Congress Must Provide Full Funding for Refueling and Complex Overhaul Modernization (RCOH)
Investing in less than 1% of the defense budget in the modernization of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier will mean it will have a 50-year service life to fight terrorism, protect national security and provide humanitarian aid. Learn more:
A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier...
is a very modern, very mobile U.S. military base complete with airfield, hospital, and communications systems from which the U.S. can strike at its enemies in otherwise unreachable locations, project power, conduct diplomacy and provide humanitarian relief.
X-47B completes first night flight
A Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned air vehicle completed the type’s first night flight on 10 April – the same day the UAV’s development team won the Robert J Collier Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association. The aircraft, developed by Northrop as a demonstrator for the US Navy’s unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (UCLASS) programme, conducted the night flight at NAS Patuxent River in Maryland, according to a USN media release.
Should the Pentagon Rescue Ailing Suppliers?
Prime contractors often say they fear they will lose lower tier suppliers as orders for new weapons dwindle. They will not say what their backup plan is for when that day comes. Lambert would like the Pentagon to have deeper visibility into the supply chain. “The lower tiers are very important,” says Brett Lambert, the Defense Department’s former director of manufacturing and industrial base policy.
Study: Spending cuts threaten Newport News Shipbuilding, carrier, sub fleet
A Pentagon report released Tuesday spells out more consequences for Newport News Shipbuilding if automatic budget cuts return in 2016: The Navy would purchase one less submarine and delay delivery of the next Ford-class carrier. Cuts would be spread throughout the services, affecting weapons programs, personnel levels and military construction projects.
HII: If Navy Delays Decision On GW, Ship's Refueling Will Start 'A Year Late'
The Navy's plan to delay a decision on the fate of the George Washington aircraft carrier will add a year of lag time to the ship's refueling and complex overhaul if the Pentagon ultimately opts to keep the ship in the fleet, according to Huntington Ingalls Industries officials.