The Marine Corps have landed on a family-of-systems approach to developing its next rotary-wing fleet, as it refines requirements for its Future Vertical Lift program, service officials said on Wednesday. Read More
The Navy is pursuing both manned and unmanned platforms for the aircraft that will replace its rotary-wing fleet, according to a service official. Read More
The commander of a U.S. destroyer is on “higher alert” due to Russian presence in the Black Sea during the ongoing Sea Breeze exercise. Read More
WASHINGTON NAVY YARD — The Navy is preparing to release the request for proposals (RFP) for at least 10 Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers (DDG-51), with a presolicitation notice going out on Dec. 14 and the RFP set for release within the next month, the DDG-51 program manager told USNI News. Read More
The following is the July 29, 2017 commissioning ceremony of the guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. Read More
A previous version of this post mislabeled the iteration of the Aegis combat system on Peralta. It will field Baseline 9D, not Baseline 9C.
Guided-missile destroyer Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) will formally join the Navy fleet following a commissioning ceremony on Saturday. Read More
The first of a new line of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers (DDG-51) commissioned in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in a ceremony on Saturday. Read More
The House Armed Services Committee passed its annual defense bill on Thursday after a 14-hour markup, sending the bill to the full House of Representatives with no major changes to its recommended procurement profile.
Though few amendments that passed directly affect Navy and Marine Corps programs, several that failed or were withdrawn sparked serious debates about how the Navy ought to address pressing issues of the day: hypoxia concerns in the Navy’s fighter fleet, how to transition from the Littoral Combat Ship, industry’s ability to upgrade to the Flight III guided-missile destroyer design and more. Read More
The Navy wants to buy guided-missile destroyers and attack submarines in bulk but has plans to upgrade the designs of both after the purchase, causing some concern among lawmakers that the design changes could hurt the programs’ stable cost and schedule. Read More
The first Bath Iron Works restart Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) delivers to the Navy last week, the service announced on Monday. Read More