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https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2019/12/24/pentagon-proposes-big-cuts-to-us-navy-destroyer-construction-retiring-13-cruisers/

https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2019/12/24/us-navy-proposes-decommissioning-first-4-lcs-more-than-a-decade-early/

 

The USN is proposing to;

 

-Retire four additional Ticonderoga cruisers sooner than planned, leaving 9 in service.

-Retire the first four LCS. The Freedom, Independence, Fort Worth and Coronado.

-Retire three dock landing ships. The Whidbey Island, Germantown and the Gunston Hall.

-Cut 5 of the 12 planned Flight III Aleigh Burkes.

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https://www.navalnews.com/event-news/sna-2020/2020/01/sna-2020-lockheed-martin-pitching-jagm-for-u-s-navy-lcs/

 

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The Lockheed Martin booth at SNA 2020 features a full scale model of a Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) with a sign reading “JAGM for LCS”.

 

Speaking to Naval News, a Lockheed Martin representative explained that the Longbow Hellfire missile currently deployed aboard USS Detroit as part of the SSMM is no longer in production (and has actually been out of production for a number of years).

 

The current stock of Longbow Hellfire ammunition available to the U.S. Navy is finite and will only be decreasing going forward. The natural replacement of Hellfire is the JAGM and Lockheed Martin hopes that the U.S. Navy will procure the new missile for both existing and future LCS of both variants.

 

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https://news.usni.org/2020/01/21/sea-hunter-usv-will-operate-with-carrier-strike-group-as-surfdevron-plans-hefty-testing-schedule

The Navy’s experimentation squadron for unmanned surface vessels has big plans for its second year that include integrating the Sea Hunter Medium USV into a carrier strike group and leading a large U.S. Pacific Fleet experiment this summer.

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https://news.usni.org/2020/01/30/navy-trying-again-on-champ-auxiliary-design-after-white-house-pushback



The Navy and industry are taking another crack at designing the Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-mission Platform (CHAMP) in the hopes of reducing costs by starting with a commercial hull design as a baseline.

Program Executive Officer for Ships Rear Adm. Bill Galinis acknowledged earlier this month that previous designs from industry-led to cost estimates upwards of $1 billion per hull, for the program that seeks two variants: one to cover sealift, and one to focus on tasks such as sub-tending and command and control.

The Office of Management and Budget rejected the high cost estimates in a December 2019 memo, as first reported by Inside Defense.

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We estimate that one or two of the 20 missiles on the USS Tennessee and subsequent subs will be armed with the W76-2, either singly or carrying multiple warheads. Each W76-2 is estimated to have an explosive yield of about five kilotons. The remaining 18 missiles on each submarine like the Tennesseecarry either the 90-kiloton W76-1 or the 455-kiloton W88,” wrote Hans Kristensen, the director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists


https://news.usni.org/2020/02/04/pentagon-confirms-low-yield-nuclear-warhead-on-ballistic-missile-sub

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https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2020/02/12/upgrading-the-first-four-littoral-combat-ships-not-worth-the-money-us-navy-says/

“Those four test ships were instrumental to wringing out the crewing, the maintenance and all the other things we needed to learn from them,” Crites told reporters during the Feb. 10 budget roll out. “But they’re not configured like the other LCS in the fleet, and they need significant upgrades. Everything from combat [systems], to structural, you name it. They’re expensive to upgrade.”

"They’ve played an important role and we’ve certainly ramped up our employment [of the LCS],” Crites said. “That’s a good thing. But when we looked at our return on investment and the cost of bringing those ships up to speed, they’re important, but in the context of great power competition they were less important. So, we took those savings and applied it to other areas.”

“The four LCS we’re talking about, we’ve gotten all we can get out of those ships in terms of testing,” Crites said. “In future testing we’re going to use the fleet-configured models.”

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https://news.usni.org/2020/02/18/navy-confirms-global-strike-hypersonic-weapon-will-first-deploy-on-virginia-attack-subs

 

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The Navy’s CPS program will design a missile comprised of a Common Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) and a 34.5 inch two-stage booster. The program is pursuing an [initial operational capability] of FY 2028 in which the missile will be fielded on a Virginia class submarine with Virginia Payload Module.

 

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