USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2017.
The following is part of a series. Please also see Top Stories: International Acquisition, Navy Operations, Marine Corps Operations, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Acquisition, International Operations and New Administration.
2017 began with the promise of planning for a larger fleet: at the end of 2016, the Navy announced a 355-ship requirement, and the incoming Trump Administration expressed its support for a larger military and a heftier Navy. Few concrete steps were taken this year, though, to begin a buildup – though many programs that will be pivotal to the 355-ship fleet of the future reached significant programmatic milestones in 2017.
An MQ-8B equipped with the AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) system conducts data test flights at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. COBRA, an airborne mine detection system, has achieved initial operational capability. US Navy photo.
WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – The Navy completed the first phase of its initial operational test and evaluation on the AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) airborne mine detection system and is awaiting Littoral Combat Ship availability to complete the remaining testing. Read More
AH-1Z attack helicopter. Bell Photo
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Bell Helicopter a $337.8 million contract modification to purchase 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters and 12 UH-1Y utility helicopters on May 16. Read More