the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) in April 2015. US Navy photo.

The surface and expeditionary warfare community has adopted the aviation community’s “enterprise” approach to coordinating modernization and maintenance throughout the fleet, in an attempt to regain ship readiness that has declined since the 1990s, the director of expeditionary warfare (OPNAV N95) said last week. Read More