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Navy Wants FY 2018 Amphib to be First-in-Class LX(R), Not a 14th LPD

Navy Wants FY 2018 Amphib to be First-in-Class LX(R), Not a 14th LPD

San Antonio-class amphib Portland (LPD-27) launches at Ingalls Shipbuilding. HII Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy wants the next amphibious ship it buys to be the first of the next-generation LX(R) amphibs rather than another “bridge ship” to the new class, two service officials said, after Congress appears to be leaving the choice to the Navy. Read More

Two Lawmakers Want 'Groundbreaking' Changes in How U.S. Navy is Organized, Communicates

Two Lawmakers Want ‘Groundbreaking’ Changes in How U.S. Navy is Organized, Communicates

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) stands by before it is loaded onto the heavy lift transport vessel MV Transshelf. Transshelf will transport Fitzgerald to Pascagoula, Mississippi to complete repairs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William McCann/Released)

ARLINGTON, Va. – Two lawmakers today said the Navy needed to make “groundbreaking” changes in how it operates to avoid the readiness problems that contributed to last year’s fatal surface collisions that killed 17 sailors.
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U.S. and South Korea Delay Military Exercises Until After Olympics

U.S. and South Korea Delay Military Exercises Until After Olympics

The guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92), left, Republic of Korea destroyer ROKS Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong (DDG-993), guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73), Republic of Korea destroyer ROKS Yulgok Yi (DDG-992) and Republic of Korea patrol craft ROKS Kwang Myung (PCC-782) steam in formation during a bilateral maneuvering exercise near the Korean Peninsula on May 21, 2016. US Navy Photo

The U.S. and Republic of Korea announced a pair of annual large-scale military exercises will be delayed until after the conclusion of the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, just as the North and South are preparing for their first significant talks in years.

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NAVSEA Looking to Supplement Public Shipyard Work with More Private Yards

NAVSEA Looking to Supplement Public Shipyard Work with More Private Yards

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) on July 21, 2017 — one day early — following a 10-month planned incremental availability. Harry S. Truman will conduct sea trials and return to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – The Navy will rely more on private industry to help with aircraft carrier and submarine maintenance work at public shipyards, as the service seeks to keep up with growing maintenance needs and awaits a much-needed public shipyard renovation effort. Read More

Ensigns Complete Junior Officer of the Deck Pilot Course to Increase Shiphandling Skills

Ensigns Complete Junior Officer of the Deck Pilot Course to Increase Shiphandling Skills

Capt. Scott Robertson, commander of Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS), poses with the first 12 ensigns to complete the first pilot Junior Officer of the Deck (JOOD) Course. The initial pilot course was designed to build upon the foundational shiphandling skills students learned at the basic Division Officer Course, placing the junior officers in realistic navigation environments they could expect to find themselves in at sea. US Navy photo.

Twelve ensigns completed a pilot Junior Officer of the Deck (JOOD) Course launched in the aftermath of several high-profile surface navy collisions this year and a Comprehensive Review that highlighted the need for additional navigation training. Read More

Top Stories 2017: U.S. Navy Acquisition and Maintenance

Top Stories 2017: U.S. Navy Acquisition and Maintenance

USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2017.

The following is part of a series. Please also see Top Stories: International AcquisitionNavy OperationsMarine Corps OperationsMarine Corps and Coast Guard AcquisitionInternational Operations and New Administration

2017 began with the promise of planning for a larger fleet: at the end of 2016, the Navy announced a 355-ship requirement, and the incoming Trump Administration expressed its support for a larger military and a heftier Navy. Few concrete steps were taken this year, though, to begin a buildup – though many programs that will be pivotal to the 355-ship fleet of the future reached significant programmatic milestones in 2017. 

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DDG-51 Flight III Design Efforts Nearly Complete; Radar, Power Systems Testing in 2018

DDG-51 Flight III Design Efforts Nearly Complete; Radar, Power Systems Testing in 2018

A crane lifts the Air and Missile Defense Radar into place for its upcoming tests at the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility, in June 2016. Raytheon photo.

WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer program office has completed 3D modeling of its Flight III design upgrade and will spend 2018 testing major components of the new configuration, the program manager told USNI News. Read More