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Christopher Grady: Navy, Industrial Base Need to Adjust for Maintenance, Modernization Demands

During a Surface Navy Association event, Adm. Christopher Grady, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, said the U.S. Navy and industrial base need better flexibility to accelerate shipbuilding and maintenance operations, USNI News reported Thursday. Grady noted the industrial base’s growth rate is not keeping up with the Navy’s maintenance demands, with the suppliers being “optimized for cost efficiency” as a result.

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Navy Plans to Field Two Hull Designs Replacing Aging Auxiliary Ships

The U.S. Navy plans to deploy two different hull designs to replace the service’s auxiliary ships that are about to be phased out, USNI News reported Wednesday. Last year, the Navy sought industry input on a common design to succeed its sealift ships, command-and-control ship, hospital ship, aviation logistics ship and submarine tender as part of the Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-Mission Platform program.

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Advanced Weapons Elevator Installed on Navy’s Newest Carrier

The U.S. Navy has announced the installation of aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford's first advanced weapons elevator, the service branch said Wednesday. Its newest carrier received the AWE on Dec. 21 after engineers from Huntington Ingalls Industries completed certification and testing activities.

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Bill Moran: Navy Needs Data Access to Accelerate AI Implementation

Adm. Bill Moran, the U.S. Navy’s vice chief of naval operations, said at a Surface Navy Association event in Arlington, Va., that data ownership issues hamper efforts to implement emerging technology, National Defense reported Wednesday. Moran noted the Navy is lagging when it comes to artificial intelligence and machine learning efforts because the service is being denied access to its own data.

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Navy Reveals New Training System in San Diego

The U.S. Navy has trained and assigned over 40 sailors to the USS Rafael Peralta with a new system combining air and missile defense with anti-submarine warfare. The destroyer's crewmen were the first to employ the Combined Integrated Air and Missile Defense/ Anti-Submarine Warfare Trainer or CIAT with the latest advanced warfare training curriculum, the Navy said Tuesday.

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Navy Eyes Potential Contract for Large Surface Ship

The U.S. Navy is awarding a contract for the construction of a large surface combat ship as part of a plan to complete a 355-ship fleet, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday. Rear Adm. Ronald Boxall, the Navy's director of surface warfare, said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson has proposed the contract be awarded in fiscal year 2023.

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Thomas Modly: Navy Must Develop Strategy to Strengthen IT Leadership

The U.S. Navy must “elevate the management” of its digital strategy and prioritize information technology efforts within the department, Navy Undersecretary Thomas Modly wrote in an opinion piece published Monday on Defense One. Modly noted that the Navy must develop a strategic plan to keep up with an “information-cognizant” culture by fostering the department’s IT talent and establishing relationships with industry.

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Navy Preps to Return Littoral Combat Ships to Missions in FY19

The U.S. Navy plans to resume deployment of its Littoral Combat Ships this fall following a delay in 2018 due to challenges in manning and advanced training, USNI News reported Monday. Vice Adm. Richard Brown, commander of Naval Surface Forces, said the service branch intends to return three LCS before fiscal year 2019 ends in September.

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Sec. Richard Spencer Calls for Increased, Faster Innovation Across Navy

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer wants to improve how the service branch plans its spending, finds partnerships and speeds up the deployment of new technologies to boost the capabilities of its service members, USNI News reported Wednesday. Spencer said he's looking for ways to increase the budget and accelerate the acquisition process to empower sailors and the civilian workforce. 

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