The now-under-construction Bougainville will incorporate an ability to launch two Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCACs) or Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vehicles.
Following a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of operations, the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) has returned to their homeport of San Diego this past weekend. Following the offload, USS Makin Island (LHD 8), USS San Diego (LPD 22) and USS Somerset (LPD 25) will return to port at Naval Base San Diego, according to the U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs.
AWIBC Chairman, Capt. David Forster, writes on why America needs a force structure tailored to handle multiple crises and flashpoints, one equipped with the right assets to tackle any contingency—political, military, or humanitarian.
In a recent Daily Press article, Sailors and Marines of the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) spoke about the wide array of missions the ARG is prepared to face.
Speaking at The Hill and AWIBC’s “The Future of Modern Expeditionary Warfare” event, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger said that while other military and security threats are far from inconsequential, they do not rise to the level of Beijing and Moscow.
President Biden’s defense team is reworking the Pentagon’s fiscal 2022 budget request to reflect the new administration’s priorities. The biggest challenge is figuring out what to do about an ambitious naval shipbuilding plan unveiled by the previous administration on the eve of its departure.
The U.S. Navy is looking to integrate the new Naval Strike Missile onto at least one amphibious warfare ship in the coming year. This is part of a larger effort to look at ways to increase the firepower of these types of vessels, which could eventually include the addition of containerized missile launchers.
As the Navy looks to smaller and cheaper manned and unmanned ships to fill out its future fleet, a larger amphibious warship program is positioning itself to remain in shipbuilding plans by highlighting the ability to continue bringing costs down – including through a potential first-ever multi-ship buy – and adding capability.
The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21) arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, Nov. 22, 2020 concluding the ship’s homeport shift from Mayport, Florida to Virginia, The U.S. Second Fleet said in a release.
In a Defense News op-ed, Georgia Senator David Perdue emphasized the threat the U.S. Navy is facing as we are being surpassed in capability by competitors. He reinforced the need for the Navy to achieve a 355-ship fleet.
The U.S. Navy is scheduled to receive the first Flight II variant of its San Antonio-class amphibious platform dock ship (LPD) in the second quarter of fiscal 2025, a Navy official said, and the type is in serial production with the recent contract award of the second Flight II ship.
Reprinted with permission of Seapower, the official publication of the Navy League of the United States.
Huntington Ingalls Industries CEO Mike Petters, whose company builds military ships, discusses operating as a critical industry amid coronavirus, company earnings, and working with the Navy to ensure small business partners can continue to operate.