Audrey Decker

Audrey Decker was an Inside Defense Navy reporter until February 2023. She previously covered Maryland state politics for Capital News Service. She is a 2021 graduate from the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

Archived Articles
Daily News | October 14, 2022

Delays in the Navy's large robotic submarine program were caused by a new battery design and supply chain issues due to the global pandemic.

Daily News | October 13, 2022

The Navy's 5th Fleet is set to expand its unmanned inventory next month and continue working on a mesh network to connect the systems, according to a service official.

Daily News | October 13, 2022

NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO, CA -- As one of the first ships back from a routine, post-pandemic deployment to the Indo-Pacific, the guided-missile destroyer Spruance (DDG-111) conducted shipboard preservation as part of its readiness, akin to its warfighting mission, amidst a tremendous amount of underway time.

The Insider | October 5, 2022

A Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship, the Sioux City (LCS-11), has returned from its first deployment to U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet in support of allies and partners.

Daily News | October 5, 2022

A Navy official says the service is facing challenges advancing unmanned systems due to risk aversion and congressional lawmakers who have parochial interests in capital assets.

The Insider | October 5, 2022

The Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit has awarded Nauticus Robotics a second contract for the development of an amphibious unmanned system.

Daily News | October 3, 2022

While the Navy's next-generation destroyer is on track to be far more expensive than an Arleigh Burke-class vessel, the service argues its capability and capacity will warrant the increase in cost and that the Constellation-class frigate program will fill in the gaps as the service transitions to a larger surface combatant.

Daily News | September 30, 2022

As the Navy attempts to work through its backlog of surface ship repairs, Austal USA is building two dry docks to increase its volume for maintenance availabilities.

Daily News | September 29, 2022

After supplier issues and schedule delays, the Navy says the MQ-25 Stingray program has moved beyond its setbacks -- but remains on a tight schedule to achieve operational capability by 2025.

Daily News | September 29, 2022

The Navy is working to use data analytics and force planning tools in the hopes it can assist with future budget decisions and address recent congressional criticisms that the service has not been transparent enough with its shipbuilding plans.

Daily News | September 28, 2022

A government watchdog's analysis has found that the Navy's Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle program is at least three years behind schedule and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget.

Daily News | September 28, 2022

The Navy is integrating its most advanced warship with U.S. Pacific Fleet, introducing the troubled ship class into an operational environment.

The Insider | September 27, 2022

The Navy has accepted the delivery of Littoral Combat Ship Cooperstown (LCS-23) -- the second Freedom-variant LCS outfitted with the combining gear correction.

Daily News | September 22, 2022

Naval analysts argue that the Navy's fleet exercises are predictable and if the service wants to win against China, it needs to change how it learns at sea.

Daily News | September 21, 2022

The Navy continues to be plagued by submarine maintenance delays -- experiencing a "significant growth" in the number of days needed to complete a Virginia-class submarine availability, according to a top service official.

Daily News | September 20, 2022

A top Navy official said fewer ships are being delivered on time out of maintenance availabilities -- citing workforce shortages as a "national crisis."

Daily News | September 16, 2022

Despite the Navy's proposed early retirement of nine Littoral Combat Ships, the program's mission packages, aimed to provide modularity and flexibility for the ship class, are not dependent on the number of LCS in the fleet.

Daily News | September 15, 2022

Australia's purchase of the Triton unmanned aerial vehicle has opened the door for the U.S. Navy to possibly have a maintenance repair facility in the Western Pacific.

Daily News | September 14, 2022

Amidst unclear targets for the Navy's fleet size, a House lawmaker cites the process of distributing the Defense Department's budget among the three services as a major hindrance for the Navy if it wants to build a bigger fleet.

Daily News | September 9, 2022

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD -- The Navy is working to expand its use of unmanned aviation, aiming to change the look of its aircraft carriers where more than four out of every 10 aircraft would be unmanned.

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