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Navy Schedules Commissioning of Future USS Tulsa

The U.S. Navy has set a commissioning ceremony for LCS 16, the Independence-class littoral combat ship to be named USS Tulsa on Saturday at Pier 30/32 in San Francisco, Calif. Kathy Taylor, former mayor of Tulsa, Okla., will order the activation of the vessel as the ship's sponsor. Sen. James Lankford will administer the ceremony's principal address, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

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Military Service Secretaries Aim to Facilitate Weapon Systems Interoperability via Common Standards

Army Secretary Mark Esper, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Navy Secretary Richard Spencer have signed a new memorandum that establishes common standards of data sharing between weapon systems across domains. The Air Force said Friday the joint memo requires acquisition executives within service branches to publish implementation guidelines for procurement programs, determine gaps and suggest new standards.

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Richard Spencer Christens Navy’s Independence-Class Littoral Combat Ship USS Pierre

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, a 2019 Wash100 winner, has named an Independence-class littoral combat ship after the city of Pierre in South Dakota. Austal USA will construct the future USS Pierre, also known as LCS 38, in Mobile, Ala., the military service said Tuesday.
 

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Independence-Class LCS-34 to be Named USS Augusta

The U.S. Navy named a Independence-class littoral combat ship after the capital city of Maine. The future USS Augusta (LCS-34) will be constructed at the Austal USA facility in Mobile, Ala., and is the sixth naval ship to carry the name, the Navy said Thursday. "I am pleased that a future ship will carry on that tradition of service by bearing the name and history of their great capital city," said Richard Spencer, secretary of the Navy.

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Report: Jim Webb Emerges as Potential Candidate for Defense Secretary Role

The White House considers Jim Webb, a former senator from Virginia, to serve as the next secretary of the Department of Defense, The New York Times reported Thursday. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan assumed the role of acting DoD secretary on Tuesday after James Mattis resigned from his post.

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Navy Adm. Ron Boxall on Unmanned Surface Vessels, Future Frigates

Navy Adm. Ron Boxall, surface warfare director OPNAV N96, has said his goal for 2019 is to bring more weapons and sensors into the battlespace to enable larger combat ships to serve as command and control for smaller vessels, Defense News reported Wednesday. “If you think about what we are trying to do with the surface force, we have large and small surface combatants that will [ultimately make up part of the 355-ship Navy] but we have no requirement for unmanned surface vessels right now, which I see as an absolutely critical part of distributed lethality, distributed maritime operations environment that we are moving into,” Boxall said.

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McAleese & Associates: U.S. Navy Improving Public Shipyards in 2019

McAleese & Associates reports that public shipyards are all jockeying for public shipyard recapitalization funding heading into 2019. During the recent “Navy/USMC Readiness” hearing, Richard Spencer, secretary of the U.S. Navy, assured lawmakers the agency is drafting its master plan to modernize its public shipyards.

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