A spike in demand for the Navy’s attacks submarines, just ahead of a spate of decommissionings and a dip in new SSN construction, is leading the Navy to look at some previously unthinkable measures to mitigate the upcoming shortfall in the fleet. Read More
The Virginia-class submarine program is finalizing the Virginia Payload Module design and will start prototyping soon to reduce risk and cost as much as possible ahead of the 2019 construction start, according to a Navy report to Congress. Read More
The Program Executive Office for Submarines would like to see the Virginia Payload Module built into all its Block V subs from a warfighting perspective but will have to verify that doing so will not hurt ongoing Virginia sub construction or upcoming Ohio Replacement Program construction.. Read More
This post has been corrected to reflect that the upcoming Ohio Replacement Program request for proposals will cover only detail design, not detail design and construction of the first two ships as PEO Subs executive director George Drakeley originally said.
The Navy will set the technical baseline for the Ohio Replacement Program ballistic missile submarine next week and lay out a process to keep design changes and cost increases in the Navy’s next nuclear ballistic missile submarine to a minimum. Read More
The Navy commissioned its latest Virginia-class nuclear attack boat in a Saturday ceremony honoring its namesake, former U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Navy John Warner. Read More
The Navy has accepted the second Virginia-class (SSN-774) Block III nuclear attack submarine from Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding, the service announced on Thursday. Read More
The attack boat John Warner (SSN-785) successfully completed its first set of sea trials and its first dive on Saturday ahead of an anticipated June delivery to the U.S. Navy, shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries announced on Tuesday. Read More
Navies like their ships to be as similar as possible – for good reason.
It’s easier to train sailors on similar ships and systems, it’s cheaper to build many ships of the same design in bulk and they’re cheaper to operate and maintain.
Late last year, when the U.S. Navy decided to base its next generation amphibious warship design, the LX(R), on an existing hull it cited cost savings in design, maintenance and manpower as justification.
But occasionally, the mission demands something special, something unique. Read More
The investigation into suspected third party components used in the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class attack submarine (SSN-774) program is still ongoing, Naval Sea Systems Command officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More
The first of a new block of U.S. nuclear Virginia-class (SSN-774) attack submarines commissioned on Saturday, after a five-month delay amidst an investigation into suspected material deficiencies in third party components on the boat. Read More