Dr. Edward S. Ammeen, Director for Marine Engineering, Naval Sea Systems Command US Navy, presents on preparing for naval expansion and the US Naval Warship Engineering Priorities.
According to USNI News, the Navy is hoping to bring the submarine community's capability improvement process to its surface combatants, which would allow for more continuous upgrades to the ships' warfighting systems as the class builds out. To find out more, read the full article.
Article written by Megan Eckstein.
According to Quartz, the US Navy sent two warships to a disputed archipelago in the South China Sea on May 28 in its latest symbolic protest against China’s claims there. Reuters reported that the USS Higgins and the USS Antietam ventured within 12 miles of the Paracel Islands in a demonstration the Pentagon calls a “freedom of navigation operation” or FONOP. The move signals US rejection of China’s claims of political control in the South China Sea. To learn more, read the entire article.
Article courtesy of Quartz and written by Tim Fernholz.
We took a look how the Navy's FY19 Budget Request will impact surface warfare initiatives. The Navy's 2019 request totals $194.1 billion, which is roughly a 7% increase from the President's 2018 request. The Navy and Marine Corps are anticipated to spend much of this increase on additional ships, aircraft, and personnel. The Navy has stated that this increase would improve readiness, the lack of which has been cited as one of the factors in 2017’s fatal ship collisions and aviation mishaps.