An artist’s rendering of the LHA-8 amphibious assault ship. Huntington Ingalls Industries image.
This post has been updated to include comment from Ingalls Shipbuilding.
The Navy awarded a contract to General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) for six John Lewis-class (T-AO-205) fleet oilers and a contract to Ingalls Shipbuilding for the LHA-8 amphibious assault ship, wrapping up a year-and-a-half-long effort to preserve the shipbuilding industrial base. Read More
The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) fired the anti-surface Standard Missile-6 Block I in January 2016, proving out the new weapon and its ability to integrate into the NIFC-CA architecture. US Navy photo.
Navy engineers are working to bring new aircraft sensors and new weapons into the Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) architecture, with near-term goals of bringing in the F-35’s radio frequency (RF) sensor and the anti-surface variant of the Standard Missile-6. Read More
Vice Adm. Thomas Moore (right) relieves Vice Adm. William Hilarides as commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) during a change of command ceremony today at the Washington Navy Yard. US Navy photo.
Vice Adm. Tom Moore took command of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in a ceremony today, relieving Vice Adm. William Hilarides. Read More
Rear Adm. Brian Antonio assumed command of the Program Executive Office Aircraft Carriers in a ceremony today at the Washington Navy Yard. US Navy photo.
Rear Adm. Brian Antonio today relieved Rear Adm. Tom Moore as the new program executive officer for aircraft carriers, after Moore held that position for five years. Read More
USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) transits the Atlantic Ocean during acceptance trials April 21, 2016. US Navy Photo
ABOARD GUIDED MISSILE DESTROYER ZUMWALT – One of the most conspicuous ships in the Navy is among the least understood. Read More
U.S. Marines Lance Cpl. Jason D. Launder, left, an avionics technician and Cpl. Noe L. Munoz, a collateral duty inspector, both with Marine Attack Squadron 311, troubleshoot and replace the landing gear system on an AV-8B Harrier. US Marine Corps Photo
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Future weapons acquisition will have to grapple with several challenges as the Navy replaces legacy systems with new ones that may accomplish a mission in drastically different ways –comparing total ownership costs of dissimilar systems, predicting how the fleet may employ these innovative concepts, and building in some agility to react when predictions don’t pan out, Navy leaders said Wednesday at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2016. Read More
The following is the May 2, 2016 Government Accountability Office report, Military Readiness: Progress and Challenges in Implementing the Navy’s Optimized Fleet Response Plan. Read More
An undated photo of a worker at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. US Navy Photo
The Naval Sea Systems Command “is well down the road to recovery” in rebuilding the Navy’s shipyard civilian workforce, but there is a bow wave of experience that was lost three years ago—through a long hiring and pay freeze and across-the-board cuts to facilities—that it has to overcome, the Senate Armed Services Readiness and Management Support subcommittee was told Tuesday. Read More
A modified Littoral Combat Ship design based on the Austal USA Independence-class. US Navy Image
The Navy plans to release a draft request for proposal for its planned new class of frigate – based on one of the two existing Littoral Combat Ship hulls – to shipyards later this year, the Program Executive Officer LCS said. Read More
The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN-769), assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 54, transits through the Persian Gulf on Jan. 21, 2016. US Navy photo.
This post has been updated to include additional information about potential advanced propulsion system development.
The Navy won’t begin buying its next-generation attack submarine until 2034, but researchers are already hard at work on two key components of the SSN(X) program: an advanced propulsion system for quieter operations, and the ability to control multiple unmanned underwater vehicles at once for extended influence. Read More