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Adm. William Merz

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

Posted by Paul McLeary on


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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Keep Ships Longer To Boost Fleet Size: 355 Ships By 2035

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Instead of growing from 284 ships now to 355 in 2052-2055, the timeframe officials cited in the past, the Navy could reach its goal in 2032-2035, said Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, chief of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

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Hull Watch: 355 Ship Navy Might Take Until 2052, Navy Official Concedes

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Navy is going wobbly on its 355 ship fleet, but Capitol Hill doesn’t want to hear it.

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Navy Backing Off 355 Ships, But Closer on Refueling Drone

Posted by Paul McLeary on


There was some good news, and some bad news, for the Navy on Monday.

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