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CBO: 355-Ship Fleet Will Cost $6.7 Billion More Per Year Than Current Navy Budget Request

CBO: 355-Ship Fleet Will Cost $6.7 Billion More Per Year Than Current Navy Budget Request

Ingalls Shipbuilding lands the 700-ton deckhouse on the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) on July 9, 2016. Ingalls Shipbuilding photo.

Two of four shipbuilding scenarios detailed by a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday would create a 355-ship Navy by 2037, but current Navy spending requests only maintain the status quo of the current-sized 282-ship fleet.

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UPDATED: Two Aviators Killed After Super Hornet Crash off Key West

UPDATED: Two Aviators Killed After Super Hornet Crash off Key West

An F/A 18F Super Hornet, assigned to the “Blacklions” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, flies over the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) during flight operations. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with an additional statement from the U.S. Navy.

Two Navy aviators are dead after an F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed off the coast of Key West, Fla. on Wednesday during a routine training flight, Navy officials told USNI News. Read More

Navy Names Destroyer After Irish Marine Patrick Gallagher

Navy Names Destroyer After Irish Marine Patrick Gallagher

Illustration of the future Arleigh-Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Gallagher (DDG-127). US Navy Photo

The last Flight IIA Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer will be named for an Irish-born Marine who earned the Navy Cross during the Vietnam War, Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer announced in a Washington, D.C. ceremony on Monday. Read More

Expeditionary Forces Considering How 'Surge' Rotations Abroad Could Boost Readiness, Presence

Expeditionary Forces Considering How ‘Surge’ Rotations Abroad Could Boost Readiness, Presence

Maj. Gen. David Coffman, director of Expeditionary Warfare, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, meets with staff of Coastal Riverine Group 2 (CRG 2) prior to a tour of the Mark VI patrol boat during a visit to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) in September 2017. US Navy photo.

THE PENTAGON – The amphibious force wants to provide more ready forces at sea and training opportunities for a higher-end fight, and is considering ways to rotate more forces forward as a solution. Read More

Navy Working New Fleet Size Study Following Latest Strategic Reviews

Navy Working New Fleet Size Study Following Latest Strategic Reviews

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Justin Dallarosa uses binoculars on the fantail to observe as USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) approaches the pier during its return to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk on March 1, 2018. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL — Following the release of new national security and defense strategies, the Navy is undertaking a new Fleet Structure Assessment that could alter its stated goal of a 355-ship fleet, senior service officials told Congress this week. Read More

Shipbuilders Worried About Navy Plan for 1 LCS in 2019 Ahead of Frigate Transition

Shipbuilders Worried About Navy Plan for 1 LCS in 2019 Ahead of Frigate Transition

Littoral Combat Ship Tulsa (LCS-16) is heading back to Austal USA after launching from the drydock at BAE Ship Systems. She’s passing Austal’s vessel completion yard where USNS Yuma (EPF 8), future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and future USS Omaha (LCS 12) are docked in 2016. Austal USA Photo

The Navy’s plan to buy just one Littoral Combat Ship in Fiscal Year 2019 has the two LCS shipbuilders uneasy, just a year before the program is set to transition to a guided-missile frigate and downselect to a single contractor. Read More

New Air Boss Miller Pitches Warfighting Focus in First Visit with Aviators

New Air Boss Miller Pitches Warfighting Focus in First Visit with Aviators

F/A-18s on the flight line at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev. USNI News Photo

This post has been updated to note that Vice Adm. Miller faced a TOPGUN A-4, not an A-7, in his early training experience at NAS Fallon.

NAVAL AIR STATION FALLON, Nev. – The Navy’s new Air Boss laid out his priorities for the job – with a special focus on lethality and readiness for a high-end fight – during his first site visit since taking over as the eighth Commander of Naval Air Forces last month. Read More

Wicker, McCain Introduce Surface Navy Reform Bill

Wicker, McCain Introduce Surface Navy Reform Bill

A wave crashes over the forecastle of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG-64) while underway in the Mediterranean Sea on Jan. 22, 2018. US Navy Photo

Two top Senate Armed Services Committee Republicans have introduced legislation that covers a wide swath of Navy-suggested reforms for the surface forces. Read More