Archive: Navy/USMC

A BAE Mk 45 gun.
Photo: BAE Systems

BAE Wins $47 Million For Four More Upgraded Mk 45 Naval Guns

The Navy awarded Britain’s BAE Systems A $47 million contract option to deliver four more Mk 45 5-inch naval guns, upgrading existing units, the company said Monday. This is a modification to an initial 10-gun contract that will now upgrade four existing Mk 45 guns to the Mod 4 configuration, which will increase their range […]

The USS Howard (DDG-83) Arleigh Burke-class destroyer returns to Naval Base San Diego after a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean in 2014. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

BAE, HII, and GD Win $238 Million Contract For Maintenance Of Surface Combatants

The Navy awarded Britain’s BAE Systems, Huntington Ingalls Inc.’s Continental Maritime [HII], and General Dynamics National Steels and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) [GD] a combined $238 million modification for maintenance of destroyers and cruisers at San Diego last Friday. Previously, the three companies won firm-fixed-price indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts to conduct complex, emergent and continuous maintenance […]

The USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) arrives in the port of Pascagoula, Miss.on Jan. 19 aboard the heavy lift vessel MV Transself as it heads to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ shipyard for repairs and upgrades. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

HII Wins $125 Million Modification For More Fitz Repair Work

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Huntington Ingalls Inc. [HII] its largest modification yet, $125 million, for the contract repairing the heavily damaged USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), the Pentagon said on Friday. The modification covers “the additional collision repairs as well as maintenance and modernization” in the contract for Fitzgerald emergent repair and restoration. The […]

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announces the National Defense Strategy at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, Jan. 19. (DoD photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kathryn E. Holm)

In New Strategy, Mattis Redirects ‘More-Lethal’ Military Toward Great-Power Conflict

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis unveiled on Friday a strategy for sharpening the U.S. military’s competitive advantage against near-peer adversaries Russia and China by modernizing the force, strengthening alliances and building new partnerships all in an effort to preserve the relative global stability established after World War II. “The central challenge to U.S. prosperity and security […]

Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy. Photo: U.S. Navy.

Navy To Release 30-Year Shipbuilding Plan With FY19 Defense Budget, Brings Charges Against DDG Commanders

The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) told Congress on Thursday that a new 30-year shipbuilding plan will be delivered to the legislature next month along with the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 defense budget. Adm. John Richardson affirmed this in questioning before the House Armed Services Committee about surface warfare alongside Secretary of the Navy […]

F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter

Acquisition Nominees Call For Prototyping Before Buying Major Weapon Systems

Rapid experimental prototyping of the sort that resulted in the SR-71 Blackbird and F-117 stealth fighter is the key to keeping major weapon system development programs on track, according to two prospective Pentagon weapon buyers. Tapped to become the first undersecretary of defense for Research and Engineering (USD R&E), former NASA administrator Michael Griffin on […]

Textron's Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle. Photo: Textron

Textron And U.S. Navy To Test Offensive Weapons On Unmanned Surface Vehicle

Textron [TXT] and the U.S. Navy have agreed to develop and integrate new offensive and other payloads on the company’s unmanned surface vehicle, the company told Defense Daily in an interview last week. The company signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) at the end of […]

James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)). (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Geurts Sees OA Helping the Navy Keep Pace With Technology

The Navy’s new Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (RD&A) James Geurts last week emphasized the importance of open architectures in acquisition for the Navy. While speaking with reporters at the Surface Navy Association’s (SNA) annual symposium on Jan. 11, Geurts said the Navy needs to use a portfolio approach when […]