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  • The Blue Angels Are Getting a Super Upgrade

    07/29/2016 6:20:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 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...
  • Iranian Navy Commander Threatens to Sink US Vessels in Persian Gulf (VIDEO)

    05/16/2016 2:57:28 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 23 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/16/16 | Jim Holt
    They have absolutely no fear of America under Obama’s leadership. In a recent TV interview, IRGC Navy Commander Ali Fadavi said: “The Americans are aware that if they make even the slightest mistake, their naval vessels will be sunk in the Persian Gulf, the Hormuz Strait, and the Sea of Oman.” He further claimed that Iran’s vessels would emerge from “undersea tunnels,” in which “no force will be able to harm our naval vessels.” In the interview, which aired on IRINN TV on May 10, Fadavi maintained that the crew of U.S. vessels is now obliged to speak Farsi in...
  • US Navy poised to take ownership of its largest warship (USS Zumwalt)

    05/15/2016 7:06:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 15, 2016 | DAVID SHARP
    BATH, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Navy is ready to take ownership of the Zumwalt, its largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer. Sailors' uniforms and personal effects, supplies and spare parts are being moved aboard the 610-foot warship in anticipation of crew members taking on their new charge, said Capt. James Kirk, the destroyer's skipper. The Zumbalt is the first new class of warship built at Bath Iron Works since the Arleigh Burke slid into the Kennebec River in 1989. The shipyard is expected to turn the destroyer over to the Navy this week. "We've overcome lots of obstacles to...
  • Australia Is Getting The Baddest Diesel Electric Submarines On The Planet

    05/13/2016 8:05:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | MAY 13, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Australia Is Getting The Baddest Diesel Electric Submarines On The Planet And the US should buy them too. Here's why. was one of the biggest international defense contracts in recent memory. Australia’s Collins class submarine replacement program, also known as SEA1000, looked to procure 12 highly advanced diesel-electric multi-role submarines, each equipped with the latest in air independent propulsion (AIP) and quiet running technologies. These new foreign-designed submarines, which would be outfitted with American combat systems, would be fielded in the next decade and would serve into the latter half of the century. The program’s total cost is estimated just...
  • What It Was Like Flying And Fighting The F-16N Viper, Topgun's Legendary Hotrod

    05/09/2016 11:20:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | MAY 9, 2016 | PAUL NICKELL AND TYLER ROGOWAY
    I the late 1980s, F-14 Tomcat pilot and Topgun instructor Paul Nickell found himself strapping into the cockpit of a brand new Navy jet that would never land on an aircraft carrier. Instead, it was built specifically to challenge the skills of the best fighter crews the Navy had to offer. It was a stripped down, up-engined, exotically painted variant of the already nimble F-16. General Dynamics built only 26 of them, and the fleet served less than a decade before being controversially retired, but the impression the jet made was legendary. For part one of a multi-part, in-depth series...
  • Navy to Demo Harpoon Missile on LCS at RIMPAC; NSM on USS Freedom by Next Deployment

    05/04/2016 12:35:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 4, 2016 | Megan Eckstein
    The Littoral Combat Ship program is poised to make big strides this year in its strike capability, both with over-the-horizon missiles and the shorter-range Longbow Hellfire missile. The Independence-variant USS Coronado (LCS-4) will deploy later this year with the Boeing-built Harpoon anti-ship missile, and engineering is underway to outfit USS Freedom (LCS-1) with the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), a partnership between Kongsberg Defence Systems and Raytheon. Program Executive Officer for Littoral Combat Ships Rear Adm. Brian Antonio told USNI News in a May 2 interview that the Harpoon system will be installed on Coronado within the next month, in time...
  • Bath Iron Works Will Build First Flight III Arleigh Burke DDG

    05/03/2016 12:07:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 1, 2016 | Sam LaGrone
    The first Flight III Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer will be built at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, according to a Sunday statement from the Navy to USNI News. Last week, the Navy issued a pre-solicitation notice on FedBizOpps stating the service intended to issue a Request for Proposal to Bath Iron Works for a Burke DDG “and associated supplies and services which are anticipated to be delivered in the Flight III configuration,” read the notice. The ship will feature the first operational installation of the Raytheon AN/SPY-6 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) – an active electronically scanned array...
  • 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 Navy’s 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
    India’s 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 · 25 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 hasn’t 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 Porter—a guided-missile destroyer stationed in Rota, Spain—paired 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, Lockheed’s 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...
  • Navy’s 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 Navy’s 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 Guantánamo: 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 Guantánamo 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 service’s 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 needed—right away—and 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 Russia’s 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. That’s 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 Navy’s 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. Navy’s 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 Australia’s 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 Ship’s 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 artist’s 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 America’s 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...