GAO weighs in on Navy shipbuilding delays

Navy shipbuilding delays vs, commercial ships

With delays to major Navy shipbuilding programs continuing to be a major concern, and not least to Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) has released a report that says that the Navy could improve the timeliness of deliveries by learning from leading commercial shipbuilders.

Changing maritime threats are pushing the U.S. Navy to increase its pace for designing and delivering new ships, says GAO. Since 2009, the agency has used leading practices in...

Fincantieri Marinette lays keel for first new Constellation-class frigate

Constellation-class keel laying

“USS Constellation and the Constellation-class frigates are a critical next step in the modernization of our surface ship inventory, increasing the number of players on the field available globally for our fleet and combatant commanders,” said Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro on April 12 as the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wis., hosted a keel laying ceremony marking a milestone in the construction of the first vessel in the Navy’s new guided missile frigate program,...

Del Toro reiterates call for new investment in U.S. shipyards

Over the past forty years, America’s maritime shipbuilding capabilities and capacity have atrophied,” said Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, in a keynote speech at a Navy League Sea Air Space 2024 luncheon, in which he again called for a increase in military shipbuilding capacity.

“Right now, we build the most-capable warships in the world in shipyards that are decades behind the global technological standard,” said Secretary Del Toro “This is an inefficient approach requiring far too much...

SECNAV urges Korean shipbuilders to invest in U.S. shipyards

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro has been meeting with top South Korean shipbuilding executives and making the case for them to create American subsidiaries and invest in integrated U.S. commercial and naval shipbuilding facilities.

Shortly after arriving in Seoul on Sunday, February 25, Secretary Del Toro engaged separately with Hanwha vice chairman and CEO Dong Kwan Kim and HD Hyundai vice chairman and CEO Kisun Chung.

The morning of Tuesday, February 27, Chung personally gave Secretary...

SECNAV directs comprehensive Navy shipbuilding review

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro has directed newly-confirmed Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (ASN RD&A) Nickolas Guertin and Commander Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Vice Adm. James Downey to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the Navy shipbuilding portfolio.

The intent is to provide an interim progress review to Secretary Del Toro within 45 days.

The purpose of the review is “to provide an assessment of national and local causes of shipbuilding...

Austal USA wins $867.6 million order for three Expeditionary Medical Ships

Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., has been awarded an $867,666,667 modification to a previously awarded U.S. Navy contract (N00024-19-C-2227) for the detail design, and construction of three Expeditionary Medical Ships, an Expeditionary Fast Transport variant.

Work is expected to complete by May 2030. Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

“This award is further evidence of the Navy’s confidence in Austal USA to produce highly-capable, shallow-draft aluminum multi-hull...

SECNAV leads inaugural meeting of Government Shipbuilders Council

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro kicked off the inaugural meeting of the Government Shipbuilders Council (GSC) at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Nov. 16. Despite its name, the new Government Shipbuilders Council does not actually have any shipbuilding company representation. Its initial members will include:

  • Navy: Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (DASN) for Ships, and Military Sealift Command (MSC), Director of Ship Management
  • Coast Guard: Assistant Commandant for Acquisition (CG...

SECNAV Del Toro’s Navy Two-Year Review

The following is the Aug. 9, 2023, memo from Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, Department of the Navy Two-Year Review.

From the memo

Today marks my second anniversary as your Secretary of the Navy and it continues to be an honor to serve by your side. In that time, our Navy and Marine Corps team has made much progress advancing our three enduring priorities: Strengthening Maritime Dominance, Building a Culture of Warfighting Excellence, and Enhancing Strategic Partnerships. Together we are...

SECNAV Del Toro: Names Ship after Navy SEAL, Alaska Native

Engineman Seaman Solomon Atkinson smiles for a picture in 1952. US Navy Photo

Future Navajo-class Towing, Salvage and Rescue ship will bear the name USNS Solomon Atkinson (T-ATS-12), in honor of the Alaskan native and Navy SEAL, the Navy announced Monday.

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro announced the name of the ship during Founder’s Day for the Metlakatla Indian Community, of which Solomon Atkinson was a part. The Navy names towing, salvage and rescue ships after Native Americans,...

Navy Secretary Names Fourth Frigate After Revolutionary Hero Marquis de Lafayette

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro announced that a future Constellation-class guided-missile frigate will be named USS Lafayette (FFG-65) while in Paris. US Navy Photo

The Navy is naming its fourth Constellation-class frigate in honor of Marquis de Lafayette, a Frenchman who helped the United States win the Revolutionary War against the British.

The fourth frigate will bear the name USS Lafayette (FFG-65), Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro announced announced while in Paris, according to...

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