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If Congress Punts Spending Bill, Navy’s New Frigate Would Suffer

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Navy is looking to get a new class of frigates in the water as soon as possible, but the budget wrangling between Congress and the White House might mean that gets put on hold.

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Navy Kicks Off New LCS Deployments; Training Questions Remain

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: After years of delays, budget fights, and searing debates over the role that the ship will play, three Littoral Combat Ships will head out on their first deployments this year. “We’re deploying LCS this year. It’s happening. Two ships are going on the West Coast, one ship is going on the East Coast,” said… Keep reading →

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European Navies: Stepping Back Into the Game At Euronaval

Posted by Murielle Delaporte on


Two years have passed since Le Bourget hosted the last Euronaval show, two years during which the maritime world has become increasingly multipolar. For example, just in the submarine business, more than 40 countries are nowadays involved. In the meantime, Russia added 28 new ships to its fleet in 2018 alone, while China, with a… Keep reading →

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Eyeing China, Australia Busily Buys Up Frigates, Drones, and Sub-Hunting Planes

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Australia looking to protect its home waters, while sending a signal to Washington that it is one of the allies that is trying to pull its weight in defending itself.

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The Navy’s Potential New Frigate Connects Crew, Lots of Space for Commandos

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Five shipbuilders are fighting it out to build 20 of the U.S. Navy’s new frigates, and one competitor is sailing though a whirlwind East Coast tour.

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Beyond LCS: Navy Looks To Foreign Frigates, National Security Cutter

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[UPDATED with Sec. Stackley comments] WASHINGTON: The Navy is seriously considering derivatives of foreign designs and the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter for its new frigate, after three years pursuing an upgraded version of its current Littoral Combat Ship. The shift has shaken up the industry, panicking some players, while others quietly reposition: Wisconsin’s Marinette Marine,… Keep reading →

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LCS: Production Surges, Price Drops

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Once, the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship was a nightmare of cost overruns, schedule slips, and design flaws. That was especially true of Lockheed Martin’s LCS-1, the Freedom, with its hull cracks and electrical failures. Eight ships later, the design is fixed and the price has dropped by a third . Production is moving at such a… Keep reading →

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