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Daily News | May 26, 2011

The Navy's top acquisition official acknowledged yesterday that the LPD-17 amphibious ship class has suffered from an obsolete computer network and vulnerabilities in its combat systems, in addition to previously disclosed reliability issues caused by construction problems.

The Insider | May 24, 2011

The Navy released its final request for proposals for the Ship-to-Shore Connector on May 20, after repeated delays.

Daily News | May 23, 2011

The Navy's newest DDG-51 destroyer caught fire during engine tests on May 20, causing an unknown amount of damage, according to Naval Sea Systems Command.

The Insider | May 17, 2011

The Navy made it official today: As expected, Rear Adm. James Murdoch has been tapped to lead the recently created program executive office for the Littoral Combat Ship.

The Insider | May 12, 2011

Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Marines this morning that he believes units will reach a two-to-one or three-to-one dwell ratio in the next few years, despite the Marine Corps' intent to cut back on end strength, but some low-density high-demand specialties likely will continue to experience low dwell time.

Daily News | May 11, 2011

The Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike program today came under scrutiny during the House Armed Services Committee's mark-up of the fiscal year 2012 authorization bill.

The Insider | May 9, 2011

The House Armed Services Committee mark-up of the fiscal year 2012 defense budget calls for the Department of the Navy to be renamed the Department of the Navy and the Marine Corps.

Daily News | May 5, 2011

The general nominated to lead Marine Corps Combat Development Command said today he will work to combat information overload for troops in the field while continuing the service's push on other priorities like lightening the load and enabling amphibious operations.

Daily News | May 5, 2011

A new memorandum of agreement transferring the Army's Joint High Speed Vessels to the Navy states that the Army will provide funds to cover the vessels' basic operating costs, but the Navy will be responsible for mission costs.

Daily News | May 3, 2011

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee, in its mark of the fiscal year 2010 defense bill, lambasts the Navy Department for terminating the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program with what lawmakers call an inadequate degree of transparency.

Daily News | April 27, 2011

The Marine Corps' reset budget picture is in flux because of the service's changing force structure, the secretary of the Navy told reporters this morning.

The Insider | April 26, 2011

The Marines plan to sacrifice one of their Amphibious Assault Vehicles to be cannibalized by industry as an Amphibious Combat Vehicle technology demonstrator, according to responses to "industry day" questions posted on the Program Executive Office Land Systems website.

Daily News | April 19, 2011

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Navy may not have settled on the Griffin missile to replace the canceled Non-Line-Of-Sight missile on the Littoral Combat Ship, despite the service's announcement in January that it planned to use the missile for both a short-term and long-term solution to the capability gap, officials told Inside the Navy last week.

Daily News | April 18, 2011

A Marine Corps mission package on the Littoral Combat Ship would carry between 30 and 100 troops and perform low-end missions, but would be too small to take the load off of the fleet's amphibious ships, top service officials said last week.

Daily News | April 15, 2011

The Marines and the Navy have restarted conversations about a Marine Corps mission module for the Littoral Combat Ship, which would have to include a berthing module and a reinforced deck for Marine aircraft and could encompass an at-sea offloading method, a Corps official said today.

The Insider | April 8, 2011

The Navy League's Sea Air Space conference, arguably one of the biggest Navy industry gatherings of the year, may lose quite a chunk of its speaker roster if the government shuts down tonight, according to a spokesman.

The Insider | April 5, 2011

With three days to go before an ever more likely government shutdown, the Pentagon has yet to issue official guidance to service leaders to determine which functions would continue to be funded while the rest of the federal government goes dark.

Daily News | April 4, 2011

The head of Huntington Ingalls Industries, recently spun off from Northrop Grumman as an independent shipbuilding company, said today he is skeptical about pursuing new classes of ships and plans to keep a flat revenue stream for at least the next five years, though HII may pursue the TAO(X) tanker.

Daily News | March 30, 2011

If a ship is cut from the Navy's fiscal year 2011 budget under a full-year continuing resolution, the Navy would likely add the hull to a later budget request, possibly FY-13's, the vice chief of naval operations said today.

Daily News | March 28, 2011

The Navy's Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike fixed-wing aircraft will be controlled from a land-based station, possibly refueled in the air and carry out attacks only under direct human control, the service said in a broad agency announcement issued today.

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