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Navy Secretary to Commission Future Carrier 2030 Task Force

WASHINGTON — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas B. Modly announced that he is commissioning a Blue-Ribbon Future Carrier 2030 (FC-2030) Task Force to conduct a six-month study that will reimagine the future of the aircraft carrier and carrier-based naval aviation (manned and unmanned) for 2030 and beyond.  FC-2030 will be…

Wittman: DDGs Still Needed as Cruisers Retire; Go Slow on USVs

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy still needs a large fleet of guided-missile destroyers (DDGs) to replace the guided-missile cruisers (CGs) being retired, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) said.  Speaking March 9 at the Hudson Institute, a Washington…

Navy Gives Boeing Long-Lead Contract for 18 P-8A Patrol Aircraft

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Navy has ordered long-lead materials and activity to support production of eight P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for its patrol squadrons plus 10 more for foreign military sales.   Naval Air Systems Command has awarded an $800 million contract modification for long-lead…

Geurts: Navy Looking at Money-Saving Strategies in Procurement of Four Amphibs

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy is looking at acquisition strategies for procuring four amphibious warfare ships over the next few years to achieve economies, the Navy’s top acquisition official said.  During March 4 testimony about the fiscal 2021 shipbuilding proposal before the Seapower subcommittee of the…

NAVAIR Extends Life of F-16 Adversary Aircraft

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — The Specialized and Proven Aircraft program office (PMA-226) recently completed a modification on several U.S. Navy F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft to increase readiness and service life, according to Naval Air Systems Command.  The FalconUp modification improves F-16A readiness by extending their fatigue…

NAVAIR Orders Two MV-22B Osprey

ARLINGTON, Va. — Naval Air Systems Command has ordered two MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft and provided funds to continue the modernization of the Osprey fleet.  According to the Feb. 28 Pentagon contract announcement, NAVAIR awarded Bell-Boeing a $165.3 million contract under the fiscal…

Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Cooperstown

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Navy will christen its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Cooperstown (LCS 23), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony on Feb. 29 in Marinette, Wisconsin, the Pentagon said in a release.  Alba Tull will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a…