Tag Archives: Littoral Combat Ship

Adm. Michael Gilday: Unmanned Vessel Program to Strictly Use Tested Tech Only

Adm. Michael Gilday

Adm. Michael Gilday, chief of naval operations, said he wants the service to equip new unmanned vessels only with proven technologies, to avoid issues in development. Gilday said this approach aims to avoid problems the Navy experienced with littoral combat ships due to using untested equipment. The service branch will identify its technology priorities for the new vessels under the Unmanned Campaign Plan. 

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Navy to Field MQ-8C Unmanned Helicopter for Surface Warfare Missions; Cmdr. Matthew Wright Quoted

MQ-8C Fire Scout

The U.S. Navy is fielding an MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to support squadron operations ahead of its deployment with a littoral combat ship (LCS) next year. The Navy's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 recently received the MQ-8C variant of the Northrop Grumman-built unmanned aircraft intended to operate with LCS for surface warfare missions. 

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Lockheed Martin Completes Acceptance Trials for LCS 21; Joe DePietro, Jan Allman Quoted

Joe DePietro

Lockheed Martin has announced that the company has completed acceptance trials for its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 21, the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul, in Lake Michigan. Lockheed Martin’s LCS 21 underwent a full-power run, maneuverability testing and surface and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of the ship's combat system.

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Navy Holds Commissioning for USS St. Louis

U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy's 10th Freedom-class littoral combat ship has entered into active service. Dubbed LCS 19, USS St. Louis is the 22nd littoral combat ship to join the service branch and the seventh vessel to bear the name.

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Raytheon Transfers 10th AN/AQS-20C Minehunting Sonar to U.S. Navy; Wade Knudson Quoted

The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division has received its tenth AN/AQS-20C minehunting sonar system from Raytheon, the company announced on Wednesday. The can start moving towards initial operating capacity after having completed developmental testing in Feb. 2019. 

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Navy Lays Keel of New Littoral Combat Ship Savannah

The U.S. Navy has laid the keel of LCS 28 or the future USS Savannah, formally marking the start of the littoral combat ship's construction. The service branch said Friday that it laid and authenticated the ship's keel during a ceremony the same day at Austal USA’s shipyard in Mobile, Ala.

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Pentagon Increases Major Defense Procurement Cost Estimate to $2T

The Department of Defense’s cost estimates for the acquisition of major weapons platforms climbed from $1.92T in 2017 to $2T in 2018 covering 87 programs. According to the annual Selected Acquisition Reports, the total program costs for DoD rose by 4 percent to $624.1B driven by the F-35 program. The total acquisition cost of the program jumped by $15.3B in base year 2012 dollars.

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