Tag Archives: Fiscal Year 2020

Marines' CH-53E Helos Seeing Sharp Uptick in Readiness, Amid Replacement's Testing Delays

Marines’ CH-53E Helos Seeing Sharp Uptick in Readiness, Amid Replacement’s Testing Delays

The CH-53K King Stallion lifts a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, January 18, 2018. The purpose of this exercise was to show the Capabilities of the CH-53K. US Marine Corps photo.

THE PENTAGON – Amid ongoing testing challenges and delays in the Marine’s CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter program, the legacy CH-53E fleet is seeing its highest reliability in decades and is focused on modernization efforts to keep it ready through 2031 or beyond. Read More

$2.34B in Navy, Marine Construction Projects on List of Potential Border Security Bill-Payers

$2.34B in Navy, Marine Construction Projects on List of Potential Border Security Bill-Payers

The portside anchor of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is lowered into a dry dock for maintenance. GHWB is currently in Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Va. US Navy Photo

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At a time the Navy is trying to improve fleet readiness, two construction projects intended to address submarine maintenance backlogs and support Littoral Combat Ship crews are at risk of being delayed because their funding could be diverted to pay for increased border security along the U.S. border with Mexico. Read More

LPD Flight II Amphib Delayed in Favor of 3rd Attack Sub in FY 2020

LPD Flight II Amphib Delayed in Favor of 3rd Attack Sub in FY 2020

The amphibious dock landing ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) transit in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Murtha and Momsen are underway conducting routine operations as a part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group in the eastern Pacific Ocean. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy’s third Virginia-class attack submarine in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget request comes at the expense of beginning the LPD Flight II amphibious warship program on time, top leadership said. Read More

Large Surface Combatant Program Delayed Amid Pivot Towards Unmanned, Other Emerging Tech

Large Surface Combatant Program Delayed Amid Pivot Towards Unmanned, Other Emerging Tech

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) transits the Strait of Gibraltar on March 31, 2015, as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy’s new focus on distributed maritime operations and the incorporation of high-end weapons is prompting a re-look at the future Large Surface Combatant program and an apparent delay in the planned start of the new ship class. Read More

Navy Wants 10-Ship Unmanned ‘Ghost Fleet’ to Supplement Manned Force

Navy Wants 10-Ship Unmanned ‘Ghost Fleet’ to Supplement Manned Force

A Naval Sea Systems Command-developed Iraqi 60-meter Offshore Support Vessel. US Navy briefing material indicate that early versions of the service’s large unmanned surface vessels could be based on OSV designs. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – As the Navy faces more complex threats to its manned ships from Russia and China, the service is moving quickly to field an unmanned “Ghost Fleet” — a new breed of armed unmanned surface combatants will add more sensors and weapons to the current fleet. Read More

Navy Wants 5,000 New Sailors in FY 2020; Would Cut 3,100 Medical Personnel

Navy Wants 5,000 New Sailors in FY 2020; Would Cut 3,100 Medical Personnel

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Michael Wettlaufer, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3, addresses the crew during an all-hands call on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 14, 2019. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — The Navy plans to shed about 3,100 medical personnel in Fiscal Year 2020 while adding 5,000 active duty sailors to staff aviation units and a crop of new ships, according to Tuesday’s Department of the Navy budget request. Read More