Navy Continues Advocating Cruiser Modernization Plan Despite Previous Rejections in Congress

Navy Continues Advocating Cruiser Modernization Plan Despite Previous Rejections in Congress

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) transits the Strait of Gibraltar on March 31, 2015, as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. US Navy photo.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) transits the Strait of Gibraltar on March 31, 2015, as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. US Navy photo.

Navy leadership is continuing to push for its preferred guided missile cruiser modernization plan — which would put 11 of the 22 CGs in reduced operating status until the other 11 near retirement — despite Congress rejecting the plan during last year’s budget negotiations.
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China Warns U.S. Following Emergency Landing of Two Marine Hornets in Taiwan

China Warns U.S. Following Emergency Landing of Two Marine Hornets in Taiwan

Two Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornets assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 fly a mission during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010. Two planes from the same squadron made an emergency landing in Taiwan on Wednesday. US Navy Photo

Two Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornets assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 (VMFA-323) fly a mission during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010. Two planes from the same squadron made an emergency landing in Taiwan on Wednesday. US Navy Photo

China issued the U.S. a warning not to interfere with its relationship with Taiwan following the Wednesday emergency landing of two Marine strike fighters in Taiwan. Read More

NAVAIR Details Changes in Navy V-22 Osprey Variant

NAVAIR Details Changes in Navy V-22 Osprey Variant

An MV-22 Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). US Navy Photo

An MV-22 Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). US Navy Photo

The Navy is in the early stages of planning its carrier onboard delivery (COD) replacement platform, which will be a baseline MV-22 Osprey plus an extended range fuel system, high-frequency radio and public address system, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) officials told USNI News this week. Read More

Marine Corps Releases Amphibious Combat Vehicle RFP

Marine Corps Releases Amphibious Combat Vehicle RFP

BAE Systems' Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 entrant. BAE Systems photo.

BAE Systems’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 entrant. BAE Systems photo.

This post has been updated to remove references to an engineering contract related to work on a high water speed increment of the ACV. The Marine Corps inadvertently posted an old notice on FedBizOpps that discussed a contract option that was never exercised. The service will pursue high water speed research but did not begin work under that particular contract option.

The Marine Corps released its request for proposals for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle program, which will replace the Vietnam War-era Amphibious Assault Vehicles. Read More

Navy Awards 2 LCSs to Austal, 1 and Advance Procurement Funding to Lockheed Martin

Navy Awards 2 LCSs to Austal, 1 and Advance Procurement Funding to Lockheed Martin

The first of class littoral combat ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), rear, and USS Independence (LCS 2) maneuver together during an exercise off the coast of Southern California on May, 2 2012. US Navy Photo.

The first of class littoral combat ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), rear, and USS Independence (LCS 2) maneuver together during an exercise off the coast of Southern California on May, 2 2012.
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This post has been updated to include additional information from Lockheed Martin regarding the impact of the contracting decision to its production line.

The Navy on Tuesday awarded Austal USA $691 million for two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and Lockheed Martin $441 million for one LCS and advance procurement funding for a second ship next year. Each company’s contract modification also included an option for another ship in Fiscal Year 2016 which would be the 11th for each builder under a block buy. Read More