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Jonathan Greenert: Navy Awaits Decision on Combat Ship Designs, Electronic Attack Planes

Adm. Jonathan Greenert
Adm. Jonathan Greenert

Adm. Jonathan Greenert has said the U.S. Navy is examining some defense procurement programs as it prepares its budget request for fiscal year 2016, Reuters reported Saturday.

Andrea Shalal reports that Greenert, the chief of naval operations, expects a decision soon on the Small Surface Combatant designs from Lockheed Martin and Austal for future Littoral Combat Ships.

The report said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called for a review of the program and on potential updates to the current design with the aim to counter mines and submarines and perform surface warfare closer to shore.

“It was our endeavor to provide an option which would provide a more lethal ship, one that is more survivable, with capabilities that can be backfit, and as much as feasible, not interrupt production,” Greenert told Reuters.

Shalal writes that the Navy could also place new orders for Boeing‘s EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft if Congress includes the program in the fiscal 2015 budget.

Greenert expects the potential orders to address the service’s tactical aircraft and electronic attack requirements, the report said.

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