US warship asserts free movement in South China Sea | 2nd Fleet commander warns of Russian sub threat | Zumwalt may lose underperforming gun system
December 6, 2018
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US warship asserts free movement in South China Sea
The US Navy made a show of force in the South China Sea in the days leading up to the G-20 summit in Argentina. The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville approached the disputed Paracel Islands in what was termed a "freedom of navigation operation."
CNN (11/29) 
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2nd Fleet commander warns of Russian sub threat
The Navy's 2nd Fleet was re-established in August, and its commander is warning of activity by Russian submarines. "Let's be frank, the Russian undersea threat is real," Vice Adm. Andrew "Woody" Lewis said at a maritime security event, adding that his fleet will attain full operational capability next year.
Military Times (tiered subscription model) (11/28) 
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Cybersecurity & Combat Systems
Zumwalt may lose underperforming gun system
A disappointing range means the costly Advanced Gun System aboard the Navy's Zumwalt-class destroyers may be replaced. "We will be developing either the round that goes with that gun or what we are going to do with that space if we decide to remove that gun in the future," Vice Adm. William Merz told a Senate subcommittee, adding that "the ship is doing fine, on track to be operational in 2021 in the fleet."
Breaking Defense (11/28) 
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Raytheon nabs $37.3M contract for missile work
Raytheon Missile Systems will be carrying out repair and maintenance work on SM-2 and SM-6 Standard surface-to-air missiles under a $37.3 million Navy contract. Work is projected to be completed by November.
United Press International (11/27) 
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In-Service Engineering
Austal USA wins $40.3M contract
Austal USA will provide engineering support and procure long lead-time materials for the Navy's 14th Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport under a $40.3 million contract. Work is expected to wrap up by July 2022.
Naval Technology (12/5) 
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Navy gives Congress a 30-year shipyard plan
The Navy has shared its 30-year plan for vessel repairs and upgrades with Congress, calling on lawmakers to provide stable budgets to address maintenance and backlog issues at public shipyards. The long-range plan helps officials gauge shipyard capacity for existing and future ships.
United Press International (11/27) 
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Bechtel to produce nuclear components for Navy
Bechtel Plant Machinery will provide nuclear propulsion components to power Navy carriers and submarines under two contracts totaling more than $1.2 billion for a project that will run at least through 2024.
United Press International (12/3) 
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Boats & Craft
Coast Guard gleaning guidance on future cutters
The Coast Guard is looking for feedback from the shipbuilding and design industry to guide development of new inland cutters in line with what is currently "state-of-the-market." Officials are faced with the challenge of developing a concept suitable to replace a 35-vessel fleet.
WorkBoat (12/4) 
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The Leading Edge
Navy defends troublesome catapults, arresting gear
The Navy acknowledges teething pains for new electromagnetic catapults and arresting gear for aircraft but remains committed to the technology despite questions raised by President Donald Trump. A Navy acquisitions official says the service is confident about both systems.
Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton, Va.) (free content) (11/28) 
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Navy affirms confidence in USS Gerald R. Ford
Fixes are in the works for troubled systems aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford, and the Navy is confident the carrier will enter service fully functional, says James Geurts, assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition. Asked specifically about the problem posed by the Ford's advanced weapons elevators, Geurts told senators that the issue "is the last one that we need to get tied up and work our way through."
Navy Times (11/29) 
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