The last Oliver Hazard Perry frigate on the West Coast was decommissioned after more than 30 years in service in a Thursday ceremony at Naval Station San Diego, Calif. Read More
The following is the paper, Navy Strategy Development: Strategy in the 21st Century, published in June by the Naval Postgraduate School. Read More
China has commissioned its second Luyang III guided missile destroyer as part of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) ongoing surface force expansion. Read More
Marine commandant-nominee Lt. Gen. Robert Neller spoke to the Senate Armed Services Committee about a range of topics during his nomination hearing on Thursday, from his views on operations in Iraq to readiness in the Pacific to the entrance of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. Read More
“The administration will not name names” when it comes to serious breaches of cybersecurity in the government’s own data files and the silence raises “a significant concern” that Sen. Cory Gardner wants to change by requiring the State Department — at least — to come up with a publicly known cyber strategy. Read More
The following are the Advance Questions for Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, USMC, nominee for the position of Commandant of the Marine Corps. The questions were answered by Neller in advance of his July 23, 2015 confirmation hearing. Read More
Defense Secretary Ash Carter nominated Vice Adm. James Caldwell to be the new director for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, a joint effort between the Navy and Department of Energy, after current Naval Reactors director Adm. John Richardson was nominated to be the next chief of naval operations. Read More
Boeing is taking steps to keep its F-18 production line open for future Navy and international sales based on positive signs from multiple sources, the company told USNI News. Read More
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
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