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  • This U.S. missile is about to get a ship-killing upgrade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    10/01/2015 5:37:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    mail Online ^ | 29 September 2015 | MIA DE GRAAF
    The USS Simpson has been decommissioned, marking the end of an era in America's naval fleet. The 30-year-old vessel was the last modern warship to sink an enemy target during battle. Built in 1984, the Simpson down Iran's Joshan gunboat in the Persian Gulf in 1988 - America's only maritime battle since the Second World War. But now, as the Department of Defense grapples for funds to complete the new zumwalt-class fleet, the Simpson's days have come to an end. It will be towed to a port in Philadelphia and possibly sold to a US ally. The ship was built...
  • Aboard a U.S. nuclear sub, a cat-and-mouse game with phantom foes

    09/25/2015 7:52:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 25, 2015 | DAVID S. CLOUD
    America's most advanced nuclear submarine was slicing through the water off Hawaii last month, 400 feet under the surface, when a sonar operator suddenly detected an ominous noise on his headphones. It was a faint thump thump thump the distinctive sound of a spinning, seven-bladed propeller on a Chinese attack submarine called a Shang by the Pentagon and its allies. A neon green stripe on his sonar screen indicated that the Shang was only a few thousand yards off the U.S. sub's bow. "Sonar contact!" he yelled to 15 officers and crew in the dimly lighted control...
  • Chinese Subs Finally Get a Shot at American Carriers

    09/25/2015 5:53:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 24, 2015 | David Axe
    In 1995 and 1996, Taiwanese politicians signaled greater support for declaring their island country officially independent of China. Beijings response was swift, forceful and ultimately an embarrassment to China. The Chinese army fired several missiles toward small, Taiwanese-held islands. Thats when the United States intervened in a big way, sending two entire aircraft carrier battle groups into the waters around Taiwan and even sailing one carrier through the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese military was powerless against this show of force. Beijing couldnt even reliably track the American warships, and had no forces of its own capable of threatening...
  • Widows Sue Navy Alleging Ship Flaws Contributed to Pilots Deaths

    09/22/2015 5:58:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    TIMES OF SAN DIEGO ^ | SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 | ALEXANDER NGUYEN
    The widows of two pilots killed when a wave swept their helicopter off a U.S. Navy destroyer filed a lawsuit in San Diego on Monday, alleging the Navy and others knew of design flaws in certain Navy ships and their helicopter landing platforms. The federal lawsuit, filed on behalf of Theresa Jones, Christina Gibson and their children, asks a court to declare the ships in question unreasonably dangerous and order that they be changed to prevent future accidents. On Sept. 22, 2013, Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Gibson lost their lives when the MH-60S helicopter they...
  • Study: More Subs, Fewer Carriers to Combat Chinese Military Growth

    09/21/2015 6:16:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 21, 2015 | Wyatt Olson
    Faced with China's growing anti-surface ship capacity, the United States should decrease its emphasis on large aircraft carriers in the Pacific and spend more on submarines, space capabilities and ways to make air bases and aircraft less vulnerable, according to a report released earlier this month by Rand Corp. In the 430-page report, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based think tank analyzed the relative military capabilities of the U.S. and China in certain scenarios based on open-source documents. The analysis makes comparisons using 10 "scorecards" covering air, maritime, space, cyber and nuclear domains. Capabilities were examined at seven-year intervals, beginning in 1996...
  • If Pentagon cancels third Zumwalt destroyer, a lot of work lost at BIW

    09/14/2015 10:37:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | September 14, 2015 | WHIT RICHARDSON
    The Pentagon is considering whether to cancel construction of one of the next-generation destroyers being built at Bath Iron Works, a move that would imperil jobs at Maines fifth-largest private employer. Several reports said the Defense Department is trying to decide whether to complete construction of the USS Lyndon B. Johnson, the last of three Zumwalt-class destroyers, even though the vessel already is more than 40 percent complete. Its a topic to be reviewed in the next few weeks by teams formed by the Pentagons independent cost-assessment office, according to a report by Bloomberg News that cited an Aug. 25...
  • The Ultimate Weapon: Combining a Battleship and an Aircraft Carrier?

    09/11/2015 8:33:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    THE NATIONAL INTEREST ^ | September 12, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    In the early 1980s, the Reagan Administration was looking to fund high visibility defense programs. Reagan had been elected on a platform of rebuilding the armed services after the hollowing out of the early 1970s. One example was the reactivation of four World War II-era Iowa-class battleships, which started in 1982. Each of the four ships, Iowa, Missouri, New Jersey and Wisconsin was refurbished, their sixteen and five-inch guns brought back online. Each battleship was also equipped with sixteen Harpoon anti-ship missiles, thirtytwo Tomahawk land attack cruise missiles and four Phalanx close-in weapon systems (CIWS) for defense. The four battlewagons...
  • Chinese Animators Envision a Future Asia-Pacific Warand Blow Up the Internet

    09/10/2015 6:19:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    COUNCIL on FOREIGN RELATIONS ^ | September 3, 2015 | Lauren Dickey
    An enemy surface ship, almost surely part of a U.S. carrier strike group, comes under Chinese attack in a newly released military propaganda film. (Battle to Capture an Island: a Full View of Chinese Military Strength, Tencent and Visions Media, September 3, 2015) Alongside the military spectacle that passed through Tiananmen Square in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Chinese media conglomerate Tecent also released a new computer-generated video, Battle to Capture an Island: a Full View of Chinese Military Strength. Available via the social media platform QQ, the five-minute video appears to...
  • Report: Russian Arms Sales Give China a Better Chance in Competing with U.S. Ships

    09/02/2015 10:18:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 2, 2015 | John Grady
    Type 022 Fast Attack Missile Craft Houbei Class of the Peoples Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) test fires C-803 antiship missile. PLAN Photo via Global Military Review Improved maritime strike capability has given Chinese warships a much greater chance of competing against their U.S. counterparts and improved naval air defenses allow its warships the ability to operate at increasingly great distances from shoremajor advances in large part speeded by arms, vessels and technology sales from Russia since the end of the Cold War. Those were two observations contained in a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, the Center...
  • Lockheed Martin's LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Just Got its U.S. Navy Designation: AGM-158C

    08/25/2015 1:50:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 24 August 2015
    Contacted by Navy Recognition, a Lockheed Martin spokesperson said "we learned over the weekend that LRASM's official designation will be AGM-158C". AGM-158C is the designation for the air-launched LRASM missile only. There is no surface-launch LRASM program of record yet. The Department of the Navy, Naval Air Warfare Center, gave the official designation. CGI: An AGM-158C LRASM is launched from an F/A-18E Super Hornet We reported last week that the U.S. Navy began initial integration testing of its Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet at Patuxent Rivers Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 facility. Based on...
  • US Navy begins certifying new anti-ship missile on Super Hornet

    08/21/2015 10:38:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 08/22/2015 | JAMES DREW
    The US Navy has begun integrating Lockheed Martins new Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) with its Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and airworthiness flights are due to start next month. The service says its test and evaluation team at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland conducted the first load and fit checks with the weapon this week using a mass simulator vehicle all in preparation for first phase of airworthiness certification. LRASM has already been integrated with the US Air Forces Boeing B-1B bomber, and now pictures released by the navy show the weight-representative payload attached to a Super Hornets...
  • Willits bypass on Highway 101 to be named in honor of late Navy SEAL

    08/18/2015 4:37:58 PM PDT · by rey · 10 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 18 July 2015 | GLENDA ANDERSON
    A one-mile elevated section of the bypass under construction on Highway 101 in Mendocino County is to carry the name of a Willits serviceman who died four years ago while in Afghanistan. U.S. Navy SEAL Jesse Pittman, 27, of Willits, was killed when the helicopter he was in was shot down by Taliban insurgents over the Wardack province Aug. 6, 2011. Thirty U.S. servicemen died in the attack. A retired high school librarian who knew him, Mikela Cameron, and Pittmans uncle, Mike Pittman, initiated the effort to immortalize his name on a bridge. The cause gained the support of Caltrans...
  • Modernization of French Strategic Oceanic Force: Le Triomphant SSBN Now Fitted with M51 SLBM

    08/13/2015 4:45:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 12 August 2015
    On August 4, 2015, the French Navy (Marine Nationale) took over full responsibility and the effective command of ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Le Triomphant (S616). This transfer of responsibility is an important milestone following the refit period started in May 2013 for maintenance, repairs, modernization and adaptation to the M51 new generation submarine launched ballistic missile (SLMB). Le Triomphant will now start some trials at sea before returning in the operational cycle. An NH90 NFH Caiman transfers personnel on board French Navy Le Triomphant class SSBN. Picture: V.Guyoton Marine Nationale Le Triomphant, head of the class commissioned in 1997,...
  • Favors? Obama, Clinton Foundation donors sold green fuel to military for $149 per gallon

    08/12/2015 1:04:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 08/12/2015
    Investigative reporting by a Washington, D.C. based publication brings up questions about how ethically the Obama administration has conducted government business.The Washington Free Beacon reported: The CEO and Board of Directors of Solazyme, a company the military paid $149 per gallon for alternative fuel, have donated more than $300,000 to Democratic candidates and committees, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.Recipients of significant donations included the Obama Victory Fund and the Democratic National Committee. Additionally, Solazyme donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report found that the Department of Defense...
  • Navy: Raytheon Tomahawk Likely to Compete in Next Generation Anti-Ship Missile Contest

    08/06/2015 1:53:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 5, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    WASHINGTON, D.C. Raytheons Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) will be a likely competitor in the Navys search for a next generation anti-ship missile to replace the 1980s era weapons widely in use in the service, the deputy chief of naval operations warfare systems (N9) said Wednesday. Set to start in Fiscal Year 2017, the contest for the Navys Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW) Increment II seeks to replace the Navys decades-old inventory of Boeing RGM-84 Harpoons with more technologically sophisticated weapons. OASuW Increment I an ongoing program between DARPA and the Navy is being developed using the Lockheed...
  • New sub Navy's 'most lethal warship' ( USS John Warner )

    08/05/2015 2:44:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | August 5, 2015 | Brad Lendon
    It's 7,800 tons, 337 feet and $2 billion worth of steel and stealth, with war-fighting controls that look like a big arcade video game. That new-boat smell may have worn off a bit during sea trials, but the man in charge was pumped with pride as the U.S. Navy's newest submarine joined the fleet in a commissioning ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station on Saturday. The shiniest and coolest thing I've ever seen in my military career," Cmdr. Daniel Caldwell, a 22-year Navy veteran and the first captain of the USS John Warner, told CNN. "It's going to make whatever I...
  • Destroyer USS The Sullivans Damaged After Missile Explodes After Launch, No Injuries Reported

    07/23/2015 4:41:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 22, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    The resulting fire on USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) following the explosion of a Raytheon SM-2 Block IIIA guided missile. US Navy Photo obtained by USNI News This post has been updated with additional information from NAVSEA. A Navy guided missile destroyer was damaged after a missile exploded shortly after launch during an exercise off the U.S. Atlantic coast on Saturday, Navy officials have confirmed to USNI News. On July 18 at approximately 9 a.m. (EDT) a Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) test missile exploded after suffering a malfunction as it was fired from the guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) during a...
  • Naval Academy Prepares for 21st Century Flooding

    07/18/2015 9:36:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/17/2015 | William Bigelow
    On Friday, congressional Democrats will attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis to discuss how the Academy plans to deal with flooding forecast for the future. Reps. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Jr., the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will converse with Vice Adm. Walter E. Ted Carter Jr., who runs the Academy. The conference was triggered by an Army Corps study that estimated the water around Annapolis could rise as much as 3.8 feet by 2100.
  • Delays in Zumwalt Destroyer Program Hamper Production of DDG-51s at Bath Iron Works

    07/16/2015 10:32:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 15, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    Delays in the construction of the first two of three next-generation Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) guided missile destroyers at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard are partially to blame for slowing work on two Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) destroyers being built at the Maine yard, USNI News has learned. Several sources told USNI News that due to myriad reasons including the size of the yard, the composition of the workforce at BIW and continued setbacks in the delivery of the first two next-generation Zumwalts production of the future Burkes Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) and Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) have been delayed by...
  • UPDATE: Police officer shot at Tennessee RiverPark (Naval Reserve Center Shootings)[4 Marines dead]

    07/16/2015 8:58:39 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 134 replies
    WRCB ^ | 7-16-2015 | WRCB
    There has been an officer-involved shooting at the U.S. Naval Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway in Chattanooga. The location is near the Tennessee Riverpark. Early reports are that one Chattanooga police officer has been shot, according to Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's office. There may be other victims
  • CUBA DEMANDS RETURN OF GUANTANAMO, END OF US TV BROADCASTS IN RETURN FOR DIPLOMACY

    07/02/2015 1:50:22 PM PDT · by Will88 · 99 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Frances Martel
    While President Obama described the embassy as not merely symbolic and a move representing the liberation of the American people from the past in a speech this morning, the Cuban government issued a statement refusing to reestablish full diplomatic relations with the United States until America gifted the territory of Guantnamo Bay to Cuba and ceased broadcasting radio and television news reports into the island, which constitute the only way many Cubans have of receiving trustworthy international news.
  • Farewell, mighty Prowler!

    06/25/2015 6:59:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Whidbey News-Times ^ | 06/25/2015 | DEBRA VAUGHN
    The EA-6B Prowler isnt the fastest aircraft or the sexiest. A refueling probe on its nose and two bulging canopies over the cockpit give the jet the look of an overgrown metallic insect. But the Prowlers ability to deliver a potent crotch kick to the enemys air defense systems made it an indispensable asset to the military for more than four decades. Since the aircraft was introduced at the end of the Vietnam War, its made significant contributions to every major conflict involving the United States. So important is the Prowlers role in protecting other aircraft, ships and troops, no...
  • Shame of a Nation: Marines Forced to Deploy Via Foreign Ships

    06/23/2015 8:02:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 6/23/2015 | Michael Walsh
    Notice how socialism always and everywhere results in shortages, every time its tried. Well, our own socialist chickens have now come home to roost: Faced with a shortage of U.S. Navy ships, the Marine Corps is exploring a plan to deploy its forces aboard foreign vessels to ensure they can respond quickly to global crises around Europe and western Africa. The initiative is a stopgap way to deploy Marines aboard ships overseas until more American vessels are available, said Brig. Gen. Norman Cooling, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa.