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  • Aboard Charles de Gaulle, French and US sailors toast ‘l’interopérabilité’

    12/09/2016 8:50:04 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 9, 2016 | Chris Church
    ABOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE — U.S. Navy Lt. Osbaldo walked through the catapult spaces beneath the flight deck, shaking hands with every present member of his French crew, a morning routine he’s grown accustomed to since attaching to the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Today, he’s ensuring his catapult and arresting gear systems are in perfect operational condition for the launch and landing of aircraft supporting the U.S-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Elsewhere on the ship, four other Americans are also adapting to the customs and courtesies of serving on a French...
  • Navy Won’t Remove ‘Midshipman’ Title Because It’s Enshrined In The Law As A Rank

    12/09/2016 6:28:54 PM PST · by kevcol · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 9, 2016 | Jonah Bennett
    The goal of the job title review Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus initiated back in January is to make women feel more included now that they have access to all combat roles, but the reason midshipman will remain in its current state is because the name is a rank stipulated by the law, Capital Gazette reports. . . . In late September, the Navy announced that it was ditching historic job titles and revamping the entire system, in effect removing an element that made the Navy unique from other services in the military. . . . Sailors have reacted...
  • Pearl Harbor survivors and WWII veterans arrive in Honolulu

    12/03/2016 7:46:10 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 39 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | Saturday, December 3, 2016 | Jobeth Devera, Reporter
    It was an emotional homecoming for dozens of Pearl Harbor survivors and WWII veterans at Honolulu International Airport Saturday afternoon. Live bands, hula dancers and other military servicemen and women gathered around Gate 18 to help welcome our nation's bravest. "I just want thank them for their time and what they've done to sacrifice for this nation," said Joshua Carmack, USN Chief Petty Officer. Each hero was escorted from the plane down an isle of hugs, handshakes and aloha. American Airlines sponsored the round-trip 75th Pearl Harbor Commemoration Flight, from Los Angeles to Honolulu, which hosted approximately 120 Pearl Harbor...
  • Did the Navy Steal Its Stealth Warship Designs?

    11/24/2016 11:37:00 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11.25.16 | DAVID AXE
    It’s been rough sailing for the U.S. Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship. The speedy, warship has come under fire for being lightly-armed, weakly-built, undermanned, and prone to rusting—and yet, at the same time, way too expensive. And in recent months, four of the 400-foot-long warships—half of the Littoral Combat Ships currently in commission—have suffered serious engine breakdowns, possible signs of systemic problems with the ship’s design and operating procedures. As if that weren’t enough for the beleaguered vessel, David Giles, a prominent ship-designer, is accusing the Navy of stealing his concepts for a high-speed cargo ship and illegally applying them...
  • Mystery flight circles over Denver; officials have few answers

    11/16/2016 7:18:02 PM PST · by bryan999 · 33 replies
    DENVER -- Thousands saw a plane circling the Denver metro area late Wednesday morning, questioning where it may have come from and what it may be doing. Officials at a host of federal organizations had few answers. Denver7 began tracking a flight named IRON99 as it traversed from California over the pacific. It traveled over the Rocky Mountains and eventually over the Denver metro area. Its arrival over the Denver metro is what prompted questions from a host of locals who saw it circling, questioning what it might have been doing. Visually, the plane circled in a racetrack-style oval shape...
  • Navy ‘Doomsday Plane’ Spotted in Colorado

    11/18/2016 6:53:30 PM PST · by Mariner · 44 replies
    Defensetech ^ | November 18th, 2016 | By: Brendan McGarry
    A routine training flight by the U.S. Navy’s E-6B Mercury “doomsday plane” captured the attention of sky-watchers this week in Colorado. The four-engine command-and-control plane based on Boeing Co.’s 707 airliner on Wednesday took off from Travis Air Force Base in California and circled over Denver before continuing on to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. It was apparently the hour-long racetrack holding pattern that turned the heads. “Did you see this today?” a newscaster at the KMGH, the local ABC affiliate, asked during a broadcast. “There was this plane just circling the metro, circling and circling, and many of...
  • Navy’s Ammo-less Destroyer Should be Equipped With This Proven Rocket System

    11/17/2016 10:27:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | November 16, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    The Zumwalt class stealth destroyer has become a floating example of just how miserably bastardized major defense acquisition programs can get. Now that the news has broke that the ship’s twin Advanced Gun Systems (AGS) won’t even have any ammunition to fire, because each shell costs nearly a million dollars, the Navy should quickly take another, highly proven route to replace the AGS mission set, and even expand it in the process. One of the shining technological stars of recent military operations abroad is the Army’s and the Marine’s High Mobility Mobile Rocket Artillery System, better known as HiMARS. The...
  • Prank Call To Navy Recruiter

    Roy D. Mercer prank phone call to a Navy Recruiter. Roy D. Mercer is a fictional character created by disc jockeys Brent Douglas and Phil Stone on radio station KMOD-FM in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Brent Douglas, who performs Mercer's voice, uses the character as a vehicle for comedy sketches in which he performs prank calls. (Video)
  • How Do America and China’s Huge New Warships Stack Up? (‘Zumwalt’ versus Type 055)

    11/01/2016 11:44:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 1, 2016 | DAVID AXE
    USS ‘Zumwalt.’ Photo via Wikipedia On Oct. 15, 2016 in Baltimore on the U.S. East Coast, the U.S. Navy commissioned the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt into service following a protracted and costly development. Six hundred feet long and displacing 14,500 tons, Zumwalt — the first of three stealthy land-attack destroyers — is America’s largest surface combatant in generations. But she’s not alone in her weight class. While the Americans were celebrating Zumwalt’s entry into service, on the other side of the world at a shipyard in Shanghai, the Chinese navy was hard at work on its own 14,000-ton-displacement surface warship. The Type 055 just...
  • Navy Secretary Mabus: Rising Sea Level Means 'Norfolk Is at Risk'

    10/25/2016 6:03:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 10/25/2016 | Susan Jones
    "Norfolk is at risk over the next few decades if we don't do something to slow down sea level rise," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told a gathering in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval complex [1] in the world, is located in southeastern Virginia. "All our bases are in some way or other at risk," Mabus said. And that's not the only risk posed by climate change, Mabus said. The warming planet also expands the Navy's mission: "We're the first responders. We're the ones -- the Navy and Marine Corps are the ones sent. We get...
  • Missiles fired at US warship near Yemen, says US admiral

    10/15/2016 6:29:31 PM PDT · by traumer · 74 replies
    Multiple missiles have been fired at a US warship in the Red Sea - but there are no casualties, a US admiral says. More to follow...
  • The Sea Eagle: How America's F-15 Fighter Almost Became a Aircraft Carrier Jet

    10/14/2016 9:24:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Michael Peck | Michael Peck
    Back in the 1980s and 1990s, a Dynamic Duo symbolized U.S. military airpower. The Air Force had its powerful F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter. But the Navy had the sophisticated swing-wing F-14 Tomcat, glamorized by the movie Top Gun. Yet had events worked out differently, the aircraft that Tom Cruise flew could have been an… F-15 Eagle? For a time, the Navy actually considered a carrier version of the F-15. The F-15N, or "Sea Eagle" as it was unofficially dubbed, was proposed by McDonnell Douglas in 1971, according to author Dennis Jenkins in his "McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle: Supreme Heavy-Weight...
  • Navy, Marine Corps Considering Adding Vertical Launch System to San Antonio Amphibs

    10/14/2016 12:03:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    USNI News ^ | October 13, 2016 | Sam LaGrone
    PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Navy and the Marine Corps are studying installing a vertical launch system in its San Antonio class of amphibious warships that would allow the ships to field larger offensive missiles, service officials told USNI News this week. The director of expeditionary warfare in the chief of naval operation’s office (OPNAV N95) told USNI News on Thursday both services were studying installing the VLS systems but that at the moment there was no program of record to back fit the capability into the hulls. “It’s certainly an asset we’d like to have,” Marine Maj. Gen. Chris Owens...
  • BREAKING - US military strikes Yemeni ‘radar sites’ in response to missile attack on navy destroyer

    10/12/2016 8:14:31 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 93 replies
    Russia Times ^ | 10-12-2016 | Russia Times
    The US military has launched strikes on radar sites in Yemen, the Pentagon announced, according to Reuters. The move comes in response to failed attacks on the US navy destroyer USS Mason. According to the Pentagon’s initial assessments, three “radar sites” in the Houthi rebel-controlled area of Yemen were destroyed in the attack. The US military vowed to respond to “any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic,” according to a statement cited by Reuters.
  • Navy Weighs New Ship-Deck-Launched Attack Methods for LRASM Weapon

    10/07/2016 10:29:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | October 7, 2016 | KRIS OSBORN
    The Navy and Lockheed Martin are looking at developing a variant of the LRASM missile that fires from a deck-launcher on a ship - as opposed to having a weapon that only fires from aircraft and vertical launch tubes. Lockheed Martin is developing a new deck-mounted launcher for the emerging Long Range Anti-Ship Missile engineered to semi-autonomously track and destroy enemy targets at long ranges from both aircraft and surface ships. The weapon, called the LRASM, is a collaborative effort between Lockheed, the Office of Naval Research and the Defense Advanced Project Research Agency, or DARPA. The LRASM, which is...
  • Navy Announces Enlisted Rating Modernization Plan (HISTORIC NAVY RATINGS SYSTEM SCUTTLED!!!)

    09/29/2016 2:47:46 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 51 replies
    navy.mil ^ | 29 Sep 16 | Chief of Navy Personnel Public Affairs
    WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Following the completion of its review earlier this year, the Navy announced Sept. 29, it will modernize all rating titles for Sailors with the establishment of a new classification system that will move towards occupational specialty codes similar to how the other services categorize skill sets. "In modernizing our enlisted rating system we are not only giving our Sailors increased opportunities within the Navy, such as a higher level of flexibility in training and detailing, but also increasing their opportunities when they transition out of the service. In aligning the descriptions of the work our Sailors do...
  • The Navy’s New Stealth Destroyer Has Watered Down Capabilities, Questionable Future

    09/28/2016 11:43:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Next month the first DDG-1000 Zumwalt class stealth destroyer will be commissioned into US Navy service. The program has been through three name changes since it began two decades ago and the design’s planned production run has been slashed dramatically from nearly three dozen hulls to a measly three. The truth is that the assault on the Zumwalts started long before production was cut. The ship you see today, even in all its exotic glory, is the sad result of a long series of illogical cost-cutting initiatives and spastic fiscal re-prioritizations by the Navy. These misguided measures left the final...
  • Navy investigating second sailor who refused to stand for national anthem

    09/25/2016 6:54:41 PM PDT · by kevcol · 88 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | September 25, 2016 | BPR Wire
    Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Janaye Ervin is currently facing potential administrative action for failing to show respect to America’s national symbols, Military.com reports. According to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman spokesman Bill Doughty, Ervin would not stand for the national anthem while in full uniform Sept. 19.. .. “On September 19,2016, while in uniform, I made the conscious decision to not stand for the Star Spangled Banner because I feel like a hypocrite, singing about “land of the free” when, I know that only applies to some Americans,” Ervin wrote in a Facebook post. “I will gladly stand again, when ALL...
  • Sailor says Navy punished her for not standing for 'Star Spangled Banner'

    09/22/2016 7:25:38 PM PDT · by kevcol · 120 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 22, 2016 | WITW Staff
    Ervin explained in her Facebook post that on September 19, "while in uniform, I made the conscious decision to not stand for the Star Spangled Banner because I feel like a hypocrite, singing about 'land of the free' when, I know that only applies to some Americans." Ervin said in the post that she was punished by Navy officials and that the "equipment I need to do my Naval job" was taken away.
  • Navy may discipline sailor for pulling a Kaepernick

    09/09/2016 6:10:26 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 102 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/8/16 | Anna Giaritelli
    A sailor who refused to stand for morning colors may now face administrative action, Military.com reported late Wednesday. Naval Education and Training Command spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Kate Meadows did not detail the specific actions the Navy is taking against the young, African-American sailor. The young woman is training at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Fla., and is expected to continue training with her class. She sailor posted an eight-minute video to Facebook late last month explaining why she was following in the footsteps of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick by not standing during the national anthem....
  • US Navy Drops LCS Plans, Concept After Latest Failures

    09/09/2016 5:32:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    PARIS --- After spending billions of dollars, the US Navy has finally abandoned the Littoral Combat Ship concept, saying it will turn the first four LCSs into training ships and that all future vessels will be equipped for a single combat mission. Although deliberately worded to minimize its import, the US Navy statement below is a clear acknowledgement that the LCS concept has been an abysmal failure. But, even as it looks to mitigate the disastrous effects of having ordered a dozen LCS at once, before checking whether they performed as claimed (they have not), the Navy makes no mention...
  • At least we could (probably) invade New Zealand: How small is the Royal Canadian Navy, really?

    09/08/2016 11:46:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    National Post ^ | September 8, 2016 | Tristin Hopper
    Hull for hull, at least one landlocked country can match Canada's Atlantic fleet. How the Royal Canadian Navy stacks up on the high seas In 2017, Canada's last destroyer, HMCS Athabaskan, will be retired, forcing the Royal Canadian Navy to lean on the U.S. to protect its ships from air attack. Last year, the vessel, flagship of the Atlantic fleet, twice broke down while at sea. Meanwhile, even Canada's newly renovated submarines won't last more than a few years without a few billion dollars in upgrades. Critics have called the Royal Canadian Navy "decayed," "neglected" and "embarrassing." But how small...
  • Navy’s futuristic destroyer makes port call in Rhode Island

    09/08/2016 4:50:39 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 37 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | September 8, 2016 4:07 pm | AP
    Not an AP photo: NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Navy’s futuristic Zumwalt destroyer has arrived in Rhode Island for its first port visit since leaving the shipyard to join the fleet. The stealthy destroyer arrived at Naval Station Newport Thursday afternoon. It left Bath Iron Works in Maine, where it was built, on Wednesday. It’s headed to its commissioning in Baltimore, then to its homeport in San Diego.
  • Colossal Stealth Destroyer USS Zumwalt Ready to Set Sail and Join the Navy

    09/07/2016 8:18:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 7, 2016
    <p>The largest and most expensive destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy once headed to sea in a snowstorm during builder trials. Now, it's heading into the remnants of a tropical storm as it leaves Maine for good.</p> <p>The skipper is watching the weather as the stealthy Zumwalt destroyer prepares to depart from Bath Iron Works on Wednesday en route to its commissioning in Baltimore, and then to its homeport in San Diego.</p>
  • Updated: Iranian Boats Harass Another U.S. Navy Patrol Coastal Ship In Persian Gulf

    09/07/2016 6:02:13 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 6 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 6, 2016 | Megan Eckstein and Sam LaGrone
    A U.S. Navy patrol coastal ship was harassed by seven Iranian vessels on Sunday and narrowly avoided colliding with one, in the latest in a string of incidents in the Persian Gulf. Seven Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) fast in-shore attack craft (FIAC) approached USS Firebolt (PC-10) while it was operating in international waters in the central Persian Gulf on Sept. 4, a defense official told USNI News. Three of the FIACs maneuvered close to Firebolt, mirroring the ship’s course and speed at a distance of about 500 yards for about eight minutes before leaving. Another FIAC then sped...
  • First on CNN: US fires warning shots at Iranian vessel after close encounter

    08/25/2016 4:09:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/25/2016 | Barbara Starr, Nicole Gaouette, Jim Sciutto and Jennifer Rizzo,
    A US Navy patrol craft fired three warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps boat Wednesday after US officials said it had harassed that patrol craft, CNN has learned. Another US patrol craft and a Kuwaiti Navy ship were also harassed in the incident, which took place in the northern end of the Persian Gulf. At one point, the Iranian boat came within 200 yards of one of the US Navy boats. When it failed to leave the area after the Navy had fired flares and had a radio conversation with the Iranian crew, the US officials said, the...
  • Underway on USS America

    08/18/2016 6:27:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 18, 2016 | Megan Eckstein
    The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conducts flight operations while underway to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. US Navy photo. ABOARD USS AMERICA — The new amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) has raised more than a few questions in its short life, with sailors and Marines alike wondering what it will mean to have an amphibious ship without a well deck and therefore without the ability to deploy landing craft to move heavy tanks and equipment ashore. America’s recent participation in the Rim of the Pacific 2016 international exercise may have allayed some concerns – the...
  • Navy Studying Installing SeaRAM on More Destroyers, Other Ship Classes

    08/17/2016 3:34:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 16, 2016 | Sam LaGrone
    A SeaRAM launcher at the Raytheon Louisville, Ky. plant. Raytheon Photo LOUISVILLE, KY. – The Navy is considering expanding the number of SeaRAM installations on its ships beyond a quartet of ballistic missile defense ships based in Spain and Littoral Combat Ships, a service official told USNI News on Tuesday. “Internally to the Navy there are trade studies going on to look at where to place SeaRAM on different ship classes,” Capt. Craig Bowden with Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems said. While no decisions have been made, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations assessment arm (OPNAV 81)...
  • China’s Fleet of ‘Carrier Killer’ Destroyers Is Growing

    08/11/2016 6:53:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 08/10/2016 | RYAN PICKRELL
    China recently produced another “carrier killer” destroyer, the latest in an ever-expanding fleet of Chinese ships capable of threatening American naval power in the highly-contested Asia Pacific. The eleventh People’s Liberation Army Navy Type 052D Luyang III-class destroyer, an elite class of guided-missile destroyers, took to the waters just last week. As is, China already has more of these ships than Japan has Aegis destroyers. The newest addition to China’s collection of Type 052D destroyers was built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC). This is the second ship of this type that DSIC has completed. The first is currently in...
  • Commentary: What the U.S. should learn from Britain’s dying navy

    08/10/2016 7:19:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 10, 2010 | DAVID AXE
    Britain used to boast the most powerful navy in the world. No more. That’s a serious problem for allies like the United States. Traditionally, Britain’s Royal Navy has been the U.S. Navy's closest partner. The two have fought together against most every foe. So any weakening of the Royal Navy also erodes Washington's naval power. Today, however, the Royal Navy is a shadow of its former self. Government budgeteers have repeatedly, and excessively, cut the numbers of its ships, planes and manpower. It can barely patrol the United Kingdom’s own waters, much less project British influence abroad. Though London officials...
  • Seek, but shall ye find? (proliferation of quieter submarines)

    08/05/2016 12:24:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Economist ^ | Aug 6th 2016
    DURING war games played off the coast of Florida last year, a nuclear-powered French attack submarine, Saphir, eluded America’s sub-hunting aircraft and vessels with enough stealth to sink (fictitiously) a newly overhauled American aircraft-carrier, Theodore Roosevelt, and most of her escort. An account of the drill on a French defence-ministry website was promptly deleted, but too late for it to go unnoticed. Nor was this French victory a fluke. In 2006, in what was very far from being a war game, a Chinese diesel-electric submarine surfaced near Okinawa within torpedo range of another American carrier, Kitty Hawk, without having been...
  • The Blue Angels Are Getting a Super Upgrade

    07/29/2016 6:20:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 48 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Jul 28, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami Jul 28, 2016
    Boeing scored a $12 million dollar contract to transition the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron to newer jets. The Blue Angels, who have been flying the F/A-18 Hornet since 1986, are moving up to the bigger F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The Blue Angels currently fly a mixed bag of older Hornet fighters. They've got three of the oldest F/A-18A model, 10 of the newer -C models, and three two-seater models. The -A and -C models are all 20 to 30 years old. The Angels typically fly Hornets that are very much still functional, but too old to keep operating...
  • Profile of Osama Bin Laden's Mother the Concubine-- Calling Dr. Freud!

    10/22/2001 3:17:10 PM PDT · by Shermy · 33 replies · 582+ views
    London Times ^ | October 19, 2001 | Ian Cobain
    FRIDAY OCTOBER 19 2001The wife who was shunnedBY IAN COBAINHamida: Bin Laden's motherHAMIDA Al-Attas, a tiny woman in her early sixties, has probably had little to say about the way the world has changed since September 11. But today, as she sits in her villa overlooking the highway linking Jedda to Mecca, she will be watching events as closely as any.Were she able to lift the veil of her burka, moreover, and talk openly, she could offer astonishing insights into the mind of the man that the West believes is to blame. Al-Attas is Osama bin Laden’s mother.Many hastily concocted ...
  • US Navy's newest $12.9bn supercarrier doesn't work

    07/22/2016 12:29:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 111 replies
    DAILYMAIL.COM ^ | July 21, 2016 | LIAM QUINN
    The most expensive warship ever built has been delayed from hitting the front line because it is reportedly not ready for battle. The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford Navy supercarrier - the first of three in its class with a total cost of $43 billion - could potentially struggle with planes landing and taking off, moving military weapons and being able to successfully defend itself, a memo obtained by Bloomberg News reads. The memo allegedly states 'poor or unknown reliability issues' were identified in a letter dated June 28. 'These four systems affect major areas of flight operations,' Defense...
  • In 1971, the U.S. Navy Almost Fought the Soviets Over Bangladesh

    07/19/2016 6:49:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 19, 2016 | SEBASTIEN ROBLIN
    In 2016, the United States backed India’s application to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group — but didn’t support Pakistan’s. This marked an extraordinary turning point in the United States’ relationship with these historical adversaries. In 1971, the United States sent part of its Seventh Fleet to threaten war with India on Pakistan’s behalf. The reasoning behind the deployment is stranger still — it was supposedly to befriend China. The convoluted Cold War schemes of Pres. Richard Nixon and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger help to explain why the United States threatened war with the second most populous country on Earth while also seeking to...
  • Can you grow veggies on a submarine? The Navy wants to find out.

    07/05/2016 11:34:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 54 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 05, 2016 | Ben Rosen
    When a Navy submarine first deploys to sea, it is stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables. A week in, the lettuce in the salad bar turns translucent, the tomatoes become mushier, and thawed fruit is common. Eventually, canned sauces and beans and dehydrated potatoes replace all fresh produce. If research the US military has started is successful, a submarine crew’s diet won’t be bland much longer. The military has begun a $100,000 project to grow plants hydroponically – in a nutrient solution instead of soil – at the Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center near Boston. Although the...
  • Report: US sailors ill-prepared for Iran encounter in Gulf

    06/30/2016 7:12:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 9:58 AM EDT | Robert Burns
    Weak leadership, poor judgment, a lack of “warfighting toughness” and a litany of errors led to the embarrassing capture and detention by Iran of 10 U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf in January, according to a Navy investigation released Thursday. Six officers and three enlisted sailors have been disciplined or face disciplinary action. The trouble began even before the sailors left port in Kuwait aboard two 50-foot boats on a short-notice, 300-mile journey to Bahrain. They were delayed, unprepared, poorly supervised and ill-suited for the mission, the report said. …
  • Navy investigation finds US sailors captured in Iran were unprepared, Iran broke the law

    06/30/2016 8:59:43 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2016
    Weak leadership, poor judgment, a lack of "warfighting toughness" and a litany of errors led to the embarrassing capture and detention by Iran of 10 U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf in January, according to a Navy investigation released Thursday. Six officers and three enlisted sailors have been disciplined or face disciplinary action. The trouble began even before the sailors left port in Kuwait aboard two 50-foot boats on a short-notice, 300-mile journey to Bahrain. They were delayed, unprepared, poorly supervised and ill-suited for the mission, the report said. At least one sailor had been up all night with boat...
  • Navy Harpoon to Hit 50 Years Service

    06/30/2016 4:54:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | 06/23/2016
    Boeing’s Harpoon Missile System is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship weapon that is extremely versatile. The U.S. started developing the Harpoon in 1965 to target surfaced submarines up to 24 miles away, hence its name “Harpoon,” a weapon to kill “whales,” a naval slang term used to describe submarines. It was a slow moving project at first until the Six-Day War of 1967 between Israel and Egypt. During the war, Egypt sunk the Israel destroyer INS Eilat from 14 miles away with Soviet-made Styx anti-ship missiles launched from a tiny patrol boat. It was the first ship in history to be...
  • Singapore's RSS Steadfast first non-US navy ship to lead RIMPAC multinational group sail

    06/28/2016 10:13:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    THE STRAITS TIMES ^ | 06/28/2016
    The RSS Steadfast (left) leading the multi-national group sail with two other warships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (right) and US Navy (in far background).PHOTO: MINDEF SINGAPORE - The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) frigate RSS Steadfast is leading two other warships in a multi-national group sail from Okinawa, Japan, to Hawaii to participate in the Rim of Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. This is the first time a non-US Navy ship is commanding a group sail to the world's largest international maritime exercise. The two warships, which the RSN is leading from June 18 to 29, are from the Japan...
  • U.S. Navy Officers in Crosshairs Over Iran Debacle

    06/23/2016 6:04:20 AM PDT · by LadyBuzz · 46 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 6/22/2016 | Dan De Luce
    The U.S. Navy is weighing whether to punish several officers and sailors for the botched mission that resulted in two boats inadvertently straying into Iranian waters, embarrassing Washington and handing Tehran a propaganda victory, Foreign Policy has learned.
  • Navy littoral combat warship to trade some speed for firepower, armor

    06/20/2016 6:57:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2016
    BATH, Maine — The Navy spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to fulfill its need for speed with a new class of fast and agile warships capable of zipping along at highway speeds. It turns out speed is overrated. The Navy has learned lessons from the light-and-speedy littoral combat ships: Upcoming ships will trade some speed in favor of more weapons and heavier armor. Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, director of surface warfare, said the goal is to increase the offensive punch of all warships from the biggest to the smallest. For the littoral combat ship, that'll begin with the...
  • JW Forces Obama Admin to Release Pentagon Benghazi Attack Documents

    02/22/2015 5:48:26 AM PST · by blueyon · 18 replies
    RightSideNews ^ | 2/21/15 | Tom Fitton
    U.S. Africa Command records – heavily blacked out – show military gathered forces to support “anti-terrorist” actions in Benghazi day after attack Obama was AWOL Stevens Died Obama Lied(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that the Obama administration finally turned over hundreds of pages of documents about the military response to the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and other facilities in Benghazi. The documents, which are heavily blacked out (redacted), confirm that the U.S. Military, through its U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) drafted orders for a military response to the attack, specifically “to protect...
  • The U.S. Navy's New Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Just Got Even Deadlier

    06/06/2016 5:19:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | June 5, 2016 | Kris Osborn
    Lockheed Martin is developing a new deck-mounted launcher for the emerging Long Range Anti-Ship Missile engineered to semi-autonomously track and destroy enemy targets at long ranges from both aircraft and surface ships. The weapon, called the LRASM, is a collaborative effort between Lockheed, the Office of Naval Research and the Defense Advanced Project Research Agency, or DARPA. The LRASM, which is 168-inches long and 2,500 pounds, is currently configured to fire from an Air Force B-1B bomber and Navy F-18 carrier-launched fighter. The current plan is to have the weapon operational on board an Air Force B-1B bomber by 2018...
  • America is fighting the Fourth Battle of the Atlantic: Navy admiral warns (Russian subs)

    06/03/2016 11:22:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    DAILYMAIL.COM ^ | Jun. 03 2016 | VALERIE EDWARDS
    America is fighting the Fourth Battle of the Atlantic: Navy admiral warns Russian submarines are waging Cold War-style operations in 'alarming and confrontational ways' The commander of the Navy's US 6th Fleet has warned that Russian submarines are waging a Cold War-style 'fourth battle of the Atlantic'. Vice Admiral James Foggo III outlined Russia's submarine operations, which he said is probing US anti-submarine networks, in an article for the US Naval Institute's June issue of Proceedings. In his article he explained the submarine battles between the Allies and the Germans in World War I, World War II and the Cold...
  • The Navy has a shortage of fighter jets — will it hurt our ability to fight future wars?

    05/28/2016 8:39:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 27, 2016 | Mike Hixenbaugh and Courtney Mabeus
    A Navy captain from Virginia Beach was testifying before Congress on Thursday about the shortage of flyable fighter jets at Oceana Naval Air Station. As he spoke, word came to military officials seated behind him: A pair of F/A-18F Super Hornets from Oceana had “a mid-air mishap” off the coast of North Carolina, forcing four aviators to eject and sending their $57 million aircraft hurtling into the Atlantic Ocean. Capt. Randy Stearns, commodore of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, was briefed on the training accident involving two of his jets during a short recess from the hearing, then returned to the...
  • The man who seduced the 7th fleet: Fat Leonard's trail of corruption

    05/27/2016 10:01:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2016 | Craig Whitlock
    For months, a small team of U.S. Navy investigators and federal prosecutors secretly devised options for a high-stakes international manhunt. Could the target be snatched from his home base in Asia and rendered to the United States? Or held captive aboard an American warship? Making the challenge even tougher was the fact that the man was a master of espionage. His moles had burrowed deep into the Navy hierarchy to leak him a stream of military secrets, thwarting previous efforts to bring him to justice. The target was not a terrorist, nor a spy for a foreign power, nor the...
  • F/A-18F Mishap off coast of North Carolina (Collision)

    05/26/2016 10:16:58 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 17 replies
    US Navy ^ | May 26 | Staff
    NORFOLK, VA. (NNS) -- Two F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 flying off the coast of Cape Hatteras were involved in an in-flight mishap at approximately 10:40 a.m. local time. The flight was part of a routine training mission. All aircrew have been recovered and are en route to medical facilities for evaluation. The F/A-18F is a two-seat aircraft. VFA-211 is based at Naval Air Station Oceana. A safety investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the accident.
  • Next Generation Destroyer Zumwalt Delivers

    05/20/2016 10:43:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 20, 2016 | Sam LaGrone
    General Dynamics Bath Iron Works delivered the first Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer to the Navy on Friday, Naval Sea Systems Command announced. The delivery of the 16,000-ton Zumwalt (DDG-1000) optimized for stealth and operations close to shore follows last month’s successful acceptance trials of the ship overseen by the service’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), Navy officials told USNI News. INSURV evaluated the ship’s hull, mechanical and engineering (HM&E) systems during the underway testing period last month. “Zumwalt’s crew has diligently trained for months in preparation of this day and they are ready and excited to take charge of...
  • Upgrades Keep Navy Air-to-Air Weapons on the Cutting Edge

    05/17/2016 5:03:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    SEAPOWER ^ | May 16, 2016 | WILLIAM MATTHEWS
    One of the missiles is 8 years old, the other is pushing 30. But steady technology upgrades have kept these two Navy air-to-air weapons on the cutting edge. The younger one is the AIM-9X Block II. The older is the AIM-120D AMRAAM — advanced medium-range air-to-air missile. The 9X Block II was introduced in 2008, but did not go into full rate production until 2015. It’s the latest member of the Sidewinder missile family that dates back to the mid-1970s. The 9X Block II can do things its predecessors could hardly have imagined. For example, it is equipped with a...