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Moton: Unmanned Vessels May Require Different Approaches to Maintenance

ARLINGTON, Va. — The admiral in charge of developing the U.S. Navy’s unmanned surface vessels (USVs) and unmanned underwater vessels (UUVs) said the maintenance strategy for the vessels may require different approaches to maintenance, particularly at the operational level (O-level).    …

Commander Praises Agility that Deployed Low-Yield Warhead for SLBMs

WASHINGTON —The admiral in command of the nation’s strategic deterrent forces defended the new W76-2 low-yield nuclear warhead before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) in a hearing on Capitol Hill and praised the agile process that rapidly deployed the…

NAVSEA Commander: Planning Critical to On-Time Maintenance of Ships

ARLINGTON, Va. — The on-time delivery of ships, submarines and systems from the Navy’s repair yards and the private shipyards as well as on-time delivery of new construction ships remains the Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA’s) top priority, the NAVSEA commander said.  …

Navy Ship Days Delayed by Maintenance Reduced 80% in 2020

ARLINGTON, Va. — The number of ship days delayed by maintenance has been reduced by 80% in fiscal 2020, a senior Navy engineering duty officer said, even with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting operations.   “The needle is really moving, and moving…

Marines to Operate Armed Reaper UAS in ‘Coming Months’

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Marine Corps plans to deploy armed MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles in the “coming months,” the Navy’s program executive officer for Unmanned and Strike Weapons (PEO-UMW) said.  “The MQ-9 Reaper provides increased lethality to the Marine Air-Ground…

Navy Asking Industry for Ideas to Meet Increased Range for UAVs

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Navy’s acquisition official for unmanned aerial systems said he is looking for ideas to meet a new requirement that has come down from regional combatant commanders (COCOMs).   “Now we have a new demand coming from…

Navy Looking at Upgrades to RQ-21 UAS

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy is planning a series of upgrades to the Boeing Insitu-built RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial system, an acquisition official said.   “We’re continuing to look at upgrades for the system,” said Rear Adm. Brian Corey, program executive officer –…

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