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Navy Calls In Outsiders To Fix Troubled Ford Carrier

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The Navy’s new $13 billion carrier has run into trouble, and the Navy has called in some outside help.

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GAO: Navy “Overly Optimistic” On Columbia Sub Costs

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The Navy’s most expensive shipbuilding program and the key to the country’s nuclear triad is under increasing pressure to keep to its tight schedule, and hit its budget.

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Navy Adds Attack Sub For 2020, But Shipyard Challenges Loom

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The Navy is set to release plans to buy an extra fast-attack sub, another destroyer, and a handful of unmanned boats. Next step: Congress.

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Pentagon To Retire USS Truman Early, Shrinking Carrier Fleet To 10

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The move could save more than $30 billion over 25 years to invest in high-tech weapons — but Congress is sure to explode in outrage.

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Navy Inks Huge Ford Carrier Deal; Pentagon Flags Problems

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WASHINGTON: The Navy signed a massive, $15.2 billion contract with Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding this evening for two more Ford-class aircraft carriers, hours after a Pentagon report listed a litany of problems with the ambitious program. The contract pays for completion of in 2028 of the USS Enterprise, which began in 2017. It also… Keep reading →

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Pentagon Approves Two-Carrier Buy As Fixes Continue to Navy’s Priciest Ship

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Congress is evaluating the proposal to issue a $24 billion contract for the Navy’s next two carriers, as the service looks at months of work to fix ongoing problems with the Ford-class’s first ship.

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Navy’s Troubled Ford Carrier Makes Modest Progress

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General Atomics says it is launching new, heavier planes from its EMALS carrier launcher. The launches are taking place on land, and won’t be attempted on board the $13 billion Ford for some time, however.

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Huntington-Ingalls Sinks $2B Into Shipyards: Digital Plans & Computerized Welding

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“Each of your crafts — electrical, pipefitting, pipe-welding, painting, your riggers… still require some human touch,” Kastner told me. “Digital tools… free the craftsman up a bit to not do the grunt work.”

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Package Deal: Navy Could Save 5-10% Buying Two Carriers

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The Navy hasn’t done a two-carrier deal since the Reagan buildup of the 1980s, when the Nimitz-class carriers being built, the state of the industrial base, the size of the budget, and the statutes governing shipbuilding were all very different. So how would it work today?

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Let’s Get Digital: Hondo Geurts Wants Ships For Less $$

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SAN DIEGO: Newport News Shipbuilding is reaping “huge savings” on the next Ford-class carrier, the Kennedy, through “creative” use of digital models instead of paper plans, the new head of Navy acquisition told reporters today. It’s an approach that can increase efficiency and reduce costs on all big Navy programs, said assistant secretary James “Hondo”… Keep reading →

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