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HASC Bill Addresses Navy Fighter Shortfall, Depot and Shipyard Workforce Challenges

HASC Bill Addresses Navy Fighter Shortfall, Depot and Shipyard Workforce Challenges

 Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 2nd Class M. V. Volosko, assigned to the Pukin Dogs of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, places a canopy brace on an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on June 17, 2015. US Navy photo.

Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 2nd Class M. V. Volosko, assigned to the Pukin Dogs of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, places a canopy brace on an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on June 17, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Navy may get a boost in readiness through additional military construction to support aviation readiness and shipyard workforce growth, if provisions in the House Armed Services Committee’s 2017 defense bill pass, but the Marine Corps would not get any aviation readiness dollars above what the service requested in its February budget submission. Read More

UPDATED: HASC Proposes $20.6B In Shipbuilding, 4-Year Carrier Builds, Possible LPD-29

UPDATED: HASC Proposes $20.6B In Shipbuilding, 4-Year Carrier Builds, Possible LPD-29

Aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) sits pier side in the erly morning light at Newport News Shipbuilding in 2014. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) sits pier side in the early morning light at Newport News Shipbuilding in 2014. US Navy Photo

The House Armed Services authorizes $20.6 billion in spending for Navy shipbuilding programs, prohibits the inactivation of cruisers as part of the Navy’s proposed phased modernization plan, and calls for the Navy to build aircraft carriers in four-year periods instead of five, according to its version of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, released today. Read More

Lawmakers: Backlog Of Facilities Improvement Projects Affecting Fleet Readiness

Lawmakers: Backlog Of Facilities Improvement Projects Affecting Fleet Readiness

MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41 are parked on the flight line at Naval Air Station North Island. The Navy has spent its limited military construction funds on forward-located bases and training and maintenance facilities for new aircraft models, leaving little funding for maintaining and improving administrative and residential buildings. US Navy photo.

MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41 are parked on the flight line at Naval Air Station North Island. The Navy has spent its limited military construction funds on forward-located bases and training and maintenance facilities for new aircraft models, leaving little funding for maintaining and improving administrative and residential buildings. US Navy photo.

A group of lawmakers is looking at Navy base infrastructure and facilities maintenance as a readiness issue this year, after years and years of military construction (MILCON) funding being sacrificed as a bill-payer to support high operational tempos and rising acquisition costs. Read More

CBO: Special Ohio Replacement Program Fund Could Save Up to $10 Billion Over Construction

CBO: Special Ohio Replacement Program Fund Could Save Up to $10 Billion Over Construction

USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730) arrives home at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol on May 5, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730) arrives home at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol on May 5, 2015. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A fund established last year to break out the Ohio-class Replacement nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) from the Navy’s traditional shipbuilding budget could cut the $100 billion price tag for the 12 boomers by up to 10 percent, according to estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. Read More

F/A-18 Depots See 40-Percent Increase In Productivity After Adapting New Work Model

F/A-18 Depots See 40-Percent Increase In Productivity After Adapting New Work Model

Sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet from the Romans of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in April 2013. US Navy photo.

Sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet from the Romans of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in April 2013. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s aviation depots have seen a 40-percent increase in fighter jet throughput since they changed how to approach repairing the legacy F/A-18C Hornets a year ago, the Navy’s director of air warfare told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Read More

Marines' G/ATOR Radar May Face 1-Year Delay In IOT&E If Budget Cuts Can't Be Mitigated

Marines’ G/ATOR Radar May Face 1-Year Delay In IOT&E If Budget Cuts Can’t Be Mitigated

Visiting VIPs observe the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. on Oct. 8, 2014. US Marine Corps photo.

Visiting VIPs observe the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. on Oct. 8, 2014. US Marine Corps photo.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Marine Corps’ new Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) for aviation command and control may face up to a year delay in initial operational test and evaluation if the service cannot find a way to mitigate cuts in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. Read More

Naval Shipyards, Private Yards Collaborating to Manage Workload Peaks and Valleys

Naval Shipyards, Private Yards Collaborating to Manage Workload Peaks and Valleys

Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Helena (SSN-725) arrives at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a high-priority docking continuous maintenance availability on Aug. 20, 2015. US Navy Photo

Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Helena (SSN-725) arrives at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a high-priority docking continuous maintenance availability on Aug. 20, 2015. US Navy Photo

Public naval shipyards are working closely with private repair yards to coordinate workforce needs as the Navy navigates a peak of aircraft carrier and submarine work this fiscal year followed by a dip in work shortly after, the Naval Sea Systems Command’s deputy commander for logistics, maintenance and industrial operations told a House Armed Services Committee panel Thursday. Read More

Navy Stands Firm on Supply-Based Carrier Presence Model, Joint Forces Will Cover Gaps

Navy Stands Firm on Supply-Based Carrier Presence Model, Joint Forces Will Cover Gaps

USS George Washington (CVN-73) and its strike group in 2013. The House voted to refuel the carrier rather than decommission the ship. US Navy Photo

USS George Washington (CVN-73) and its strike group in 2013. US Navy Photo

Two Navy officials met with lawmakers today to explain the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) for generating ready forces and the importance of sticking to the plan, which attempts to keep a stable maintenance and deployment cycle amid an uncertain world, despite the challenges associated with it. Read More

Boeing Plans to Keep Super Hornet Line Open After Positive Signs From Congress, International Customers

Boeing Plans to Keep Super Hornet Line Open After Positive Signs From Congress, International Customers

F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to the “Black Aces” of Strike Fighter Squadron Forty One (VFA-41) fly over the Western Pacific Ocean in a stack formation in October 2013. US Navy photo.

F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to the “Black Aces” of Strike Fighter Squadron Forty One (VFA-41) fly over the Western Pacific Ocean in a stack formation in October 2013. US Navy photo.

Boeing is taking steps to keep its F-18 production line open for future Navy and international sales based on positive signs from multiple sources, the company told USNI News. Read More