Water is drained from a dry dock at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF JRMC) Yokosuka preparing the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) for a scheduled maintenance availability in July 2015. US Navy photo.
This post has been updated to add the title of Cmdr. Cedric McNeal.
SAN DIEGO – The Navy is projecting a significant increase in ship maintenance and modernization work in the next couple years, and several officials are concerned private industry does not have the capacity to keep up. Read More
USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2016.
Though much effort in 2016 was devoted to planning the future Navy – through a new Force Structure Assessment, three simultaneous Future Fleet Architecture studies, an alternative carrier study, ongoing future surface combatant planning efforts and more – the year was also full of major news in research, development and acquisition. At the end of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ eight-year shipbuilding spree, where he put at least 86 ships on contract, the year was full of commissionings, testing, fielding and planning for ships, aircraft and weapon systems. Read More
The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) transits the Pacific Ocean on July 11 after departing Naval Base San Diego July 9, to participate in the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise. The engineering casualty that led to engine damage occurred on this date, while the ship was in transit to prepare for the international exercise. US Navy photo.
The commanding officer of Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom (LCS-1) was relieved of his duties this week following an investigation into an incident that damaged the ship’s diesel engine in July, the Navy announced today. Read More
USS Freedom (LCS-1), left, and USS Independence (LCS-2) in 2012. US Navy Photo
The Pentagon’s chief weapon’s tester is throwing his weight behind a Senate recommendation for the Navy to build land-based test versions of the engineering plants for the Freedom-class and Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships, according to a Tuesday statement. Read More
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.
After four combined engineering casualties within the last year, the commander, Naval Surface Forces (NAVSURFOR), “ordered an engineering stand down for every [Littoral Combat Ship] crew to review procedures and standards for their engineering departments,” the Navy said in a statement issued late Monday. Read More
The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS-1) transits alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in preparation for a replenishment-at-sea training exercise on April 28, 2015. US Navy photo.
The Littoral Combat Ship program will reach several major milestones in the coming months, from conducting full ship shock trials on both hull variants, to demonstrating a new expeditionary mine mission package, to refining operational concepts, the outgoing program executive officer told USNI News in a May 2 interview. Read More
MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft prepare to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), while in the background an landing craft air cushion (LCAC) approaches the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) in April 2015. US Navy photo.
The surface and expeditionary warfare community has adopted the aviation community’s “enterprise” approach to coordinating modernization and maintenance throughout the fleet, in an attempt to regain ship readiness that has declined since the 1990s, the director of expeditionary warfare (OPNAV N95) said last week. Read More