Littoral Combat Ships Transform Wisconsin’s Marinette Marine Shipyard

USS Freedom (LCS-1) shows off her camouflage scheme on sea trials in February 2013 prior her first deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy Photo

  By Andrea Shalal MARINETTE, Wis., Sept 6 (Reuters) - Big investments, lean manufacturing techniques borrowed from the automotive industry, and a more engaged workforce have revamped the Wisconsin shipyard where Italy's Fincantieri SpA builds the Freedom variant of the U.S. Navy's coastal warships for prime contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. Fincantieri invested … [Read more...]

Did The Australian Navy Pay Off People-Smugglers?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

(Reuters)Australia would have stooped to a "new low" if reports that its navy paid people-smugglers bound for Australia thousands of dollars to turn back their boat are true, an Indonesian government official said on Saturday. Australia has vowed to stop asylum-seekers reaching its shores, turning boats back to Indonesia when it can and sending asylum-seekers to camps in … [Read more...]

China Conducts Aircraft Carrier Drills

China's first aircraft carrier

(Reuters) China's sole aircraft carrier conducted exercises on Friday, the navy said without specifying its location, amid escalating disputes over maritime territory with some of China's Asian neighbors. The Liaoning conducted drills and tests in the "relevant sea" along with carrier-based fighter jets after setting sail from the coastal city of Qingdao, the navy … [Read more...]

SPOTD: India’s First Homegrown Aircraft Carrier Float Out


India yesterday undocked its first indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at a simple ceremony at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). INS Vikrant is the first aircraft carrier built in India and the first warship built by Cochin. Work on the ship's design began in 1999, and the keel was laid in February 2009. The carrier was floated out of its dry dock on 29 December … [Read more...]

Delaying Shock Tests on Costliest Ship Ever

USS Gerald R. Ford

The Navy should conduct combat shock tests on its new aircraft carrier that could disclose serious vulnerabilities in the costliest U.S. war ship ever built before it’s deployed in 2019, three top Pentagon officials said. The officials, including Stephen Welby, the Defense Department’s head of systems engineering, wrote on May 27 that a Navy plan to delay … [Read more...]

Tensions Rise As Taiwan Coast Guard Launches New Ships

Taiwan Coast Guard patrol ships

BY J.R. WU (Reuters)Taiwan's coast guard on Saturday commissioned its biggest ships for duty in the form of two 3,000-ton patrol vessels, as the island boosts defenses amid concerns about China's growing footprint in the disputed South China Sea. The new vessels will be able to dock at a new port being constructed on Taiping Island, the largest of the naturally occurring … [Read more...]

Pentagon Buyer Backs $4 Billion Huntington Carrier Contract

Super lift aboard the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush CVN 77.

(Bloomberg) The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer has approved awarding Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. a contract valued at as much as $4 billion to start building the second in the new Ford class of aircraft carriers. Frank Kendall issued a decision memo for the Navy to proceed with detailed design and construction of the USS John F. Kennedy and make a down payment on … [Read more...]