Fanta said the LHD and LHA
big-deck amphibious assault ships
and the LPD 17-class amphibious
transport docks have the command
and communications capabilities to
handle those separated operations,
but the aged dock landing ships
(LSD) do not. That is why the Navy
has decided to use a less-expensive
variant of the LPD 17 to replace the
LSDs in the LX(R) program.
The lead ship in the LX(R) is
planned for funding in fiscal 2020,
said RADM David Gale, program
executive officer, Ships.
Gale said his office currently is
delivering primary new amphibious
ships, the littoral combat ships and
“black hull” Military Sealift Command vessels, including the mobile
landing platform, the afloat forward
staging base variant of that, and the
joint high-speed vessel, all of which
will play a role in future expeditionary operations.
Navy to Retire 23 Battle
Force Ships by 2020
The Navy has announced the battle
force ships it plans to retire over
the fiscal 2016-2020 time frame.
The 23 ships include 13 Los
Angeles-class attack submarines
and two Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers.
The retirements were listed in
the Navy’s “Report to Congress on
the Annual Long-Range Plan of
Construction of Naval Vessels for
Fiscal Year 2016,” submitted by
Deputy Defense Secretary Robert
; In 2016: USS Albuquerque (SSN
706), USS Houston (SSN 713) and
USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705).
; In 2017: USS Dallas (SSN 700),
USS Bremerton (SSN 698), USS
Jacksonville (SSN 699), USS San Francisco (SSN 711) and USS Buffalo
; In 2019: USS Louisville (SN
724), USS Providence (SSN 719)
and USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720).
; In 2020: USS Olympia (SSN 717)
and USS Helena (SSN 725).
All submarines will be inactivated, and later decommissioned and
dismantled once their nuclear power
plants have been removed, except
for San Francisco, which will be retained as a Moored Training Ship.
The cruisers USS Mobile Bay (CG
53) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52)
will be decommissioned in 2020 and
placed in reserve. The Avenger-class
mine-countermeasures ships USS
Sentry (MCM 3) and Devastator
(MCM 6) will be decommissioned
in 2019 and 2020, respectively, and
dismantled. The fleet replenishment
oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO
187) also will be retired in 2020 and
placed in reserve.
Five other ships will be retired in
2017 and placed in reserve: the
afloat forward support base (
interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15); the rescue and salvage ships USNS
Safeguard (T-ARS 50) and USNS
Grasp (T-ARS 51); and the fleet
ocean tugs USNS Catawba (T-ATF
168) and USNS Navajo (T-ATF 169).
Over the same period, the Navy
also plans to scrap 18 already
retired ships and sink five retired
frigates in live-fire exercises.
Mergers & Acquisitions
; Centerra Group LLC of Palm
Beach Gardens, Fla., a global government and critical infrastructure
services company, has acquired
Gregg Protection Services Inc., a
company involved in the protection
of nuclear and biological assets as
well as other high threat national
security targets worldwide. David
C. Bradley, currently Centerra’s
vice president of operations and former general manager at the Nevada
National Security Site, has been
selected to lead this new division.
; Northrop Grumman Corp.’s Electronic Systems sector has announced
the realignment of its Intelligence,
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The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Louisville, left, is moored beside
USS Pasadena at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, during a scheduled port
visit Feb. 26. Under the Navy’s new long-range ship construction plan,
Louisville is among 13 Los Angeles-class subs scheduled for retirement from
2016-2020. Louisville’s retirement is set for 2019.