Tag Archives: Freedom-class

Stackley: Funding Levels Creating Risk In U.S. Navy Attack Submarine, Surface Combatant Fleets

Stackley: Funding Levels Creating Risk In U.S. Navy Attack Submarine, Surface Combatant Fleets

Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development and Acquisition Sean J. Stackley visits Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head, Md. US Navy Photo

Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development and Acquisition Sean J. Stackley visits Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head, Md. US Navy Photo

The Navy is doing “the best we can do for the dollars we have” but has developed its attack submarine acquisition plan, cruiser modernization plan and Littoral Combat Ship/frigate downselect plan based on funding shortfalls rather than strategic needs, Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley told the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee. Read More

Lockheed Martin Could Have More Flexibility to Build Planned Saudi Ships If Proposed LCS Trim Goes Through

Lockheed Martin Could Have More Flexibility to Build Planned Saudi Ships If Proposed LCS Trim Goes Through

An artist’s conception for variants of the Freedom-class LCS design provided to USNI News. Lockheed Martin Image

An artist’s conception for variants of the Freedom-class LCS design provided to USNI News. Lockheed Martin Image

A potential bright side for Lockheed Martin — if Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s proposed trim of Littoral Combat Ship and frigates goes through – is its Wisconsin shipyard could have more flexibility to build four planned ships for the Royal Saudi Arabian Navy, a Lockheed official told reports on Monday. Read More

Reports: Saudis Interested in Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship as Part of $20B Fleet Expansion

Reports: Saudis Interested in Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship as Part of $20B Fleet Expansion

A Lockheed Martin concept for variations of the Freedom-class LCS design from corvette to Frigate sized hulls. Lockheed Martin Photo

A Lockheed Martin concept for variations of the Freedom-class LCS design from corvette to Frigate sized hulls. Lockheed Martin Photo

Saudi Arabia is leaning toward buying a variant of the Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship as a key component of a long-awaited multi-billion dollar refresh of its Eastern Fleet in a deal that could close as early as year’s end, according to press reports confirmed by USNI News. Read More

SECNAV Mabus Names Ship After Home of National Baseball Hall of Fame

SECNAV Mabus Names Ship After Home of National Baseball Hall of Fame

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. During his speech Mabus announced the name of the future Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS-23) as USS Cooperstown. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. During his speech Mabus announced the name of the future Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS-23) as USS Cooperstown. US Navy Photo

The Navy is naming a Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS) after the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and in honor of the 64 U.S. veterans enshrined in one of the sports most well-known sites, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced in a Saturday speech. Read More

LCS Jackson Completes Acceptance Trials Ahead of Summer Delivery

LCS Jackson Completes Acceptance Trials Ahead of Summer Delivery

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jackson (LCS 6) during its christening ceremony at Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala. in 2014. Austal USA Photo

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jackson (LCS 6) during its christening ceremony at Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala. in 2014. Austal USA Photo

A previous version of this post indicated the prime contractor for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Jackson was General Dynamics when it was in fact Austal USA. General Dynamics was the prime contractor for the first two Independence-class ships, not the first four. Jackson is the first Independence-class LCS with Austal as the prime contractor.

The Littoral Combat Ship Jackson (LCS-6) has completed its acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a planned delivery to the Navy later this summer, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced on Tuesday. Read More

Industry: Potential $20 Billion U.S. Naval Sale to Saudi Arabia Picking Up Steam

Industry: Potential $20 Billion U.S. Naval Sale to Saudi Arabia Picking Up Steam

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert meets with heads of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) in 2013. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert meets with heads of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) in 2013. US Navy Photo

The $20 billion dollar recapitalization of Saudi Arabia’s eastern fleet is beginning to pick up steam again after several years of being a dormant U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, several U.S. shipbuilding industry officials have told USNI News. Read More