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GAO Report Finds Navy Planning for Sustaining The Fleet Is Lacking

GAO Report Finds Navy Planning for Sustaining The Fleet Is Lacking

Sailors watch as the portside anchor of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is lowered into a dry dock for maintenance on March 15, 2019. US Navy Photo

For three years in a row, the Navy has requested $40 billion annually to build, operate and sustain its ships, but the service has put insufficient thought into how early decisions could reduce those sustainment costs in the future, according to a Government Accountability Office new report.

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UPDATED: DoD, Navy Trying to Keep Defense Industrial Base – and Workers – Healthy During COVID Pandemic

UPDATED: DoD, Navy Trying to Keep Defense Industrial Base – and Workers – Healthy During COVID Pandemic

Attack boat Vermont (SSN-792) float-off on March 29, 2019. General Dynamics Electric Boats Photo

This post has been updated to include information from a press briefing by Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, as well as additional information from industry.

THE PENTAGON – The Navy and the Pentagon are trying to help the defense industrial base stay viable and productive during the coronavirus outbreak while also ensuring workers are kept safe and healthy. Read More

Navy’s Next Major Ship Program Sees Challenges Balancing Requirements and Cost

Navy’s Next Major Ship Program Sees Challenges Balancing Requirements and Cost

USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) during construction at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. BIW photo.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Navy’s new requirements process that brings industry in early to refine ideas and conduct prototyping may have prevented the service from going down a costly path with its Large Surface Combatant, the head of Naval Sea Systems Command said. Read More

Navy Considers Reversing Course on Arleigh Burke-Class Life Extension

Navy Considers Reversing Course on Arleigh Burke-Class Life Extension

Guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) transits the Atlantic Ocean. Aug. 30, 2018 US Navy Photo

The search for future budget savings to apply to shipbuilding has the Navy considering scrapping a plan to extend the life of the fleet’s oldest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, the service’s top systems buyer told lawmakers Thursday.

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Marines Will Field Portfolio of JLTV-Mounted Anti-Ship Weapons in the Pacific

Marines Will Field Portfolio of JLTV-Mounted Anti-Ship Weapons in the Pacific

U.S. Marines drive a Joint Light Tactical Vehicles through the water at White Beach as part of the I Marine Expeditionary Force JLTV Operator New Equipment Training course on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Oct. 24, 2019. US Marine Photo

CAPITOL HILL – Navy and Marine Corps leaders are confident a pair of ground-based anti-ship missile programs in support of the Expeditionary Advance Base Operations (EABO) concept is leaving China “just scratching their head” trying to figure out how to counter U.S. naval force advancements. Read More

Navy Says Ending Super Hornet Line Frees Up Resources for Life Extension Work

Navy Says Ending Super Hornet Line Frees Up Resources for Life Extension Work

Seaman Sakyra Baker stands aft lookout as an F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Feb. 21, 2019. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – The Navy’s request to end the F/A-18E-F Super Hornet production line after 2021 instead of signing another multiyear production contract was not to save money, but rather to allow manufacturer Boeing to convert the production line from building new planes to overhauling old ones at a rate of 40 per year. Read More

Lawmakers Say New Budget Hurts Competition with China for Naval Power, Shipbuilding

Lawmakers Say New Budget Hurts Competition with China for Naval Power, Shipbuilding

Sailors aboard Chinese missile destroyer Xi’an during the military parade marking Russia’s Navy Day on the sea near Kronshtadt islet off the shore of St. Petersburg, Russia on July 28, 2019. Xinhua Photo

China is not only a pacing threat to the U.S. naval fleet but also to the American shipbuilding industry and supply chain, Navy leaders and lawmakers said today during a Senate Armed Services seapower subcommittee hearing. Read More

Pentagon Says Shipbuilding Money Routed to Border Barrier Was Early to Need, Shipyard Disagrees

Pentagon Says Shipbuilding Money Routed to Border Barrier Was Early to Need, Shipyard Disagrees

Amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA-7) sails the Gulf of Mexico during builder’s trials held in July 2019. HII Photo

This post was updated to include a statement from a Navy spokesperson.

THE PENTAGON — The Defense Department justified redirecting shipbuilding funds to pay for border barrier construction by saying the yards don’t currently have the capacity to spend the money, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters. At least one shipbuilder disagrees. Read More