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UPDATED: Navy Launches Independent Review of Littoral Combat Ship Remote Minehunting System

UPDATED: Navy Launches Independent Review of Littoral Combat Ship Remote Minehunting System

scientists and engineers recover a deployed Remote Minehunting System (RMS) during developmental testing of the Littoral Combat Ship's mine warfare mission module package on Jan. 7, 2012. US Navy Photo

scientists and engineers recover a deployed Remote Minehunting System (RMS) during developmental testing of the Littoral Combat Ship’s mine warfare mission module package on Jan. 7, 2012. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from a letter from Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall sent to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The Navy has chartered an independent review of its criticized Remote Minehunting System (RMS), a key component of its Littoral Combat Ship mine countermeasures mission package, which may affect the service’s decision to move forward with LCS testing and RMS acquisition, a Navy spokeswoman told USNI News. Read More

LCS Mine Countermeasures Operational Test Rescheduled for November, Pending Approval

LCS Mine Countermeasures Operational Test Rescheduled for November, Pending Approval

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

The Littoral Combat Ship program could begin final mine countermeasures mission package testing in November, after reliability concerns delayed the testing by several months, Navy officials told USNI News this week. Read More

McCain, Reed Chide Navy Over Problems with LCS Mine Countermeasure Package, Recommend Review of Other Technologies

McCain, Reed Chide Navy Over Problems with LCS Mine Countermeasure Package, Recommend Review of Other Technologies

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

The heads of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) expressed disappointment in the progress of the Mine Countermeasures (MCM) package for the Littoral Combat Ship and are recommending the Navy review other mine hunting technologies to fill looming needs in the fleet, according to a Monday letter to Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert obtained by USNI News. Read More

Document: SASC Letter to Navy, DoD Leaders 'Expressing Concern' with LCS Mine Countermeasure Package Performance

Document: SASC Letter to Navy, DoD Leaders ‘Expressing Concern’ with LCS Mine Countermeasure Package Performance

The following is an Aug. 31, 2015 letter from Senate Armed Services Committee leaders chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to Department of Defense Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert on the Mine Countermeasures package for the Littoral Combat Ship.  Read More

LCS Mine Countermeasures Package Final Evaluation Delayed Due To Reliability Concerns

LCS Mine Countermeasures Package Final Evaluation Delayed Due To Reliability Concerns

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) off the southern California coast in August 2013. Austal USA 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) off the southern California coast in August 2013. Austal USA photo.

The Littoral Combat Ship’s mine countermeasures (MCM) mission package will not reach initial operational capability (IOC) by the end of September as planned, after reliability issues forced the program to stretch out the test period and delay Pentagon-level initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E). Read More

Navy to Invest Up to $228 Million to Support Unmanned Mine Countermeasures Vehicles

Navy to Invest Up to $228 Million to Support Unmanned Mine Countermeasures Vehicles

Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class Robert Carlson, left, and Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Melvin Lankford, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1, deploy a MK 18 MOD 2 Swordfish to survey the ocean floor during the International Mine Countermeasure Exercise (IMCMEX) in the Gulf of Oman on November 4, 2014. US Navy photo.

Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class Robert Carlson, left, and Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Melvin Lankford, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1, deploy a MK 18 MOD 2 Swordfish to survey the ocean floor during the International Mine Countermeasure Exercise (IMCMEX) in the Gulf of Oman on November 4, 2014. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to clarify the nature of the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts for unmanned maritime systems support. In this case, the minimum value is $0 and the maximum is $228.5 million. Each of the seven companies is allowed to compete for task orders but is not guaranteed to win any, and not all companies are qualified to compete for all task orders. The largest contract awarded — to Exelis, and worth $135.6 million or up to $228.5 million if options are exercised — therefore represents the maximum award possible for the whole program, and would be available to Exelis only if it won all task orders. The other companies’ earning potential is smaller, based on the work the Navy has deemed them qualified to do.

The Navy will spend as much as $228.5 million in the next several years on unmanned surface and subsurface vehicles to conduct mine countermeasures missions. Read More

Opinion: Russia, Middle East Will Define NATO's Emerging Maritime Century

Opinion: Russia, Middle East Will Define NATO’s Emerging Maritime Century

Amphibious assault ships participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015 transit in formation off the coast of Sweden on June 12, 2015. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ships participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015 transit in formation off the coast of Sweden on June 12, 2015. US Navy Photo

NATO may be best known for its protracted counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan, or for its current efforts to shore up defenses in Eastern Europe with air and ground exercises. But moving forward NATO must also consider its role in the global maritime domain, as it is central to the twin security challenges of an increasingly aggressive Russia and a crumbling Middle East order that the Alliance faces right now. Read More

Analysis: BALTOPS 2015 Highlights New Friction Between West, Russia

Analysis: BALTOPS 2015 Highlights New Friction Between West, Russia

Maritime forces from 17 nations are underway in formation for BALTOPS 2015. BALTOPS is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region on June 8, 2015. US Navy Photo

Maritime forces from 17 nations are underway in formation for BALTOPS 2015. BALTOPS is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region on June 8, 2015. US Navy Photo

The naval exercise BALTOPS 2015 is bringing the U.S. Navy and its European friends and allies to a Nordic-Baltic region that is newly tense in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. The exercise also indicates that the Baltic Sea is playing a new role as a maritime space, and that anti-access/area-denial challenge is more than just a Pacific problem. Read More

U.S. 6th Fleet Commander: Russia 'Showing Interest' As BALTOPS Exercise Begins

U.S. 6th Fleet Commander: Russia ‘Showing Interest’ As BALTOPS Exercise Begins

The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) maneuvers into port in Gdynia, Poland, outboard of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) while the Turkish navy ship TCG Göksu (F 497) passes on the starboard side on June 4, 2015. US Navy photo.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) maneuvers into port in Gdynia, Poland, outboard of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) while the Turkish navy ship TCG Göksu (F 497) passes on the starboard side on June 4, 2015. US Navy photo.

As 17 countries and NATO pulled out of the Gdynia, Poland, port together Monday to begin the 43rd annual Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise, Russia sent its aircraft and warships to monitor the multi-phase exercise. Read More

SASC Cuts LCS Mine Countermeasures Funding Citing Concerns About Upcoming IOT&E

SASC Cuts LCS Mine Countermeasures Funding Citing Concerns About Upcoming IOT&E

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) off the southern California coast in August 2013. Austal USA 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) off the southern California coast in August 2013. Austal USA photo.

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to cut funding for the Littoral Combat Ship’s (LCS) mine countermeasures (MCM) mission package until the program can prove it meets all requirements in its initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) this summer. Read More