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  • U.S. Navy Seriously Considering Distributed Lethality for its Amphibious Forces

    04/29/2016 12:12:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Apr 29, 2016 | Stelios Kanavakis
    The US Navy is planning to transform every surface unit into a floating armoury, which will be capable of firing weapons under the distributed lethality concept. In an A2AD environment, especially in the Asia-Pacific theatre or areas such as the Persian Gulf or the Black Sea, surface units will have to use most of their weapons defending them, leaving fewer payloads for offensive operations. CGI: LPD 17 class amphibious vessel fitted with 8x NSM as seen on Kongsberg's booth during SNA 2016. The House Armed Services Committee considered these issues in the H.R. 4909 FY17 National Defence Authorization Bill...
  • Russia Bolsters Its Submarine Fleet, and Tensions With U.S. Rise

    04/21/2016 5:40:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Apr 20, 2016 | ERIC SCHMITT
    NAPLES, Italy Russian attack submarines, the most in two decades, are prowling the coastlines of Scandinavia and Scotland, the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic in what Western military officials say is a significantly increased presence aimed at contesting American and NATO undersea dominance. Adm. Mark Ferguson, the United States Navys top commander in Europe, said last fall that the intensity of Russian submarine patrols had risen by almost 50 percent over the past year, citing public remarks by the Russian Navy chief, Adm. Viktor Chirkov. Analysts say that tempo has not changed since then. The patrols are the...
  • Electric Boat To Hire Thousands As Military Strategy Shifts Back To Subs

    04/19/2016 9:14:35 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 23 replies
    Hartford Coiurant ^ | April 18, 2016 | Stephen Singer
    ROTON For the first time in a generation, Electric Boat is hiring thousands of workers as military strategy again turns to submarines to project U.S. sea power. As many as 850 high-skilled, well-paid manufacturing and other jobs are being filled this year and nearly 4,000 in the next 15 years, establishing a workforce of 18,000 at the submarine manufacturer's sites in Groton and Quonset Point, R.I. About 4,000 workers have been hired since 2012 as Electric Boat builds two submarines a year, a coveted expansion of the fleet that was eclipsed by shifting military policies at the end of...
  • India tests 1st nuclear-propelled ballistic missile submarine

    04/19/2016 5:07:11 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 19 Apr, 2016 07:16
    Indias first submarine capable of firing nuclear ballistic missiles, the INS Arihant, is undergoing sea acceptance trials and will be commissioned after their completion, the Navy has announced. "INS Arihant is now undergoing sea acceptance trails as it had already passed several deep sea diving drills. The submarine will be commissioned after completing all the sea trials," said H.C.S. Bisht, Vice Admiral of the Indian Navy. The 6,000-ton vessel is the first nuclear-powered submarine that can launch nuclear-capable missiles manufactured by India the first nation to announce it has accomplished this feat after the five original nuclear powers. It...
  • Why the US Needs Conventional Submarines

    04/14/2016 10:03:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | April 14, 2016 | Torsten Heinrich
    The U.S. Armed Forces operate a wide array of sophisticated weaponry, in many cases superior to anything else in the world. But while the new destroyers, carriers, or the F-22 might have no equal, the U.S. Armed Forces face a significant gap in their capabilities: the total lack of any conventional submarines. The United States hasnt produced any conventional submarines since the Barbel-class in the late 1950s; every submarine class since then has been nuclear powered. This might have made sense in the context of the Cold War, where Soviet nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines had to be shadowed, but times...
  • The Navy's Ship Defense Missile Just Got Deadlier

    04/12/2016 6:29:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Apr 11, 2016 | Eric Tegler
    US Navy / YouTube In response to a range of new threats to its ships, whether it be air- and surface-launched missiles or drone aircraft, the U.S. Navy is improving and expanding its ship-defense capabilities. In early March, a test on the USS Portera guided-missile destroyer stationed in Rota, Spainpaired Raytheon's new Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile with a launch and tracking system called SeaRAM to demonstrate a new way to protect ships. Raytheon's Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) is a lightweight supersonic weapon designed to destroy anti-ship missiles and other airborne threats to a ship at close range, typically less...
  • Lockheed wants to put updated Aegis combat system on amphibious ships

    04/08/2016 10:33:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    As Lockheed Martin Corp. continues to outfit U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers with its newest combat system suite, the company sees an opportunity to expand to other ships. In particular, the company would like to put its signature Aegis Combat System on the next San Antonio-class landing platform/dock, the LPD-28, currently under contract to be built by Newport News-based Huntington Ingalls Industries. From where I sit, it just makes a lot of sense, Jim Sheridan, Lockheeds director of Aegis U.S. Navy programs, told me. The Aegis Combat System is the collection of radars, sonars, launch systems, and weapon control systems...
  • Navys Famous 'Dixie Cup' Hats to Be Worn by Women

    04/06/2016 1:59:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Junior female sailors are not the only women to get new uniforms. Female officers and senior enlisted sailors will wear updated styles, such as new combination covers. By the fall of 2016, both enlisted men and women will receive new service dress blues, what the Navy calls crackerjacks. ... The Dixie cup style dates back to 1886 when it was first incorporated into Navy uniform regulations, according to the Navys historical site. It can be squared, rolled, crushed, fitted with gull wings or simply worn as it comes from small stores. It can be used as a flotation device or...
  • Navy Carrier Built For F-35s Is Done Being Rebuilt So That It Can Operate F-35s

    03/23/2016 11:42:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | March 23, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    The USS America, a Gator Navy amphibious assault ship built specifically to accommodate Marine Corps F-35Bs, has just left port for sea trials after having to be overhauled for ten months immediately following its original introduction into the fleet due to issues over carrying the aircraft it was designed for. The USS America already had its well deck, used for launching and recovering hovercraft and beach landing ships for ambibous operations, omitted in its design to focus on aviation capabilities. In other words, it is an aircraft carrier not an amphibious assault ship. The main problem is that the ship...
  • Green Guantnamo: From detention center to peace park?

    03/18/2016 11:36:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 18, 2016 | Jason Thomson
    As President Obama gears up for his presidential visit to Cuba this weekend the first in 80 years scientists are pondering the future of Guantnamo Bay Naval Base. One idea proposed is the creation of a transnational conservation area, or peace park.
  • Lockheed Frigate Design to Use Proven Systems to Increase Affordability

    03/17/2016 10:51:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    National DEFENSE ^ | March 15, 2016 | Allyson Versprille
    Lockheed Martin plans to use proven components from existing ships when it sets out to compete for the Navy's upcoming frigate program. Doing so will make its offering more affordable, a company executive said March 15. The frigate will be a follow-on vessel to the services littoral combat ship, which currently exists in two variants the Freedom-class manufactured by Lockheed and the Independence-class built by Austal USA. In a December memorandum Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter directed the Navy to reduce its combined procurement of littoral combat ships and the more heavily-armed frigates to follow from 52...
  • Navy Successfully Completes First Live Fire Test Of SeaRAM From Destroyer

    03/09/2016 5:20:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    USNI News ^ | March 08, 2016 | Megan Eckstein
    The Navy successfully launched the Raytheon SeaRAM Anti-Ship Missile Defense System from an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer for the first time ever on March 4, a final step in rapidly fielding a self-defense capability on the Mediterranean-based USS Porter (DDG-78) through an unconventional acquisition process. Porter last week went through structural test firings to ensure a shield would properly protect the ship from the SeaRAM blast, followed by tracking exercises to verify the accuracy of the detect-to-engage sequence. Finally, on Friday the Navy had its first-ever live fire test of a SeaRAM from a DDG, which took place on...
  • "Bitchin' Betty," the Voice of the F/A-18 Hornet, Is Retiring

    03/09/2016 5:06:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Mar 8, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    Not all F/A-18 pilots have heard of Leslie Shook, but every Hornet pilot knows her voice. The Boeing employee is the voice of the "oral alert," a series of pre-recorded commands that help a pilot avoid his or her imminent demise. Shook is now retiring from the company, which put together a nice tribute video to her. The F/A-18 can sense when corrective action is neededright awayand the plane promptly warns the pilot what needs to be done. Bitchin' Betty will bark commands like "Pull up! Pull up!" until the pilot complies. There are numerous Bitchin' Betties across various airplanes,...
  • Russia's Kirov-Class Battlecruiser Fleet Is Expanding And Becoming Far More Capable

    03/07/2016 10:04:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | MAR 7, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    There is no doubt that Russias Kirov class super-sized nuclear cruisers are charismatic fighting machines. Bristling with sensors and weaponry, and seemingly alien in design when compared to anything in the west, they are intimidating. But the truth is that they are also very dated and only one has remained in service for decades. Thats all about to change. Only one of the four Kirov class ships ever built has remained in active duty since its commissioning in the mid-1990s, that ship being the Pyotr Veliky, the flagship of the Northern Fleet. As part of the increasingly belligerent recent Kremlin...
  • Navy Sinks Former Frigate USS Reuben James in Test of New Supersonic Anti-Surface Missile

    03/07/2016 9:36:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    USNI News ^ | March 7, 2016 | Sam LaGrone
    The former frigate USS Reuben James (FFG-57) was sunk in January during a test of the Navys new anti-surface warfare (ASuW) variant of the Raytheon Standard Missile 6 (SM-6), company officials told USNI News on Monday. The adaptation of the SM-6 was fired from guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-32) and hit James during the Jan. 18 test at the U.S. Pacific Missile Range Facility off the coast of Hawaii, a Raytheon spokeswoman told USNI News. The test was a demonstration of the U.S. Navys concept of distributed lethality, employing ships in dispersed formations to increase the offensive...
  • Would You Feel Safe in a 40-Year-Old Submarine?

    03/07/2016 7:31:11 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 31 replies
    National Interest (Australia) ^ | March 7, 2016 | James Goldrick
    The current controversy over Australias Future Submarine Program, its schedule and the associated life-of-type of the current Collins class has resulted in much hyperbole as to the difficulties associated with keeping elderly boats in operation. A quick survey of the state of affairs in the major submarine operators overseas may provide some context to concerns that the Collins class will have to run for well over thirty years of service. In the United States, four Los Angeles class nuclear powered attack submarines (SSNs) are scheduled for decommissioning in 2017 after thirty-six years service, while the hull life of the Ohio...
  • Saudi Arabia's Navy Arms Up -- With American Weapons

    03/05/2016 9:39:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | March 05, 2016 | Rich Smith
    From chasing down and firing on commercial shipping vessels, to conducting live missile firings in close proximity to U.S. aircraft carriers, to actually seizing and holding U.S. naval boats, Iran's military has been behaving pretty badly since its government signed its nuclear arms deal last year. To date, the U.S. hasn't elected to take any reprisals for these actions -- but Saudi Arabia, for one, isn't prepared to sit idle. Kit up! Last year, as you may recall, Saudi Arabia announced the formation of an Islamic military alliance in the Persian Gulf region. Ostensibly, the purpose of that alliance is...
  • Navy to Deploy New Fighter-Launched Weapon

    03/04/2016 6:48:03 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | MARCH 2, 2016 | KRIS OSBORN
    The Navy will soon deploy a new air-launched, precision-guided weapon able to use a two-way data-link to identify and destroy moving targets at sea, a technology, giving fighters such as the F/A-18 Super Hornet a vastly increased attack envelope against a wider range of threats. Called the AMG-154 Joint Standoff Weapon, or JSOW, the Raytheon-built attack bomb uses GPS technology, inertial measurement unit guidance technology and an imaging infrared seeker in the final phase of flight to find and attack enemy targets. While historically used as a land-attack weapon launched from air-platforms such as fighter jets, new technology allows the...
  • New External DDG-1000 Mast Reduces Ships Stealth From Original Design

    03/03/2016 11:38:03 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    USNI News ^ | March 3, 2016 | Sam LaGrone
    A newly revealed configuration of sensors set for next-generation destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) could make the ship less stealthy than originally intended, several naval experts told USNI News on Wednesday. According to a new artists concept of the configuration from the service, the three ships in the Zumwalt-class will position sensors originally designed to be embedded in the ships composite deckhouses on a mast positioned on the front of the deck house, with several more sensors on either side of the deck house. The change will sacrifice some of the benefits of the composite deckhouse design, conceived to make the ship...
  • The Enduring Relevance of Americas Aircraft Carriers

    02/27/2016 10:59:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 26, 2016 | Michael R. Groothousen, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret)
    Pentagon budget battles inevitably bring out the long knives. But in the age of sequestration absolute lunacy has taken over. Left-leaning and libertarian think tanks as well as pundits of various stripes have declared open season on our Navy's fleet of aircraft carriers and the carrier strike group (CSG) concept, calling them outdated and obsolete in light of current threats. Some politicians agree with them. These pols see the high cost of building and operating carriers as a pot of gold to be raided to pay for everything else they can think of, and they can think of a lot...
  • Navy ships and submarines to carry new anti-ship Tomahawk missile, report says

    02/18/2016 9:14:42 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 18, 2016 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    In the next decade, U.S. ships and submarines capable of firing Tomahawk cruise missiles will likely be fitted with a variant specifically designed to hit enemy ships up to 1,000 miles away, according to a report published in the U.S. Naval Institute News. Vice Adm. Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief of naval operations for integration of capabilities and resources told USNI News Wednesday that surface ships would receive the upgraded missiles first, followed by submarines. The move follows the Navy’s upcoming $434 million budget request that would modify a portion of the current stock of Tomahawks with the ability to strike...
  • Secretive U.S. Navy Submarine Went on a Dangerous Mission

    02/15/2016 10:18:21 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 15, 2016 | Joseph Trevithick
    Secretive U.S. Navy Submarine Went on a Dangerous Mission Clues suggest spying in 'extremely hazardous' waters On Jan. 20, 2013, the Seawolf-class attack submarine USS Jimmy Carter left her home port in Bangor, Washington. Less than two months later, the submarine appeared at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii for repairs. It was all quite mysterious. During her time at sea, we don’t know where Jimmy Carter was or what her crew of nearly 150 were precisely doing. The Seawolf class is one of the most secretive weapons in America’s arsenal, and information about the Navy’s “Silent Service” is difficult to discover...
  • Exclusive: U.S. and India consider joint patrols in South China Sea - U.S. official

    02/10/2016 1:49:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 10, 2016 | SANJEEV MIGLANI
    The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defence official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway. Washington wants its regional allies and other Asian nations to take a more united stance against China over the South China Sea, where tensions have spiked in the wake of Beijing's construction of seven man-made islands in the Spratly archipelago. India and the United States have ramped up military ties in recent years, holding naval exercises in the Indian Ocean that...
  • This U.S. missile is about to get a ship-killing upgrade

    02/05/2016 8:53:47 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 5, 2016 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    In an apparent move to show how serious the Pentagon is about countering conventional threats such as Russia and China, Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter announced Wednesday that the U.S. Navy would get a new ship-killing missile. The SM-6 is a vertically launched system fired from the deck of destroyers and cruisers. The missile was designed and fielded to intercept ballistic missiles in flight while they are passing through the upper atmosphere, but now, with Carter’s announcement, the SM-6 will be upgraded to defeat enemy ships. “It makes the SM-6 basically a twofer,” said Carter to an audience of...
  • Ohio-Class Subs Approaching Several Firsts As Navy Prepares Them To Reach 42 Years of Service

    02/03/2016 5:05:29 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    USNI News ^ | February 3, 2016 | Megan Eckstein
    The Navy’s imperative to provide “uninterrupted strategic deterrence” with its ballistic missile submarines requires it meets two goals: development of the new boats must stay on schedule, and the old boats must make it to the end of their expected service lives. The latter isn’t easy – the Navy is counting on the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) to stick around for 42 years each, something that’s never been done. The longest-serving American submarine, the boomer USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642), retired in 2002 after 36 and a half years of service. USS Ohio (SSGN-726) has been around for just over 34...
  • China strongly condemns US for sending warship near island

    01/30/2016 8:20:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/30/2016
    The missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur sailed within 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) of Triton Island in the Paracel chain "to challenge excessive maritime claims of parties that claim the Paracel Islands," without notifying the three claimants beforehand, Defense Department spokesman Mark Wright said Saturday in Washington.. China, Taiwan and Vietnam have overlapping claims in the Paracels and require prior notice from ships transiting what they consider their territorial waters. The latest operation was particularly aimed at China, which has increased tensions with the U.S. and its Southeast Asian neighbors by embarking on massive construction of man-made islands and airstrips...
  • ‘Act of God’: Ayatollah Claims Divine Intervention Led to US Sailors Detention at Gunpoint

    01/24/2016 8:58:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2016 | 3:48 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    "An act of God" was responsible for U.S. Navy sailors entering Iranian waters, leading to their arrest at gunpoint, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday told Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) members who detained the Americans. "Your job was excellent, interesting and timely and, in fact, we must consider this incident as an act of God, who brought Americans into our waters so they would be arrested through your timely action and in that manner with their hands held above their heads," Khamenei told the group in a face-to-face meeting, according to a report on the supreme leader's...
  • Navy Biofuel Deal is 'Cost Prohibitive,' 'Another Solyndra, Critics Say

    12/23/2011 10:22:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 23, 2011 | Fred Lucas
    Navy jet takes off from U.S.S. Ronald Reagan. (U.S. Navy photo) (CNSNews.com) The Obama administrations deal to buy 450,000 gallons of biofuel for Navy jets comes at a cost of up to nine times higher than regular fuel, a spokesman for Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said, coming at a time when the U.S. military is already facing deep budget cuts. Inhofe, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has supported biofuel projects in the past, but has problems with a program the U.S. Department of Agriculture...
  • White House Does Not Think Pictures of Sailors on Their Knees is Embarrassing

    01/16/2016 3:32:39 PM PST · by GOPAreDemProgressives · 72 replies
    White House Spokesperson Josh Earnest News Briefing ^ | Jan 15, 2016 | Obama White House/Josh Earnest
    White House Spokesperson Josh Earnest News Briefing Video
  • Industry Executive: Amphibious Transport Docks Could Host Missile Defense Systems

    01/14/2016 12:26:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    National DEFENSE ^ | 1/13/2016 | Jon Harper
    Huntington Ingalls Industries is in discussions with defense officials about potentially putting missile defense radars and laser weapons on San Antonio-class amphibious transport docks, a company executive said Jan. 13. “You can put a lot of additional weight on the ship and you can put … some modern technologies like ballistic missile defense radars that are very heavy,” Brian Cuccias, corporate vice president at HII and president of Ingalls Shipbuilding, told reporters on the sidelines of a Surface Navy Association symposium in Arlington, Virginia. “We think it’s a great idea.” The vessels, which are manufactured by the company, have design...
  • 10 U.S. sailors in Iranian custody

    01/12/2016 2:26:41 PM PST · by Signalman · 140 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/12/2016 | By Barbara Starr, Jim Sciutto and Jim Acosta,
    Washington (CNN)Ten American sailors are in Iranian custody after two small U.S. naval craft apparently briefly entered Iranian territorial waters, a U.S. senior defense official said Tuesday. The official, however, expects the situation to be resolved quickly. A senior administration official said there is nothing to indicate this was anything hostile on the part of any entity in Iran, adding that the U.S. has received high-level assurances that the sailors will be released promptly. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told CNN's Jake Tapper that President Barack Obama will be in touch with members of Congress about the incident. "Certainly,...
  • Navy releases video of 'provocative' Iran rocket fire in November

    01/09/2016 5:40:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published January 09, 2016
    The Navy released a video Saturday showing an Iranian military ship firing a rocket last month near U.S. and French military vessels and commercial ships in the Persian Gulf. The Dec. 26 incident appears to be the latest in a series by Iran that are raising concerns about the rogue nation, as the United States and other world powers prepare to lift crippling economic sanctions in exchange for Tehran curtailing its pursuit of a nuclear weapon. The most recent incident occurred in the Strait of Hormuz, which is the only nautical passage for oil-laden ships going to and from the...
  • The U.S. Navy Struggles to Keep Hornets Flying While the F-35 Stalls

    01/05/2016 9:47:28 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 50 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Jan 5, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    Faced with delays in the adoption of the F-35, the U.S. Navy is trying to keep F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet fighters flying until replacements arrive. According to Military Times, the service is stretching the lifespan of existing planes, keeping them in the air far longer than originally planned. The U.S. Navy's F/A-18C Hornets comprise half of the fighter force on a typical Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. These older Hornets, known as "legacy Hornets" to differentiate them from the Super Hornet, were only meant to fly an average 6,000 hours. Generally speaking, this works out to about 20 years of peacetime...
  • When the U.S. Navy Had Tiny Hot Rods That Flew Over the Sea

    12/24/2015 12:25:47 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Dec 23, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    In the early 1970s, with the Vietnam War winding down, the U.S. Navy worried about how to keep its fleet effective during the inevitable budget drawdown at war's end. Their innovative solution: build small, fast ships that could, thanks to new technologies of the time, tackle the missions once performed by much larger ships. The Navy had studied hydrofoil ship concepts for two decades. Hydrofoils were large joined wings that lifted the ship into the air, above the water, at high speeds. Mostly free of the drag imposed by sitting in liquid, a hydrofoil ship could go much faster than...
  • French Navy Rafale M Fighters May Conduct Combat Missions From a US Navy CVN in 2017

    12/21/2015 4:06:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 21 December 2015
    French Navy (Marine Nationale) Rafale M carrier-based multirole fighters may conduct combat missions against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria from a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier as soon as January 2017. The information comes from French TV channel TF1 (video in French). According to TF1 this subject was discussed between US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and French Navy Rear Adm. Rene-Jean Crignola, Commander Task Force (CTF) 50. The US Defense Secretary was visiting the French Navy aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle on Saturday. The reason why the French Navy would deploy its Rafale M aboard a US Navy...
  • U.S. Navy's Lethal New Stealth Destroyer Is No 'Battleship'

    12/11/2015 11:09:59 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    National Interest ^ | December 12, 2015 | James Holmes
    8 Over the years it’s become commonplace for writers to sex up their descriptions of guided-missile destroyer (DDG) Zumwalt, the U.S. Navy’s newest surface combatant. Commentators of such leanings depict the ultra-high-tech DDG-1000 [4] as a battleship. Better yet, it’s a “stealth [5] battleship [6]”—a fit subject [7] for sci-fi [8]! Not so. And getting the nomenclature right matters: calling a man-of-war a battleship conjures up images in the popular mind of thickly armored dreadnoughts bristling with big guns blazing away at one another on the high seas, pummeling shore targets in Normandy or Kuwait, or belching smoke and flame...
  • San Bernardino Attackers’ Friend Spoke of ‘Sleeper Cells’

    12/11/2015 12:47:43 PM PST · by amorphous · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11 Dec 2013 | IAN LOVETT, JACK HEALY, MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and JULIE TURKEWITZDEC
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The regulars did not take it seriously when Enrique Marquez mused about terrorism at Morgan's Tavern, a dank dive bar where the bespectacled 24-year-old hauled ice, cleaned bathrooms and checked ID's at the door. After a few drinks, he would just start talking - about his money woes, trying to lose weight, wanting to join the Navy. News reports about terror were just fodder for more bar talk. "He would say stuff like: 'There's so much going on. There's so many sleeper cells, so many people just waiting. When it happens, it's going to be big. Watch,'...
  • How Offering Tomahawks for Foreign Military Sales Will Strengthen Allies and Deter Adversaries

    11/30/2015 8:38:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 30, 2015 | Robert Crumplar
    The Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) has long been a mainstay of the U.S. strike weapon inventory. Launching from ranges out to 1,000 miles and armed with a 1,000-pound warhead, it is the Navy’s “Kick Down the Door” weapon, attacking well-defended high-value land targets. The BLK IV missile is the latest variant in a steady progression of capability, incorporating mission planning, navigation and guidance, and command and control upgrades designed to improve responsiveness and target flexibility. Combat-proven and operationally reliable, Tomahawk remains a weapon of choice for planners and commanders alike. The FY 2016 budget maintains production and inventory levels,...
  • Seaworthiness of New Destroyer Under Scrutiny

    11/29/2015 11:24:59 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 30, 2015 | David Sharp
    Bath, Maine — The largest destroyer built for the U.S. Navy cuts an imposing figure: massive, with an angular shape, hidden weapons and antennas, and electric-drive propulsion. But underneath the stealthy exterior resides a style of hull that fell out of favor a century ago in part because it can be unstable. The Navy will soon learn how this modern take on the “tumblehome” hull holds up when the first-in-class Zumwalt heads out to sea in December for builder trials in the rough-and-tumble North Atlantic. Amy Lent, of the Maine Maritime Museum, which works closely with the shipyard, said taxpayers...
  • The Missed Opportunity Of The The Air-Capable Spruance

    11/20/2015 12:29:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    THE DAILY CALLER ^ | 11/17/2015 | Harold Hutchison
    Shortly after George W. Bush won re-election, the destroyer USS Hayler (DD 997) took its last voyage to a location somewhere in the Atlantic. She carried out one last act of service for the United States Navy, serving as a target for a SINKEX – in essence, a live-fire exercise – for the Expeditionary Strike Group centered on USS Saipan (LHA 2). USS Hayler represents an interesting might-have been. In fact, had Congress had its way, she would have been the lead ship of a new class of destroyers, often called the air-capable Spruance. In many ways, the air-capable Spruance...
  • Analyst: Doomsday Nuclear Torpedo Leak Gives Insight to Russian Strategic Mindset

    11/14/2015 5:13:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 13, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    A proposed Russian submarine launched doomsday weapon — the existence of which was almost certainly leaked by the Kremlin — gives clues to the Russian mindset for the development of new strategic weapons in the face of the West’s increasing ballistic missile defense capability and Russia’s shrinking national assets, a naval analyst told USNI News on Thursday. The Status-6 weapon was revealed on Wednesday during a Russian broadcast of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and military leaders in Sochi and a screengrab of the weapon was widely circulated following the broadcast. The weapon is allegedly a “robotic mini-submarine”...
  • Report: US Spied on Israel, Prepared to Destroy Israeli Bombers to Protect Iran

    10/23/2015 6:49:04 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 51 replies
    In an explosive report we learn that ever since 2012, the United States has been spying on Israel in order to prevent the Jewish State from attacking suspected Iranian nuclear sites, according to Fridays Wall Street Journal. The White House had sent an additional aircraft carrier to the region after learning that Israeli aircraft had flown into Iranian airspace in what U.S. officials feared was a test run for an attack on Irans Fordow plant. The carriers had attack aircraft on board prepared to respond to any Israeli attack on Iran.
  • Chinese Warships To Visit Florida As U.S. Sailors Get A Tour Of China's Carrier

    10/23/2015 6:04:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | October 22, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    A trio of Chinese Navy vessels that are making an around-the-world trip will be visiting Mayport, Florida on November 3rd through the 7th. This visit comes as tensions are increasing between U.S. and China over the South China Sea, with the Navy ready to sail within Chinas man-made islands claim on disputed territorial waters. The three ships involved with the visit include the Type 052C Luyang II class guided-missile destroyer named Jinan. The 052C Luyang II class is roughly analogous to an Australian Hobart Class destroyer, not necessarily in raw capability but in general configuration. The Hobart Class is roughly...
  • Saudi Arabia Is Buying The Littoral Combat Ship The U.S. Navy Desperately Needs

    10/21/2015 8:53:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | October 21, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    It was announced yesterday that Saudi Arabia wants to purchase four extremely up-gunned Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The deal will be worth $11.25 billion including weapons and support. This will also be the first export sale for the troubled LCS program, and these Saudi ships will be far more capable than any version of the LCS the Navy plans on procuring. This fact may present an incredible opportunity for the Navy to get the version of the Littoral Combat Ship they really need, and possibly at an awesome price. Saudi Arabias highly upgraded variants of the Freedom-class Littoral Combat...
  • U.S. Navy Considering Adding Anti-Ship Missiles Back to Submarine Force

    10/21/2015 8:49:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | October 21, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    The Navy is investigating adding an anti-ship missile to its submarine force bringing it inline with the majority of the world naval submarines, the director of Naval Reactors said on Wednesday. In response to a question from the audience at the 2015 Naval Submarine League Symposium, Adm. Frank Caldwell said the Navy was exploring adding the capability to the fleet. For this audience, Ill tell you we are considering that and we are taking some some steps to delivering that kind of capability to our submarine force and I cant really say anymore than that, he said. The U.S....
  • U.S. quietly given tour of China's sole aircraft carrier

    10/21/2015 4:54:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 21, 2015
    BEIJING -- China this week hosted a visit to its sole aircraft carrier by senior U.S. Navy officers amid tensions over reported plans by Washington to challenge Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea. The delegation of 27 commanders and captains boarded the Liaoning on Monday and held discussions on "exercise management, personnel training, medical protection and strategies in carrier development," the Chinese navy said on its official microblog. That was followed Tuesday morning by a visit to the navy's submarine academy, where further dialogues were held, the navy said. The visits appear to reflect the growing momentum of...
  • 'Shotgun' for Roosevelt - Malabar war games

    10/17/2015 7:50:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | Oct 18, 2015 | Sujan Dutta
    On board the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Bay of Bengal, Oct. 17: An Indian warship played "shotgun" for this US super-carrier during an air defence drill last night, about 150 nautical miles east-southeast of Chennai during the latest edition of the Malabar war games, which also include a Japanese destroyer. "The 'shotgun' role will be shared by the Indians and the Japanese in this exercise," said Captain Craig Clapperton, commanding officer of the carrier. On Sunday, an Indian fleet tanker is expected to pull alongside and feed the carrier in a hostile scenario described as "opposed replenishment at sea"....
  • Navys Future Frigate Will Be Optimized For Lethality, Survivability; Will Not Retain LCSs Speed

    10/15/2015 7:12:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    USNI News ^ | October 15, 2015 | Megan Eckstein
    WASHINGTON, D.C. Whereas a high sprint speed was a driving factor in designing the Littoral Combat Ship, the follow-on frigate will instead be optimized for lethality and survivability, the Navys frigate program manager said Thursday. As the LCS program transitions to a multimission frigate, the 40-knot sprint speed requirement will go away to allow for more armor, more weapons, an over-the-horizon missile and full-time anti-torpedo protection, Capt. Dan Brintzinghoffer said at an American Society for Naval Engineers event. This change, he said, is a recognition of simple physics. If we dont change anything [in the hull design] and add...
  • Does the U.S. Navy Need a 21st Century F-14 Tomcat?

    10/13/2015 10:57:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 13, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    While the requirement for a carrier-based long-range strike capability is a frequent subject of discussion around Washington, the U.S. Navys need for improved air superiority capabilities is often neglected. The service has not had a dedicated air-to-air combat aircraft since it retired the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in 2006. But even the Tomcat was adapted into a strike aircraft during its last years in service after the Soviet threat evaporated. Now, as new threats to the carrier emerge and adversaries start to field new fighters that can challenge the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter, attention...
  • Tough Little Ships That Could: Remembering The Perry-Class Frigates

    10/05/2015 7:01:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    THE DAILY CALLER ^ | 10/04/2015 | HAROLD HUTCHISON
    In September, the Navy decommissioned USS Simpson (FFG 56), the last Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate in service. This ended 38 years of this service from this class of 51 vessels in the United States Navy, but for those 38 years, the Navy got one heck of a ship. Displacing 4,100 tons, the Perry-class frigates were equipped with a Mk 13 missile launcher that held RIM-66B SM-1 surface-to-air missiles and RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, the Mk 75 76mm gun, a Mk 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapon System, two banks that held three 324mm anti-submarine torpedoes, and two helicopters (either SH-2 Sea Sprites...