Archive: Navy/USMC

An MH-60 Romeo flying near the USS Freedom (LCS-1). Photo: U.S. Navy

Senate NDAA Leaves Out LCS, Does Not Authorize CVN-81

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s markup of its FY ’19 defense authorization bill does not allow additional Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) or authorize CVN-81 ahead of reports on a two-carrier buy like its House-passed counterpart. The House’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorized spending $1.6 billion to procure three LCSs, an increase of $950 million […]

Artist's impression of  an F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet Block III (top) alongside a Block II (bottom). (Image: Boeing.)

Boeing Optimistic For More International Super Hornet Sales

Boeing’s [BA] leader for the Super Hornet and Growler aircraft is optimistic that the company will see more international interest in F/A-18 Super Hornets. In a press event on Wednesday, Dan Gillian, Boeing vice president for the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler programs, said the company anticipates deliveries of F/A-18 E/Fs to Kuwait in […]

Artist's impression of  an F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet Block III (top) alongside a Block II (bottom). (Image: Boeing.)

Boeing Extols Virtues Of Block III Super Hornet, Notes Timelines

Boeing [BA] plans to start delivering the upgraded Block III F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets by the end of 2020 and plans to have finished delivering a full squadron of Block II aircraft to each U.S. aircraft carrier air wing by 2024. The Block III production line will start by with the last six planes in […]

A US. Marine Corps V-22 lifting off a ship. Photo: U.S. Navy

Report: Downwash Culprit In Fatal V-22 Crash Off Australia

Neither pilot error nor aircraft malfunction caused a V-22 Osprey to slam into the deck of an amphibious transport ship in August off the coast of Australia, according to an investigation into the incident that killed three Marines. The likely culprit was downwash from the rotors reflecting off the deck of the USS Green Bay […]

The Raytheon AN/AQS-20 minehunting sonar system. (Artist’s concept: Raytheon).

Navy Sticks With Current LCS Synthetic Aperture Sonar Minehunters After Review

The U.S. Navy is sticking with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) program of record after finding no alternates provide adequate performance, according to a report to Congress. A provision of the FY ’18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) required the Defense Department to submit a report explaining SAS […]

The People's Liberation Army (Navy) hospital ship Peace Ark (T-AH 866), the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship  USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) and the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310) maneuver into formation for a photo exercise during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. (U.S. Navy photo)

Pentagon Pushes China Out of 2018 RIMPAC

The U.S. Defense Department disinvited China from the forthcoming Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise due to militarization in the South China Sea and the Spratly Islands in particular, a department spokesperson said on Thursday. Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Logan said China’s “continued militarization of the South China Sea” is “inconsistent with the principles and […]

A Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet.  Photo: Boeing.

Super Hornet Program Directed To Install Auto Ground Collision System

The Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet program manager has gotten direction to pursue installing automatic ground collision avoidance systems (GCAS) into Block I and II models. Capt. David Kindley told reporters on Wednesday that he received the direction to pursue this from superiors after the House Armed Services Committee’s FY ’19 defense authorization bill included a […]

Artist's concept of the Sea Giraffe AMB placed atop the mast of a ship. (Image:  Saab)

Saab Providing Sea Giraffe Radar In FMS To Philippines

Sweden’s Saab said it will supply the Sea Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (ABM) naval radar system in a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) agreement between the U.S. and the Philippines. The AN/SPS-77 Sea Giraffe is planned to be installed in two Philippine Navy frigates: BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16). The ships are […]

Maj. Gen. Loretta Reynolds, nominee to be the next Marine Corps deputy commandant for information

New Marine Corps Information Warfare Leader Nominated

The Pentagon nominated Maj. Gen. Loretta Reynolds on May 18 to be the Marine Corps’ next deputy commander of information warfare. Pending Senate confirmation, Reynolds, the current commander of Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command, will receive and third star and oversee the service’s cyber, signals intelligence and electronic warfare operations. She is the second official […]

Spanish frigate Alvaro de Bazan (F-101) launches an ESSM missile to intercept a simulated enemy missile during the Formidable Shield 17 exercise. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Raytheon Awarded $77 Million ESSM Block 2 Transition Contract

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $77 million firm-fixed-price contract to transition the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) phase into low-rate manufacturing and production of missiles. The ESSM Is a medium-range ship-launched self-defense missile is an international cooperative upgrade of the RIM-7 Seasparrow missile among […]