Thursday, January 23, 2020

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Blackjack UAS Fielding Complete for Navy, Marine Corps

ARLINGTON, Va. — The fielding of the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial system achieved full operational capability in 2019, Navy’s program manager said. Col. John Neville, the Blackjack’s program manager for the Program Executive Office-Unmanned and Strike Weapons, told Seapower at…

Navy Carriers to Receive Unmanned Aviation Warfare Centers

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Navy is installing control centers for unmanned aerial vehicles on its aircraft carriers as the ships go through overhauls and maintenance periods, a Navy official said. Capt. Chuck Ehnes, the Navy’s program manager for in-service…

Navy Studying Single-Phased Delivery for JFK

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Navy’s program manager for the next three aircraft carriers said the sea service is considering the business case for a single-phased delivery of the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). Speaking Jan. 16 at…

Navy Ready to Accept First Block V Tomahawk from Raytheon

ARLINGTON, Va. — Raytheon Co. has completed the first recertificated Tomahawk cruise missile, one that it modified to the Block V configuration, a Navy official said. The missile is one of the first five Block VI Tactical Tomahawk missiles that…

Navy Laying Groundwork for New Special-Purpose Auxiliary Ships

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Navy is proceeding with studies and concept development for three special-mission ships to replace existing ships in the Military Sealift Command. Speaking Jan. 15 at the Surface Navy Association symposium here, Matt Sermon, the executive…

First Modernized Ticonderoga Cruiser Returned to Navy Service

ARLINGTON, Va. — The first of seven Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers entered into the Cruiser Modification Program has been returned to the U.S. Navy’s fleet for service. USS Cowpens went through the modification at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego over…