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Report: Lockheed Could Lose LCS Contract

Adm. Michael Mullen, the Navy's Chief of Naval Operations, said Thursday that Lockheed Martin Corp. could lose part of its Littoral Combat Ship contract, depending on the results of a pending review, as reported in Business Week. Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin is on contract to build two ships, dubbed LCS 1 and LCS 3. The first ship is under construction and considerably over budget, which recently prompted the Navy to halt work on LCS 3. The Navy is on course to decide in the next few weeks whether to move to termination or to continue the program for LCS 3 according to reports. The Navy plans to build 55 of the new ships, which are designed to hunt mines, submarines and small enemy boats in coastal waters. The service hasn't yet decided whether it wants to settle on just one design or keep competition through the life of the program. Mullen said shipbuilding is a big priority for the Navy, but new ships need to be affordable. He welcomed comments from lawmakers like Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., and Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., in support of adding ships to the Navy's budget. But he said it isn't clear exactly how the Navy could bulk up its fleet without disrupting its current shipbuilding plan and budget outlook. For example, Mullen said the Navy believes the best course for its Virginia-class submarines is to build just one vessel per year until 2012


Torpedo and Missile Attack Vessel Launched in Italy

Admiral of the Fleet Sergio Biraghi described the new Torpedo and Missile Attack Vessel – dubbed Andrea Doria – at the launching ceremony as a “ jewel of the most advanced and sophisticated technology which forms an important part of the navy’s fleet renewal program.” The ship was launched at the Riva Trigosa yard in Genoa on October 14, 2005, three years after the first plate was cut. Biraghi said “the plan put into action in the last few years in an extremely decisive manner will make


Builders Prepare To Shape The New Navy

The team of General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin said they strongly support the U.S. Navy's plan for the next generation of surface combatant ships referred to as DD(X). The Blue Team has developed technologies relevant to the DD(X) requirement and is preparing its response to the Navy's request for proposal (RFP). DD(X) will be a technology engine that will drive a family of combatants to transform the Navy. The Navy will use the advanced technology and networking capabilities from DD(X)


Navy Cuts One Littoral Combat Ship in 2015

 U.S. Navy Aims To Smooth Impact Of Fiscal 2015 Cut To Ship Orders   Add to Collection(Oil)|Print Download:Plain TextXMLAll         WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy hopes to smooth out the impact on Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal of a budget-driven decision to order three Littoral Combat Ships instead of four in fiscal year 2015, the Navy's top weapons buyer said on Thursday.  


Shipbuilding Industry Bears Brunt of Cuts in Pentagon Budget

Strained by the demands of a major ground war and a sweeping overhaul of U.S. forces for an uncertain future, the Pentagon faces a severe budget challenge. According to the Providence Journal, while Congress and the Bush administration are working on a very large spending program for the military, the outlay for shipbuilding will be tight -- a prospect that is hurting the industry. The Navy's problem, says one Washington analyst, is not a lack of ships


UPDATE: Several Injured, Reports of Fatalities in Navy Yard Shooting

An undated file photo of an aerial view of the Washington Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

WASHINGTON  -- Several people were injured and there are reports of fatalities in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard Sept. 16. An active shooter was reported inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building (Bldg. 197) on the Washington Navy Yard at 8:20 a.m. (Eastern Time). Emergency personnel remain on scene and a "shelter in place" order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel. The Naval Sea Systems Command's headquarters is the work place for about 3


Ship Repair Yards Ask: Where's the Funding?

While much of the focus is trained on Naval new construction, the fact is that repair and maintenance on the existing U.S. Navy fleet has reached condition critical.Cutbacks from the Navy have left many vessels of its 300-member fleet to go without required repairs and maintenance because the money is not budgeted. Yards may however, find some relief at the end of this month, dependent upon whether Congress passes a supplemental bill for additional funding.


Canada Picks Irving to Build Arctic Patrol Ships

Image courtesy of Irving

Canada has picked Nova Scotia's Irving Shipbuilding Inc to build at least five Arctic patrol ships for the country's navy for C$2.3 billion ($1.9 billion) and has increased the overall program's budget, government officials said on Friday. The total budget for building the ships, part of the government's efforts to exert Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic, has increased by C$400 million to C$3.5 billion, with C$1.2 billion of that to be used for such things as infrastructure, ammunition


Budget Worries Delay U.S. Carrier Group Deployment

US Defense Sec. & Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff

The Secretary of Defense delays the scheduled deployment of 'USS Harry S. Truman' & 'USS Gettysburg'. The affected ships have begun formally notifying the men and women of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) that they will not be deploying. 

"Facing budget uncertainty - including a Continuing Resolution and the looming potential for across-the-board sequestration cuts - the U.S. Navy made this request to the Secretary and he approved


CNO Calls Shipbuilding Plan Top Budget Priority

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen talks with Government Executive Magazine Editor Tim Clark, during a leadership breakfast at the National Press Club. The CNO addressed senior leaders from several federal agencies and organizations about the future and transformation of the Navy. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Johnny Bivera The Navy’s shipbuilding plan is the key to the fleet’s future and is critical for the joint force, Chief of Naval Operations Adm


Canada to Scale Back Plan for Navy Ships, Go Over Budget

Canadian officials said on Friday a C$26.2 billion ($21.5 billion) program to build 15 naval ships could end up below target and over budget, the latest challenge to Canada's troubled military procurement process.   In 2010, the Conservative government announced the program to replace three


US Navy is Buying the Wrong Ship, Costing Taxpayers Billions

U.S. Navy photo by Walter M. Wayman

The United States will spend $585 billion on its armed forces in 2015 — the biggest military budget in the world by far. That’s just the Defense Department budget and doesn’t include the tens of billions of dollars that Washington spends on veterans


US Navy Warns Congress that Piecemeal Cruiser Upgrades Costly

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday warned that congressional plans for a piecemeal modernization of 11 cruisers would cost billions of dollars more than the Navy's original plan and meant the warships would have to be retired earlier.  


Project to Make e-Navigation a Reality

EU to enhance safety of navigation and increase efficiency at sea

  The EU has approved a Danish-led, maritime innovation project with a budget of DKK 85 million, intended to enhance safety of navigation and increase efficiency at sea. 13 Danish partners will become frontrunners of the project, which is launched on 1 May.


"River Cities" Host First Navy Week of 2015

Official U.S. Navy file photo of the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs.

  Bossier City-Shreveport Navy Week begins April 27 and will continue through May 3. Navy Weeks focus a variety of assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a week-long series of engagements designed to bring America's Navy closer to the people it protects


SCA Stresses US Shipyards' Role to National Security

Photo by John Whalen (Huntington Ingalls Industries)

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), a national trade association representing the nation’s shipbuilding and repair industry is hosting a fly-in beginning today. More than 85 members of SCA will participate to share the strength of America’s shipbuilding and repair industry


Chinese Submarine to Pakistan: Raising Nuclear Tensions in South Asia

Agosta 90 B submarine sits at Pakistans Navy Dockyard in Karachi. Pic by Global Security

 Pakistan, a country plagued by economic and political insecurity, to conclude the deal of eight conventional submarines during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Islamabad on Monday (April 20), reports Bloomberg.   This will help Pakistan gain the ability to fire nuclear weapons


ASRY Rig Division’s Deliveries All on Time in 2014

In 2014, ASRY Offshore Services completed every one of its repair scopes within schedule, on-budget, and with leading safety standards.   ASRY, a ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has confirmed that its Offshore division, which specializes in rig repairs


Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Wins Environmental Awards

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  Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) was recently declared winner of two fiscal year 2014 Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Environmental Awards, one for Environmental Restoration-Installation and one for Cultural Resources Management-Small Installation.  


USCG Makes Headway in Challenging Waters

A patrol boat manned by members of Port Security Unit 311 deployed to Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, escorts the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf as it sails into Naval Base Guantanamo Bay.  The Coast Guard Cutter Waesche conducts at-sea refueling operations.  The Alameda-based cutter is named in honor of former Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Russell Waesche.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Roache)

Day after day, the U.S. Coast Guard continues to conduct its 11 statutory missions with its limited resources.  It is challenged to Invest in long-term operational capacity while continuing to carry out its daily missions. “We’re a small service, but as always


Thailand Eyes Submarine Fleet

Photo: Naval Secretariat Department, Royal Thai Navy

 Royal Thai Navy (RTN)'s plan to buy submarines is on again with strong backing from Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon who wants Thailand’s fleet to be on par with neighbouring countries.    Defence minister Prawit Wongsuwon was quoted as saying by Bangkok Post on Wednesday


Brazil to Lease 29 Ports to Private Companies

  A plan to attract private investment to Brazil's strained port infrastructure is even more important in the face of federal budget cuts that will curb public investment, Brazilian Ports Minister Edinho Araújo said in an interview.  


Tight Budget Hampers Malaysia's Naval Ambitions

Budget constraints are jeopardising Malaysia's defence spending plans, which include replacing ageing fighter jets and beefing up its maritime capabilities, at a time when Beijing is growing more assertive in the disputed South China Sea.  


Hedging Your Bets

Courtesy of Hedge Solutions

Up and Down brown water bunker pricing is giving small-to-medium sized operators heartburn. It doesn’t have to be that way. The recent free fall in oil prices is grabbing the attention of many in the commercial marine business. Ferry services, cruise lines, tour boat operators, tugs, etc


Canada Ups Arctic Military Gear

Canada and the Arctic - pic by The Department of Foreign Affairs

 Canada plans to spend billions of dollars on new patrol ships, polar satellites, transport upgrade, and winter gear for its troops amid rising demands for the Arctic’s riches.   Both the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force are set to receive some major equipment






 
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