Northrop Grumman Opposes Cuts to Destroyer

Monday, November 14, 2005
The AP has reported that cuts to a Navy destroyer program could devastate the nation's shipbuilding capabilities and deal a major blow to developing future surface combatants, Northrop Grumman's shipbuilding chief and others warn. The Pentagon has considered cutting as much as $15 billion from weapons and development programs in next year's budget to offset the cost of the war in Iraq. Senate and House leaders differ on just how much money should go to DD(X) destroyer program. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works in Maine — the nation's two major builders of war ships — are partnered in the design phase of the DD(X), which would replace the Navy's aging fleet of destroyers. It could be years before construction on the first ship is completed, and contracts for additional vessels would be awarded later if funding remains available. The president has requested $716 million in procurement and $1.114 billion in research and development funds for the DD(X), Cochran said. The DD(X), once developed, could allow the Navy to strike miles inland or to hit isolated targets in populated coastal areas with precision guided weapons, the Navy believes. Naval officials also like the prospect that the design of the ship is highly automated, with the need for only a small crew. U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., has been a vocal opponent of any cuts to the DD(X) budget. He says cutting the program could compromise the United States' ability to defend itself. Northrop Grumman's largest Mississippi shipyard is in Lott's hometown of Pascagoula. The company also has yards in nearby Gulfport and in Louisiana. With more than 5,600 employees at Bath Iron Works and nearly 20,000 working for Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Mississippi and Louisiana, both companies fear funding cuts.
Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

NSRP Risk Management Panel and SCA Joint Meeting

The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) Risk Management Panel will be meeting jointly with the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) November 5-6, 2014 in Virginia Beach, Va.

Scottish Sea Farms Takes New Vessel Delivery

Scottish Salmon Farms has taken delivery of its latest vessel – powered by twin Doosan V158TIH main engines supplied by WaterMota.   Designed by consultant naval

Fincantieri to Build Third New Princess Cruises Ship

Fincantieri says it has signed an agreement with Carnival Corp. to build  the new cruise ship for its Princess Cruises brand at a cost of about 600 million euros.

Energy

US DOE Approves Oregon LNG Export Project

The U.S. Energy Department said on Thursday it has approved Oregon LNG to export liquefied natural gas, as the Obama administration works through applications to

Kurdistan Says Crude Cargo Near Texas Legally Sold

A $100 million cargo of crude oil in a tanker near Texas was legally shipped and sold by Kurdistan, lawyers for the autonomous region in Iraq told a U.S. court in a letter seen on Thursday,

Kirby Reports Record Q2 2014

Record 2014 second quarter earnings per share of $1.31 compared with $1.11 in the 2013 second quarter, which included a $0.07 benefit due to the reduction of the United earnout liability.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2658 sec (4 req/sec)