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GERMANY NAVY FRIGATE "RHEINLAND-PFALZ" CHRISTENED
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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F225 Rheinland-Pfalz

Source: ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems


F225 Rheinland-Pfalz

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HAMBURG - The fourth and final 125 class frigate (F125) for the German Navy was christened "Rheinland-Pfalz" May 24 at the Hamburg site of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. Following the christening of the first three frigates "Baden-Württemberg," "Nordrhein-Westfalen" and "Sachsen-Anhalt" this is a further important step toward completing the F125 shipbuilding program. Rheinland-Pfalz is scheduled to be handed over to the German defense procurement agency BAAINBw in spring 2020. The contract for the F125 program is worth around €2 billion ($2.24 billion).

The ARGE F125 consortium which was awarded the contract to build four F125 class ships for the German Navy in 2007 comprises ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems as the lead company and Fr. Lürssen Werft in Bremen. The pre-fitted bow sections are being manufactured at the Fr. Lürssen Werft shipyards in Bremen and Wolgast. Construction of the stern sections, the joining of the two sections and further fitting out is being carried out at Blohm+Voss Shipyards in Hamburg.

The four 125 class frigates will begin the replacement of the German Navy's eight (Bremen type) 122 class frigates. The ships were developed specially for current and future deployment scenarios for the German Navy. In addition to the traditional tasks of national and alliance defense, the 125 class frigates are designed for conflict prevention, crisis management and intervention/stabilization operations in the international arena. T

he ships are capable of remaining at sea for 24 months and thus represent the first realization of the intensive use concept, i.e. significantly increased availability in the deployment region. This capability is supported by a smaller crew and a multiple-crew strategy which permits a complete change of crew during deployment.

Source:  ThyssenKrupp
Associated URL: thyssenkrupp-marinesystems.com
Source Date: May 24, 2017
Posted: 05/25/2017

 
 
DOD RELEASES FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET PROPOSAL
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Source: US Air Force


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WASHINGTON - President Donald J. Trump sent Congress a proposed budget request on May 23 of $639.1 billion, $574.5 billion in the base budget and $64.6 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget. This budget request is $52 billion above the defense budget cap in the Budget and Control Act (BCA) of 2011.

This funding is required to continue to rebuild warfighting readiness and will restore program balance by fixing the holes created by previous budget cuts. Since enactment of the BCA, the world has become more dangerous. Over this period, the military has become smaller and training, maintenance, and modernization have been deferred, resulting in degraded warfighting readiness. This budget request reverses that degradation and starts restoring the readiness of our armed forces to meet the challenges of today and the future. To do so, it is essential that the defense sequestration caps be reversed. As Secretary Mattis recently told members of Congress, the BCA and sequestration have "done more damage to our readiness than the enemies in the field."

The funding in the OCO budget provides resources in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS) in Afghanistan, Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in Iraq and Syria and other global counterterrorism operations. In addition, the funds enhance U.S. assurance and deterrence in Eastern Europe through the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI).

The FY 2018 budget request is the second step in a three-step process to rebuild the Armed Forces. The first step was the FY 2017 Appropriations Act. That money is for immediate warfighting readiness shortfalls and funds the increased operating tempo in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This request builds on those resources and focuses on restoring a balanced defense program.

The FY 2018 budget request includes:

- Sustainment of the increased manning levels for the Army and Marine Corps in the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act as well as increases in Air Force and Navy manning levels.

- Additional funding for operating forces, logistics, maintenance, training and spares

- Additional shipyard capacity and aviation depot maintenance for the Navy

- Increased unit and flight training for the Army

- Increased weapons sustainment and increased end strength to address pilot and maintainer shortfalls in the Air Force

- Increased investment in a wide range of preferred munitions

- Increased facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization across all Services

This budget request also invests in modernization and advanced capabilities to reassert our technological edge over future adversaries. Major investments include:

- F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, 70 aircraft; $10.3 billion

- KC-46 Tanker, 15 aircraft; $3.1 billion

- B-21 Bomber, $2.0 billion

- Virginia Class Submarine, 2 ships; $5.5 billion

- DDG-51 Destroyers, 2 ships, $4.0 billion

- CVN-78 Class Aircraft Carrier, 1 ship, $4.6 billion

- Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, 2,647 vehicles; $1.1 billion

- Science and Technology, $13.2 billion

The military and civilian personnel are the foundation of the Department and constitute its premier asset. They have the full support of the Nation to accomplish the arduous mission of defending the United States of America. This budget includes a 2.1% pay raise for military personnel and a 1.9% pay raise for civilian personnel. The budget supports a competitive compensation package that reflects the unique demands and sacrifices of our service members. The Department continues to seek compensation reforms that will:

- Expand access to telehealth and nurse advice lines

- Exempt medically retired and family members of those who die on active duty from cost share increases

- Incentivize members to make effective choices between mail order versus retail pharmaceuticals

- Modify blended retirement system to allow enlisted members beyond 26 years to receive government contributions under the Thrift Savings Plan

- The Department continues to support a wide range of family support programs, such as:

- Non-medical counseling services

- Financial readiness training

- Joint Family Support Assistance through Military One Source

- Family Advocacy Program

- Military Spouse Education and Career Assistance

- Tuition Assistance for Off-Duty Education Support

- Child and Youth Programs

The FY 2018 budget request also continues the broad institutional reform agenda, which will:

- Continue the effort to reduce major headquarters activities staffs and overhead by 25%

- Continue acquisition reform

- Begin a full financial statement audit

- Reorganize the acquisition management function (establish a chief technology officer and a chief acquisition and sustainment officer)

- Establish a Chief Management Officer

- Elevate the Cyber Command

- Seek authority to commence a new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round in FY 2021

The third step is the approval of the FY 2019 budget (and beyond). This budget will be the first budget informed by the new National Defense Strategy that the Department is currently developing. With that strategy in hand, the Department will be able to determine the budget needed to rebuild capacity and lethality across the Joint Force.

Highlights of the proposed budget are outlined in the attached charts. The entire budget proposal and additional material are available at http://comptroller.defense.gov/budgetmaterials.aspx.

Source:  U.S. DoD
Associated URL: https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/1190216/
Source Date: May 23, 2017
Posted: 05/25/2017

 
 
LOCKHEED MARTIN TO SUPPORT TRIDENT II (D5) SHIPBOARD SYSTEMS INTEGRATION NAVIGATION SUBSYSTEMS
Thursday, August 24, 2017
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Trident II D5 launched from the Ohio-class submarine.

Source: U.S. Navy


Trident II D5 launched from the Ohio-class submarine.

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WASHINGTON - Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, of Mitchel Field, New York, has been awarded a $79,884,066 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, from the United States Navy, to provide technical and program management support services associated with the Trident II (D5) Shipboard Systems Integration (SSI) Increments four and eight for the navigation subsystem.

This contract will provide the required navigation hardware and software design, testing, installation, and deliverables for the SSI Increments Fleet support services for the current fleet ballistic missile strategic weapon system; U. S. and U.K. inertial navigation system and gyro modification and repair associated efforts; and development efforts for the modernization program of SSI program including U.S. and U.K. trainer maintenance and development.

Work will be performed in Mitchel Field, New York (76 percent); Oldsmar, Florida (14 percent); and Manassas, Virginia (10 percent), with an expected completion date of Dec. 31, 2018.

The maximum value of this contract, including the base year and one-year option, if exercised, is $87,282,307. Fiscal 2017 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $71,704,126; U.K. funds in the amount of $6,504,511; and fiscal 2017 research, development, technology, and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,675,429 are being obligated on this award. No funds will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This contract was a sole-source acquisition pursuant to 10 U.S.Code 2304(c)(1)&(4).

The U.S. Navy's Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity. The contract award number is N00030-17-C-0045.

Source:  U.S. DoD
Associated URL: https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1192914/
Source Date: August 24, 2017
Author: U.S. DoD 
Posted: 05/25/2017

 

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