Watch The USS Little Rock Take The Plunge Of Her Life

Lockheed Martin officially launched the Navy’s 9th Littoral Combat Ship, the USS Little Rock (LCS-9). The almost violent side-launching affair took place yesterday at Marinette Marine’s ship-building facility along the Menominee River in Wisconsin. The occasion included all the typical ship launching fanfare,… » 7/19/15 2:40pm 7/19/15 2:40pm

The Pentagon's 'Concurrency Myth' Is Now Available In Supercarrier Size

Concurrency isn’t coming. It’s already here. And what was once an incredibly naive high-hopes buzzword and procurement concept has now become a slur in many defense crowds. Now, after nearly downing the F-35, and causing chaos in many other defense programs, it’s trying to sink America’s newest aircraft carrier, the… » 6/17/15 3:03pm 6/17/15 3:03pm

Navy's New Minehunter Can't See or Stop Mines

It's bad enough that the Navy's newest ship has had wicked problems with corrosion, missed out on the latest naval wartime missions and is generally something of a Frankenstein's monster. Now the Pentagon's top weapons tester has found problems with its abilities to find and withstand mines - which is a big problem… » 1/18/12 8:20pm 1/18/12 8:20pm

Navy's Latest Anti-Pirate Defense Sadly Does Not Involve Ninjas

Piracy on the high seas is a growing problem » 9/30/08 3:00pm 9/30/08 3:00pm, so the Navy's latest lightweight fighter, the Littoral Combat ship, has a system specially designed to knock out pirates without killing them (so it obviously don't use ninjas). The Running-Gear Entanglement System, developed by the Coast Guard, is decidedly…

U.S.S. Independence: A Triple Hulled, Weapon-Laden Monster That is Surprisingly Affordable

Last month, the US Navy and General Dynamics took the lid off the new U.S.S. Independence littoral combat ship (LCS). This beast will sail close to the shore and throw everything imaginable at an enemy—from armored vehicles and helicopters to shells, torpedoes and missiles. Plus, it can hustle at a rumored 60 knots.… » 5/07/08 7:10pm 5/07/08 7:10pm