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Shock Trials, Missile Launches, CONOPS Refinement Await LCS Program This Summer

Shock Trials, Missile Launches, CONOPS Refinement Await LCS Program This Summer

The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) transits alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in preparation for a replenishment-at-sea training exercise on April 28, 2015. US Navy photo.

The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS-1) transits alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in preparation for a replenishment-at-sea training exercise on April 28, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Littoral Combat Ship program will reach several major milestones in the coming months, from conducting full ship shock trials on both hull variants, to demonstrating a new expeditionary mine mission package, to refining operational concepts, the outgoing program executive officer told USNI News in a May 2 interview. Read More

LCS Mine Countermeasures Package May Be Headed For Single IOT&E For All 4 Increments

LCS Mine Countermeasures Package May Be Headed For Single IOT&E For All 4 Increments

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) while testing the ship’s mine countermeasures mission package (MCM). US Navy Photo

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) while testing the ship’s mine countermeasures mission package (MCM). US Navy Photo

Though the Littoral Combat Ship’s mine countermeasures mission package originally laid out a four-increment fielding plan that made use of three unmanned vehicles, a shakeup in those vehicles’ roles may lead to a single operational test by 2020 that would clear all four increments for use, the Program Executive Officer for LCS told USNI News. Read More

Opinion: U.S. Mine Countermeasures Forces Should Train Like They Fight

Opinion: U.S. Mine Countermeasures Forces Should Train Like They Fight

Mineman 3rd Class Brandon Workman, attached to Commander, Task Group 56.1, inspects the Seabotix robot after recovering it from a night dive during the International Mine Countermeasure Exercise (IMCMEX) 16 on April 13, 2016. US Navy Photo

Mineman 3rd Class Brandon Workman, attached to Commander, Task Group 56.1, inspects the Seabotix robot after recovering it from a night dive during the International Mine Countermeasure Exercise (IMCMEX) 16 on April 13, 2016. US Navy Photo

“Train like we fight . . . fight like we train!” This has been a military maxim for eons. Two decades into the 21st century, nowhere is this more compelling than in the Navy’s mine countermeasures (MCM) capabilities and capacities needed to defeat our adversaries’ weapons that await. Read More

UPDATED: Navy Will Not Buy More RMMVs, Will Compete 3 Unmanned Vehicles For Future Use

UPDATED: Navy Will Not Buy More RMMVs, Will Compete 3 Unmanned Vehicles For Future Use

Lockheed Martin’s Remote Multi Mission Vehicle in 2010. US Navy Photo

Lockheed Martin’s Remote Multi Mission Vehicle in 2010. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include a complete account from the Navy regarding its plans for the RMMV and LCS mine countermeasures mission package, and a comment from Lockheed Martin on its RMMV.

The Navy will halt procurement of the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle included in the Littoral Combat Ship’s mine countermeasures (MCM) mission package and will instead compete several unmanned vehicles over the next three fiscal years, officials decided this week. Read More

Navy Declares IOC On Independence-Variant Littoral Combat Ship; Future Of Mine Warfare Package Still Unclear

Navy Declares IOC On Independence-Variant Littoral Combat Ship; Future Of Mine Warfare Package Still Unclear

150815-N-KR961-068 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 15, 2015) Sailors assigned to Surface Warfare Mission Package Detachment 2 prepare to be hoisted out of the water by the littoral combat ship USS Coronado's (LCS 4) twin-boom-extensible crane following a visit, board, search and seizure training exercise. Coronado conducted predeployment assessment and evaluation on the performance of shipboard equipment during a week-long underway off the coast of California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Debra Daco/Released)

Sailors assigned to Surface Warfare Mission Package Detachment 2 prepare to be hoisted out of the water by the littoral combat ship USS Coronado’s (LCS 4) twin-boom-extensible crane following a visit, board, search and seizure training exercise on Aug. 15, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Navy declared initial operational capability on the Independence variant of the Littoral Combat Ship last month, a formal step after years of the ship operating off the U.S. coast. Read More

Navy Preparing 2 Separate Upgrades for Helicopter-Towed Minehunting System

Navy Preparing 2 Separate Upgrades for Helicopter-Towed Minehunting System

Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Tony Lio maneuvers an AQS-24 mine locator during a mine countermeasure operation during the Rim of the Pacific 2004 exercise. US Navy photo.

Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Tony Lio maneuvers an AQS-24 mine locator during a mine countermeasure operation during the Rim of the Pacific 2004 exercise. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s helicopter-based mine countermeasures fleet will receive two separate upgrades in the coming years, one to address obsolescence and reliability issues in the legacy AN/AQS-24A system and one to add volume search capability. Read More

Expeditionary Mobile Base Chesty Puller May Receive SOF Upgrades Before 5th Fleet Deployment

Expeditionary Mobile Base Chesty Puller May Receive SOF Upgrades Before 5th Fleet Deployment

The mobile landing platform Lewis B. Puller (T-MLP-3/T-AFSB-1) successfully completed launch and float-off at the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard on Nov. 6, 2014. US Navy Photo

The expeditionary mobile base Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB-3) successfully completed launch and float-off at the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard on Nov. 6, 2014. US Navy Photo

ONBOARD USNS LEWIS B. PULLER – The Navy’s newest Afloat Forward Staging Base may include special operations capabilities when it makes its maiden voyage to the Middle East in late 2016 or early 2017, if the Navy chooses to make the much-desired upgrades to the ship after a year-long test and certification period.

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