Some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Navy:
1. The Navy has made the long-awaited decision to reduce its Littoral Combat Ship mission package requirement by 20 units because of a determination made in 2014 that the service would purchase fewer ships, according to two reports viewed by Inside the Navy.
2. The Navy faces three significant hurdles if it is going to improve public and private shipyard maintenance over the next five years as the service grows its fleet to 355 ships, according to a recent report sent to Congress that was viewed by Inside the Navy.
3. The Navy is facing several challenges before it can declare the F-35C wartime ready in 2019, including how Block 3F software will perform during operational testing, green-glow emitting from the Gen III helmet and cockpit oscillations when the jet conducts takeoffs and landings from an aircraft carrier.
4. The Navy's plans to recapitalize the surge sealift force include 10-year service life extensions for select vessels, acquiring and modernizing two used vessels in the early 2020s, and implementing a common-hull design for the future fleet, according to documents viewed by Inside the Navy.