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  • One Shot, One Kill: Russia Develops New Ship-Sinking Artillery

    07/04/2015 5:10:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Russia's defense industry is developing new delayed-action detonators, which could allow for more effective strikes against ships. Russia's NIMI (Engineering Scientific Research Institute) is developing artillery shells with intellectual, programmable detonators which allow naval artillery to destroy enemy ships with one shot, institute department head Valery Lebedev told RIA Novosti. When the shell hits a ship, it first penetrates its hull and then detonates the shell following an optimal delay, delivering irreparable damage to the ship, according to Lebedev. The US Navy is also known to be developing a similar system within the framework of its MEMS microchip project. "The...
  • Israel Upgrades Navy With German-Built Ships, Radar, Weapons Systems

    06/30/2015 6:49:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 29 2015 | Tim Marcin
    The Israel Navy plans to bolster its combat fleet with the addition of German-built ships, along with radar and weapons systems. The process of attaining new radars and electronic warfare systems and adding them to ships will start as early as next year, reported Defense News on Sunday. The Israeli Navy completed a major deal, worth $480 million, to purchase four new German-built but Israeli-equipped Sa'ar-6 corvettes ships in May. The deal, which took five years to complete, allows for Israel to provide its own combat weapons suite, armament and subsystems. Germany also took on about one-third of the cost...
  • Sailor gets 10 months for illegal taping of female officers

    06/29/2015 1:01:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 29, 2015
    MAYPORT NAVAL STATION, Fla. – A submarine sailor pleaded guilty Monday to illegally videotaping female officers in the vessel's shower area and was sentenced to 10 months in a Navy brig. Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Secrest also received a bad conduct discharge and a reduction in rank. Secrest, a missile technician, is among seven sailors who served aboard the USS Wyoming out of Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base who are charged in the case. The video scandal has disrupted the Navy's integration of women into its submarine force. Navy prosecutors say the men waited until the officers were done...
  • U.S. Navy pays millions to keep using Windows XP

    06/24/2015 2:07:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 06/24/2015 | By David McCabe
    The Navy will pay more than $9 million to keep using Windows XP under a contract signed this month, Computerworld reported Tuesday. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) will pay Microsoft $9,149,000 through the contract, which was approved earlier this month. It could eventually grow to be as large as $30,842,980 by 2017. The funds will pay for Microsoft to provide custom security support to up to 100,000 Windows XP machines used by the Navy. Microsoft has abandoned supporting the system for users who don’t pay for the custom services. The contract will also provide support for other...
  • Marines May Deploy on Foreign Ships,As U.S. Doesn’t Have Enough(Deliberate,Heinous ACT by FUBO)

    06/22/2015 3:43:54 PM PDT · by lbryce · 20 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 22, 2015 | Aaron Mclean
    Original title:Marines May Deploy on Foreign Ships, Because U.S.Navy Doesn’t Have Enough The initiative is a stopgap way to deploy Marines aboard ships overseas until more American vessels are available, said Brig. Gen. Norman Cooling, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa. The Marines will be able to respond quickly to evacuate embassies or protect U.S. property and citizens, a need highlighted by the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. “There’s no substitute for U.S. amphibious” vessels, Cooling said. “We’re looking at other options” in the meantime, he added. The Marines...
  • China orders civilian ships adapted for military use: report

    06/21/2015 8:27:38 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 6-18-2015 | AFP
    China's government has passed new guidelines requiring civilian shipbuilders to ensure their vessels can be used by the military in the event of conflict, state-run media said on Thursday. The regulations require five categories of vessels including container ships to be modified to "serve national defence needs", the state-run China Daily newspaper said. The regulations "will enable China to convert the considerable potential of its civilian fleet into military strength", it said. The report said that China had about 172,000 civilian ships at the end of last year, suggesting the measure could be a major boost to China's navy. China's...
  • USS Gabrielle Giffords: Navy ship christened for ex-Arizona congresswoman

    06/14/2015 10:58:52 AM PDT · by llevrok · 52 replies
    Cleveland. Com ^ | 6/14/2015
    MOBILE, Ala. — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords of Arizona had a Navy vessel named in her honor during a ceremony at a Mobile, Alabama, shipyard Saturday afternoon. Giffords joined others including Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, as the USS Gabrielle Giffords was christened in coastal Alabama. The 419-foot ship was built at the Austal shipyard and is the Navy's 10th littoral combat ship designed to operate in shallow waters near the coast. Giffords was badly wounded in a 2011 shooting that left six dead and a total of 13 injured in Tucson. The Democrat left...
  • NAVAL CHAPLAIN FILES FORMAL COMPLAINT OVER CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

    06/13/2015 9:15:39 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 97 replies
    breitbart ^ | june 11, 2015 | austin ruse
    Chaplain Wes Modder spends his days basically alone in the base chapel. He is no longer allowed into his office. By order of his commanding officer, he is not allowed even to speak to the sailors in his unit. If anyone from his unit comes into the chapel, he may not speak with them. His commanding officer, Captain Jon Fahs, has taken this unusual step because of complaints lodged against Modder by a handful of sailors who claim he is “unable to function in a pluralistic and diverse Navy.” Modder ran into the buzzsaw of political correctness related to human...
  • Navy Wants To Make It Harder To Discharge Transgendered Sailors

    06/13/2015 8:48:05 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 59 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | june 12, 2015 | jonah bennett
    The Navy is looking to copy Air Force and Army policy by making it much more difficult to discharge transgendered sailors. As soon as a service member is discovered to be transgendered, all it takes is the authority of a commanding officer to recommend discharge, but an anonymous Navy official stated that the authority will soon rest with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Manpower and Reserve Affairs, the Washington Examiner reports. While it’s still the case that sailors diagnosed with gender dysphoria are recommended for discharge, the idea is to make the procedure much more difficult, which is likely...
  • Germany set to buy four multi-role warships

    06/12/2015 7:08:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 9, 2015
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has a budget of around 4 billion euros (2.9 billion pounds) to buy four new multi-role combat ships and plans to issue a tender open to European firms, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday. The new MKS 180 warships are expected to be delivered from 2023. They are intended to be capable of attacking targets on land and underwater, and providing aerial protection to other vessels in a range of 20 km (12 miles). A ministry source said German firms, notably Luerssen, would be well placed to compete for the contract. The defence...
  • First USS Oklahoma Remains Exhumed

    06/11/2015 9:43:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    KFOR ^ | JUNE 10, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    The Defense Department announced in April that the remains of up to nearly 400 unaccounted for service members tied to the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor will be exhumed. That process began on Monday. “This was the first set of remains from the USS Oklahoma to be disinterred,” said Jim Horton, the director of the Punchbowl cemetery. Disinterment ceremonies were held when the bones of Korean War veterans were exhumed for identification. Now, hundreds who served on USS Oklahoma during World War II may also be identified. The attacked happened at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. But many bodies...
  • VIDEO: U.S. Navy Tests Electromagnetic Jet Fighter Catapult

    06/10/2015 3:51:26 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 27 replies
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (June 5, 2015) U.S. Navy Sailors, civilian employees and contractors observed a "dead-load" test of the new electromagnetic aircraft launching system (EMALS) aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The weighted sled was launched into the James River where it was recovered for additional test launches. (U.S. Navy video/Released)
  • For liberals, the military is always the problem

    06/08/2015 4:41:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Hot Air ^ | June 8, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We are reliably assured by progressives in the modern era that spending, deficits and the national debt are no big deal and are generally just distractions and dog whistles tossed out by conservatives. After all, you can always just print more money or go out to the White House rose garden and pick more off the money tree or something, right? That’s why my LADAR (Leftist Radar) is always set off when I hear one of their spokesmodels suddenly becoming concerned over the budget. The most recent example of this comes from Steve Lopez at the LA Times, who takes...
  • Report: Risks to Navy from Ships Assigned to Overseas Homeports

    06/02/2015 10:28:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/02/15 | Sierra Rayne
    In a time of defense spending cutbacks and an ongoing weak U.S. economy A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raises concerns over long-term risks to U.S. Navy ships assigned to overseas homeports. The study found that “casualty reports—incidents of degraded or out-of-service equipment—have doubled over the past 5 years and that the material condition of overseas-homeported ships has decreased slightly faster than that of U.S.-homeported ships.” According to the GAO, the Navy has failed to identify or mitigate the risks associated with an increasing reliance on homeporting overseas. Some vessels engaged in overseas homeporting have undergone repeated...
  • You'll Never Guess Who's Building an Aircraft Carrier Now (Seriously... Try)

    05/31/2015 7:21:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 51 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | May 31, 2015 | Rich Smith
    All of a sudden, aircraft carriers are back in fashion. Over in Russia, they're drawing up plans to build the world's biggest aircraft carrier, a 100,000-ton beast that can carry 100 combat aircraft. China's building one, two, or maybe even four aircraft carriers. And here in the United States, we're busy building our second ­Ford-class supercarrier. Around the world and across the seas, aircraft carriers are popping up in the unlikeliest of places -- in Korea, in Thailand, in India, Japan, and maybe soon in Singapore, as well. But you'll never guess the latest country to announce plans to acquire...
  • The U.S. Navy is risking everything on a fatally flawed technology

    05/30/2015 7:52:30 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 76 replies
    medium.com/war-is-boring/ ^ | May 29, 2015 | David W. Wise
    <p>"History," it has been written, "does not repeat itself, but it rhymes." Today it's rhyming with Gen. Billy Mitchell. In the 1920s, Mitchell challenged conventional thinking by advocating air power at sea in the face of a naval establishment dominated by battleship proponents.</p>
  • Courts-martial to begin this week in USS Wyoming shower case

    05/29/2015 9:03:20 AM PDT · by Baynative · 11 replies
    Statrs ans Stripes ^ | May 25, 2015 | Stephen Beardsley
    Three sailors are scheduled for court-martial in Florida this week on charges related to making and sharing videos of female officers and midshipmen showering aboard the ballistic missile submarine USS Wyoming. ~snip~ The episode has been an embarrassment for the Navy as it integrates women into its submarine branch, one of the last communities in the service still largely restricted to men. The Wyoming, based at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., was one of the first ballistic submarines integrated with female officers when the process began in 2011.
  • U.S. Navy's Big Mistake -- Building Tons of Supercarriers

    05/28/2015 10:37:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | 5/28/15 | David Wise
    “History,” it has been written, “does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” Today it’s rhyming with Gen. Billy Mitchell. In the 1920s, Mitchell challenged conventional thinking by advocating air power at sea in the face of a naval establishment dominated by battleship proponents. The hubris of the “battleship Navy” was such that just nine days before Pearl Harbor, the official program for the 1941 Army-Navy game displayed a full page photograph of the battleship USS Arizona with language virtually extolling its invincibility. Of course, the reason that no one had yet sunk a battleship from the air — in combat — was that no...
  • 2nd Submariner Guilty of Sharing Videos of Women in Shower

    05/28/2015 11:41:44 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 50 replies
    Military.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Jason Dearen
    A second submariner pleaded guilty Wednesday to sharing videos of female officers undressing for a shower, continuing a case that a prosecutor calls a "black eye" for the Navy's integration of women into the nation's sub fleet. Electronics technician Joseph Bradley entered his guilty pleas in a court-martial and was sentenced to 30 days' confinement and a reduction in rank. Bradley received the videos after they were secretly recorded by another sailor aboard the USS Wyoming nuclear submarine based at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia, prosecutors say. Bradley admitted in a plea agreement to sharing the images with...
  • The U.S. Navy’s Big Mistake; Building Tons of Supercarriers

    05/28/2015 6:52:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 155 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 27, 2015 | David W. Wise
    “History,” it has been written, “does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” Today it’s rhyming with Gen. Billy Mitchell. In the 1920s, Mitchell challenged conventional thinking by advocating air power at sea in the face of a naval establishment dominated by battleship proponents. The hubris of the “battleship Navy” was such that just nine days before Pearl Harbor, the official program for the 1941 Army-Navy game displayed a full page photograph of the battleship USS Arizona with language virtually extolling its invincibility. Of course, the reason that no one had yet sunk a battleship from the air — in combat — was that no...
  • 2nd Submariner Guilty of Sharing Videos of Women in Shower

    05/27/2015 2:18:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 27, 2015 | By JASON DEAREN
    A second submariner pleaded guilty Wednesday to sharing videos of female officers undressing for a shower, continuing a case that a prosecutor calls a "black eye" for the Navy's integration of women into the nation's sub fleet. Electronics technician Joseph Bradley entered his guilty pleas in a court-martial trial and was sentenced to 30 days' confinement and a reduction in rank. Bradley received the videos after they were secretly recorded by another sailor aboard the USS Wyoming nuclear submarine based at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia, prosecutors say. Bradley admitted in a plea agreement to sharing the images...
  • Walker: We’d Be Sending in Navy to Stop Illegals if They Were Swarming Our Sea Ports..

    05/26/2015 11:40:32 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 26, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Exclusive — Walker: We’d Be Sending in Navy to Stop Illegals if They Were Swarming Our Sea Ports Like They Do Southern Border [SNIP] ".........Since former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—one of amnesty’s biggest proponents—has now backed off his previous support for citizenship for illegal aliens (he wants to give them amnesty via legal status), that means Rubio is the only candidate who still stands with the AFL-CIO and their brothers in the Chamber of Commerce wanting to give illegal aliens full blown American citizenship. That means Walker, the anti-special interest union battler, has an even better opportunity to fight Rubio—who’s...
  • Rick Perry Will be Surrounded by Navy SEALs at June Announcement

    05/25/2015 11:19:35 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Stephen Gutowski
    Rick Perry’s June event in Addison, Texas, where he is expected to announce his candidacy for president, will feature a number of retired and current Navy SEALs, according to a invite to the event. Retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, whose autobiography inspired the 2014 film Lone Survivor, will attend with his wife. The widow of retired Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose autobiography inspired the oscar-nominated American Sniper, will also be there. The event will also feature retired U.S. Navy SEAL JJ Jones, retired U.S. Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor Recipient Mike Thornton, retired U.S. Navy SEAL Pete Scobell, and...
  • Biden To The Navy: ‘Our Forces Will Have To Be Ready’ For Climate Change

    05/22/2015 8:59:57 AM PDT · by kimtom · 49 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/ ^ | 22 May 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Speaking at a Commencement Ceremony for the Naval Academy today, Vice President Joe Biden warned graduates that they would have to be prepared for the devastating effects of climate change. “We’ll rely on you, the United States Navy, to lead in solving these emerging problems,” he said,.......
  • Navy Tests Electromagnetic Catapult on CVN 78

    05/20/2015 9:33:27 AM PDT · by Rio · 46 replies
    Product Design and Development ^ | 5/19/2015 | PEO Carriers Public Affairs
    The Navy conducted the first-ever, shipboard, full-speed catapult shots using the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) aboard the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Naval Sea Systems Command announced May 15. The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ship's launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing. Ford was christened Nov. 9, 2013, and is under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Aidan P. Campbell/Released)The aircraft carrier...
  • Admiral Says Navy's Goal is 25 Percent Women in Each Ship, Squadron

    05/15/2015 11:14:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 103 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 15, 2015 | Wyatt Olson
    The Navy is proceeding with its plan to increase the number of women in the service to 25 percent with a similar goal of attaining that ratio in each ship and squadron, the vice chief of naval operations said Thursday. Women currently make up about 17 percent of the Navy, said Adm. Michelle Howard, who made a stop in Honolulu on her way to the International Maritime Defense Exhibition in Singapore, where she will meet with her counterparts from other nations in the region.
  • Blue Angels Air Show

    05/15/2015 5:12:40 AM PDT · by Gay State Conservative · 20 replies
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    Upcoming Air Show
  • Why America Was Indispensable to the Allies’ Winning World War II

    05/14/2015 2:44:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | May 14, 2015 | Victor Davis Hansen
    <p>May 8 marked the end of World War II in Europe 70 years ago — a horrific conflict that is still fought over by historians.</p> <p>More than 60 million people perished — some 50 million of them in Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and China.</p>
  • Wells Fargo executive, midshipman, AP staffer among dead in Amtrak crash

    05/13/2015 3:48:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    WPVI-TV ^ | May 13, 2015
    PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Wells Fargo has confirmed that one of their executives has been confirmed as one of the seven people who died in an Amtrak train derailment on Tuesday night. The VP has been identified as Abid Gilani. "It is with great sadness that Wells Fargo confirms that Abid Gilani, a valued member of our Commercial Real Estate division, has passed away. Our hearts go out to all those impacted by this tragedy." the company said in a statement. A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman and an Associated Press staffer are also among those who are confirmed dead. ABC News...
  • 'Gay sailor' to deter Russian subs from Swedish waters

    05/13/2015 5:35:41 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 31 replies
    Stockholm (AFP) - A Swedish peace group said Tuesday it has lowered a sonar device into the Baltic Sea off Stockholm to deter Russian submarines, emitting the message "This Way if You Are Gay". The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society's (SPAS) cheeky device emits the message in Morse code and is designed to scare off subs from Russia, which does not share Sweden's acceptance of homosexuality. The so-called Singing Sailor also features a flashing pink neon outline of a seaman clad only in white underpants and a boater's hat, gyrating his hips above the text "Welcome to Sweden -- Gay...
  • Israel buying German corvettes

    05/11/2015 8:59:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    United Press International ^ | May 11, 2015 | Richard Tomkins
    TEL AVIV, Israel, May 11 (UPI) -- Israel is acquiring four advanced Sa'ar-class corvettes from Germany over the next five years under a $480 million deal signed on Monday. The ships, which will be built by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems but fitted with Israeli-made weapon systems, Israeli news reports said. The deal was signed in Israel by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and visiting German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. The ships will be used as part of a program to protect Israel's expanded Economic Exclusion Zone in the Eastern Mediterranean, where recent explorations discovered major oil and gas...
  • ONI Report Highlights Rapidly Growing Chinese Navy

    05/10/2015 6:31:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/10/15 | Sierra Rayne
    Much more of China's military procurements are taking place entirely within the nation A new report by the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) sheds further light on China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA(N)). According to the authors, China’s naval ambitions extend towards a global presence—thereby seeking to place it alongside the U.S. Navy as the only other nation with a worldwide seaborne military reach: Since our last publication in 2009, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA(N)) has made significant strides in operationalizing as well as modernizing its force. Although the PLA(N)‘s primary focus remains in the East Asia region, where...
  • Navy Relieves Commander of San Diego-Based Ship From Post

    04/29/2015 6:40:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    The Navy has removed the commander of a San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser from his post, citing a loss of confidence in his ability to command. The Navy on Tuesday announced the removal of Capt. John Banigan, saying the action was based on findings of an investigation into the poor command climate aboard the USS Lake Erie.
  • Son of Star Wars takes out toxic satellite in $30m space hit

    02/22/2008 2:35:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 184+ views
    Times of London ^ | 02/22/08 | Michael Evans, Defence Editor and Jane Macartney in Beijing
    February 22, 2008 Son of Star Wars takes out toxic satellite in $30m space hit Michael Evans, Defence Editor and Jane Macartney in Beijing Video need to know: expert opinion on the satellite operation The United States provided dramatic proof of its capability to destroy an object in space when a US navy missile scored a direct hit on an American satellite falling out of control. Missile experts said that the Standard SM-3 weapon, fired from the USS Lake Erie, a Ticonderoga-class cruiser, took about three minutes to reach the satellite 150 miles (240km) up in the sky, flew above...
  • Goat Removed from USS Lake Erie Along with CO

    05/09/2015 5:40:23 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 60 replies
    Military.com ^ | May 4, 2015 | Tom Perry
    Navy Capt. John Banigan is no longer aboard the San Diego-based guided missile cruiser Lake Erie. Neither is a goat named Master Chief Charlie. Banigan was ousted from command last week after the brass lost confidence in his ability to lead, the standard explanation when a commanding officer is removed. Banigan has been reassigned to a desk job. Master Chief Charlie is also ashore, though it remains unclear whether he is on Navy property or civilian property. He is, however, in excellent health, the Navy said. The fate of the captain and the goat became mixed when the Navy began...
  • Niinistö calls for continuity in foreign policy making

    05/07/2015 1:13:30 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Helsinki Times ^ | 30 Apr 2015 . | Anna-Liina Kauhanen
    The Finnish Navy acted appropriately and extremely resolutely in driving away a possible submarine from the territorial waters of Finland early on Tuesday morning, President Sauli Niinistö lauded on Wednesday after announcing the opening of the new parliamentary session. “The Navy, and captains in general, have been granted considerable powers, and I think they were used appropriately here,” Niinistö said. He underscored that all intrusions by military vessels are serious but admitted that the incident was not particularly surprising in light of growing instability in the Baltic Sea Region. “Such traffic has increased on the Baltic Sea. Whatever was under...
  • Navy Needs New Servers for Aegis Cruisers and Destroyers After Chinese Purchase of IBM Line

    05/05/2015 4:05:43 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 18 replies
    US Naval Institute ^ | 05/05/2015 | Megan Eckstein
    The Navy needs new servers for its upgraded Aegis Combat System after the current IBM line was sold to Chinese computer maker Lenovo. The $2.1 billion sale closed in October and made Lenovo the number three server maker in the world. IBM shedding its server business creates a security concern for the U.S. Navy, which included the company’s x86 BladeCenter HT server in its Aegis Technical Insertion (TI) 12. The TI-12 hardware upgrades, along with Advanced Capability Build (ACB) 12 software upgrades, compose the Aegis Baseline 9 combat system upgrade that combines a ballistic missile defense capability with anti-air warfare...
  • Navy Jargon/Slang

    05/04/2015 10:07:22 AM PDT · by incredulous joe · 22 replies
    4 May 2015 | Incredulous Joe
    I was recently on a hike with my son's Naval Jr. ROTC unit. I spent a lot of time chatting with my son's instructor, a retired Naval Commander. Normally, when I hear slang or jargon that I am unfamiliar with I am not too shy to ask what it means. However, if one understands the context of what such terminology means then there is no reason to actually stop a conversation. Anyway. the commander used a phase, I believe it meant to do what is absolutely the least possible to acquire an objective or to achieve rank? I believe the...
  • Documents show miscues at US counterterrorism base put aircraft in danger

    05/02/2015 2:51:17 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 3 replies
    WaPo,via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 30, 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    The skies above the U.S. military's counterterrorism hub on the Horn of Africa have become chronically dangerous, with pilots forced to rely on local air-traffic controllers who fall asleep on the job, commit errors at astronomical rates and are hostile to Americans, documents show. Conditions at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, the base for U.S. pilots flying sensitive missions over Yemen and Somalia, have become so dire that American warplanes and civilian airliners alike are routinely placed in jeopardy, according to federal aviation experts and documents obtained by The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act. Unlike other major U.S....
  • Finnish navy drops depth charges onto suspected submarine in its territorial waters

    05/01/2015 10:02:37 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 29 replies
    Associated Press (AP) ^ | April 28, 2015 | Associated Press (AP)
    HELSINKI – The Finnish military says it has dropped depth charges onto a suspected submarine in the sea outside Helsinki after twice detecting the presence of a foreign object in the area.
  • Iran Takes Control of Cargo Ship; U.S. Sends Destroyer to Persian Gulf

    04/28/2015 9:11:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/28/15 | HELENE COOPER
    After being fired upon, the ship issued a distress call, prompting the United States Navy to direct the destroyer, the Farragut, to the area. The Farragut, the defense official said, is now about 60 miles away. He said that so far there has been no communication between the United States Navy and Iran, but added that American aircraft are standing by to monitor the situation.
  • The U.S. Navy Needs to Radically Reassess How It Projects Power (Carriers = Obsolete)

    04/27/2015 6:45:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jerry Hendrix
    A battle of the hawks is raging on Capitol Hill. Defense hawks say the nation’s security will be endangered if the caps imposed under the 2011 Budget Control Act aren’t lifted, allowing for more defense spending. Fiscal hawks assert with equal vehemence that the nation’s long-term economic health — the foundation for all government activities, including defense — will be permanently harmed if burgeoning deficits and debts are not addressed. Defense hawks argue for a massive investment to maintain the United States’ position as the world’s strongest power. Fiscal hawks argue for innovative improvements in efficiency to sustain U.S. leadership.
  • Iranian Warships Arrive Near Yemen

    04/22/2015 10:09:50 AM PDT · by mulder1 · 103 replies
    THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | 04/22/15 | ADAM CREDO
    Iranian Warships Arrive Near Yemen Comes just days after U.S. announced it would send its own warships A fleet of Iranian warships arrived near the southern coast of Yemen on Wednesday in a move likely to add greater tension in a developing U.S.-Iranian standoff in the region, according Iranian military leaders. Just days after the United States announced it would send its own warships to Yemen in order to prevent Iran from smuggling weapons to terror forces fighting there, a flotilla of Iranian destroyers docked in the same area. Iran’s military moves are likely to increase tensions between the two...
  • What is the USS Theodore Roosevelt doing in the Gulf of Aden? Nobody knows.

    04/22/2015 1:09:36 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    Charting Course Blog sgberman.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | Steve Berman
    [Snip]...But Marie Harf, Queen of Nonsense, insists that the carrier group (carriers never travel alone, by the way, they keep missile frigates, destroyers, Aegis cruisers, tenders, and a few submarines around for security) is only there to “ensure the shipping lanes remain open and safe” — and “not to do anything in terms of those Iranian ships.” Any suggestion to the contrary is “blatantly untrue– so this discreet movement of U.S. assets is for a discreet purpose,” Harf said. To paraphrase what Teddy Roosevelt might say: W.T.F!?
  • Officials giving mixed messages on why US aircraft carrier shadowing Iranian convoy

    04/21/2015 2:43:49 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 21, 2015
    An American aircraft carrier and its warplanes are shadowing an Iranian convoy approaching Yemen, as the U.S. beefs up its presence in the region -- but back in Washington, officials can't seem to agree on why. Pentagon sources confirmed to Fox News that the USS Theodore Roosevelt is tracking the Iranian convoy, and also launching F/A-18 Hornets to conduct "manned reconnaissance" of the estimated nine Iranian ships. Those ships are suspected of carrying weapons to rebel fighters in Yemen. But State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf insisted Tuesday that the U.S. ships were "only" there to "ensure the shipping lanes remain...
  • Pentagon: US Warship Repositioning, Not Intercepting Iranian Ships Off Yemen

    04/20/2015 2:07:17 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Voice of America ^ | April 20, 2015
    The Pentagon says the American warship USS Theodore Roosevelt is "repositioning" as part of a security operation at sea, and not to intercept Iranian vessels off the coast of Yemen. Citing unnamed officials, the Associated Press reported earlier in the day that the aircraft carrier would join other U.S. ships in the area to confront Iranian vessels, which are said to be carrying weapons to resupply Houthi rebels that have overrun parts of the country. But Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren dismissed the report, saying the Roosevelt is ”repositioning to conduct maritime security operations."
  • Navy officials: US warship heads to Yemeni waters to intercept Iranian weapons shipments.

    04/20/2015 11:18:33 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 105 replies
    A.P. ^ | April 20 | No Attribution
    Navy officials: US warship heads to Yemeni waters to intercept Iranian weapons shipments.
  • US Navy Confirms Aircraft Carrier, Warships To Intercept Iranian Weapons Shipments In Yemeni Waters

    04/20/2015 11:41:14 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 146 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | April 20, 20015 | Tyler Durden
    The 'proxy' war is escalating very rapidly. As AP reports, Navy officials confirm that the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is headed to Yemeni waters to intercept an Iranian weapons shipments. Just as we warned 10 days ago, the probability of a major escalation over the latest proxy Middle Eastern civil war escalated substantially when Iran parked two warships off the Yemeni coast.
  • Lawmakers question Navy chaplain's removal over intolerance accusations

    04/06/2015 9:35:08 PM PDT · by Rabin · 23 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 6, 2015 | Bill Bartel
    Lt. Cmdr. Wesley Modder... removed from his counseling duties at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command because he "failed to show tolerance and respect" and discriminated against students who were different
  • The Most Experienced Pilots of the American F-14 Tom Cat Fighter Jets are Iranians

    04/05/2015 8:55:11 AM PDT · by pinochet · 43 replies
    Self/Wikipedia
    Did You Know that American advanced F-14 Tom Cat Fighter Jets, helped to keep Ayatollah Khomeini in Power during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s? When Iran was under the pro-American Shah of Iran, America sold 79 F-14 Tom Cats to Iran in 1974-1978. The world's most experienced combat pilots in the F-14 are Iranians. According to Wikipedia: "...In 1980, an Iranian F-14 shot down an Iraqi Mil Mi-25 helicopter for its first air-to-air kill during the Iran–Iraq War. According to research by Tom Cooper, within the first six months of the war Iranian F-14s scored over 50 air-to-air victories,...