Mabus: Next Administration Will Have Final Say On Littoral Combat Ship Totals

Mabus: Next Administration Will Have Final Say On Littoral Combat Ship Totals

Littoral Combat Ships USS Freedom (LCS-1) and USS Coronado (LCS-4) sit at the pier at Naval Station San Diego on Feb. 17, 2016. USNI News photo.

Littoral Combat Ships USS Freedom (LCS-1) and USS Coronado (LCS-4) sit at the pier at Naval Station San Diego on Feb. 17, 2016. USNI News photo.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus raised the possibility of a restored Littoral Combat Ship /Frigate program, noting for the first time publicly that the next administration – not this one – will make the final decision about how many small surface combatants to buy. Read More

Iron Fist 2016: With U.S. Marines by Their Side, Japanese Soldiers Hit the Beach

Iron Fist 2016: With U.S. Marines by Their Side, Japanese Soldiers Hit the Beach

Marines with 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force position amphibious assault vehicles for security during the amphibious landing exercise (PHIBLEX) for Exercise Iron Fist 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines with 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force position amphibious assault vehicles for security during the amphibious landing exercise (PHIBLEX) for Exercise Iron Fist 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – A dozen amphibious assault vehicles left the USS Somerset (LPD-25) a mile offshore and raced toward the beach Friday in two waves. The night before, a group of Marines and Japanese soldiers r­ode ashore in combat rubber raiding craft, using speed and surprise to survey and prepare the beachhead in advance of the amphibious landing force. Read More

New Navy Procurement Office, Marines to Push Rapid Innovation In 2016

New Navy Procurement Office, Marines to Push Rapid Innovation In 2016

U.S. Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment practice debarking from a Japan Ground Self Defense Force CH-47 Chinook during Forest Light 16-2 in Yausubetsu Training Area, Hokkaido, Japan, Feb. 1, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment practice debarking from a Japan Ground Self Defense Force CH-47 Chinook during Forest Light 16-2 in Yausubetsu Training Area, Hokkaido, Japan, Feb. 1, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

The chief of naval operations and commandant of the Marine Corps have been consistent this year in highlighting the role sailors and Marines will play in experimenting with prototypes and new gear as the sea services try to outpace adversaries’ technological advances. Read More

Atlantic Council Report: NATO Alliance at Risk

Atlantic Council Report: NATO Alliance at Risk

100415a-HQ28-007 NATO Headquarters Brussels.

In Europe, “you find a kind of the perfect storm”—a resurgent Russia in the east, thousands of refugees and migrants arriving daily in the south, terrorist attacks in Paris, the rise of nationalist parties and economies flailing skewing political debates—that NATO is trying to weather. Read More

Crew of Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln Starts to Move Back Onboard Ahead of RCOH Completion Later This Year

Crew of Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln Starts to Move Back Onboard Ahead of RCOH Completion Later This Year

Cmdr. Thomas Neville, supply officer of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Capt. Ronald Ravelo, Lincoln's commanding officer, Capt. Todd Marzano, Lincoln's executive officer, and Master Chief Lee Salas, Lincoln's command master chief, help serve food to Sailors during the first meal on the mess decks as part of the first phase of the crew move aboard process. US Navy Photo

Cmdr. Thomas Neville, supply officer of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Capt. Ronald Ravelo, Lincoln’s commanding officer, Capt. Todd Marzano, Lincoln’s executive officer, and Master Chief Lee Salas, Lincoln’s command master chief, help serve food to Sailors during the first meal on the mess decks as part of the first phase of the crew move aboard process. US Navy Photo

The crew of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) began moving back on the ship late last week opening galley and berthing areas for use of sailors onboard. Read More

Opinion: Commonality Drives Savings in Shipbuilding

Opinion: Commonality Drives Savings in Shipbuilding

The future John P. Murtha (LPD-26). Huntington Ingalls Industries photo.

The future John P. Murtha (LPD-26). Huntington Ingalls Industries photo.

Certainly commonality is not the final and only answer to cost savings. Given the current national defense priorities and a request by the President of $583 billion for defense in Fiscal Year 2017, most would surmise that, if properly prioritized and managed, the budget would be sufficient to support the majority of defense requirements. Read More