Tag Archives: West 2016

Navy, Raytheon Close to Finalizing Maritime Strike Tomahawk Missile Deal

Navy, Raytheon Close to Finalizing Maritime Strike Tomahawk Missile Deal

A Tomahawk cruise missile hits a moving maritime target Jan. 27, 2015 after being launched from the USS Kidd (DDG-100) near San Nicolas Island in California. US Navy Photo

TUCSON, ARIZ. — The Navy and Raytheon are close to signing a deal to integrate a new sensor into the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile to allow the missile to attack moving targets at sea, the head of the Navy’s Tomahawk program told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

Navy Successfully Completes First Live Fire Test Of SeaRAM From Destroyer

Navy Successfully Completes First Live Fire Test Of SeaRAM From Destroyer

USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts a structural test firing of SeaRAM in Spain on Feb. 28, 2016, as the first Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer with a SeaRAM installation. US Navy photo.

USS Porter (DDG-78) conducts a structural test firing of SeaRAM in Spain on Feb. 28, 2016, as the first Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer with a SeaRAM installation. US Navy photo.

The Navy successfully launched the Raytheon SeaRAM Anti-Ship Missile Defense System from an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer for the first time ever on March 4, a final step in rapidly fielding a self-defense capability on the Mediterranean-based USS Porter (DDG-78) through an unconventional acquisition process. Read More

New Navy Procurement Office, Marines to Push Rapid Innovation In 2016

New Navy Procurement Office, Marines to Push Rapid Innovation In 2016

U.S. Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment practice debarking from a Japan Ground Self Defense Force CH-47 Chinook during Forest Light 16-2 in Yausubetsu Training Area, Hokkaido, Japan, Feb. 1, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment practice debarking from a Japan Ground Self Defense Force CH-47 Chinook during Forest Light 16-2 in Yausubetsu Training Area, Hokkaido, Japan, Feb. 1, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

The chief of naval operations and commandant of the Marine Corps have been consistent this year in highlighting the role sailors and Marines will play in experimenting with prototypes and new gear as the sea services try to outpace adversaries’ technological advances. Read More

Navy Pondering Helicopter Future After MH-60 Seahawk

Navy Pondering Helicopter Future After MH-60 Seahawk

An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, assigned to the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 on Guam in 2015. US Navy Photo

A MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, assigned to the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 on Guam in 2015. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO – The Pentagon’s Joint Multirole (JMR) investigation into a new generation of helicopters is highlighting the differences between what the Army and Navy need in terms of vertical lift aircraft, Navy and industry said last week. Read More

Japan's Maritime Chief Takei: U.S. Industry, Military Key to Address Western Pacific Security Threats

Japan’s Maritime Chief Takei: U.S. Industry, Military Key to Address Western Pacific Security Threats

Adm. Tomohisa Takei, chief of staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, on Feb. 18, 2016. US Naval Institute Photo

Adm. Tomohisa Takei, chief of staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, on Feb. 18, 2016. US Naval Institute Photo

SAN DIEGO — The head of Japan’s naval force said the U.S. defense industry and military services can take bigger roles in helping his forces communicate and operate more jointly in Asia-Pacific and safeguard his nation’s security and regional interests. Read More

WEST: Former NATO Commander Stavridis Says Integrating Women Into Special Operations Might Not Be a Big Deal

WEST: Former NATO Commander Stavridis Says Integrating Women Into Special Operations Might Not Be a Big Deal

 Pfc. Christina Fuentes Montenegro prepares to hike to her platoon's defensive position during patrol week of Infantry Training Battalion near Camp Geiger, N.C. on Oct. 31, 2013. US Marine Corps Photo

Pfc. Christina Fuentes Montenegro prepares to hike to her platoon’s defensive position during patrol week of Infantry Training Battalion near Camp Geiger, N.C. on Oct. 31, 2013. US Marine Corps Photo

SAN DIEGO — When asked for his thoughts about the pending integration of women into the military’s male-only special operations forces, retired Adm. James G. Stavridis thought back a generation. Read More

WEST: Navy Wants Congressional Mandate Preventing Decommissioning Modernized Cruisers

WEST: Navy Wants Congressional Mandate Preventing Decommissioning Modernized Cruisers

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), right, steams alongside USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in November 2015. US Navy photo.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), right, steams alongside USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in November 2015. US Navy photo.

SAN DIEGO — When the Navy once again asked Congress to approve a years-long phased modernization plan for its unmodernized cruisers – a request that has been denied for several years now – service leaders included two provisions to allay lawmakers’ ongoing fears: More than half a billion dollars to fund cruiser operations and modernization and legislation that would force the Navy to return the cruisers to the fleet. Read More