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 Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter February 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

James Troop Supplies Engines for 3 Naval Vessels

Liverpool City Region (UK) based ship engine specialist James Troop & Co has won an order to supply Volvo Penta diesel engines for three European naval vessels being built on Merseyside.

OSV Delivered to MC2 in Dubai

Marine Core & Charter LLC (MC2) headquartered in Dubai has taken delivery of the new build PETRA-1, the first of two, 45-meter Fast Offshore Support Vessels in

Six New VLCCs Marks the Start of a Busy Delivery Year

2016 is off to a flying start when it comes to delivering brand new VLCCs from shipyards in South Korea and China to owners and investor across the globe, says a report BIMCO.

Energy

Eni, Exxon, Statoil Win Irish Offshore O&G Licences

The Irish government said on Thursday it had awarded oil and gas licences to companies including oil majors Eni, Exxon and Statoil , allowing them to explore for hydrocarbons off the coast of Ireland.

Maersk Drilling Posts Record Profit

Maersk Drilling delivered the best result ever with a profit of USD 751m (USD 478m) in 2015 generating a ROIC of 9.3% (7.1%). The result was positively impacted

Total Proposes 0.61 ‎€ per Share Dividend

The Board of Directors of Total met on February 10, 2016, and agreed to propose to the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on May 24, 2016, a 2015 annual dividend of 2.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | 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: 0.0778 sec (13 req/sec)