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Navy Leaders Will Hold Program Managers More Accountable for Cutting Time, Cost

Navy Leaders Will Hold Program Managers More Accountable for Cutting Time, Cost

An artist’s rendering of a Raytheon AN/ALQ-249 mid-range jammer on an EA-18G Growler. Raytheon Image

ARLINGTON, Va. – Even within the regular acquisition system, the Navy expects that all of its program managers will find ways to shave time and money off their programs. Anything less is a failure of leadership, the principal military deputy for the Navy acquisition chief said at an engineering conference last week. Read More

Navy, Industry Discussing Feasibility of Common Hull for Support Ships

Navy, Industry Discussing Feasibility of Common Hull for Support Ships

USS Spruance (DDG 111), the Military Sealift Command (MSC) ammunition and cargo ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11), the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73), the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) steam in formation in the South China Sea Sea, Oct. 13, 2016. U.S. Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – Navy officials like the potential costs savings of using one hull design for the service’s family of support ships and are talking with industry leaders early and often to make this plan feasible.

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Navy Tackling Ford-Class Weapons Elevator Challenges; Decision on 2-Carrier Buy Still Pending

Navy Tackling Ford-Class Weapons Elevator Challenges; Decision on 2-Carrier Buy Still Pending

F/A-18F Pilot LCDR Jamie R. Struck the makes first carrier arrested landing using AAG system aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) off the Virginia coast. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – The Navy’s acquisition chief said the weapons elevators on USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will be built and installed by the time the ship comes out of its ongoing post-shakedown availability, but he may launch an independent review team to look at the long-term sustainability and reliability of the elevators. Read More

Next Navy Force Structure Assessment Unlikely to Alter Plan for 355-Ship Fleet

Next Navy Force Structure Assessment Unlikely to Alter Plan for 355-Ship Fleet

Carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) lead ships of their respective carrier strike groups as they transit the Philippine Sea on Nov. 16, 2018. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to indicate the 2019 Force Structure Assesment will be informed by reviews of operational plans and capability assessments rather than include those plans and assessments.

CAPITOL HILL — The Navy’s next in-depth look at force structure, due sometime in 2019, is unlikely to alter plans for building a 355-ship fleet, according to the service’s top leaders. Read More

Navy Wants Alternative Funding for Columbia SSBNs to Accelerate 355-Ship Fleet

Navy Wants Alternative Funding for Columbia SSBNs to Accelerate 355-Ship Fleet

Newport News Shipbuilding placed a 900-ton superlift into dry dock, continuing construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). Nearly 90 lifts have been placed in the dock and joined together since the ship’s keel was laid in August 2015. Newport News Shipbuilding photo.

CAPITOL HILL – The Navy continues to push for the upcoming Columbia-class ballistic-missile submarine program to be funded outside the normal shipbuilding budget, as opportunities exist to reach a 355-ship fleet faster but the $100-billion SSBN program looms over the next 15 years of spending. Read More

Navy Working Through Plan to Hit 80 Percent Hornet Mission Capable Target

Navy Working Through Plan to Hit 80 Percent Hornet Mission Capable Target

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet, with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, is parked on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) US Navy Photo

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy is working through how it will try and hit the ambitious readiness target set by Secretary of Defense James Mattis for Hornet and Super Hornet fighters, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition James “Hondo” Geurts said on Tuesday. Read More

Navy Awards Ingalls 6 Destroyers, Bath Iron Works 4 in Multiyear Deal; Ingalls to Build Both 2018 Ships

Navy Awards Ingalls 6 Destroyers, Bath Iron Works 4 in Multiyear Deal; Ingalls to Build Both 2018 Ships

The Ingalls-built destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) launched at first light Saturday morning, Nov. 12, 2016. Ingalls Shipbuilding photo.

The Navy awarded six of its next Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to Ingalls Shipbuilding and four to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, in a combined $9-billion purchase right at the end of the fiscal year. Read More

New Prototype Demonstration Series Will Continue Navy, Marine Push for Rapid Capability Boosts

New Prototype Demonstration Series Will Continue Navy, Marine Push for Rapid Capability Boosts

Lance Corporal Drew Rothwell, a rifleman with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, looks at a tablet that has been enhanced with Beartooth radio, test new communication capabilities with a digital radio that pairs with mobile devices to send encrypted short bursts of data via long ranges without reliance on infrastructure, during the Urban Advanced Technologies Exercise 2018 (ANTX18), March 22, 2018. Urban ANTX18 is an innovative approach to concept of operations and capability development that integrates engineers, technologists and operators into a dynamic development team. US Marine Corps Photo

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Navy and Marine Corps will build upon the successes of previous technology demonstration exercises by hosting a series of “Fight the Naval Force Forward” exercises in late 2018 and early 2019 to work with prototypes that could aid future amphibious operations. Read More

Navy Will Release New 30-Year Ship Repair, Modernization Plan with Annual Shipbuilding Report

Navy Will Release New 30-Year Ship Repair, Modernization Plan with Annual Shipbuilding Report

USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) being placed into the dry-dock on May 1, 2018. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy will release a 30-year ship repair and modernization plan alongside its 30-year shipbuilding plan next spring, to help the maintenance industry plan its workforce and infrastructure investments with the same confidence that yards on the new-construction side can, the Navy’s acquisition chief said today. Read More