Tag Archives: James Geurts

USS Gerald R. Ford Making Steady Progress Ahead of Deployment

USS Gerald R. Ford Making Steady Progress Ahead of Deployment

USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) island on Oct. 22, 2020. US Navy Photo

ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS GERALD R. FORD – USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) has been in and out of port for more than a year as the Navy continues to wring out the bugs from the new technologies on the next-generation carrier. While progress is steady, the program still has several milestones to achieve before it’s ready for its inaugural deployment. Read More

Submarine Industrial Base Ready to Grow – But Only If Pentagon, Congress Send the Right Signals

Submarine Industrial Base Ready to Grow – But Only If Pentagon, Congress Send the Right Signals

Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN-791) was moved out of a construction facility into a floating dry dock using a transfer car system in 2018. HII Photo

Huntington Ingalls Industries is confident its businesses are well-positioned for whatever the future of the Navy is – whether it’s the implementation of the Pentagon’s Battle Force 2045 plan or something else implemented by new leadership, according to the chief executive. Read More

GAO: Navy Needs to Consider More Factors to Better Understand Ship Maintenance Delays

GAO: Navy Needs to Consider More Factors to Better Understand Ship Maintenance Delays

Hull Technician 2nd Class Ronald Bell, from Bronx, N.Y., left, and Hull Technician 3rd Class Shaughnessy O’Day, from Columbus, Ind., weld a light fixture aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG-82) during a sustainment exercise in 2019. US Navy Photo

A recent Navy report on ship maintenance looked at how factors like yard capacity affect on-time ship repairs but didn’t consider more operational factors such as how well a ship’s crew can contribute to the maintenance work, according to a recent government watchdog report. Read More

Navy Shifts Future Carrier JFK to Single-Phase Delivery With F-35C Modifications Included

Navy Shifts Future Carrier JFK to Single-Phase Delivery With F-35C Modifications Included

In this aerial photograph, the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) sits at Pier 3 at Newport News Shipbuilding division. The ship is approximately 76 percent complete and is progressing through final outfitting and testing. Huntington Ingalls Industries photo.

The Navy today issued a contract modification to move its next Ford-class aircraft carrier to a more traditional single-phase delivery, with the intention of getting the future John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) in deployable shape on a faster timeline. Read More

Navy Claims New Records for Small Business Participation, Improved Overall Acquisition Efficiency

Navy Claims New Records for Small Business Participation, Improved Overall Acquisition Efficiency

James F. Geurts, the assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, speaks to the crowd about acquisition on Aug. 15, 2019 at the Marine Corps Ground Acquisition Award Dinner in Arlington, Va., in 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

The Department of the Navy continues to do more and more work with small businesses, again in Fiscal Year 2020 breaking records for how much money for goods and services went to small businesses – despite the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic brought on the Navy and industry side. Read More

U.S., U.K. Navies Working to Achieve 'Interchangeability' in Carrier Forces, Collaboration on Unmanned and AI

U.S., U.K. Navies Working to Achieve ‘Interchangeability’ in Carrier Forces, Collaboration on Unmanned and AI

F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 and the 617 Squadron sit on the flight deck aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth at sea on Oct. 6. 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from First Sea Lord Adm. Tony Radakin and US Navy acquisition chief James Geurts.

The U.S. Navy and U.K. Royal Navy are drawing closer together, going beyond making the fleets interoperable or integrated and instead aiming for interchangeability in carrier operations, undersea warfare and more, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday announced today. Read More

CBO Says Navy Underestimated Cost of First Frigate by 40 Percent

CBO Says Navy Underestimated Cost of First Frigate by 40 Percent

Italian FREMM, the basis for the FFG-62 program. Fincantieri Marine Group Image

This story was updated to include a statement from a spokesman for Navy acquisition chief James Geurts.

The lead ship in the Navy’s next-generation frigate class could cost $1.6 billion, a figure that is 40 percent above the service’s projections for the first-in-class vessel, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Read More

Navy Could Need More Funding Waivers if CR Period Stretches

Navy Could Need More Funding Waivers if CR Period Stretches

An undated artist’s rendering of the planned Columbia-class submarine. Naval Sea Systems Command Image

While the Navy is focused on how a potential continuing resolution could affect the new Columbia-class submarine program, the service’s acquisition chief on Tuesday warned it would likely need additional spending waivers if a stopgap measure stretches longer than expected. Read More