Tag Archives: Naval Reactors

Navy, Civilian Nuclear Regulators Struggling Over How to Dismantle Former USS Enterprise

Navy, Civilian Nuclear Regulators Struggling Over How to Dismantle Former USS Enterprise

Decommissioned nuclear carrier Enterprise (CVN-65) sits pier side at Newport News Shipbuilding following its decommissioning in February 2017. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — A brewing regulatory fight between the Navy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission over who should oversee a possible commercial contract to dismantle the hull of the former USS Enterprise (CVN-65) could ultimately cause the project’s price tag to balloon well above the current $1 billion estimate.

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U.K. Revives Dreadnought Name for Successor SSBNs

U.K. Revives Dreadnought Name for Successor SSBNs

An artist’s conception of the U.K.’s Successor-class future planned ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). UK Ministry of Defense Photo

An artist’s conception of the U.K.’s Successor-class future planned ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). UK Ministry of Defense Photo

LONDON — The first of the Royal Navy’s future ballistic nuclear missile submarines will be known as HMS Dreadnought, the UK Ministry of Defence announced on Friday. Read More

Report: U.K. MoD Set to Release $1.32B for First Successor Ballistic Missile Sub

Report: U.K. MoD Set to Release $1.32B for First Successor Ballistic Missile Sub

An artist's conception of the U.K.'s Successor-class future planned ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) released Tuesday. UK Ministry of Defense Photo

An artist’s conception of the U.K.’s Successor-class future planned ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) released Tuesday. UK Ministry of Defense Photo

The U.K. Ministry of Defense is set to give manufacturers of the Royal Navy’s next nuclear submarine class $1.32 billion for early development funds for the program, according to a Monday report in The Financial Times. Read More

Benedict: UK Exit From European Union Won't Hinder Nuclear Sub Collaboration

Benedict: UK Exit From European Union Won’t Hinder Nuclear Sub Collaboration

A deck view, looking toward the bow, of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine OHIO (SSBN-726) with its missile tubes opened during precommissioning activities. The submarine, built by General Dynamics Corp., carries Trident C-4 (UGM-96) submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

A deck view, looking toward the bow, of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine OHIO (SSBN-726) with its missile tubes opened during precommissioning activities. US Navy photo.

The admiral responsible for the nuclear weapons component of ballistic missile submarines today praised the “truly unique” relationship with the British naval officers who have similar responsibilities, and said that historic cooperation would not be affected by Thursday’s vote to have the United Kingdom leave the European Union. Read More

CNO Nominee Richardson: Ford Carrier Cost Growth ‘Unacceptable’

CNO Nominee Richardson: Ford Carrier Cost Growth ‘Unacceptable’

Adm. John Richardson during his July 30, 2015 nomination hearing for the position of Chief of Naval Operations.

Adm. John Richardson during his July 30, 2015 nomination hearing for the position of Chief of Naval Operations.

The presumptive next head of the Navy called the billions in cost growth for the service’s next generation aircraft carrier program “unacceptable” during his Thursday nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC). Read More

Vice Adm. James Caldwell Nominated To Be Next Naval Reactors Director

Vice Adm. James Caldwell Nominated To Be Next Naval Reactors Director

Then-Rear Admiral James Caldwell, Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, arrives on board submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) on July 25, 2013. US Navy photo.

Then-Rear Admiral James Caldwell, Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, arrives on board submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) on July 25, 2013. US Navy photo.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter nominated Vice Adm. James Caldwell to be the new director for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, a joint effort between the Navy and Department of Energy, after current Naval Reactors director Adm. John Richardson was nominated to be the next chief of naval operations. Read More

U.S. Navy's Next Generation Nuclear Reactor Program Fully Funded

U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Nuclear Reactor Program Fully Funded

Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program Adm. John Richardson on Feb. 2, 2014. US Navy Photo

Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program Adm. John Richardson on Feb. 2, 2014. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON NAVY YARD — Development work for the reactor that will power the Navy’s next generation nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) was fully funded in the so-called Fiscal Year 2015 “cromnibus” that was signed into law last month, the head of the service’s Naval Reactors told USNI News on Friday. Read More