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Navy Could Extend Life of Amphibs to 50 Years,  LCS for 35, If Navy Invests in their Upkeep

Navy Could Extend Life of Amphibs to 50 Years, LCS for 35, If Navy Invests in their Upkeep

The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), foreground, the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), middle, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) transit the Pacific Ocean during Dawn Blitz 2017. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Navy could keep its amphibious ships in service for more than 50 years and its Littoral Combat Ships for up to 35 years, as the service looks for ways to increase the size of the fleet in the nearer term by extending the life of today’s ships, according to Naval Sea Systems Command. Read More

Wittman: Armed Services Committee Won't Accept Proposed Navy Shipbuilding Plan; More Hulls Needed

Wittman: Armed Services Committee Won’t Accept Proposed Navy Shipbuilding Plan; More Hulls Needed

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Austin Kreilis, assigned to the air department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), signals an MV-22 Osprey to lift off from the flight deck. US Navy photo.

CAPITOL HILL – The House Armed Services Committee will not accept a Navy shipbuilding plan of anything lower than 13 ships and $26 billion in Fiscal Year 2019, a subcommittee chairman said, suggesting HASC may add several ships beyond what the Navy requested earlier this week. Read More

14 Amphibs Tied Up In Maintenance, Exacerbating Shortfall in Available Ships for Marines' At-Sea Training

14 Amphibs Tied Up In Maintenance, Exacerbating Shortfall in Available Ships for Marines’ At-Sea Training

Capt. Mark Melson, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8), and executive officer Cmdr. David M. Oden inspect the hull of the ship in a floating dry dock at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), Aug. 25. 2017. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – Nearly half the Navy’s amphibious ships are currently tied up in maintenance availabilities and the service would be several ships short of need if it had to scramble the fleet for a major contingency, in large part due to continuing resolutions and other budget challenges, top Navy and Marine Corps operations officials said today. Read More

NAVSEA: Extending Surface Ship Service Lives Could Speed Up 355-Ship Buildup By 10-15 Years

NAVSEA: Extending Surface Ship Service Lives Could Speed Up 355-Ship Buildup By 10-15 Years

The littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) enters dry dock for Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at San Diego Ship Repair on May 19, 2017. US Navy photo.

The Navy could reach a 355-ship fleet 10 to 15 years faster than current plans allow if it extended the service life of today’s surface ships by five or 10 years each, effectively cutting in half the time it would take to complete the fleet buildup, the commander of Naval Sea Systems Command said today. Read More

CNO, Commandant Call For Balance, Tight Integration As Fleet Grows To 355 Ships

CNO, Commandant Call For Balance, Tight Integration As Fleet Grows To 355 Ships

Cmdr. Garrett Miller, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) greets the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) as it conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHR ESG) as part of interoperability drills between the Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) and BHR ESG. The drills are meant to enhance readiness of cruiser-destroyer ships to rapidly integrate with an amphibious task force to provide increased capability for amphibious operations in support of crisis response or disaster relief. US Navy photo.

Cmdr. Garrett Miller, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73), greets the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) as it conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHR ESG). US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – As the Navy looks to grow from its 274 ships today to a new goal of 355, the chief of naval operations and commandant of the Marine Corps say the fleet will have to remain balanced and netted to support naval and joint operations in the future. Read More

Lawmakers ask for Hypothetical Budgets to Build a 355 Ship Navy

Lawmakers ask for Hypothetical Budgets to Build a 355 Ship Navy

Aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) sits pier side in the early morning light at Newport News Shipbuilding in 2014. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) sits pier side in the early morning light at Newport News Shipbuilding in 2014. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lawmakers have asked the Congressional Budget Office for data on what it would take to reach a 355-ship Navy over various periods of time, the chairman of the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee said today. Read More

Stackley: Would Increase SSN, DDG, Amphib Production Rate To Reach 350-Ship Navy

Stackley: Would Increase SSN, DDG, Amphib Production Rate To Reach 350-Ship Navy

Ingalls Shipbuilding lands the 700-ton deckhouse on the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) on July 9, 2016. Ingalls Shipbuilding photo.

Ingalls Shipbuilding lands the 700-ton deckhouse on the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) on July 9, 2016. Ingalls Shipbuilding photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy would prioritize increasing the production rate of existing ship classes and inserting new capabilities into mature hull designs as a way to get to a 350-ship Navy, if the incoming Trump administration follows through on its promise to grow the Navy, the service’s acquisition chief said today. Read More

Amphib, Destroyer Pairing Seen In High-End Exercise, Current 6th Fleet Operations

Amphib, Destroyer Pairing Seen In High-End Exercise, Current 6th Fleet Operations

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilber (DDG 54) steams alongside amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the Philippine Sea Sept. 15 during a fueling at sea (FAS). US Navy photo.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilber (DDG-54) steams alongside amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) in the Philippine Sea Sept. 15 during a fueling at sea (FAS). US Navy photo.

As the Navy and Marine Corps work through a high-end warfighting exercise in the Pacific, which features a traditional three-ship amphibious ready group (ARG) operating with a guided-missile destroyer as a peek into future operations, a similar ship pairing is performing real-world missions in the Mediterranean today. Read More

Navy Revising Force Structure Assessment In Light Of Increased Attack Sub, Other Ship Needs

Navy Revising Force Structure Assessment In Light Of Increased Attack Sub, Other Ship Needs

The Virginia-class attack submarine North Dakota (SSN-784) is rolled out of an indoor shipyard facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., in Sept. 2013. US Navy photo.

The Virginia-class attack submarine North Dakota (SSN-784) is rolled out of an indoor shipyard facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., in Sept. 2013. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Navy will reexamine the assumptions behind its 308-ship requirement, as the operational landscape has changed drastically since the previous Force Structure Assessment (FSA). Read More