BATH, MAINE — While the current fiscal 2015 Pentagon budget proposal includes plans to cut future buys for Sikorsky MH-60 helicopters and Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout UAVs, the U.S. Navy is continuing to build and train for future operations using both, especially in tandem, off its surface-fleet ships. The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1) USS Freedom recently demonstrated a future concept of operations (conops) for tandem operations of an MH-60R, or Romeo, Seahawk and an MQ-8B as the ...

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