Archive: Navy/USMC

Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Next-Gen SLBM Not Completely New, Trade Studies Start in 2020

A top Navy official on Thursday said the next-generation submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) to be featured on the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine will incorporate some elements of the current Trident D5 Life Extension (D5LE) weapon. Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, director of Strategic Systems Programs (SSP), told the Naval Submarine League’s annual symposium on Thursday the […]

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

Navy Undersea Warfare Head Sees Columbia Production Line Options And More VPM Loads

The Navy is looking at options to keep the Columbia-class submarine production line hot past a 12th boat and diversify what is loaded into the Virginia Payload Module, the service’s Director of Undersea Warfare said Thursday, The Navy’s 12 Columbia-class nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) are set to replace the current 14 Ohio-class SSBNs that […]

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Trump Makes Picks For Aviation Safety Panel Include Textron CEO

President Trump on Nov. 9 made his four appointments to the National Commission on Aviation Safety that will delve into and report on the recent spike in military aviation mishaps. The list of four names was issued early Friday without any explanation of the appointees qualifications or background. Topping the four bulleted names is industry […]

Welding Mistake With Columbia Missile Tubes Was Bigger Problem Than BWXT Thought

Botching welds on 12 missile tubes for the Columbia-class submarine earlier this year proved a costly mistake for BWX Technologies [BWXT], which on Wednesday said the problems with its welding program in Indiana were more complicated than first thought. On a conference call with investors, BWX Technologies said its Nuclear Operations Group took a $40 […]

A row of TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopters waits on the runway at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, June 9, 2014.

Navy Drops Draft RFP For Helicopter Trainer Replacement

The U.S. Navy released a draft request for proposals (RFP) for its new training helicopter and gave industry hopefuls about two weeks to provide comments on how the final document, due in February, should be worded. Few changes were included in the draft request for proposals Oct. 31, but publication of the RFP is a […]

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HASC Leaders Make Appointments to Aviation Safety Commission

Both of the top two lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee have made their appointments to the eight-member blue-ribbon panel charged with studying an ongoing military aviation crisis. The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety was created by the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to provide civilians oversight of an aviation readiness review being […]

GD Electric Boat Tightening Oversight on Vendor That Botched Columbia Missile Tubes

General Dynamics [GD] Electric Boat brought the hammer down on the supplier that botched a weld job this year on 12 missile tubes intended for the Columbia-class submarine, the president of the submarine prime said here Wednesday. However, the extent of the consequences for vendor BWX Technologies [BWXT] — and any effect on the boat’s delivery schedule — was […]

Naval Reactors Head to Speak Wednesday at Sub Conference

The head of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s naval reactors program, steward of the heavy-industry programs that provide nuclear propulsion systems for the Navy, is scheduled to speak Wednesday to industry and press just outside Washington, D.C., at the 36th annual Naval Submarine League conference. Adm. James Caldwell is on the slate for a half-hour […]