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Marine Corps commandant says China, Russia to pose biggest challenges for years

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.

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How The Biden Administration Can Save A Bundle Building Warships—Without Giving Up Anything

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.

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U.S. Navy Amphibious Warship To Deploy With Anti-Ship Missiles Next Year

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.

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Ingalls Eyeing LPD Cost Reductions, Capability Increases As Future Fleet Design Evolves

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.

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USS New York Shifts Homeport to Norfolk

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.

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To keep up with our competitors, America must boost shipbuilding

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.

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The ‘Do-Anything’ Ships

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.

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Defense contractor fast-tracks coronavirus cash to small business through Navy partnership

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.

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Geurts: COVID-19 Crisis Offers Opportunity to Strengthen Acquisition, Sustainment

A top U.S. Navy official said acquisition and sustainment could emerge stronger, having withstood disruptions during the COVID-19 crisis. Speaking May 4 as part of a Navy League webinar sponsored by IBM for small businesses in the defense industry, James F. Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, said he views the pandemic as a crucible, where there will be some delays in production and maintenance, but also as an opportunity to strengthen the system.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Wins $187M Navy Contract to Engineer Additional Amphibious Assault Ship

Huntington Ingalls Industries has been awarded a potential $187.5M contract by the U.S. Navy for design and engineering of one America-class amphibious warfare vessel.

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Navy Acquisition Boosts Ship Contract Awards Under COVID-19

Navy leaders and defense industry execs are worried about the effect the COVID-19 pandemic is having on their supply chains, potentially interrupting critical repair and refit availabilities that could have knock-on effects on deployment schedules.

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Navy Contract Spending Jumps 30% in April Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The federal contracting community has gotten used to seeing major upticks in contract outlays in the last couple months of the fiscal year. But for the Department of the Navy, April’s numbers rivaled those figures: Contract obligations this month are already up 30% compared to the same period a year ago, and almost double the figures from April 2018.

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