Archive: Navy/USMC

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) leads a formation of Carrier Strike Group Five ships as U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircrafts and U.S. Navy F/A-18s pass overhead for a photo exercise during Valiant Shield 2018. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

U.S. Starts Valiant Shield Exercise In Marianas Islands And Guam

U.S. military forces have started the 2018 iteration of the biennial Valiant Shield field training exercise held around the Marianas Island Range Complex and on Guam this week. The service features integration of joint training for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. The exercise includes 15 surface ships like the aircraft carrier USS Ronald […]

An artist's rendering of the U.S. Navy's future Columbia-class submarine. (Photo: U.S. Navy )

GD Wins $481 Million Mod For More Columbia Work

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded General Dynamics [GD] Electric Boat (GDEB) a $481 million modification on last Thursday for more Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) program long-lead time work. The cost-plus-fixed-fee modification is in preparation for FY 2019 and 2020 lead-ship advance procurement, advance construction, and long-lead time material funding for the Columbia-class. […]

The future USS Wichita (LCS-13) conducts acceptance trials in Lake Michigan in July 2018. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Final FY ’19 Appropriations Bill Funds Three LCSs, More Shipbuilding

The FY ’19 defense appropriations bill conference report funds three Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), conditional approval of a two-aircraft carrier buy, and kicks in some extra money for the submarine industrial base. Most notably, the conferees agreed to funds three more LCSs at a total of $1.6 billion, two ships and $925 million over the […]

The Bell-Boeing MV-22. (Photo: Bell)

Consensus Defense Funding Bill Boosts Army, Navy Rotorcraft Procurement

A consensus spending bill agreed to by U.S. House and Senate budgeters would fully fund military rotorcraft procurement programs and boost funding for Army helicopters and Marine Corps tiltrotors. The conference report on the 2019 Defense Appropriations Act approves a total $41 billion and change in aircraft procurement funding for the Air Force, Army and […]

The MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system approaches the runway at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., after completing its inaugural cross-country flight from California. The Navy will conduct Triton flight tests at Patuxent River in preparation for an operational deployment in 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Kelly Schindler)

Navy Suspends Triton Flights After Crash Landing

The Navy has ordered an operational stand down of its first MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19 following a recent crash landing at the Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), Calif. During a test flight on Wednesday, one of two Tritons posted to the base experienced an inflight mechanical issue. Pilots shut down the engine […]

Equipment is secured for sea on a landing craft utility in the well deck aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael R. Sanchez/Released)

Military Has Florence Surrounded With Ships, Aircraft To Ensure Quick Response

Two U.S. Marine Corps amphibious ships, loaded with 16 helicopter and six V-22s, are tailing Hurricane Florence as it barrels toward the Carolinas so they can deploy inland and immediately begin disaster relief efforts as the storm moves inland, according to the chief of U.S. Northern Command. The USS Kearsarge, a big-deck amphibious assault ship, […]

The first two delivered MQ-4C Triton aircraft at their new hangar at Naval Base Ventura Couny, Point Mugu, Calif. (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

MQ-4C Triton Crashes In California

One of two MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) crashed yesterday on a Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), Calif., base runway following an inflight mechanical issue and landing gear failure. A spokesperson for Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) told Defense Daily in a statement on Thursday that the Triton experienced an “inflight mechanical issue” during […]

Serco Awarded $51 Million Contract For Shipboard CIWS Support

IT service management company Serco, Inc. said on Tuesday it’s been awarded a $51 million single-award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to continue providing installation support for Close-In Weapons Systems (CIWS) on U.S. Army, Navy and Coast Guard vessels. The contract has a one-year base period plus four one-year option periods, with a ceiling value […]

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The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force guided-missile destroyer JS Atago (DDG-177) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after participating in the 2010 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class N. Brett Morton)

Japan Intercepts Target Missile In First Aegis SM-3 IB Test

A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer successfully conducted its first Aegis missile defense intercept test with the Raytheon [RTN] Standard Missile-3 Block IB off the coast of Hawaii on Tuesday. The test, called Japan Flight Test Mission-05 (JTFM-05), aimed to demonstrate a successful engagement of a target missile from the Japanese destroyer JS Atago […]