One panel of lawmakers is coming around to letting the Navy decommission its aging cruisers and reinvest the money into new ship construction, even as its Senate counterpart took the opposite approach, setting up a debate that puts at stake billions of dollars in spending.
2022 will be a big year for the Zumwalt-class destroyer program, as first-in-class Zumwalt and sister ship Michael Monsoor continue finding their place in the fleet — and perhaps make a debut at a major naval exercise.
Everything the submarine force is doing today – from experimenting with unmanned systems to finding its place within a joint force command and control network to growing from a recent low in force size – is done with a mindset of preparing to win major combat operations, submarine force leadership said.
Consistent funding will help the submarine industrial base accomplish the delicate task of maintaining today’s construction requirement while also providing increased submarine maintenance capacity and designing the SSN(X) next-generation attack submarine, industry and U.S. Navy leaders said.
The chief of naval operations remains firm that the fiscal 2022 budget request is well aligned with the U.S. Navy’s future fleet design plans – even if current spending levels would force the fleet to shrink instead of grow towards the 355-ship goal.
The U.S. Navy and the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office are making the most of the remaining months of their partnership on the Ghost Fleet Overlord unmanned surface vessel program, taking lessons learned from two recent voyages across the Panama Canal and upping the ante by putting these USVs into fleet exercises and operations.
U.S. Navy is seeing improved maintenance on deployed littoral combat ships amid efforts to boost readiness and operational endurance, now that is has switched from contractor-based work to sailor-performed maintenance, the commander of a destroyer squadron said.
The Navy needs to overhaul several dry docks at its four public shipyards so they can accommodate new attack submarines and aircraft carriers -- but the first attempt to build a new dry dock in Maine is already facing cost-overruns and schedule delays.