US Navy Placed a $9.4 B Order for Submarines

(STL.News) The U.S. Navy has placed a $9.4 billion order with General Dynamics Electric Boat for the first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine.

The deal includes funds to finish construction of the future USS Columbia and buy materials for the second one – the future USS Wisconsin.

Rear Adm. Scott Pappano, program executive officer for Columbia, said during a briefing with reporters that the Columbia-class “will be the largest, most advanced, most capable submarine ever produced by this nation,”

The U.S Navy and Electric Boat have been building prototypes of unique parts of the new submarine for a number of years.

Pappano said. “We’ve done quite a bit of early advanced procurement and construction to shake out the defense industrial base,”

The Columbia-class is being built by General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut and U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding division in Virgi

Secretary of the Navy 245th Birthday Message to the US Marine Corps

(STL.News) Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite’s message to the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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US Navy: Sailors, Marines Conduct a Replenishment at Sea

PACIFIC OCEAN (STL.News) U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25), receive supplies during a replenishment-at-sea from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200).  The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 15th MEU are currently conducting at-sea training events in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations.

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(U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)

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Fast-attack Submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 779)

(STL.News) Sailors assigned to the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 779) conduct a virtual tour of the boat as part of Santa Fe Virtual Navy Week.  The Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s principal outreach effort into areas of the nation without a significant Navy presence, with over 250 Navy Weeks held in 80 different U.S. cities.  The program is designed to share with Americans how their Navy is deployed around the world and around the clock, and why a strong Navy is vital to protecting the American way of life.

(U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfred Coffield)

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U.S. Navy is Ready with New Missiles

(STL.News) The littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords, launched a Naval Strike Missile on Tuesday.  This event marked the first time the NSM has been fired in the Indo-Pacific region according to representations made by the Navy to Inside

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LIve-Fire Weapons Exercise in Arabian Gulf aboard USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114)

ARABIAN GULF (STL.News) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) conducts a live-fire exercise in the Arabian Gulf, Sept. 17.  The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three critical chokepoints to the free flow of global commerce.

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(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Clas

GE Powers US Navy’s 1st Full-Electric Power and Propulsion Ship

The first full-electric power and propulsion surface combatant, the USS Zumwalt, has been delivered to the US Navy.

The electric propulsion solution delivers efficiency, survivability, cost-of-ownership reductions, and system redundancy for enhanced vessel safety. In addition, machinery layout is more flexible and configurable.

As the top integrated electric power and propulsion provider to navies around the world, GE leveraged proven technologies for its innovative full-electric propulsion system and will continue to build on those innovations going forward.

(STL.News) The US Navy has taken delivery of the USS Zumwalt, its first full-electric power and propulsion ship. GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE:GE) was the designer and pro

GE Powers US Navy’s 1st Full-Electric Power and Propulsion Ship

The first full-electric power and propulsion surface combatant, the USS Zumwalt, has been delivered to the US Navy.

The electric propulsion solution delivers efficiency, survivability, cost-of-ownership reductions, and system redundancy for enhanced vessel safety. In addition, machinery layout is more flexible and configurable.

As the top integrated electric power and propulsion provider to navies around the world, GE leveraged proven technologies for its innovative full-electric propulsion system and will continue to build on those innovations going forward.

(STL.News) The US Navy has taken delivery of the USS Zumwalt, its first full-electric power and propulsion ship. GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE:GE) was the designer and pro

GE Powers US Navy’s 1st Full-Electric Power and Propulsion Ship

The first full-electric power and propulsion surface combatant, the USS Zumwalt, has been delivered to the US Navy.

The electric propulsion solution delivers efficiency, survivability, cost-of-ownership reductions, and system redundancy for enhanced vessel safety. In addition, machinery layout is more flexible and configurable.

As the top integrated electric power and propulsion provider to navies around the world, GE leveraged proven technologies for its innovative full-electric propulsion system and will continue to build on those innovations going forward.

(STL.News) The US Navy has taken delivery of the USS Zumwalt, its first full-electric power and propulsion ship. GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE:GE) was the designer and pro

US Navy under COVID-19 scanner – 1,100 members test positive

(STL.News) US Navy investigation into the spread of the coronavirus aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier has found that about 60% of sailors tested had antibodies for the virus, suggesting a far higher infection rate than previously known.  More than 1,100 aboard tested positive for the virus as of April, less than 25% of the crew.

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Boeing Delivers First Super Hornet Blue Angel Test Jet

Super Hornet to become the fourth Boeing platform for the flight demonstration team

Boeing has modified Blue Angels since 2008 and delivered 23 aircraft to date

JACKSONVILLE, FL (STL.News) Boeing [NYSE: BA] has delivered the first Super Hornet test aircraft for the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angel flight demonstration squadron.  The unpainted aircraft now enters the flight test and evaluation phase at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.  Boeing expects to deliver a total of 11 aircraft for the squadron in 2020.

“The Super Hornet is an iconic representation of excellence in naval aviation,” said ret. Admiral Pat Walsh, vice president of U.S. Navy & Marine Corps Services for Boeing.  Walsh flew with the Blue Angels from 1985

USS Kidd Conducts Crew Swap, Transitions to Next Phase of COVID-19 Response

SAN DIEGO, CA (NNS)(STL.News) The Navy has transitioned into the next phase of its aggressive response to the COVID-19 outbreak on board the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100).

On May 18, the Navy transferred nearly 90 confirmed healthy Sailors from quarantine onto the Kidd to replace the caretaker crew that has been aboard since the ship arrived in San Diego.

Prior to the transfer, the Navy re-tested 100 percent of the crew.  The test results informed decisions about who to transfer and who should remain in quarantine or isolation.

Military health professionals will continue to monitor all crew members for symptoms.

“Our number one priority is to protect the health of our for