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355 ship Navy

CBO: Navy Shipbuilding Plan Off — By $200 Billion

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The Navy faces huge hurdles in trying to get to 355 ships – but a new shipbuilding plan due in coming weeks could change the whole calculus.

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Marines Kick Off A Year Of Wargames To Help Build New Force

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“We’ve got to wrestle with ship mix and their capacity; there’s a balancing act.” 

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Navy Pushes To Slash Repair Times, Get Ships To Sea Faster; Creates New Position

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The Navy is rushing to fix its long-broken ship repair and overhaul pipeline as the service prepares itself for “a generational-level of submarine work.”

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Inhofe: Navy ‘Arrogance On USS Ford ‘Oughta Be Criminal’

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Presumptive CNO Vice Adm. Mike Gilday is forced to answer for years of Navy problems.

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Sacred Cows Die As Marine Commandant Changes Course On Amphibs

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“It would be illogical to continue to concentrate our forces on a few large ships,” the new USMC Commandant writes in his new guidance, setting decades of planning on its head. So what’s next?

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Navy Wary of Growing Costs While It Ramps Up Ops

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The Navy is adding more ships as quickly as possible, even as it grapples with how it’s going to pay the costs to keep them afloat once it gets them, a top officer said.

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Navy’s New Nuke Sub On Track; Early Problems Fixed

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CAPITOL HILL The head of the Navy’s Columbia-class nuclear submarine program says that the program, despite earlier concerns over cost, schedule, and industrial base issues, is set to meet its goal of a first deployment in 2031, putting the service’s most expensive and consequential program on track. The boats will come just in time to… Keep reading →

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Navy Rethinks 355-Ship Fleet: CNO Richardson

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The Navy may back off its much-publicized call for a 355-ship fleet and look at new options like unmanned vessels, the Chief of Naval Operations said.

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Robot Wolfpacks: The Faster, Cheaper 355-Ship Fleet

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Smaller unmanned vessels will act as expendable scouts and decoys, larger ones — over 50 meters — will carry masses of missiles, while manned ships will carry both the largest systems and the human beings essential for rapid adaptation in combat.

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Zumwalt Close to Losing Gun, But Open to EW and Directed Energy

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WASHINGTON: The once-revolutionary prospects of the Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer continue to be whittled away. Having lost some of its touted stealth capabilities and suffered a series of engine and electrical problems, now it’s likely to ditch its long-troubled gun. The Advanced Gun System on the Zumwalt never lived up to its billing. When the Navy… Keep reading →

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