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  • Navy Warships Get New Heavy Missile: 2,500-Lb LRASM

    07/26/2017 9:56:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | July 26, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    It’s a big day for the 2,500-pound Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile, LRASM. This morning, contractor Lockheed Martin announced an $86.5 million contract to build the first 23 production missiles – as opposed to test weapons – for use by Navy Super Hornet fighters and Air Force B-1B bombers. Lockheed also announce this afternoon that it had, for the first time, successfully test-fired a modified LRASM from the kind of launchers used on Navy ships. Ship-borne launchers dramatically expand the ways the US military can use the missile. LRASM has come a long way from its origins in the air-to-ground JASSM program...
  • Investigation Reveals Navy At Fault For Massive USS Fitzgerald Collision

    07/21/2017 10:42:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 104 replies ^ | 7/21/2017 | Jonah Bennett
    A preliminary investigation into the collision of the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine cargo ship in June has revealed that the U.S. Navy is at fault. According to two defense officials who spoke with CNN, the crew aboard the USS Fitzgerald made numerous abysmal mistakes which led to the collision with the ACX Crystal in an area known for commercial shipping. The investigation is likely to result in recommendations for possible punishment, making the review “dual purpose.” “They did nothing until the last second,” one official said, speaking of the crew on the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. “A slew of things...

    07/18/2017 7:54:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Center for International Maritime Security ^ | 2017-07-18 | Jason Y. Osuga
    “Our history is clear that nations with strong allies thrive, and those without them wither. My key words are solvency and security to protect the American people. My priorities as SECDEF are strengthening readiness, strengthening alliances, and bring business reform to DOD.” – General James Mattis (ret.), SECDEF Confirmation Hearing, 1/11/17 At current growth rates, China may become a comparable power to the United States in economic and military terms in the not too distant future. In this future world, China will be less constrained than it is today to attempt to coerce other Asian nations to its will.[1] China’s...
  • When Indian MiG-29Ks 'Clashed' With US Super Hornets Over The Bay Of Bengal

    07/17/2017 8:52:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    NDTV ^ | July 18, 2017 | Vishnu Som
    Indian Navy MiGs mounted combat air patrols defending a warship against US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets NEW DELHI: When Russia deployed its sole aircraft carrier, the Kuznetsov off the coast of Syria earlier this year, a newly-developed fighter jet onboard the ship had many Western powers operating in the region intrigued, if not concerned. The jet in question was the MiG-29K, a brand new Navalised variant of one of the most successful Russian fighters ever built, the MiG-29, a jet that's been in service with the Indian Air Force since the mid-eighties. But the MiG-29K is a very different beast....
  • Navy Releases Details of New FFG(X) Guided-Missile Frigate Program in Request to Industry

    07/10/2017 11:10:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 10, 2017 | Megan Eckstein
    USS Freedom (LCS-1) and USS Independence (LCS-2) This post has been updated to include the link to the full Request for Information. The Navy released the first formal details on what it wants in its guided-missile frigate in a new request for information to industry issued today. The new ship concept outlined in the RFI in many ways resembles the Navy’s previous frigate plans but also looks at upgrades like more powerful radars and vertical-launch missile tubes. The RFI notes the Navy is still seeking industry input on a variety of capabilities – including, how to incorporate missile launchers for...
  • USS Pueblo [crises]

    07/06/2017 8:02:14 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 32 replies
    wikipedia ^ | wikipedia
    USS Pueblo (AGER-2) is a Banner-class environmental research ship, attached to Navy intelligence as a spy ship, which was attacked and captured by North Korean forces on 23 January 1968, in what is known today as the "Pueblo incident" or alternatively, as the "Pueblo crisis". The seizure of the U.S. Navy ship and its 83 crew members, one of whom was killed in the attack, came less than a week after President Lyndon B. Johnson's State of the Union address to the United States Congress, just a week before the start of the Tet Offensive in South Vietnam during the...
  • Senators Are Finally Funding A Design Study For A New Light Aircraft Carrier

    06/30/2017 9:21:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 30, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes a sizable downstroke in what could turn into a program to finally build a smaller and less expensive aircraft carrier complement to America's increasingly expensive supercarriers. The provision includes $30M to come up with preliminary designs and cost options for such a ship, which then can be used to quantify the concept and how it would fit into the Navy's overall strategy. The newest supercarrier design, the Ford class, cost upwards of $12B per ship. Meanwhile the Trump Administration has mandated a 12 supercarrier force....
  • USAF and USN Both Come To Terms With Long 4th Generation Fighter Futures

    06/14/2017 10:55:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Drive ^ | June 14, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Air Force is looking to extend the life of hundreds of F-16C/D Vipers, even more than we previously reported. At the same time, the U.S. Navy seems to have come to a similar conclusion with plans to buy more and better F/A-18E/F Super Hornet derivatives. Suffice it to say that the 4th generation fighter will be alive and well within the Pentagon's inventory for a long, long time to come. On June 12, 2017, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) posted a presolictation notice on the U.S. government’s main contracting website, FedBizOpps regarding production of upgrade...
  • Guns on U.S. Ships –Do We Need Them?

    06/14/2017 1:18:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    Bryen's Blog ^ | JUNE 13, 2017 | Stephen Bryen
    76 mm Super Rapid by en:User:Ketil –, CC BY-SA 3.0, In the mid-1990’s I was working as a consultant to the Italian defense firm Oto Melara. Oto Melara’s name was made by its 3” (76mm) naval gun that took the world by storm. Over 100 navies globally, including the United States, adopted the 76mm gun for their corvettes, frigates and patrol boats. The original Oto Melara gun system fired at around 80 rounds per minute, which was more than adequate against the kinds of threats that were around in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. The gun could be...
  • Navy Wants to Buy 80 More Super Hornets for $7.1B Over the Next Five Years

    06/13/2017 9:28:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 13, 2017 | Megan Eckstein
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy intends to buy at least 80 more Boeing F/A-18E-F Super Hornets over the next five years to address its fighter shortfall, a change from its previous on-the-books plan to zero out the aircraft program beginning next year, service officials said in congressional testimony today. The Navy’s written testimony to the Senate Armed Services seapower subcommittee notes the “Fiscal Year 2018 President’s Budget requests $1.25 billion in [the Navy’s aircraft procurement account] for 14 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft” and that, “with the support of Congress, we will also procure a minimum of 80 additional Super Hornets...
  • CNO: Navy ‘Taking a Hard Look at Bringing Back Oliver Hazard Perry Frigates ...

    06/13/2017 9:21:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    USNI News ^ | JUNE 13, 2017 | Sam LaGrone
    Studies are underway to “take a hard look” at putting eight mothballed Oliver Hazard Perry frigates back into service as well as extending the life of existing Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyers to help the Navy reach its goal of a 355-ship fleet, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said on Tuesday. Speaking before an audience at the U.S. Naval War College, Richardson said service leaders were looking at “every trick” to put more platforms into the fleet including bringing back some Perrys into service. “We’re taking a hard look at the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates. There’s seven or eight...
  • This Syria-Bound Super Hornet Is Carrying A Uniquely Massive Bomb Load

    06/09/2017 8:18:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 9, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    This F/A-18F Super Hornet, belonging to VFA-213 "Blacklions" and operating aboard the USS George H.W. Bush in the eastern Mediterranean, is equipped with one uniquely massive and highly destructive payload. No less than ten 1,000lb GBU-32 JDAMs are slung under its wings. In addition, a pair of 188lb AIM-9X Sidewinders adorn its wingtips. A 400lb ATFLIR targeting pod is attached on its left intake station, and a 480 gallon centerline fuel tank rounds out its external stores list. Add in the four multiple ejector racks and the pylons, not to mention 412 rounds of 20mm ammo, and this "Rhino's" stores...
  • Admiral Admits Political Pressure Caused Him To Convict Navy SEAL Accused Of Rape

    05/22/2017 3:28:06 PM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 39 replies
    The DAILY CALLER ^ | 05/19/2017 | Jonah Bennett
    “Absent the pressures described [in my affidavit], I would have disapproved the findings in this case,” Lorge wrote in his affidavit. For Lorge, the pressure came from President Barack Obama’s White House and also the Senate. “At the time, the political climate regarding sexual assault in the military was such that a decision to disapprove the findings, regardless of merit, would bring hate and discontent on the Navy from the President, as well as senators including Senator Kirstin Gillibrand,” Lorge wrote in his affidavit. Lorge believes that based on his conversations with senior officials in the Navy, he was essentially...
  • Should a liberal gun control activist have a Navy warship named after her?

    06/05/2017 8:19:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 85 replies ^ | 6/5/2017 | Ed Straker
    Hillary Clinton plans to attend the launching ceremony of a warship. And not just any warship, but the USS Gabrielle Giffords, named for the liberal congresswoman who was shot in the head. For Hillary, every decision is still about wimmen and grrrls. But her decision raises the larger question about whether it is appropriate to name a warship after Giffords. After all, Giffords was viewed as a helpless victim. That doesn't make for a very intimidating name for a warship. Giffords is called a hero because she survived. Does surviving make her a hero? I think surviving makes her a...
  • What A 21st Century Battleship Could Look Like

    06/01/2017 5:34:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | May 31, 2017 | Dr. Robert Farley
    Photo Illustration by Elena Scotti/Jalopnik/GMG President Donald Trump seems to like big, “bold” ideas. Throw nukes around? Sure. Rip up the deck of an aircraft carrier to install the “goddamned steam?” Okay, fine. But what if we brought back one of the biggest military statements America has ever had—what if we brought back the battleship? It’s not that the current American capital ship, the aircraft carrier, is obsolete. But the the Gerald R. Ford-class of aircraft carriers are remarkably, enormously expensive, and potentially vulnerable to many kinds of attack. Many of the Navy’s other surface ships exist essentially in order...
  • Navy's hardest-punching but aging warship has no replacement in sight

    05/21/2017 8:08:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | May 19, 2017 | Carl Prine
    ABOARD THE BUNKER HILL — Less than an hour after a recent dawn rolled west into the Pacific Ocean, Capt. Joe Cahill sat in his starboard chair, a lined face pointed toward a line of warships wheeling north around San Clemente Island. In the lead, the destroyers Halsey and Higgins cut through the waves in a tight turn toward land, trailed by the looming flattop Theodore Roosevelt and the destroyer Sampson in its wake. And in the far rear, like a bear protecting her cubs, was the San Diego-based Bunker Hill, the 10,000-ton cruiser that orchestrates the air defenses for...
  • Saudi Arabia's Naval Capabilities Will Balloon Thanks To Huge U.S. Arms Deal

    05/19/2017 9:54:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    The Drive ^ | MAY 19, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    U.S. President Donald Trump will unveil the largest single American weapons sale to Saudi Arabia to date during his trip to the kingdom, which began on May 19, 2017. The deal will include weapons and equipment for the Royal Saudi air and land forces, which have been critical in Riyadh’s intervention in Yemen, as well as ballistic missile defense systems essential to for the country to counter Iran's missile forces during a conflict. However, it may be new support for the relatively small Royal Saudi Navy that speaks more to the country’s desire to project even greater power in the...
  • Beyond LCS: Navy Looks To Foreign Frigates, National Security Cutter

    05/11/2017 9:57:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | May 11, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    [UPDATED with Sec. Stackley comments] WASHINGTON: The Navy is seriously considering derivatives of foreign designs and the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter for its new frigate, after three years pursuing an upgraded version of its current Littoral Combat Ship. The shift has shaken up the industry, panicking some players, while others quietly reposition: Wisconsin’s Marinette Marine, which currently builds the 3,500-ton Freedom variant of the LCS, may instead offer an Americanized version of the FREMM, a 6,000 to 6,700-ton frigate built for the French and Italian navies by Marinette’s parent company, Fincantieri. If so, Marinette would probably part ways with...
  • Ex-Trump Adviser: My Phone Was Possibly Tapped

    03/09/2017 4:37:01 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 7 replies ^ | 03/09/17
    A former foreign policy adviser to President Trump’s election campaign says his phone may have been tapped in 2016, apparently implying that such action would support claims that Trump Tower was under surveillance. Carter Page, works near Trump Tower in New York and was a frequent visitor during the campaign. In a letter to the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday, he lays out a case for why he thinks he may have been swept up in any surveillance related to the Trump operation, the Guardian reported Thursday. “Having spoken in favor of some of Mr. Trump’s policies on...
  • HII's LPD-Based Future Surface Combatant Concept Could Replace Ticonderoga-class Cruisers

    04/21/2017 5:04:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 19 April 2017
    During the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space 2017 exposition held recently near Washington D.C., Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) was showcasing its "Future Surface Combatant" based on a LPD-17 / San Antonio-class hull form. HII's LPD-Based Future Surface Combatant Concept Could Replace Ticonderoga-class CruisersHII's Future Surface Combatant at Sea Air Space 2017. According to an HII representative, the scale model is representative of what a future surface combatant could look like based on future fleet architecture studies by the US Navy and various think tanks. "It is increasingly clear that they are going to need a combatant with a very large radar to...