Tag Archives: Fiscal Year 2020

Merz: Navy Nearly Out of Readiness Pit; Future Budgets Will Balance Readiness, Size, Capability

Merz: Navy Nearly Out of Readiness Pit; Future Budgets Will Balance Readiness, Size, Capability

Vice Adm. William Merz, middle, deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems, is greeted by Capt. John Cummings, right, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), after being rung aboard for an official visit on April 22, 2019. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy believes it is almost out of the readiness hole it found itself in over the last few years, and budget requests going forward will be marked by an attempt to balance readiness, capability and capacity. Read More

Navy, Pentagon Looking Across Services' Budgets for Truman Refueling Funding

Navy, Pentagon Looking Across Services’ Budgets for Truman Refueling Funding

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean on Dec. 12, 2018. US Navy photo.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Navy is unsure what spending items, if any, it will have to give up now that the White House has decided it wants to refuel aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), but leaders are confident that the Navy will still find money to keep its unmanned surface vessels on track. Read More

Coast Guard Hopes to Have 3 Polar Security Cutters Fielded by 2028

Coast Guard Hopes to Have 3 Polar Security Cutters Fielded by 2028

A starboard view of the anchored US Coast Guard icebreaker POLAR STAR (WAGB 10).

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Coast Guard hopes to have its first three heavy icebreakers fielded by 2027 or 2028 to replace the one icebreaker that is increasingly struggling to make it to Antarctica and back each year and to increase U.S. presence in the high latitudes, the commandant said today. Read More

CNO Nominee Moran: Navy Needs More Funds to Grow, Crew 355-Ship Fleet

CNO Nominee Moran: Navy Needs More Funds to Grow, Crew 355-Ship Fleet

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran speaks to sailors aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55). Navy photo

CAPITOL HILL – The Navy has plans to increase the size of its fleet and the number of personnel in uniform, but paying for it all is a major concern for the nominee to serve as the next Chief of Naval Operations. Read More

Next Chief of Naval Operations Will Lead a Navy Facing Readiness, Personnel, Technology Challenges

Next Chief of Naval Operations Will Lead a Navy Facing Readiness, Personnel, Technology Challenges

Adm. Bill Moran, the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, speaks with sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73). US Navy Photo

When Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson took charge of the Navy in 2015, the service was still largely a support element for the larger U.S. effort in the Middle East. When Richardson leaves this summer, his successor will be at the helm of a service that is being grown and reshaped into a key role for the U.S. military’s drive toward high-end warfare in a new era of great power competition. Read More

New Defense Strategy, Commitment to Readiness Drove Major Shifts in Navy Budget

New Defense Strategy, Commitment to Readiness Drove Major Shifts in Navy Budget

Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group participates in a strait exercise in the Atlantic Ocean on April 7, 2019. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request includes tectonic shifts in how the Navy does business – swapping a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier for unmanned surface vehicles and other technologies – and it comes even as the service is reevaluating what sized fleet and what mix of ships the Navy needs to meet future challenges. Read More

Navy Betting Big on Unmanned Warships Defining Future of the Fleet

Navy Betting Big on Unmanned Warships Defining Future of the Fleet

Medium displacement unmanned surface vehicle (MDUSV) prototype Sea Hunter is moored onboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy has more questions than answers on how it will use unmanned warships in the future, but it knows now is the time to get unmanned surface vehicles into the water and start learning, the Navy’s top requirements officer told USNI News. Read More

Navy Sees No Easy Answer to Balance Future Surface Fleet

Navy Sees No Easy Answer to Balance Future Surface Fleet

USS Spruance (DDG-111) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) line up in a formation prior to a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) on March 12, 2019. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – Based on the Navy’s current vision of its future fleet, the service will be too top-heavy in the coming years, having more large combatants than it says it needs and not enough small combatants. But many attractive options exist today to add lethal capabilities to these large combatants and to extend their lives, and fewer options exist to speed the growth of the small combatant fleet, leaving the Navy pondering how best to invest in its surface force, the service’s top requirements officer told USNI News. Read More