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Navy Eyes Large Surface Combatant Procurement in 2023; Rear Adm. Ron Boxall Quoted

The U.S. Navy plans to purchase its first Future Surface Combatant ship in 2023 in support of its Arleigh Burke Flight III warship program, USNI News reported Tuesday. The combatant ship will integrate design elements from Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) and Arleigh Burke-class (DDG-51) destroyer vessels, according to the report.

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Report: Trump’s Proposed Fiscal 2018 Defense Budget Would Fund 9 Combat Ships

President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint for fiscal 2018 would allocate $603 billion in funds for defense, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Government officials told Bloomberg that the proposed defense budget would appropriate funds for the acquisition of nine warships that include the addition of one DDG-51 Flight III guided-missile destroyer ship built by Huntington …

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Mitre Study Suggests Navy Needs 414 Ship-Fleet

A new Mitre study says the U.S. Navy needs a fleet size of 414 combat ships that would include 160 destroyers and cruisers, 72 attack submarines and 14 aircraft carriers, Breaking Defense reported Friday. Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. writes Mitre’s 15-year shipbuilding plan for the Navy would cancel the Littoral …

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France to Deliver Helicopter Carrier to Russia

French President Francois Hollande has decided to push through his government’s plan to deliver a helicopter carrier to Russia amid opposition from allied nations, Business Insider reported Tuesday. Michael Kelley writes the first Mistral warship is set for delivery to Russia in October. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy inked the …

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